**Blog Tour** The Guilty Wife- Nina Manning

I’m delighted to have been asked to participate in the blog tour for ‘The Guilty Wife’.

One woman’s past could cost her everything…

Frankie Keegan is struggling.
While she tries to make strides in her career, life at home is slowly unravelling as she is haunted by the secrets of her past.

Someone else remembers…
As the dark nights draw in, the anniversary of the loss of her brother looms and Frankie is drawn back to the memories of that fateful night 20 years previously. As she descends into a guilt-ridden state, she begins to suspect that someone else is also remembering that night and they are determined to terrify her…

Can she confront her past before it’s too late?

From the international bestselling author of The Daughter In Law, a gripping psychological thriller about family, secrecy and grief – with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of K L Slater, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

Author Bio –

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

Social Media Links –

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/NinaManningNewsletter

Own website https://www.ninamanningauthor.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ninamanningauthor1/

Twitter @ https://twitter.com/ninamanning78

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ninamanning_author/

YouTube https://youtu.be/6-s3uIGpNUo

Podcast Podcast: www.anchor.fm/ninamanning

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nina-manning

Review-

Previously titled ‘Her Darkest Fear’, ‘The Guilty Wife’ is a fast-paced psychological thriller with plenty of twists and suspense.

Frankie is still riddled with guilt almost twenty years after her brother was killed in an accident. As the anniversary of his death and what would have been his fortieth birthday approaches, it becomes apparent that someone else from her past hasn’t forgotten the events of that night and begins to send her a series of chilling reminders.

The beauty of this novel is that as the story unravels, several of the main characters come under suspicion as the culprit and the reader is left second-guessing alongside Frankie before the surprising final twist.

The story unfolds piece by piece with chapters alternating between the past and the present, which adds plenty of dramatic tension.

The way grief and guilt impacts Frankie’s everyday life is conveyed effectively; from her excessive use of alcohol to attempt to blot out her emotions to how this inevitably affects her relationships with her husband and children.

A highly-recommended, page-turning thriller!

Other stops on the blog tour can be found here-

**Blog Blitz** The Bench by Cromer Beach- R J Gould

I’m delighted to be today’s stop on this mini blog blitz tour for ‘The Bench by Cromer Beach’.

Five people in a sleepy English coastal town. One year that changes everything. 


They seem to have it all. They’re in good health and are financially secure. They live in a pleasant and comfortable town. But as their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows. 

 
For Clive, is retirement the beginning of the end? Can fun-loving Saskia break free from her adulterous husband? Will Andy marry his childhood sweetheart? Is Jamie prepared to change his dishonest ways? Might Ellie’s happy marriage be shattered by temptation?


Heart-warming and heart-breaking collide in this novel about aspirations, expectations and the realities of everyday life.

Author Bio –

R J Gould is published by Lume Books and Headline Accent and is the author of five novels: A Street Café Named Desire, The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies and The bench by Cromer beach. He is a (rare male) member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Having been selected for the organisation’s New Writers Programme, his first novel was short-listed for the Joan Hessayon Award. ​​Ahead of writing full time, R J Gould led a national educational charity. He has published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Social Media Links –

Website:www.rjgould.info

Twitter:rjgould_author

Facebook:R J Gould

Instagram:rjgould_author

Review

The bench by Cromer Beach can offer refuge but is also the spot where the lives and relationships of the local residents is exposed to those who sit there.

This is a novel which explores relationships and how the trials and tribulations of life can affect us all. Each of the characters has their own story and, as it unfolds, their lives become intertwined.

The author has successfully created well-developed characters so the reader is inevitably drawn into wanting to know how each relationship will develop. What is particularly appealing is that each of the characters has a completely different background and yet, without realising it, their stories overlap.

This is a heartwarming read. It forces you to reflect on relationships, friendships, love and trust and you can find something to relate to in each character. An unexpected treat!

Other reviews on the tour can be found here-

If you’re interested in more-

** Blog Tour ** Summer at my Sister’s- Emily Harvale

I’m delighted to have been asked to be part of the blog tour on publication day.

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. 

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
 
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.
 
But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

Author Bio –

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

Purchase link: mybook.to/SummeratmySisters

Extract:

I wasn’t sure who was the most pleased to see me: Diana, Becca, or Henry the crazy, mixed up dog. I say ‘mixed up’ because Henry isn’t just a cross-breed. I think there must be at least four different breeds in his make-up. He’s brown and white and tan and there’s a big autumn-red shape over one of his eyes. He’s got the face and wiry brows of an Irish Wolfhound, the long fur coat of a Briard, the legs of a Great Dane and the tail of a Golden Retriever. That tail can clear a coffee table in seconds. Judging by the size of him I think there may also be a little bit of horse. He comes up to my waist when he’s got all four paws on the ground. When he’s got two of them on my shoulders, almost knocking me over, he’s about seven feet tall. You’d have thought I would have known that this is how he would greet me. He’s done it every time I’ve seen him, although thankfully, Diana doesn’t always bring him with her when we meet up.

Diana and Becca attempted to pull him off as he started to eat me. They said he was just being friendly and trying to lick my face but I wasn’t completely convinced. I tried to push him off me with both hands and he wasn’t budging an inch.

I shot a look at Liam, who seemed to find it rather amusing.

‘A little help … would … be nice,’ I said between mouthfuls of fur and trying to avoid dog drool.

‘Henry. Down boy.’ My nephew Toby wandered into the hall and with three little words, did what Diana, Becca and I couldn’t, using all our strength.

Henry launched himself off me and trotted over to his master without a backward glance while the force of his retreating paws shoved me backwards, sending me tumbling ungainly towards the floor. Luckily, Liam caught me in his arms before I landed on my arse.

‘Thanks,’ I said, scowling up at him. ‘You were no help at all.’

He was laughing but as he stood me upright, one hand cupped my right breast. I’m not sure who was more surprised but he quickly rectified the situation almost dropping me flat on my back in the process. Somehow he managed to save me – again, and this time was extra careful as he helped me straighten up.

The strange thing was, the feel of his hand on my breast sent all sorts of odd sensations darting through me and I was a bit embarrassed. But whenever I feel like that I overcompensate.

‘Blimey, Liam,’ I said, shaking my head and tutting. ‘I’ve only been back in Seahorse Harbour for an hour or two and you’re already trying it on.’

I swear I could see red beneath that tan. Was the man actually blushing?

‘I … er … sorry. It was an accident. I wouldn’t dream of … er.’

‘I was teasing you, Liam.’ I grinned at him and after giving me another very odd look, he grinned back.

**Blog Tour** The Casanova Papers- Kate Zarrelli

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Kate Zarelli’s book ‘The Casanova Papers’.

Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?

About the Author

Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @katmezzacappa
https://www.facebook.com/katezarrellibooks/

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Review

As someone who has a fascination with all things Venice and more than a passing interest in Casanova and his exploits in the Italian city, I was intrigued to read this novel, despite not necessarily being a reader of erotica.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this a really enjoyable read. Author Kate Zarelli captures the essence of Venice beautifully and the story of Ellie and Piero’s journey of discovery as they follow in Casanova’s footsteps is delicately and deliciously handled so as not to feel gratuitous in any way.

The descriptions of the paintings completed by artist Mimmo in his studio where Ellie becomes his muse lend a real sense of the Renaissance and add to the historical feel of the story even though it is set in the present day.

There is an element of suspense throughout as Ellie suspects she is being followed around the narrow alleyways of Venice and although it becomes obvious fairly quickly who is lurking in the shadows, their actions towards the end of the story provide a shock factor.

It’s testament to the quality of the writing that I finished this book in two sittings. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for any future releases from the author!

With thanks to Kate Zarelli for the ARC and Rachel Gilbey for inviting me to participate in the tour.

Full blog tour details can be found on the banner below:

**Blog Blast** From Venice with Love- Rosanna Ley

I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in this blog blast for ‘From Venice with Love’ by Rosanna Ley.

Praise for the book

Synopsis

The bestselling author of The Lemon Tree Hotel returns with an enchanting new holiday read about family bonds and following your heart, wherever it might take you.

With her marriage in danger of falling apart, Joanna returns home to the beautiful but dilapidated Mulberry Farm Cottage in rural Dorset, where her sister Harriet is struggling to keep the Farm afloat and cope with their eccentric mother.

When Joanna discovers a bundle of love letters in the attic, written by a watercolourist named Emmy, she is intrigued and sets out to discover Emmy’s true story.

Emmy’s letters take Joanna to the picturesque alleyways and bridges of Lisbon, Prague, and the most romantic place of all: Venice – where a whole new magical world seems to unfold in front of her.

Meanwhile, back at Mulberry Farm Cottage, a mysterious prowler adds to Harriet’s problems and interrupts her search for a perfect partner. Will she ever find true love? Where will Emmy’s mesmerising pathway lead? And more importantly, will Joanna and Harriet be able to rescue the cottage and finally be able to re-discover their sisterly bond?

About the Author

Rosanna Ley works as a creative tutor and has written many articles and stories for national magazines. Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Spain and Italy. When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives in West Dorset by the sea.

Review

This book had me intrigued from the outset! A tantalising blend of themes which weave naturally into the narrative, this is a tale of family bonds and relationships, love and heartache and explores how history can sometimes repeat itself without you even realising it.

Despite the title, only part of the book is set in Venice. The author takes the reader, and two of the main characters on a journey to the Italian city, Lisbon and Prague as Joanna attempts to uncover the mystery behind the painting which has always hung in her room in Mulberry Farm Cottage.

The rest of the book is centred in the Dorset countryside and author Rosanna Ley does an excellent job of creating a feel for each of the locations with her vivid descriptions. I loved how the Mulberry tree became central to the story as it unfolded too.

While I was able to predict some of the storyline as it developed, the ending came as a delicious revelation! I need to know what happens next now!

With many thanks to the author, Quercus books and Milly Reid for the opportunity to contribute to the book blast.

*Blog Tour* The Book of Us- Andrea Michael

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for this latest novel by Andrea Michael.

The Book of Us is a story of the complexity of forgiveness and the friendships that change our lives forever. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.

We’ve got some important things to talk about. It’s time.

Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything.

Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. Loll had believed she would have her whole life to come to terms with Cass’ betrayal, but time is running out. Cass’ final wish is to complete The Big Book of Our Life, but has enough time passed to heal old wounds?

Author Bio

Andrea Michael writes books to explore complicated relationships. Having trained in using writing for therapy, she really believes in the magic of stories to change your life. Failing that, sparkling wine and obnoxious sing-a-longs also do the trick.

Andrea works in content marketing, and runs Writing for Wellbeing workshops. She lives in Hertfordshire with her fiancé and their crazy cat, and can be found reading in a comfy corner or digging something at the allotment.

You may also know her from her romantic comedies written as A L Michael.

Andrea is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn. The Book of Us is her thirteenth book. She’s hoping it’s lucky.

Social Media Links –

Twitter @almichael_

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

Instagram @andreamichaelwrites

Review

This is a story of friendship, loss and discovery. Lauren and Cass were inseparable as teenagers but couldn’t have been more different personality wise. Lauren, or Loll, as her friend affectionately named her, was always the quiet, anxious one, whereas Cass was the one in control, the daredevil, the life and soul of the party.

Their friendship has been on hold for seven years and there are plenty of skeletons lurking in both of their closets. When they are reunited, they both have to face up to their past, knowing that Cass does not have much of a future.

The dynamic between the characters is fascinating. Lauren is bitter and holds the hurt of the past, whereas Cass seems desperate to heal wounds but at the same time cannot help but slip back into her old ways, instantly reducing Lauren to a timid teenager with her sharp words.

Cass’ young daughter Veronica, or Vee, is the glue that holds them together, even though her very existence could easily drive a further wedge between them.

The Book of Us forces the reader to question their own relationships and motives as they inevitably soul search alongside the characters. While the ‘book’ in question is a series of planned adventures Cass and Lauren wrote at the end of university, the real story is the discoveries they make about themselves on their journey.

An emotional, thought-provoking read.

With thanks to the author for my ARC.

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2UOqpnW

Waterstones – https://t.co/8R8nkwzQKV?amp=1

Who’s at the Door?- J C Bratton

The premise of this book is an interesting one but it falls flat in certain areas. It’s a short novella so maybe this is why it doesn’t quite fulfil its promise.

It would certainly appeal to the YA market and has a feel of R L Stine and Christopher Pike books. There is certainly a great deal of suspense in the opening chapters of the book and the doorbell and 3.33 time element was intriguing.

The plot became a little disjointed in the second half and some of the references, such as the nod to one particular book on the detective’s shelf which later became part of the tale felt a little forced.

That said, there is enough suspense to make you want to finish the story to find out how it all links together and the cliffhanger ending when you think everything has been resolved is perfect.

Time with Norma Jeane- Elyse Douglas

Time with Norma Jeane is the perfect novel for fans of Marilyn Monroe or simply those who want to gain an insight into her life in an easy, lighthearted way.

Darla is a teenage girl who struggles to fit in. Her mother, a huge Monroe fan, passed away when she was young and Darla has maintained her mother’s interest in Norma Jeane to escape from the troubles in her life.

This is a time-travel novel but the transitions are so well written, they weave naturally into the story and don’t feel forced.

Author Elyse Douglas manages to successfully weave known facts about Marilyn’s life into the narrative, such as her sometimes volatile marriage to Joe DiMaggio, whilst also speculating as to whether her circumstances could have been different if someone had been able to intervene and change the course of her future. Monroe’s vulnerability is perfectly portrayed.

A really enjoyable read!

*Blog Tour* People Like Us- Louise Fein

I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour on publication day for this new release by Louise Fein.

About the book:

Leipzig, 1930’s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a young girl growing up under Nazi rule. With an SS officer father, a brother in the Luftwaffe and a member of the BDM, Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German child.

But Walter changes everything. Blond haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

As she falls more and more in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty begins to question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Book Thief and Kate Furnivall.

About the author:

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University. Prior to studying for her masters, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

Follow Louise:

Facebook: @LouiseFeinAuthor

Twitter: @FeinLouise

Book Review:

Set in the time preceding the second world war, this novel lends a fascinating insight into how the people of Germany became swept up in Hitler’s propaganda and fell for the ideologies of the Nazi Party.

The main protagonist Hetty is the daughter of an SS Officer and part of the BDM (The League of German Girls/ Bund Deutscher Mädel). Her brother signs up for the Luftwaffe and the family appear to be the epitome of the German ideal.

However, when Hetty finds herself falling in love with her brother’s childhood friend Walter before discovering he is Jewish, she begins to question all that she has previously been taught to believe.

This is a tale of love and heartache, of hatred and friendship and true sacrifice. Each of the characters is vividly portrayed and the essence of the time is captured perfectly. An emotional, poignant read.

Further stops along the blog tour can be found here:

Louise is also holding a virtual launch today, the details of which can be found here:

Knock on Wood- Leslie Tall Manning

This is a novel with a really quirky concept:

1978:
Fourteen-year-old Billy Baker is the first into the pond that early summer day. Ten minutes later, his lifeless body is pulled from the chilly water, his lips like two slivers of blue ice. Billy Baker dies…but only for a little while. Thirty-nine days later, he emerges from a coma.

But he is not alone.

1994:
Billy (AKA William) is turning thirty. He forgets some letters in the alphabet. He can’t set a table properly. He still believes it’s the disco era. And he can’t remember that day at the pond.

But the young boy William used to be has never left his side.

A brain-damaged hero. An unrequited love. A lottery windfall. A jealous brother. A memory hidden just below the surface…

Sharp contrasts of sunshiny music and life’s dark periphery are delicately mingled in this extraordinary tale, putting a new twist on the age-old question: Is it possible to find the way home again when one’s memory is nothing more than a blank slate?

The success of the narrative undoubtedly comes from the fact that it is told from so many points of view. While ‘Billy’ is perhaps the most fascinating, as he tries to guide William when he can see he is being manipulated, it is Cecilia who captures the reader’s imagination as she takes William under her wing with no other motive than a sense of kindness and friendship.

There are elements of darkness within the novel, not least as a result of Donald’s behaviour- not just towards his family, but the way in which he chooses to live his life. It creates a tangible sense of tension throughout as the reader wills William to see through the facade and return to the comfort and safety of his family home.

William himself is an extraordinary character. Despite his obvious disability as the result of his accident, he is an endearing, kind-hearted soul who sees the best in everyone.

This is a unique novel originally written as a stage play twenty years ago. Kudos to the author Leslie Tall Manning for translating it into such a compelling story.