** Publication Day Push ** Sleepless- Louise Mumford

I’m really pleased to be part of today’s publication day push for ‘Sleepless’.

Don’t close your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t let them in.


Thea is an insomniac; she hasn’t slept more than three hours a night for years.


So when an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life pops up on her phone, Thea knows this is her last chance at finding any kind of normal life.


Soon Thea’s sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. So much so that at first she’s willing to overlook the oddities of the trial – the lack of any phone signal; the way she can’t leave her bedroom without permission; the fact that all her personal possessions are locked away, even her shoes.


But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her sleep…


An unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller for fans of The One, Behind Her Eyes and Girl A!

Author Bio –


Louise was born and lives in South Wales. From a young age she loved books and dancing, but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting happening in the world whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever since.


She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)


In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then.


Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.


Her debut thriller, SLEEPLESS, will be published by HQ on 11th Dec 2020.


Social Media Links – Twitter @louise_mumford
Instagram @louisemumfordauthor
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Review:

I was intrigued by this from the outset and it certainly didn’t disappoint! If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, then this is a book not to be missed!

What starts out as a seemingly innocent sleep trial for insomniacs soon turns into something far more sinister as Thea grapples with discovering the truth whilst trying to secure her own safety.

There is plenty of suspense and tension throughout and twists and turns a plenty. Highly recommended!

With thanks to the author and @rararesources for the opportunity to read an ARC.

**Book Blitz** Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone- Aaron Hodges

I’m delighted to be participating in today’s book blitz for ‘Solo’.

Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?

Time for an adventure!

The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Discover the world of solo travel.

Go Solo!

Author Bio– Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…

Social Media Links –

https://instagram.com/aaronhodgesauthor

https://www.facebook.com/aaronhodgesauthor/

Review:

Whether you are toying with the idea of solo travelling, are a seasoned traveller or have already decided to take the plunge and want some expert advice, then this is the book for you!

Aaron Hodges writes in an easy style with plenty of personal experience and anecdotes from places he has visited all around the world.

What’s great about this book is the valuable tips you’re given not just for places to stay and see, but also pitfalls to avoid and handy tips to enhance your experience along the way.

As you read, you find yourself mentally noting places to visit, how to make the most of your experiences and what might set you back along the way.

All of this is presented in a way that makes you feel as though you are having a conversation with the author over a drink or two in a local bar somewhere.

This is a an ideal planning tool or the perfect excuse for some travel escapism!

With thanks to the author and @rararesources for the opportunity to take part in the blitz.

** Blog Tour ** This Year Maybe- Liz Hinds

I’m delighted to be a stop on today’s blog tour for ‘This Year Maybe’.

Alison and David have been engaged for so long that even Alison’s mother has given up asking when, but it’s second time around for both of them and they’re not in any particular hurry.
That said, Alison is beginning to wonder if living with her has put David off the idea of marriage so when he suggests they set a date she is delighted. But that date is six months’ away and a lot can happen in six months – especially if you’re Alison!

‘My son’s been arrested, Great-aunt Millie’s fallen in love, my best friend suspects her husband of having an affair, and I still need to lose weight. How on earth can I think about getting married?’

Author Bio – I’m a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate, and who gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby.

I have self-published two novels, This Time Last Year, and The Dog-walking Club, but I’m also an experienced freelance writer and author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew.

Social Media Links

Facebook – LizHindsAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizHindsAuthor

Website – http://lizhinds.online

Review:

This is the perfect ‘pick-me-up’; a light and quirky read! Packed with plenty of humour and a central character who is entirely relatable, this is the type of book you can fly through in a couple of days.

Relationships are central to the plot, whether that be the wonderful partnership between Alison and David, who accepts all her flaws without judgement and loves her unconditionally, or the hilariously unpredictable romance between great aunt Millie and Hilda who are desperate to secure a couple’s room in their care home!

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

With thanks to the author and @rararesources for the opportunity to participate in the tour.

Further stops can be found here:

** Blog Tour** The Twins- J S Lark

I’m thrilled to be part of today’s blog tour for ‘The Twins’ by J S Lark.

If you liked Blood Orange you will love this!

From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable.  Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.
 
Until they meet Jonny.
 
Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave.  But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.

Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter.  But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.

And now Susan is back.  And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her. 

Her home, her husband…her life?

Author Bio –

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.janelark.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JS-Lark-2288653328057315

Twitter: @JaneLark

Instagram: @Jane.Lark

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-s-lark

Sign up for Jane’s New Letter: https://www.janelark.co.uk/contact

Review:

If you’re looking for a light read, this is not the book for you! Dark and containing some difficult themes, this is a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing from start to finish!

Twins Susan and Sarah’s upbringing was far from conventional. At first they depend only on each other but with the introduction of Jonny into their lives, a series of events creates cracks in their relationship that alter the course of their history forever.

The story unfolds over different timelines and it can be quite tricky to keep up with which point in time you are reading. The main characters are also so similar that it can be confusing to know which twin is which at points in the narrative but as you progress through the book, this seems to be an almost deliberate ploy by the author as it certainly adds to the suspense as to whether either of them are really who they seem!

There are many plot twists throughout and plenty of moments which cause you to gasp out loud. A real page-turner!

With thanks to the author and One More Chapter Publishing for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further blog stops can be found here:

**Publication Day Push** The Tobacconist’s Wife- AnneMarie Brear

I’m delighted to participate in today’s publication day push for ‘The Tobacconist’s Wife.’

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.
But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.
That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

The Tobacconist’s Wife is the latest book from AnneMarie Brear, the highly acclaimed author of bestselling The Slum Angel. Perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.

Author Bio – Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.

Social Media Links – http://www.annemariebrear.com

http://www.facebook.com/annemariebrear

http://www.instagram.com/annemariebrear

Review:

This is the first time I’ve come across this author, but I’ll certainly be looking out for more books from her in the future!

Set in Victorian Yorkshire, this is a compelling historical tale in which the main protagonist, Thea Goodson, is determined to make the best of her life, despite her difficult living circumstances at the hands of an abusive and unloving husband.

What I loved most about this story was how Thea’s strength shone through throughout. This is a woman determined not to just accept her lot in life; she has ambition and drive and knows that she deserves better.

The relationship that develops between Thea and Adam Fitzwilliam is subtle, yet touching. The attraction between them is instantaneous, but both are wary due to their individual circumstances.

Adam is an interesting character and another who is determined not to conform to the stereotypes and expected behaviour of a man of his heritage. He defies his somewhat unpleasant parents to pursue his own dreams and this makes him extremely likeable and an ideal ally for Thea.

The author’s description of the period is historically accurate and based on research of the area during that time. This helps to lend an authentic atmosphere to the narrative.

My only constructive criticism was that the ending feels slightly rushed and leaves you needing an epilogue, although maybe this means there’s a sequel in the pipeline!

If you’re a fan of historical fiction, make sure you add this to your ‘to be read’ pile!

With thanks to the author and @rararesources for the ARC.

**Blog Tour** The Resistance Girl- Jina Bacaar

I’m thrilled to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for ‘The Resistance Girl.’

Two women. One heartbreaking secret.

Paris, 1943.

Sylvie Martone is the star of French cinema, and adored by fans. But as Nazi officers swarm the streets of Paris, she is spotted arm in arm with an SS Officer and her fellow Parisians begin to turn against her.

However Sylvie has a secret – one she must protect with her life.

Paris, 2020.

Juliana Chastain doesn’t know anything about her family history. While her mother was alive she remained very secretive about her past.

So when Juliana discovers a photograph of a glamorous French actress from World War Two amongst her mother’s possessions, she is in shock to find herself looking at her grandmother – especially as she is arm in arm with a Nazi Officer…

Desperate for answers, Juliana is determined to trace the journey of her grandmother. Surely there is more to the photograph than meets the eye?

But as she delves into Sylvie’s past, nothing can prepare Juliana for the tales of secrets, betrayal and sacrifice which she will uncover.

A heart-wrenching story of love and war, perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff and Suzanne Goldring.

Author Bio –

Jina Bacarr is a US-based historical romance author of over 10 previous books. She has been a screenwriter, journalist and news reporter, but now writes full-time and lives in LA. Jina’s novels have been sold in 9 territories.

Social Media Links –

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/JinaBacarrNewsletter

Website: https://jinabacarr.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JinaBacarr.author

Twitter @ https://twitter.com/JinaBacarr

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LadydeGrey/videos?view_as=subscriber

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jbacarr

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jina-bacarr

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/50392.Jina_Bacarr

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jinabacarr/

https://bookandmainbites.com/JinaBacarr

Review:

If you enjoy historical fiction centred around World War II, then this is the novel for you. Told in a dual timeline, the Resistance Girl is a tale of family history, scandal and uncertainty, love and war.

Sylvie Martone is plucked from obscurity as a sixteen-year-old girl and whisked to Paris to become a movie star. Raised in a convent and knowing little of her family history, she is distraught to discover her mother was not the person she has always believed her to be.

In the present day, Juliana’s mother, who recently passed away, has always been secretive about her past, with Juliana believing her grandparents died before she was born.

When she discovers a photo in her mother’s possessions, it sets her on a trail to discover more about the woman in the picture who appears on the arm of a Nazi soldier.

As the tale unfolds through the recollections of Sylvie and the revelations Juliana finds in her diaries and tapes, the reader is drawn into a tangled history where all is not as it first seems.

The way the author weaves the story lines together keeps the reader intrigued throughout with plenty of surprises along the way. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

Further stops on the blog tour can be found here:

With thanks to the author, Boldwood Books and @rararesources for the opportunity to participate in the tour.

**Blog Tour** An Unusual Boy- Fiona Higgins

I’m really pleased to be a stop on today’s blog tour for ‘An Unusual Boy’.

Meet Jackson – a very unusual boy in a world that prefers ‘normal’…

Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.

But Julia’s eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn’t always easy.

Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for ‘normal’.

An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.

Bestselling novelist Fiona Higgins returns with a heart-stopping, devastating, but ultimately uplifting story about loyalty, love and forgiveness.

Author Bio –

Fiona Higgins is the Australian writer of several bestselling contemporary novels including The Mothers’ Group and Wife on the Run. Her work has been widely reviewed, translated internationally, and described as ‘page-turning domestic melodrama for the social media age’. She lives with her family in Sydney and her first book for Boldwood will be published in October 2020.

Social Media Links –

Twitter @https://twitter.com/fionahiggins101

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

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fionahigginsauthor/?hl=en

Website https://www.fionahiggins.com.au/

Review:

I found this book so captivating, it was difficult to put down! Told in dual perspective chapters, alternating between Jackson and his mum Julia, it offers a fascinating insight into the devastating effect a single incident can have on a family.

Jackson has been described as an ‘atypical’ boy who is neuro-diverse. This means he sometimes struggles to communicate clearly. It is this difficulty that has massive repercussions when he is accused of an incident at school and his answers implicate him more than he realises.

The relationships within the story are fascinating; from Jackson’s need to be loved by his often-absent father, to Julia’s growing reliance on soccer coach Steve, and the thawing of her relationship with mother-in-law Pamela.

It shows how empathy, compassion and understanding can have a profound affect on how we respond to others and how the opposite can be unimaginably destructive.

There were moments when I held my breath, such is the quality of the writing. A highly-recommended read!

Further stops on the tour can be found here:

With thanks to the author, @rararesources and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to take part.

**Blog Tour** The House Mate- Nina Manning

I’m delighted to be a stop on today’s blog tour for ‘The House Mate’ by Nina Manning.

The perfect life? …Or the perfect lie?

When Regi moves into her new house share, she’s ready for a clean slate. A new home. A new routine. A new identity…

Desperate to escape the shadow of her past that follows her everywhere she goes, Regi finds the ideal distraction in the perfect lives of others on social media.

But as innocent scrolling turns into an unhealthy obsession, Regi will soon learn that seeking perfection comes at a price…

A gripping psychological suspense from the international bestselling author of The Daughter In Law. Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, K L Slater and Jackie Kabler.

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

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:

This is a book that certainly gets you thinking from the outset! Full of suspense and intrigue, it follows the life of Regi, in her mid-thirties and sharing a house with a bunch of 20-year-olds, whilst trying to start a new life away from a traumatic past which has involved lots of therapy and OCD.

Set in ‘Now’ and ‘Then’ chapters, we are offered glimpses into how her past has affected her present and it is difficult not to feel empathy for her as she continues to struggle with her compulsions.

The interesting twist to the plot is Regi’s growing obsession with Instagrammer Mrs Clean and the anecdotal instagram posts and comments at the end of chapters link nicely to the storyline and tie in Regi’s behaviours in a way that is unexpected at the outset.

The story can be quite dark and disturbing at times as Regi’s past returns to haunt her on an almost daily basis, from voices she hears, to the man in the baseball cap who seems to be tracking her movements.

A heart-stirring read with plenty of tension!

With thanks to the author and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to participate in the tour.

Further spots on the blog tour can be found here:

My review of Nina’s previous novel can be found here: https://pickledthoughtsandpinot.wordpress.com/2020/08/14/blog-tour-the-guilty-wife-nina-manning/

**Blog Tour** The Other Woman- Amanda Brookfield

I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for ‘The Other Woman’ by Amanda Brookfield.

‘No one gets to the heart of human relationships quite so perceptively as Brookfield.’ The Mirror

On a normal day, in a normal house, on a normal street, wife and mother Fran has had enough. She packs a case, leaves a note for her bullying husband Pete, and one for her beloved twenty-year-old son Harry, and heads to the airport – and freedom.

In another house, on another street, Helena is desperately baiting her husband Jack into a fight. These days it feels like the only way to get Jack to take notice of her. Passionate, volatile, increasingly fragile, Helena is fast running out of hope.

What Helena and Fran don’t know, is that soon their lives are going to come crashing together in ways neither expect nor understand. And if Fran and Helena are going to change their own futures, then first they will have to change each other’s.

Amanda Brookfield is back with a triumphant, crackling story about love, marriage, lies and fate, and how our destinies can be changed by the smallest decisions. Perfect for fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Jane Fallon and Jane Green.

Author Bio –

Amanda Brookfield is the bestselling author of many novels including Good Girls, Relative Love and Before I Knew You, and a memoir, For the Love of a Dog starring her Golden Doodle Mabel. She lives in London.

Social Media Links –

Website – https://www.amandabrookfield.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amandabrookfield100/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/amanda_and_mabel_brookfield/

Twitter @ – https://twitter.com/ABrookfield1

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/173510.Amanda_Brookfield

Mailing list sign up – http://bit.ly/AmandaBrookfieldNewsletter

Review:

This is an intriguing book about the nature of relationships and how we never really know what goes on in people’s lives behind closed doors.

When Fran is left alone at the airport by Jack, who was supposed to be meeting her to escape to a new life together, it is all she can do to try to keep the broken pieces of her life together when she returns home to her oblivious and violent husband Pete.

Jack’s wife Helena is initially portrayed as a manipulative, money-chaser who belittles her husband, which is supposedly what drove him to the affair, after meeting Fran at a local auction.

The first part of the book focuses on events from Fran’s point of view, while the second tells the same story from Helena’s perspective. Then the relationships collide in the final section.

This is more an exploration of the lives of the individual characters than a psychological thriller as such. As a reader, it is impossible not to feel some sympathy for Fran, a woman who has endured so much in life by staying in an unhappy marriage for the sake of her son, whose character is equally compelling.

This is a slow-burner but definitely worth a read!

With thanks to the author and Boldwood Books for the chance to participate in the tour.

Other spots on the blog tour can be found here:

** Blog Tour** The Widow’s Vow- Rachel Brimble

I’m delighted to be a stop on today’s blog tour for ‘The Widow’s Vow’.

From grieving widow…

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

Author Bio –

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Her next project is a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which she recently signed with Aria Fiction. The series will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book. A Widow’s Vow is due for release in September and available for Amazon preorder now.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

To sign up for her newsletter (a guaranteed giveaway every month!), click here:

Review-

This is the first novel I’ve read by this author, but it certainly won’t be the last!

Set in the early 19th century between the cities of Bath and Bristol, ‘A Widow’s Vow’ is an engrossing historical tale with strong characters that immediately draw the reader into their lives.

Louisa and Jacob are particularly compelling. Hardened to life by their own early experiences, they both nevertheless have an inner drive for survival and an instinct to help those in need. As fate draws them closer together, it seems they have more in common than even they anticipated.

A must- read for fans of historical fiction. I eagerly await the next novel in the series!

Social Media Links –

Website: https://rachelbrimble.com/

Twitter

Facebook

Other stops on the tour can be found here:

With thanks to the author and @rararesources for the opportunity to be a part of the tour.