Monday, 20 August 2018

The Write Stuff with... Jack Jordan

Today it's my pleasure to be kicking off week 2 of the Before Her Eyes blog tour and it's my pleasure to welcome Jack Jordan to the blog to talk about his writing and what it was like seeing his book on the shelf for the first time.  But not only that I have an extract to share with you too which should certainly whet your appetite for this chilling read.

Seeing my book on the shelf for the first time was a total game-changer

Many people think of authors as having a glamorous lifestyle. We wake up each morning to a flurry of ideas, make a pot of fresh coffee, and tap at the keyboard all day by a sunlit window to the sound of birdsong, with a small fortune to pay for the house to be kept clean, the cupboards filled, the garden groomed and beautiful to the eye.

In reality, this is a small margin of authors’ lives (sorry to disappoint the ‘book pirates’ *cough* they should be called thieving, self-entitled criminals *cough, cough* who have recently been quoted in the media as thinking of us authors as elitists). For a lot of us, writing – a full-time job with a full-time workload – must fit around a job that pays the bills. Some authors juggle family and parenthood. What I’m saying is: we’re a tired, underpaid bunch, stumbling over each other for space in the same metaphorical boat.

I love writing, or rather, I have to write - it’s the only thing I know. It’s what gets me up in the morning and keeps me awake at night. But it’s also an extremely hard profession. As authors, we must armour ourselves against rejection and negative reviews, prove the validity of our profession to people we’ve just met as they ask about sales figures and income; we have to write because we love it, knowing that there is no guarantee we’ll ever get to depend on our careers to fill our stomachs, despite the sacrifice of sleep, days off, our own money, and something I have heard people call a ‘social life’.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Giveaway: Win a copy of The Girl I Used to Be by Mary Torjussen

Today I was supposed to be reviewing Mary Torjussen's The Girl I Used to Be as part of the blog tour but unfortunately life has a habit of getting in the way and I haven't quite finished reading the book yet.  So instead to honour my commitment for the blog tour I have decided to run a giveaway and I will hopefully finish reading the book later today to be able to do a review tomorrow... fingers crossed 🤞


Gemma Brogan needs a break from her life.

A work event looks the ideal chance to get away. And a friendly new client seems like the perfect gentleman when he joins Gemma for an innocent dinner . . .

Friday, 17 August 2018

Books Read: The Secret Keeper by Susan Lewis

You never forget your first love. 18 years ago, Olivia learned to live without Sean Kenyon.

She moved on, building a life with her husband Richmond and their two children in the picturesque town Kesterley-on-Sea.

But when Sean unexpectedly appears on Olivia’s doorstep, her world is turned upside down once more.

As old feelings resurface, and new truths come to light, Olivia finds herself questioning everything.

Is her husband really the person she thought he was?

The past and present collide, and Olivia must uncover the truth before it’s too late.

But if everyone is keeping secrets, how will she know who to trust?

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Emma's Review: The Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

So many stories hidden behind closed doors . . . 

It's late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her. 

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever. 

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don't quite add up . . .

Welcome to Primrose Square.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Emma's Review: A Cornish Secret by Emma Burstall

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Be careful what you kiss for...

Esme Posorsky is an enigma. For as long as people can remember, she has been part of community life in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock, but does anyone really know her? She is usually to be found working in her pottery studio or at home with her beloved cat, Rasputin. But when an old school friend turns up with a secret from the past, nothing will ever be the same again.

Meanwhile teenager, Rosie, is excited to find a bottle washed up on Tremarnock beach with a message from a former German prisoner of war. While the rest of the village is up in arms about a new housing development, she sets out to find him. Little does she know, however, that her discovery will unleash a shocking chain of events that threatens to blow her family apart.

Tremarnock may look like a cosy backwater, but some of its residents are about to come face-to-face with tough decisions and cold reality...

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