#BlogTour: The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton @KJHAuthor @annecater @bookish_becky @headlinepg @Wildfirebks #LoveYouToDeath #RandomThingsTours


I’m on the blog tour for The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton today and am pleased to be able to share my review.

The Perfect Girlfriend is available to buy in ebook now and hardback on the 22nd of March.  You can buy and/ or pre-order here.

Book Description:

Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

My Review:

I’d looked forward to reading The Perfect Girlfriend for a while ever since reading some fabulous reviews from my fellow bloggers.  I’m always slightly dubious about a book being billed as perfect for fans of Gone Girl but in this case I think the comparison is a valid one.

Juliette is a seriously  twisted, sinister and creepy character.  In some ways I admired her determination to get what she wanted on the other she scared me by her willingness to do whatever it took to get Nate, her ex boyfriend back.  Seriously the lengths this girl would go to in order to win Nate back was frightening not least because of how realistic it all seems.   My feelings about her changed throughout the book.  Sometimes I was scared of her and was very glad I wasn’t friends with her or someone like her, the next moment I felt very sorry for her as she had truly had some awful moments in her childhood which were very relatable to me at times.  Despite everything I really wanted her to have a happy ending and get back together with Nate.

The information regarding her job as an airhostess was fascinating and it was great to get an insider’s glimpse into the industry.  The author used to be an airhostess i believe so all the information included in the book is true.  The job definitely isn’t as glamorous as it looks and Juliette helped to provide a different view on how things actually are.  For example i’d never considered how hard it must be to be stuck in a foreign country with people you barely know.  Juliette’s no nonsense view on this and other social interactions were very honest, true to life and had me laughing out loud at times as some of her feelings were very similar to mine.  I hate going along to a night out only to find others invited too.

This isn’t a fast paced book which I did initially struggle with, but the further you get into the book and the more you learn about Juliette the more intrigued you become by the story.  There is a sense of anything could happen and I felt glued to the pages in anticipation of what on earth Juliette would do next.  I only mention this in case others are finding this as I would urge you to continue reading as it is a fascinating book.

This is Karen Hamilton’s debut book and I look forward to reading more from her.  If you like character driven, creepy thrillers with a unreliable narrator you will love this book!

Huge thanks to Becky Hunter, Anne Cater and Wildfire books for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:


Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. Karen is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy, and having now put down roots in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband, she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the world through her writing. THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND is her first novel.

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#BlogTour: Beneath An Indian Sky by Renita D’Silva @bookouture @RenitaDSilva #5Stars #MustRead #FavNewAuthor


I’m excited to be on the blog tour for this fabulous book.  It’s always exciting when you discover a new author and I can’t wait to read more from Renita D’silva.

Beneath An Indian Sky is available to buy in paperback and ebook here.

Book Description:

An unforgettable and heart-wrenching story of love, betrayal and family secrets. In colonial India a young woman finds herself faced with an impossible choice, the consequences of which will echo through the generations…

1928. In British-ruled India, headstrong Sita longs to choose her own path, but her only destiny is a good marriage. After a chance meeting with a Crown Prince leads to a match, her family’s status seems secured and she moves into the palace, where peacocks fill the gardens and tapestries adorn the walls. But royal life is far from simple, and her failure to provide an heir makes her position fragile. Soon Sita is on the brink of losing everything, and the only way to save herself could mean betraying her oldest friend…

2000. When Priya’s marriage ends in heartbreak, she flees home to India and the palace where her grandmother, Sita, once reigned as Queen. But as grandmother and granddaughter grow closer, Priya has questions. Why is Sita so reluctant to accept that her royal status ended with Independence? And who is the mysterious woman who waits patiently at the palace gates day after day? Soon Priya uncovers a secret Sita has kept for years – and which will change the shape of her life forever…

A breathtaking journey through India from British rule to Independence and beyond; a world of green hills, cardamom-scented air, and gold thread glinting in the sun, brought to life by Renita D’Silva’s exquisite writing. If you love Kathryn Hughes, Dinah Jefferies or Kristin Hannah, this is the novel for you.

My Review:

It’s always great to find a new historical fiction writer and Renita D’silva is definitely an author I’ll be reading more of in the future as I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

From the first pages I felt immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of India.  I could really picture the setting in my mind and felt like I was right there next to Mary and Sita watching everything unfold . I particularly liked the vivid descriptions of Mary’s garden in India with its wonderful wildness and amazing animals running free.  I’d love to have had such a garden as a kid and I enjoyed reading about the kid’s exploits there, imagining the fun I’d have had.

Mary and Sita where my two favourite characters and I enjoyed reading about their friendship, despite their differences.  Sita is a very strong willed, rebellious character who wants more to life than the marriage and kids her parent’s have planned for her.  Mary in contrast is a very gentle, tidy little girl who is loved by everyone and just wants to fit in.  She is embarrassed my her free spirited parents and think she doesn’t live up to their expectations.  These differences actually bring the two girls together, helping them try new things that neither would have dared try before and helping them to see the opposite view to the one they have. There were times when both characters did annoy me though as they seemed so selfish and set in their ways.  Despite this I was very sad when, after a tragedy, the two are forced to separate as I’d have loved to have more about their friendship as young girls.

The story is told from three points if view Sita’s, Mary’s and Priya in the present day.  I did initially orefer Sita and Mary’s story as it wasn’t immediately obvious where and how Priya fitted in.  However I soon liked all three stories equally, especially when Priya visits India.

The gradual unraveling of what happened was brilliantly done and took me by surprise as I didn’t see some of them coming.  Even without these though I loved the book for how involved in the story and the girls lives it made me feel and I truly felt a bit sad when it ended and I wasn’t able to read more about their world.

This is the first book by Renita D’silva I have read but it won’t be my last as I thought this book was absolutely superb!  If you like dual time, historical fiction with a bit of mystery you will love this book.

Huge thanks to Kim Nash and bookouture for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:


Renita D’Silva loves stories, both reading and creating them. Her short stories have been published in ‘The View from Here’, ‘Bartleby Snopes’, ‘this zine’, ‘Platinum Page’, ‘Paragraph Planet’ among others and have been nominated for the ‘Pushcart’ prize and the ‘Best of the Net’ anthology. She is the author of ‘Monsoon Memories’,’The Forgotten Daughter’, ‘The Stolen Girl’, ‘A Sister’s Promise’, ‘A Mother’s Secret’, ‘A Daughter’s Courage’, ‘Beneath An Indian Sky’.

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#GuestPost: Robert Eggleton @roberteggleton1 #PreventAbuse

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I’m very pleased to be able to share a guest post from Robert Eggleton, atuthor of Rarity From The Hollow today.  Robert’s book has helped raise awareness of child abuse and funds to help children in need.  After Christmas sales are tallied in April, the publisher is going to make the next deposit of author proceeds from the Rarity from the Hollow project into the nonprofit agency’s PayPal account for the prevention of child maltreatment. Millions of American children spent this past holiday in temporary shelters. A lot more world-wide likely spent their respective “holidays” in worse conditions.

Rarity From The Hollow is available to buy here.

Before I share Robert’s guest post with you, here is a little bit about the book.

Book Description

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Will Lacy’s predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

Guest Post:

The Potential of Fiction to Prevent Child Abuse

by Robert Eggleton

Historically, speculative fiction has fueled social activism, debate, and the adoption of evolving or devolving social policy depending on one’s values. In 380 B.C., Plato envisioned a utopian society in The Republic and that story represented the beginning of a long string of speculations: ecology, economics, politics, religion, technology, feminism….

Charles Dickens may not have been the first novelist to address the evils of child victimization in fiction, but his work has certainly had an impact on the conscientious of us all. Every Christmas, Tiny Tim pulls at our heart strings, now by cable and satellite, and stirs the emotions of masses. In another Dickens novel, after finally getting adopted into a loving home as millions of today’s homeless children also dream about, Oliver eventually made it to Broadway well over a century later. Oliver Twist may be the best example of Dickens’ belief that a novel should do much more than merely entertain, but entertain it did, very well.

Similarly, a 1946 essay by George Orwell self-assessed his writing of Animal Farm as a fusion of artistic and political expressions: Why I Write. Orwell’s subsequent novel, 1984, was also so popular that they both became required reading in high schools. Dickens likely influenced Orwell and many other novelists, such as Aldous Huxley and H.G. Wells, who included social analyses or commentary in their works. These authors were huge influences on me as I conceived my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, and its potential to prevent child abuse.

Prior to earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1977, I began a career in child welfare. I’ve worked in the field of child advocacy for over forty years. In 2015, I retired from my job as a children’s psychotherapist from an intensive mental health program. Many of the kids in the program had been abused, some sexually. Part of my job was to facilitate group therapy sessions.

One day in 2006 during a group therapy session, I was sitting around a table used for written therapeutic exercises, and a little girl with stringy, brown hair sat a few feet away.

Instead of just disclosing the horrors of her abuse at the hands of the meanest daddy on Earth, she also spoke of her hopes and dreams for the future: finding a loving family who would protect her forever .

This girl was inspiring. She got me thinking again about my own hopes and dreams of writing fiction, an aspiration that I’d held in since I was twelve years old. My protagonist was born that day – an empowered victim who takes on the evils of the Universe, Lacy Dawn. I began to write fiction in the evenings and sometimes went to work the next day with inadequate sleep. Every time that I would feel discouraged, when I felt like giving up, I would imagine Lacy Dawn speaking honestly about the barriers that she faced in pursuit of her dream of finding a permanent home. I would remind myself that despite the popularity of escapism / recreation as the exclusive function of novels in the mainstream, the road for fiction to influence the world had been paved.

But, the struggles in the world of books were difficult, seemingly impossible to overcome. I got to the point where I needed more to sustain my drive. My wife and I talked it over. That’s when the idea of donating proceeds to prevent child abuse became a commitment that has sustained my discouragement to this day. Three short Lacy Dawn Adventures were subsequently published in magazines. Rarity from the Hollow was released as my debut novel.

Half of author proceeds from sales are donated to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, a nonprofit child welfare agency where I worked in the early ‘80s. I was the statewide director of emergency children’s shelters. The agency was established in 1893, now serves over 13,000 families and children each year, and is located in an impoverished state in the U.S., a place like so many others with inadequate funding to deliver effective social services. childhswv.org. West Virginia has the poorest economic outlook in the U.S. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/11/west-virginia-americas-worst-state-for-business-in-2017.html, and leads the nation on heroin overdose death rate https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/west-virginia/articles/2017-12-23/west-virginia-leads-nation-in-drug-overdose-death-rate — both correlates of child abuse.

As I was writing Rarity from the Hollow, I envisioned childhood maltreatment from victimization to empowerment. I wanted to produce a story that survivors could benefit from having read. Nine book reviewers have privately disclosed to me that they were survivors of childhood maltreatment, like me, and all reported having benefitted from my novel. These book reviewers wrote glowing book reviews, and one of them publicly disclosed for the first time that she had been a rape victim as part of her review https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3IAA18DVORSV7/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B017REIA44 .

Given the high prevalence rate of child maltreatment in the U.S. – one in four adults report having been maltreated as children https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/ — I wasn’t surprised that book reviewers would be a representative sample. Nevertheless, these disclosures were very touching and encouraging as I worked to get Rarity from the Hollow noticed by readers.

“American children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. National child abuse estimates are well known for being under-reported. The latest 2015 Child Maltreatment Report from The Children’s Bureau was published in January 2017. The report shows an increase in child abuse referrals from 3.6 million to 4 million. The number of children involved subsequently increased to 7.2 million from 6.6 million. The report also indicates an increase in child deaths from abuse and neglect to 1,670 in 2015, up from 1,580 in 2014. Some reports estimate child abuse fatalities at 1,740 or even higher.” https://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/

The realities of child maltreatment, the statistics, are depressing. However, I wasn’t a successful children’s advocate because I got good at peddling sob stories. I took Charles Dickens to heart – “not MERELY to entertain (emphasis added).” Yes, Rarity from the Hollow includes social commentary – child abuse, poverty, drug addiction, domestic violence…– but, I made a concerted effort to not present anything as preachy. Personally, I don’t like to read preachy literature, not even religious pamphlets that one finds on the floors of public toilet stalls. I wanted to produce a novel that speaks to one reader about social issues in one manner, while interpreted very differently by another reader. To raise funds, readers had to be entertained by my story, and not preached to about a depressing topic. This joining of missions caused a little confusion experienced by a couple of book reviewers who didn’t quite get that my novel was not intended to be an exposé or a memoir. The early tragedy feeds subsequent comedy, satire, and political parody, so that reader were sensitized to child maltreatment while remembering the fun that they had by reading Rarity from the Hollow.

With respect to entertainment value and the self-promotions of my novel, I became especially invigorated when Rarity from the Hollow received a Gold Medal from a prominent book review organization that permitted no contact between the publisher or author and the book reviewer:

“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/

When Rarity form the Hollow received a second Gold Medal, I became increasingly convinced that I had found the balance between social commentary (social policy) and entertainment as promoted by Charles Dickens:

“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…” https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/rarity-from-the-hollow

Then, when I was feeling more confident about the prospects of raising some money to prevent child abuse in my home state, Donald Trump was elected President of the U.S. Rarity from the Hollow was the first, perhaps the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power — parody with no political advocacy one side or any other. My mission felt impossible under the new tax law that cut domestic spending. There was no way that my little project could offset a national priority to save our children. Perhaps God Sent, a wonderful book review helped me refocus: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2RAXNLSHTUDUF/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=190713395X

And, a wonderful book reviewer donated a great video to the cause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkbusks811Q&feature=youtu.be. If you and your readers click on this link, it will increase views and likes. More than ever, “I won’t back down” is the theme of my current state of mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlTJrNJ5lA

So, what do you think? Will fiction continue to prompt human thought in a way that drives consideration of social policy in America and the rest of the world, how we go about this crazy thing called life? Or have we all gone down the road named “Escape from Reality” so far that social commentary has become a pothole on our entertainment highways?


Very intriguing post Robert! I certainly hope that books will continue to help spread the message and help solve the problem.  I wish you lots of luck with your book.

About The Author:


Robert Eggleton has served as a children s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children s Home Society of West Virginia.





#BlogTour: My Sister by Michelle Adams @MAdamswriter @Phoebe_Swinburn @headlinepg #5stars


I’m  so thrilled to be on the My Sister blog tour today and be able to share my review of the simply fabulous My Sister by Michelle Adams.  I loved this book and, although it sounds very cliche, I literally couldn’t put it down!

My Sister is available to buy in paperback and ebook here.  The ebook is currently the bargain price of 99p!

Book Description:

She always thought her family didn’t want her. What if the truth is even worse?
An addictive psychological thriller perfect for fans of Laura Marshall’s FRIEND REQUEST and Jenny Blackhurt’s THE FOSTER CHILD.

My name is Irini. Our parents sent me away.
My sister is Elle. They kept her.
Families should stay together. What happened that day ripped mine apart.

A successful doctor, with a loving boyfriend, Irini Harringford is finally happy. But when Elle tracks her down everything starts to unravel.

Irini knows only too well what her sister is capable of. However, her desperate need for answers drags her back to a shocking past.

My Review:

I always find it slightly nerve wracking to read a book that I’ve heard so many great things about as there is always the chance that it won’t live up to its hype.  I needn’t have worried though as I found My Sister to be a very gripping and enthralling read.

My Sister griped me from the start when the opening chapter threw up a series of intriguing questions.  What happened all those years ago to make Irini’s parents want to give her away?  Why does none of her family care if she goes to her mother’s funeral or not and most importantly of all, Why does Elle have such a hold over her sister.

As the story unfolds the reader learns more about the twisted nature of the sister’s relationship and their murky past.  I found this utterly fascinating and it was very hard to put the book down as I wanted to learn more and discover the truth,  The pace of the book is quite fast with a lot of action happening so the reader is never bored.  I was constantly thinking about the book whilst not reading it and trying to bribe the kids so I could sneak a few more pages in.  A couple of the twists I didn’t see coming and I liked that the author didn’t take the obvious route with how the story went.

My opinion of Irini changed continuously throughout the book.  At times I felt very sorry for her living with her disability and her feelings of abandonment regarding being given away all those years ago.  Her hurt and confusion regarding this was almost palpable at times and some of the passages relating to this were heartbreaking to read about.  At other times  though she really frustrated me and i felt like shouting at her as she made some really stupid decisions and let her sister control her.  She was quite an unnerving character as I was never really convinced about her side of the story and if she was telling the truth as something just didn’t add up.

I really didn’t like Ellie, especially how controlling and manipulating she was towards her sister.  She was a very unlikable character and I found myself hoping that Irini would stand up  to her or that she would come to a sticky end.

This was a very interesting and well plotted thriller that is one of the best thrillers I have read.  It kept my interest throughout the book and I thought that Michelle’s writing was brilliant and made the book very easy to read.  It was my savior through sleepless nights with a poorly baby.  I almost didn’t mind not getting any sleep as it meant i could read a few more pages of this fabulous book.

This is Michelle Adam’s debut book and I look forward to reading more from her.  If you like unsettling, well plotted thrillers with great twists you will love this book.

Huge thanks to Phoebe Swinburn and Headline for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:


Michelle Adams grew up in the UK and now lives in Cyprus, where she works as a part-time scientist. She read her first Stephen King novel at the tender age of nine, and has been addicted to suspense fiction ever since. MY SISTER is her first novel.

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#BlogTour #Interview: 29 Seconds by TM Logan @Emily_BookPR @TMLoganAuthor

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I’m very excited to be on the  blog tour for the intriguing 29 seconds by TM Logan today.  This is a book I have been hearing lots of amazing things about and I can’t wait to get a chance to read it.

29 Seconds is available to buy now in kindle and paperback here. .  The  Kindle version is currently only 98p!

Book Description

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.


Q&A with TM Logan:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 47, married with two teenage children and live in Nottingham. I was born in Reading, Berkshire – the youngest of three boys – went to university in London and Cardiff, then trained as a journalist and worked on local and national newspapers before moving into a communications role at a large university. 29 Seconds is my second psychological thriller; my first was Lies which came out in 2017 and has sold more than 300,000 copies.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

I love ice hockey – we’re fortunate in Nottingham to have the National Ice Centre in town, and my family are all season ticket holders with the Nottingham Panthers, so we go to a lot of matches during the season. I read a lot, and also like TV series like Mindhunter, Godless, The Affair, Black Mirror, Game of Thrones and lots of others. Because writing all day is a fairly sedentary job I also try to keep fit by cycling and going to the gym a few times a week.

3. Do you have a day job as well?

I did have, until summer 2017 – but my day job was made redundant during a restructure and I had the option of applying for a new role, or taking redundancy. I opted for the latter and have been writing full-time ever since (and loving it!).

4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I first started taking fiction writing seriously about ten years ago, and spent several years writing, editing and re-writing my first book. I finished it in early 2013 but unfortunately it didn’t get picked up by any publishers. That was the point at which I started working on Lies, my debut novel, which came out in January 2017.

5. How did you choose the genre you write in?

It chose me, I think – I just write the kind of thing that I like to read. I read mainly thrillers, crime, adventure and mystery stories, so I gravitated to them when I started writing fiction.

6. Where do you get your ideas?

Most of my ideas come from everyday life – a conversation, a story on the news, a thought that turns into a ‘what if?’ question that might form part of a plot. With 29 Seconds, one element of the plot came from a news story in The Guardian about the scale of sexual harassment in higher education, which got me thinking. I thought it might make a strong setting for a novel – if the victim was so desperate for a solution that she would resort to desperate measures.

7. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

Not yet! There always seems to be something going on in my head that needs to be put down on the page.

8. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I always plan and outline so I have an idea of where I’m headed. There are always deviations and detours along the way, but I like to know roughly what my destination is going to be so I can stay on track. I’m immensely jealous of authors who can just write from the seat of their pants!

9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

As an adult, I remember reading A Simple Plan by Scott Smith and becoming so hooked that I had to take it into work so I could carry on reading, holding it under my desk. I got into a bit of trouble doing that, but I remember it was the first time that I thought maybe one day I’d be able to write books that had the same effect on people.

10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

It was quite a long road to publication for me – about ten years in all. I spent a good few years working on a novel that never got published and is still sitting in my bottom drawer. I had invested a lot of hope in it at the time, so for it to be rejected by a series of publishers (in 2013) was a fairly crushing experience. To spend all that time, and come so close, felt like falling at the very last hurdle. The biggest challenge after that was keeping the faith, keeping the belief that one day, sooner or later, I would be able to write a book that would make it all the way to publication. I know it’s a cliché but getting to that point last year was honestly a dream come true for me.

11. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

A few of my characters have been based on real people – Sarah Haywood’s children in 29 Seconds, Grace and Harry, have elements of my own children when they were that age (fortunately they get on much better now they’re a little older!). And elements here and there are based on my personal experience, whether it’s an anecdote, or a person’s way of speaking, a hobby, a place that I know or somewhere I’ve lived in the past. So there are bits and pieces here and there – but mostly it’s fictional.

12. What was your hardest scene to write?

The scenes with Sarah and her boss in 29 Seconds were tough to write. Without giving too much away, they needed to be realistic but not exploitative. They were necessary but needed to be written in a way that wasn’t gratuitous, so there was quite a fine line to tread.

13. How did you come up with the title?

29 Seconds actually had the working title of Every Good Deed, but that never felt quite right. As I was working on the story, it occurred to me that the pivotal moment in the story is very brief – it only takes 29 seconds – but it changes her life, it changes her future, it changes everything. So that seemed like a good choice for a title.

14. What project are you working on now?

I’m currently writing book 3 for Bonnier Zaffre, which will come out in 2019. It’s a standalone thriller set in the south of France, where four best friends are holidaying together with their families. As the week goes on, their friendship starts to unravel amid secrets, betrayal and lies, until it becomes clear that someone in the group is prepared to kill to keep a long-buried truth from coming out…

15. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

A few of my reviews on Amazon have been pretty brutal! That’s just part and parcel of being an author, I guess – but they’re still tough to read. The biggest ‘Wow!’ compliment was getting a quote from Lee Child, which is on the cover of 29 Seconds. I was totally bowled over!

16. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

First and foremost: thank you! Thanks for reading and reviewing my books, for sharing with your friends, family, colleagues and book groups. It means so much to an author to have the support of readers, and I’m genuinely grateful to have had such positive feedback.


Thank you so much for answering all my questions, I wish you lot of luck with the book and hope it is a huge success!

About The Author:

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TM Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. LIES is his first novel – published by Bonnier Zaffre in January 2017. His next thriller, 29 SECONDS, comes out in January 2018 and is currently available to pre-order.

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#BlogTour #Review: The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal @Legend_Press @Suzanne_leal


I’m on the blog tour for The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal today.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this interesting author.

The Teacher’s Secret is available to buy in ebook and paperback here.

Book Description:

A small town can be a refuge, but while its secrets are held, it’s hard to know who to trust
and what to believe. Terry Pritchard, assistant principal at Brindle Public School, watches his career collapse. Nina Foreman, a new teacher, struggles with the breakdown of her marriage and a new classroom. Rebecca Chuma is also new to Brindle: the locals are curious – what’s she doing there and why can’t she return home. By contrast, Joan Mather has lived in Brindle all her life. Since the death of her elderly mother, however, she’s been finding it hard to leave the house.

My review:

This was a much more emotional and thought provoking book then I was expecting it to be.  It was surprisingly gripping and I soon found myself immersed in the book and unable to put it down.

I love books that discuss a moral issue and The Teacher’s Secret does that using the subject of pupil-teacher contact as an issue for one its characters.  As a parent I’m a little on the fence about this issue.  Whilst I understand that guidelines need to be in place I don’t see why teacher’s can’t used their discression and determine when hugs etc can be used.  It breaks my heart when my son fall over at school as I know that all he wants is a hug and yet no one on site is allowed to give him one.  I think sometimes this lack or affection or sympathy could cause more harm to the child then a hug could, especially as this could be the only time children get any love or affection from anyone.

The issue of pupil-teacher contact is one that puts veteran teacher Terry and Acting Principle Laurie against each other.  Terry, like me, thinks there are times when contact is necessary and comforting for a child.  He uses it when he feels the situation calls for it and his pupils will benefit from such interaction.  Laurie is very strict and likes things by the book.  The rules say absolutely no contact is allowed, so I Laurie’s world that means anyone disobeying this rule should be punished.  It was very interesting to find out about the tow ides of the argument through these characters.

My favourite character was Terry and I wish that all children were lucky enough to have a teacher like him in their lives.  His energy and relationships with his pupils was so lovely to read about, as was his efforts to change his lessons and assemblies to get all the children involved and ensure that they excel.  I really felt for him with his continued arguments with Laurie as it was obvious he was really a nice guy just trying to do the best for his pupils.   As the novel progresses and the reader becomes more aware of what Laurie is like I did start to find some of his interactions with pupil’s unsettling,  This wasn’t because he was doing anything wrong but rather because you knew that it would get him into trouble with Laurie and I really didn’t want him to.

I hated Laurie, what an interfering horrible women! I could never understand why she felt the need to change so much and get so involved when she was only the acting principle and therefore not there for very long.  It seemed that she took an instant dislike to terry and wanted to make things as difficult as possible for him.  As the book goes on I did begin to wonder if there was a reason for this, which definitely kept me intrigued and wanting to read more.  The revelation when it came did surprise me, which is always great as I do like being kept on my toes.  The ending was very heart warming and uplifting and helped to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.

The only reason this book isn’t 5 stars for me is that I felt it was a little slow to start and the introduction of multiple characters quite quickly was a tad confusing and I did initially struggle to work out who was who and their relation to each other.  If you are finding this too, I do urge you to continue as the book soon picks up and becomes very interesting and gripping.

This is Suzanne’s debut book and I really look forward to reading more from her in the future.  If you enjoyed books like The Slap then you will really enjoy this one.

Huge thank you to Imogen from Legend Press for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

About The Author:


Suzanne Leal is a lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and
refugee law. The Teacher’s Secret is her first novel published in the UK following her well-received debut in Australia, Border Street. Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband, David, and her four children, Alex, Dominic, Xavier and Miranda.

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#BlogTour #Extract Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes by Amy Miller @AmyBratley1 @bookouture


I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Wartime Brides & Wedding Cakes today and to be able to share an extract from the book with you.

I loved Heartaches & Christmas Cakes and very much look forward to reading this sequel.

Wartime Brides & Wedding Cakes is available to buy in ebook and paperback here.

Before I share my extract with you here is a little bit more about the book.

Book Description:

January, 1941: As Charlie Barton tiptoes silently out of the house one cold winter morning to go off and fight for his country, his wife Audrey is left to run the family bakery on her own.

Times are tougher than ever, but at the Barton Bakery in Bournemouth, Audrey is determined as always to serve the town with love, loaves and cakes, even as the town is reeling from the struggles of the Blitz.

Audrey’s brother William has returned from battle with serious wounds. His fiancé Elsie is waiting for wedding bells, but William is a changed man, and will her hopes be in vain?

Bakery helper Maggie has her heart set on dashing officer George. But will George still want to marry her when he discovers the truth about her family?

And Lily, Audrey’s stepsister, is struggling to raise her illegitimate baby and facing judgement from many in the town. The man who broke her heart returns with an offer, and Lily faces a hard decision about where her future lies.

When disaster strikes the bakery, Audrey fears that everything she has worked for may be ruined. With her shop threatened and her family in turmoil, can she fight to save everything she holds dear?

Wartime Brides and Wedding Cakes is a romantic and heart-warming tale of cakes and confetti, perfect for fans of Sheila Newberry, Nadine Dorries and Ellie Dean.


January 1941


Audrey Barton was fast asleep when her husband, Charlie, left. Kitbag slung over his shoulder, he carefully closed the bakery door behind him, quietly slipping from one life into another. The ink-blue sky peppered with stars,Audrey hadn’t stirred when he’d dressed, silently, in the darkness, tying the laces of his heavy leather boots with trembling hands. She had slept on under the rose-print eiderdown, as he propped a handwritten note on the dressing table, glancing back at her dark blonde hair fanned on the pillow and breathing in the fragrance of her Pond’s face cream, locking his wife’s image into his heart.

I can’t say goodbye, he had written.

When Audrey had awoken before dawn that freezing cold morning, to join Charlie in the bakehouse as she did every day, she discovered the note. Pulling her nightgown closer to her body, shivering slightly, she bit down hard on her bottom lip, quickly unfolding the paper to read his troubling words.

‘Charlie Barton!’ she cried, screwing up the note and hurling it across the room. Clenching her jaw and blinking away tears, she quickly processed what he had done. Of course, she knew he was joining up. He’d wanted to join the British Expeditionary Force since Britain declared war against Germany in September 1939, but because he was a baker, his occupation was ‘reserved’, and so he had food production duties at home. After fifteen grim months of war and in the midst of the Blitz, unimaginable calamity across the country and with millions of people’s lives in peril, Charlie had eventually persuaded the authorities to let him enlist, on the proviso that the bakery could continue to run without him. Yes, Audrey knew he was leaving, but he hadn’t told her when. She had planned on organising him a farewell meal with his favourite dishes, herring plate pie and marrow surprise, and on packing him up with all the comforts she could think of: knitted socks, gloves, long johns, balaclava helmet and a gingerbread cake for sustenance.

A kiss at the very least.

‘How could you?’ she muttered, dashing to the window, the gnarled floorboards creaking underfoot. She lifted up the blackout blind and threw open the window, leaning out into the bitingly cold January air, to peer up and down Fisherman’s Road, the street in East Bournemouth where they lived. There was nobody in sight. Whereas once the lamplighter would have been putting out the gas lamps, at this hour, to make way for dawn, the blackout meant the only light was provided by a sliver of moon hanging in the sky like a fingernail clipping, shining onto the deserted, snow-covered street.

Audrey spotted a trail of Charlie-sized footprints in the snow, leading away from the bakery, continuing past the butcher’s and the post office, their blackout blinds still closed. He had gone. Audrey didn’t cry easily, but thismorning, she wept.

‘Oh Charlie,’ she said to nobody, her voice quavering. ‘What kind of husband leaves his wife without saying goodbye? Goodbye might be all we have.’

Tears streamed uncontrollably down her cheeks as her thoughts flew to the argument they’d had the previous night. Heavens, she knew not to go to bed on an argument, yet that’s exactly what she’d done. It had blown up out of nowhere when Audrey had been getting Mary, the eight-year-old evacuee girl billeted with them, ready for bed.

‘Your hair is so soft,’ Audrey had said, brushing the little girl’s hair while sitting in front of the roaring fire, where a line of woollen stockings and gloves dried in the heat from the crackling flames. ‘It feels like rabbit’s ears, or butterfly wings, or the softest velvet you can imagine. Mary, I do believe you have the hair of a princess. You’re a special girl, do you know that?’

She’d noticed Charlie’s face dark as a thundercloud when he’d walked past, heading down to the bakehouse to knock back and prove the dough for the next day’s bread, but it wasn’t until Mary was tucked up in bed and Audrey was elbow-deep in washing up the crockery that he told her what was on his mind.

‘You shouldn’t fill the girl’s head with such fanciful rot,’ he had said, his muscular arms folded across his chest. ‘You’re setting her up for another fall. She’s not a princess but a kiddie with more problems on her shoulders than Winston Churchill. Her brother’s dead, her mother topped herself, she’s got no home to go to and her father’s fighting on the front line, if he’s even alive. Mary needs toughening up, not softening up.’

Audrey had stopped pot washing and stared for a moment at the shelves in front of her. The jewel-coloured bottles and jars of rosehip syrup, pickled cucumbers, apple chutney and carrot jam she’d made in the summer months in preparation for winter blurred in front of her eyes. Placing the dishcloth down on the Belfast sink, she had turned to face her husband, hands on her hips.

‘That girl has seen enough sadness to last her two lifetimes,’ she said coolly. ‘I will do everything in my power to raise a smile on her sorry little face and give her a taste of what childhood should be. There can be no denyingthat the horrors she’s seen are unimaginable to us, Charlie.’

‘Not for long,’ he had challenged, raising his chin. ‘I’ll be going out to the front line with my eyes wide open. I’m prepared for anything, nothing can shock me.’

Suddenly weary, Audrey shook her head. ‘I don’t know what’s got into you, Charlie Barton,’ she said, ‘but the man I married was not bloodthirsty, or begging for a fight. You should open your eyes to what’s around you. Folk are managing to put a smile on their faces, like a sticking plaster, but families are being pulled apart; husbands, sons and brothers dead before they’ve even started their lives. Millions of children just like Mary have been evacuated hundreds of miles away from home, not knowing if they’ll see their parents again. What the world needs is more simple kindliness and common humanity.’

‘You think I don’t know that?’ he said, incredulous. ‘Are you suggesting I don’t go and fight for our country?’

Unsure of quite what she was saying, Audrey sighed. She knew, deep down, that Charlie had a heart of gold and had married him because of his dependability, kind nature and strength. She shook her head.

‘No, I’m not saying that,’ she said, her shoulders sagging. ‘Nothing I can say will stop you wanting to fight, even though this bakery and the neighbourhood depends on you for bread in a time when people are having to forgo foods other than what is absolutely necessary. It’s like you’ve been somewhere else since the war started. You might as well have already gone!’

Audrey knew she was treading on thin ice, but she couldn’t help herself. The prospect of Charlie leaving the bakery – leaving and potentially never returning – was hanging over them both and tearing her apart. She knew she was being unfair. She knew that Charlie wanted to defend his country against Hitler and the potential threat of invasion, to help put a stop to the horrific pain and suffering that people across the globe had so far endured, but the fear of losing him deeply affected her. Though she would never admit as much, when she met and married him seven years ago, he had, in some ways, rescued her. Their marriage, the bakery and his extended family had plucked her from the lonely road she was travelling, giving her direction and strength. Without him, would she fall apart?

‘You don’t understand,’ said Charlie, but she turned her back on him and plunged her hands back into the soapy water.

No, you don’t understand, she thought.

‘I should get this done,’ she sighed, her cheeks burning. She felt Charlie’s eyes boring a hole into her back for a long moment, but she didn’t turn to face him, much to her deepest regret.

Now, he was gone. She stared at her wedding band and rotated it slowly around her finger, the gold bright and smooth to touch. Her thoughts went back to their happy wedding day and she glanced at the photograph on the dressing table of the two of them about to cut their wedding cake. She had baked and intricately iced the rich, fruity celebration cake herself, carefully positioning the hand-painted bride and groom wedding cake topper she kept, to this day, wrapped in tissue paper in her jewellery box. Averting her gaze, she tried to work out what to do. Should she follow the footprints in the snow to try to find Charlie? Or should she respect his wishes and not say goodbye?

Realising he had probably left hours earlier and as through the window a flurry of light snow began to fall and cover his footprints, she wiped her eyes and quickly dressed in her bakery overalls, pinning back her hair and fixing the bakery cap on the top of her head. She pushed her feet into her wooden clogs and looked in the mirror at her twenty-seven-year-old self. Slim in build and naturally pretty, Charlie used to say her blue eyes changed shade depending on her mood. This morning they were dark and gloomy as the bottom of the sea. Her beloved Charlie was joining the thousands of other men away from home, who might never return.

I can’t say goodbye.

Pushing back her shoulders, standing tall, Audrey took a deep breath and raised her chin. The faint noise of the clattering of loaf tins came from the bakehouse, where she knew Charlie must have arranged for his Uncle John to step in and take over his baking duties. In a time of rationing, when shipping losses meant that food imports had radically fallen, bread was an essential part of everyone’s diet and, as the local family bakery, the neighbourhood depended on Barton’s bread. She thought of their small but spotless shop downstairs, the shelves waiting to be filled with warm golden loaves and counter goods, to satisfy empty bellies. The locals said the smell of Barton’s bread was so good it was impossible to walk past without coming in. Offering everyday comfort and sustenance in an uncertain, tense and dangerous time; she would never, ever, let her customers down.

Giving her reflection a long, hard stare before turning away, she picked up Charlie’s screwed-up note and placed it in the dressing table drawer for safekeeping.

The lengthy list of what needed doing that morning pressed on her mind. She would need to open up the shop in a matter of hours and paint on a smile for her customers. There were hotel orders to fulfil and a celebration cake to be baked. Life must go on. Today, she would show fortitude and strength, however heavy her heart.

About The Author:


Amy Miller lives in Dorset with her husband and two children. New to saga, she has previously written women’s fiction under a different name.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost The Hope & Anchor by Julia Kite @juliakite @unbounders @annecater #RandomThingsTours


I’m on the blog tour for The Hope And Anchor by Julia Kite today and am excited to be sharing a guest post from the author with you.

The Hope And Anchor is available to buy in ebook and paperback here.

Before I share the guest post with you, here is a little about the book.

Book Description:

In the depths of winter in West London, Neely Sharpe’s life is turned upside down: not only has her career reached a dead end, but her girlfriend, Angela, has vanished. In desperation, Neely scours the city to try and find out what has happened, travelling from London’s pubs and snowy streets, down to the depths of the sewers. As her hunt continues, networks of friends, family, and old adversaries become entangled and she ends up delving into Angela’s past. Nothing could prepare her for what she will discover about the hidden life of the woman she loves. The Hope & Anchor is an atmospheric debut novel which captures the dreams London holds for its natives and newcomers alike, and investigates what happens when the dreamers finally have to wake up.

Guest Post by Julia Kite:

I became a writer by reading. Having taught myself how to read as a young child by memorising a calendar given to me in a curry house, I started as I meant to go on, and began writing stories very early as well. I was absorbing the work of so many writers that it seemed natural to try it myself. I would get bored in school, and I would simply start coming up with characters and plots. I suppose my teachers never stopped me because at least I was quiet and not disrupting anything. It seemed a very inconspicuous hobby.

Writing was how I made my world more interesting. By creating situations unlike my own, people unlike myself, I could explore far beyond my own experience. I’ve always been wary of fiction that is thinly-veiled autobiography, and I dislike it because it makes it difficult to critique someone’s writing when you know it’s their real life and they’re going to take any negative comments personally. That being said, if something interesting happens to you, then you might as well take advantage of it. When strange or heartbreaking things have happened to me, I have told myself, with varying degrees of success, “Take it on the chin for now, and put it in a book someday.” Not word-for-word, of course, but they can become the seeds to plot points or character features.

Neely, the protagonist of The Hope and Anchor, is a failed academic. That’s my greatest similarity with her: One day, we discovered our brains and effort wouldn’t necessarily get us where we wanted, and it tore apart our entire self-concept. When I began writing this book, I wasn’t in the greatest place in my life – in fact, I was questioning whether I would ever achieve anything I could consider success. Unfortunately, when you’re already feeling rotten, trying to break into literary fiction is probably the worst thing you can do for your mental health other than indulge in some heavy substances. The process of querying agents and being rejected again and again, often with no feedback, can do a number even on somebody whose life is otherwise pretty peachy. It’s one thing to tell an aspiring author to develop a thick skin – far easier said than done when you already feel really to break at the slightest touch!

I credit my writing group with helping me to persevere, and helping me to edit and refineThe Hope and Anchor. If you’re serious about writing, you must have a community of people who can commiserate when necessary, but then push you to get out of your self-pity and hone your craft. Tough love is, after all, still love. As a group, our struggles and our triumphs became collective. These were people I could trust to be honest, but never cruel. I was lucky that this group came about from a group of graduates of the same university I attended, and we had a dedicated space to meet every month, but to be honest, you don’t even need to get together in person to have this kind of support network. Even a virtual community, swapping manuscripts online, can be tremendously useful. After all, if you’re going to be a successful writer, you need to get your work into the hands of strangers who don’t know anything about your or your motivations, because only they can judge whether your work stands on its own merits.

And after all – what’s the worst than can happen to you? Criticism? A bad review? Those are great problems to have, because at least it means your book is being read, being considered. Back when I was a schoolgirl writing those stories in my notebooks, I guarded them fiercely, refusing to let even my closest friends read them. I feared being laughed at, ridiculed, you name it, because my writing meant so much to me, even then. And that’s only natural. But staying in your comfort zone means you miss out on the opportunities for the thrills while you’re guarding against the disappointments.

In order to get anywhere with writing, I had to get over my ego. I had to grow up a bit, really. And I’m glad I did, because in the process, I made Neely a more well-rounded character, too – someone who gets over herself enough to show strength in the face of a tragedy greater than anything she could have imagined. Now that my book is out in the world, being read, being evaluated, I know it’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea. The first review I got on Goodreads was negative: “Not for me.” But that’s alright. At least someone gave me the gift of spending her time with my book. At least this complete stranger read enough of it to know it wasn’tfor her. I’m grateful to every single person who reads even part of my book, because they make all the time, effort, and rejection worthwhile. They make this book real. They give me what I always wanted: to be an author.

About The Author:


Julia Kite lives in Manhattan, and calls New York City and London home. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the London School of Economics. Obsessed with cities and the people in them, she started her career researching housing and urban regeneration, and she now directs policy and research for a transportation improvement organisation. Before she began working to make New York City’s streets better for cyclists, she was taking long rides along the Grand Union Canal in West London. She is a member of the Columbia Fiction Foundry, an alumna of quiz shows The Chase and Jeopardy, an urban wildlife rehabilitator, a keen amateur baker, and the owner of an opinionated parrot. The Hope and Anchor is her first novel, a work of fiction about a very real place she holds dear.

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#BlogTour #Q&A The Absent Man by Robert Enright @REnright_Author


I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for The Absent Man by Robert Enright today.  I loved Robert’s first book, Doorways which rates as one of my top books ever.

The Absent Man is available to buy in paperback and ebook now here.

Robert was kind enough to answer some questions for me today, which I will share with you below but first here is a little about Robert’s new book.

Book Description:

BERMUDA JONES AND ARGYLE ARE BACK IN THE THRILLING SEQUEL TO DOORWAYS Something is killing… A woman is found dead in her flat on a freezing night in Glasgow, her heart ripped from her chest. With no signs of a weapon or forced entry. Hours later, her heart is delivered to the Necropolis on the outskirts of town. Six months after stopping the terrifying Barnaby atop Big Ben, Bermuda finds himself on the hunt for a killer in a city he doesn’t know with a police force that doesn’t want him. With no links between the victims and the death toll rising, Bermuda has to face a sceptical detective, a seemingly distracted Argyle and an unknown horror that stalks from the shadows. All in the name of answering one question… Who is The Absent Man? The Absent Man is an urban fantasy thriller that revisits The Otherside and will have you on the edge of your seat.

Q&A with Robert Enright:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure. I am a 31 year old North Londoner now living in Chesham, Bucks with my awesome fiancée. I have been writing for a long old time but in the last few years I have really started to invest my time and energy into making it as an author. I have a very large family and my two older brothers both run their own respective businesses, which really inspires me to turn this self-publishing author malarkey into a real business!

2. What do you do when you are not writing?

I play a few odd video games. One of them is called ‘The Binding of Isaac’, a twisted tale of a baby hiding from his murderous mother in the basement (this is not a lie!) I also binge watch Netflix with Sophie and I have recently upped my fitness regime as I recently ran a half marathon so am trying to maintain my exercising!

3.  Do you have a day job as well? 

I do. I work as a HR System Manager for a private hospital on Harley Street in London.

4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing when I was about 16/17 and designed some comics. (Some cooler than others) Then I dabbled with a few screen plays – the first of which was a romantic comedy about a guy who becomes cupid!! Then I wrote One by One as a screenplay then developed that into my first novel which launched in 2015. Then late last year, it was re-released by Britain’s Next Best Seller.

5. How did you choose the genre you write in?

I didn’t really. I enjoy crime and scif-fi, along with comic books and I think that really shines through in what I write. My books have been described as ‘cinematic’ and I think that’s because I write similar to what I enjoy reading! Also, I’m pretty geeky, so building a whole hidden world with monsters and swords etc was pretty cool!

6. Where do you get your ideas?

Random places. Doorways never intended to have another world in it. ‘The Otherside’ and Argyle were both added as I developed the original idea, which was about a PI who could see random clues when he took a strange medicine to cure his medical condition. So it just developed and developed and once I stumbled onto the idea, I just ran with it and I still love developing the story arc.

7. Do you ever experience writer’s block?

I did before I decided to leave my publisher. I just wasn’t enjoying how it was going and felt that I wasn’t doing what I should have been. Once I got the rights to Doorways back and cancelled the contract for this book, the words came back and I finished the book pretty quickly!

8. Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Oh I’m a planner. I have notepads of all my character bio’s and full novel plans that have about 3 or 4 bullet points per chapter, so I know how and when certain plot points happen. These inevitably change during the writing process, but I like knowing that the structre is solid before I commit to it.

9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

As an adult, The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin is still the masterpiece. It is so good and people need to read it and read it now (or after The Absent Man!). As a teenager, Garth Ennis’s run on The Punisher in the 00’s is still the best series of comic books I have ever read and is massively inspiring to me.

10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I self published my first book and did very little promotion as I had no contacts or idea of how it all worked. But I still went ahead and did it. I had my friends edit it, my brother design me a cover and I set out to get just one 5 star review from someone I didn’t know.
Now, I am loving having such great connection with authors and book bloggers, and I have had some wonderful discussions with readers! It’s amazing what can happen if you just stick at it.

11. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

My book is about a murderous creature from another world that is ripping out the hearts of women. Sadly, this doesn’t happen in my life. I do like to inject some of my humour of my views of on certain things throughout the book, but I don’t base much of my fiction on my own experiences.

12. What was your hardest scene to write?

In The Absent Man, the hardest scene to write was Sam McAllister’s backstory. It is pretty heart breaking and wasn’t a nice task. But I think it really is worth it and I am glad with how well her character is being received.

13. How did you come up with the title?

I’m not too sure. I think it was a joke between myself and my older brother and then as the story took shape, the sinister title really worked!

14. What project are you working on now?

I am just completing a prequel novella titled ‘BERMUDA’ which documents how Bermuda Jones joined the BTCO, met Argyle and also his first case!

15. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? & What has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism I have had was a few negative reviews where people give you proper feedback. It’s good but can be hard to read, especially when you pour 6 months of your life into something and someone tears it apart in a paragraph. But constructive criticism is great for authors! 1 star and 1 line reviews are hilarious!
Best compliment I had is a very talented author told me that he wished he had written One by One. Which is just an incredible thing to hear!

16. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I don’t have fans but to anyone who reads this and/or any of my books, just know that all of your support is so appreciated. I cherish every single person who invests their time in my writing and if they enjoy it, then I am happy to bring that.
Thank you all. From the bottom of my heart!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.  I wish you all the luck with The Absent Man.

About The Author:


Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiancé).

Robert first self published One by One in March 2016 and saw it published by Britain’s Next Best Seller in October 2017.

In early 2018, DOORWAYS will be re-released as an e-book, paperback and audio book under Robert Enright’s management. The sequel, THE ABSENT MAN will also be released in early 2018. The third in the series, WORLDS APART, is set for a late 2018 launch. A prequel, titled BERMUDA, is in the works for a 2018 launch also.

For more information about Rob and his upcoming books, then feel free to check him out on social media:

Website – https://www.robertenright.co.uk
Twitter – @REnright_Author
Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor


#BlogTour #Extract Alice’s Secret by Lynne Francis @AvonBooksUK @lynne_francis1 @Sabah_K


I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Alice’s Secret by Lynne Francis and to be able to share an extract with you.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Sabah from Avon Books for giving me an extract to share rather than a review when family sickness meant I was unable to read the book in time.  My husband, me and two of my kids unfortunately all got ill with a sickness bug one after the other making life quite hectic. I absolutely adore historical fiction especially when it’s a timeslip one so I am truly gutted that I was unable to finish the book on time.  I will hopefully get a chance to finish and review soon.

Alice’s Secret is available to buy now at the bargain price of £1.49 here.

Book Description:

The second saga in Lynne Francis’s wartime trilogy. Prepare to be captured by the story of Alice…

Can uncovering a long forgotten family mystery change your life?

1890 Alice is the sole bread-winner for her family, working at the local cotton mill. But when she suddenly begins to attract the wrong attention, her life begins to spiral out of control…

2018 For Alys, one bad decision after another has left her feeling that her life hasn’t quite turned out the way it should have. But when her aunt is suddenly injured and in need of help baking and running her beloved café, Alys knows a trip to Yorkshire is just the escape she needs.

In lending a hand, Alys stumbles across a long-buried family mystery and quickly finds herself caught up in uncovering the truth of what happened to her great-great-grandmother Alice…

Alys won’t stop until she knows the truth. Will the secrets of her grandmother’s past help her to change her own future?

A beautiful and heart-breaking novel, that brings the past and present together in a gripping story of love, loss and hope. Perfect for fans of Rosie Clarke and Tracy Rees.


Alice stood at the range, stirring the porridge pot and shivering. It was dark, but she had been awake for some time now, disturbed by a fractious Elisabeth, and there seemed little point in trying to get back to sleep with morning so close, and her head full of worries. She turned as Ella stumbled sleepily across the room. From the jug on the side, Ella scooped up a handful of water, collected at the pump the night before, and splashed her face to shock herself into wakefulness to face the day.
‘Hurry and get dressed.’ Alice stirred the pot vigorously. ‘You’ll have time to eat some of this to warm yourself before you go. It’s still bitter outside.’
Ella yawned and stretched, and went over to baby Beth, now sleeping peacefully in her wooden cradle. She rocked it gently.
‘Don’t wake her,’ Alice warned. ‘It’s the first bit of peace I’ve had all night. Now, get on with you.’ She gave Ella a little push back towards the stairs.
Ten minutes later she was down again, and Alice had already set two bowls of porridge to cool at the table. Ella started to spoon hers quickly into her mouth. ‘I’ll be late,’ she mumbled.
‘You’ve got time enough. There’s no need to bolt your food like that,’ Alice scolded. ‘Now listen, I want you to ask Albert to come by one night on the way home. He’s not been to see Beth yet, and I want to ask something of him. Will you do that for me?’
Ella was already on her feet, pushing her chair back. ‘Of course. We can walk back together. It’s nice to have some company when the path is so dark.’ She looked out of the window as she pulled on the same rough wool shawl that Alice had also worn for her winter journeys to the mill. ‘Dark at night, dark in the morning.’ She sighed, picking up the lantern that Alice had already lit for her.
Alice turned Ella towards her, searching her face, troubled by the way the spark seemed to have gone out of her. ‘Is all well at the mill?’ she asked, trying to keep the anxiety out of her voice.
‘Well enough.’ Ella turned away to take hold of her lantern and work basket as she unlatched the kitchen door. She paused on the threshold, gazing out into the darkness, then turned and looked back into the kitchen. The fire in the range glowed now, bringing some warmth into the room. All was calm and peaceful, Beth slept soundly, and theyounger children weren’t awake yet.
‘I hate the mill, as you did,’ she said. ‘But there’s nothing to be done.’
Alice caught her arm as she turned to go. ‘But there’s nothing else? No trouble with anyone at work?’
‘Oh, some of the girls are quite snippy.’ Ella shrugged. ‘But we get along well enough.’ And with that she gave Alice a quick hug, then headed off down the path. Opening the gate, she stepped out into the road, blending into a group of other figures, similarly muffled against the cold, as gusty winds blew them along on their journey towards the woods and the mill path.
About The Author:
Lynne Francis grew up in East Yorkshire but lived and worked in London for many years. It was while she was on a writing course in West Yorkshire that the characters and setting for The Mill Valley Girls novels came into being. She draws her inspiration from landscapes and the countryside, as well as the history of an area. Now living in east Kent, she has embarked on a new novel, to be set here in the late 1700s.
Ella’s Journey is her debut and the first of three novels about the same family, covering the period 1850 to the present day.
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