Wednesday, 14 September 2016

#BookReview : Missing, Presumed by @SusieSteiner1



72 HOURS TO FIND HER…
‘Hits the sweet spot between literary and crime fiction – Gripping’ ERIN KELLY
‘For those who love their crime fiction rich in psychology, beautifully written and laced with dark humour. Dive in’ LUCIE WHITEHOUSE
‘DS Manon Bradshaw is a messed-up, big-hearted detective in the best tradition’ HARRIET LANE
A MISSING GIRL
Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door.

A DESPERATE FAMILY
Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up.

A DETECTIVE AT BREAKING POINT
The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Guest post and #Giveaway: To Have Not Hold by @mcevoy_carina




Embrace a healthy attitude towards sudden outbursts of laughter; oh and maybe grab some tissues as you escape into the lives of three remarkable friends, as they each navigate their own catastrophic mess. Discover the strength of friendship while you submerge yourself in suspense, fury and humour. Let the drama unfold…

Emma’s doing her best to raise the adorable Amy while hanging on to the ghost of her past. But is she really the crazy, deranged woman she eventually feels compelled to be?

Beneath Siobhan’s picture perfect exterior, the struggle of deception is exhausting. However when life slaps her in the face with an unforeseen twist, will she be able to salvage any of her future, perfect or not?

With mounting money problems and an unwanted visit from his expertly suppressed past, Jack must confront his inner demons for once and for all. Can he defeat them and emerge as the true person he really is?

Guest Post: Mental Health and Inspiration


Thank you depression…..you were my greatest writing influence! 
I allow myself, with a certain amount of pride to feel good as I consider my writing influences. As it is only now when I truly think about it I realise, that among two particular great Irish women writers, I myself am one of my greatest influencers.     No, I’m not egotistical. I’m not self absorbed. In fact, I am the complete opposite. I have battled the demons of self hatred, zero confidence, depression, anxiety, OCD and social phobia. They consumed me for all of my teenage years, they hung around in my twenties and tried their best to keep their dirty claws dug into my flesh in my thirties. But I eventually managed to get the upper hand. I still have depression and anxiety but now I manage them. OCD, self harm and social phobia are long gone thank God. But I truly believe they were a byproduct of my mounting depression. I wouldn’t change my experiences for the world however. I wouldn’t have swapped depression for anything else. Becauce at the end of the day, it became my greatest writing influence and for that I am thankful.  

I first put pen to paper when I was seventeen. I was an emotional wreck, suffering from all of the illnesses mentioned already. I had no idea what I was thinking or what I was doing. My head was in a state of constant anguish and it’s only sense of government was that one cruel dictator. DepressionThough, through the dark tunnel there was indeed that often spoken about light. Depression may have done its absolute best to steer my life into hell, but somehow I managed to every now and then take hold of that wheel and swerve away from the darkness. I was one of the lucky ones.  


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Blog tour extract: The Ex Factor by @inkstainsclaire





Is it possible to freecycle love?

Modern dating is hard, especially when all you meet are liars, oddballs, men who wear Superman pants and men who live with their mums.

So why not date someone who already comes pre-approved? Just because your friend’s ex wasn’t right for her doesn’t mean that he won’t be right for you. That’s Marnie’s new plan for herself and her three best friends, perennially single Helen, recently divorced Rosa and cynical lawyer Ani.

Through bad dates and good, the four friends begin to realise that there are advantages to dating pre-screened men…but there can be some serious pitfalls to falling for your friend's ex.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

#Bookreview : Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri #crimefiction




In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions a ruthlessly planned escalation that turns out to be merely the visible surface of something far more sinister.
When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman s husband and await his confession.

 But the chief of Rome s major crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed by the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself the Father, Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyperobservant capacities.

All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left telltale signs that signal he s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what s really going on is darker than they ever imagined

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