Blog Tour: In Your Name by Rob Ashman

Today is my stop on the blog tour for In Your Name by Rob Ashman.

There are still a few more stops on the tour so don’t forget to check them out.

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Synopsis

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Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.

Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control.

When Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?

Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?

Review

Last month I read and reviewed Rob’s first book in the Mechanic Trilogy, Those That Remain. You can read my review here. I’m so pleased to be able to be able to review the next book in the series, In Your Name.

In Your Name begins where Those That Remain ended (and began). Lucas has returned to work after his rehabilitation following the events of the first book, he is still obsessed with catching Mechanic and because of this obsession his marriage is failing. Add to the mix his partner, Bassano has moved away and cut all ties and you have a man on the verge of losing everything.

I can’t go into to much detail regarding the overall story as it will spoil both this book and Those That Remain. What I will say is that this book is as good as, if not better, that the first book and all the suspense I have come to expect from Rob Ashman was there and more.

There are twists and turns galore in this book and be ready to expect the unexpected as drug dealers, police and Mechanic all get drawn into one elaborate tale of survival, revenge and greed.

The book is fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The characters are brilliant and I probably shouldn’t admit to actually liking the Mechanic, the crazed, psychopathic serial killer, but I kind of do.

Overall I would highly recommend this book. I’m so excited for the final book and luckily there isn’t long to wait, my review will be available next month.

Many thanks to Rob, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

In Your Name was published on July 13th

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About the Author

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Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name            –  13 July

Pay The Penance     –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

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I am delighted to be involved with the weekend blitz for Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt and today I have a guest post from the author herself.

The Complexities of Cross-Country Cooking by Kate Hewitt

In Marry Me at Willoughby Close, the heroine Alice ends up making a lot of British comfort food for her employer, Lady Stokeley—nursery favourites such as toad in the hole, cottage pie, and others that Lady Stokeley hasn’t enjoyed since she was a child.

As a mum of five, I have become well versed in the importance of comfort food! Although I’m American, I learned to cook in the UK after I got married, and so the go-to comfort foods of my family tend to be British—my children’s favourite meals are roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings, chicken and ham pie, and toad in the hole.

However, despite having learned to cook in this fine country, there are many delicacies that have passed me by. Marmite, for example, I find atrocious, and so do my children. Jaffa cakes are not quite as perplexing, perhaps, but I don’t enjoy them, either. I don’t mind flapjacks, but my children really don’t see the point. If you’re going to eat the equivalent of a cookie, they say, it should have chocolate in it.

When we entertain guests, they are often somewhat bemused by my fusion of American and British cuisine. At dinner parties my husband and I always seem to forget which is American and which is British—coffee, then dessert, or dessert then coffee? Of course, it goes the other way too—British friends are baffled by our love of root beer (it tastes like mouthwash, they say), as well as peanut butter and jelly (a family staple), and are incredulous of American-sized portions.

All in all we’re neither one thing nor an another; both British and American friends find us to be an anomaly—something we’ve become used to! So, what is your comfort food of choice? I must admit, when I’m in need of comfort food, I go back to my roots. I prefer Kraft macaroni and cheese (and yes, it is bright orange) or a Philadelphia cheesesteak, something that is regional to my part of the US.

Let me know what your comfort food is in the comments!

Happy Reading (& Eating!),

Kate

Synopsis

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Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.

Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he’s desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.

When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?

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Many thanks to Kate, Jenny and Neverland Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour!

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Giveaway

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a £10 Amazon giftcard then don’t forget to enter the giveaway here

About the Author

Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of romance and women’s fiction.

An American ex-pat and former diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a market town in South Wales with her husband, five children, and overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

To learn more about Kate, check out her website, or join her on Twitter or Facebook at Kate’s Reads.

Blog Tour: Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy

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I’m thrilled to be able to share with your my stop of the blog tour for Poor Hands by Oliver Tidy and published by Bloodhound Books

Synopsis

poor hands finalOut of a big old building on the south coast of Kent, David Booker runs a book-themed coffee shop and Jo Cash operates a private investigation business. They live there, too. But not like that.

 

Jo needs help with tracing a mystery client’s living relatives. David needs help with his staffing problems. Can they both get what they are looking for?

 

Sometimes two heads are better than one. Sometimes a poor hand is better than none. But not always…

Review

Poor Hands is the third book in Booker and Cash series. You can read my thoughts on the previous book He Made Me here.

Like the previous book, Poor Hands can be read as a standalone story. However in order to understand the relationship between Booker and Cash fully it is worth reading the books in order.

I was really looking forward to returning to Dymchurch and following the story of David Booker and Jo Cash and I wasn’t disappointed.

Bookers is going from strength to strength and David is on the look out for more staff to handle the increasing number of customers. Jo has a few small investigative jobs on the books, one of which is right up David’s street.

Yet again the quality of the characters is exceptional. I especially loved Ben and his quirky ways and hope to see more of him in future books. The will they-won’t they aspect of Booker and Cash’s relationship is still there, however it does seem to be progressing ever so slightly throughout the story so who knows what might happen in the next book.

There is something about this series that that draws you in. It has a mix of humour, suspense, romance and of course mystery and crime. It’s not quite as dark as some of my recent reads but it had me hooked and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a quick lighthearted read and I’m very much looking forward to the next instalment.

Many thanks to Oliver, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

Poor Hands was published on July 11th

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Tidy, Oliver_He Made Me_ AuthorAbout the Author

Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.

A few years of having the life sucked out of him in the classroom encouraged Oliver abroad to teach English as a foreign language. The lifestyle provided him the time and opportunity to try his hand at writing.

Oliver’s success as a self-published author has led to his Booker and Cash series of books, which are mainly set on Romney Marsh, being signed by Bloodhound Books.

Oliver is now back living on Romney Marsh and writing full time.

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Blog Tour: 88° North by J F Kirwan

I am delighted to be involved with the cover reveal for 88° North by J F Kirwan.

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Synopsis

Would you kill your loved one to save the world?

The world’s most-wanted terrorist is on the loose, and this time the threat is global. To stop him, Nadia infiltrates his organization, from the triads of Hong Kong, to the refugee-smugglers of Sudan, to the Mafia gangs running oil platforms in Sakhalin.

But in the end, she must travel to the top of the world and confront her sworn enemy on the Arctic ice, where she will face a terrible choice.

About the Author

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J F Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels.

An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night.

His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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Blog Tour: The Second Captive by Maggie James

I am delighted to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for The Second Captive by Maggie James.

There are still a few remaining stops on the tour, here’s where it’s heading next.

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Synopsis

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Stockholm syndrome: the psychological tendency of a hostage to bond with his or her captor.

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when Dominic Perdue abducts her. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent upon him for food, clothes, her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards him changes to compassion. Beth never allows herself to forget, however, that her captor has killed another woman. She has evidence to prove it, not to mention Dominic’s own admission of murder.

Then Beth escapes…

And discovers Dominic Perdue is not a man who lets go easily. Meanwhile, despite being reunited with her family, she spirals into self-destructive behaviour. Release from her prison isn’t enough, it seems. Can Beth also break free from the clutches of Stockholm syndrome?

A study of emotional dependency, The Second Captive examines how love can assume strange guises.

Review

I was totally drawn in by this book. The entire concept of Stockholm Syndrome had me intrigued from the beginning.

Beth Sutton is having problems at home and when an older man shows an interest in her she is smitten. Dominic Purdue is attractive with intriguing eyes of different colours. They begin dating and Beth has plans for the two of them but, unbeknown to her, so has Dominic and the aren’t the kind of plans she had hoped for.

Dominic’s childhood wasn’t the best of starts and he witnessed things nobody should ever see. This left him a little unbalanced with a screwed up idea of how relationships should be.

The Second Captive follows what seems to be a popular format for psychological thrillers at the minute as we switch between multiple POV’s. The first part of the story follows Beth Sutton and Dominic Purdue while the second part focuses on Beth and her mother, Ursula.

The multiple viewpoints really work well in this story and regardless of right and wrong I did find myself feeling a little sympathy towards Dominic and his behaviour as well as wanting to shout at Beth to stop being so silly.

I loved how the relationships between the main characters developed and how bonds were forged and broken as the story progressed.

As a Mum to a daughter of a similar age I did find myself wondering if I would deal with things the same way as Ursula should I ever find myself in that situation.

There was a twist in the story which I have to admit I saw coming very early on but it didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the book and I am glad there was closure of some kind for everyone.

The story was exceptionally well written and researched and I felt I could almost understood how Beth must have been feeling both while captive and after she had escaped.

This is the first of Maggie’s books I’ve read but I will definitely be checking out her others.

 

Many thanks to Maggie, Sarah and Bloodhound books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

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About the Author

6142Per829L._UX250_Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background!

When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

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Blog Tour: Blood Bank by Zoe Markham

I am delighted to be involved with the weekend blitz for Blood Bank by Zoe Markham.

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Synopsis

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Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…

Excerpt

The smell was driving Danyl crazy.

It wasn’t the cheap burgers, or the sweating teenagers, although that wasn’t helping. There was something else. Something he couldn’t put a name to.

The ringing in his ears was getting louder. He couldn’t hear the shrill screams from the rides that should have closed down hours ago anymore, and even the distorted music from the cheap amps was muted. No one bothered to enforce the license rules here. The fair would run as late as his brothers wanted it to. They chose their venues carefully for that very reason. The harsh lights of the attractions faded to a dull grey around him as he held his head in pain. Looking around for the others, he saw them working the late night crowd as usual, showing no signs of discomfort.

Danyl was tall, lean and muscular, and knew how to dress to emphasise his physique. His black T-shirt was skin-tight, and he wore no jacket against the cold night. His jeans were low-slung, revealing expensive designer underwear that matched his expensive designer hat. Underneath the hat his hair was thick, dark, and immaculately cut, and whether the hat was on or off, there was rarely a girl whose eyes weren’t drawn to him. The youngest of six brothers working the family-run fair, Danyl was by far the most striking. The others dressed in loose-fitting hoodies and well-worn jeans, clothes suited to the work they did. They were quiet and unobtrusive. Danyl was loud and overconfident. He worked hard to stand out from the crowd, whilst his brothers worked equally hard to blend into it.

Danyl, ever the family anomaly, seemed to be the only one affected by the strange scent in the air that night. He doubled over in pain as his stomach cramped violently. He half-lurched, half-ran from his place among the dodgems, frightened now. Luke, his eldest sibling, called after him. Danyl rarely disobeyed his brother, but on this occasion he didn’t look back. He fell into an awkward sprint that took him away from the fair, away from the safety of his kind. Danyl’s vision blurred and started to tunnel. He didn’t know where he was going, only that he had to follow the scent. Sweating, and in pain, he pushed himself onwards as instinct took over.

He had no concept of how long he’d been running when he pulled up and stopped dead. The usually fit and active teen struggled to catch his breath. Standing in the deep shadow of night, beside the stone building, inhaling deeply, the strange scent took over his senses. In one blinding moment of pure clarity he finally understood what had been tormenting him. Inching closer to the building, keeping to the shadows, Danyl looked on in disbelief at the ancient creature that had drawn him there.

Many thanks to Zoe, Jenny and Neverland Blog Tours for inviting me on the tour!

Blog Tour: Hunting Angels Diaries by Conrad Jones

Another day, another blog tour. Today I’m one of the designated stops on the blog tour for Hunting Angels Diaries by Conrad Jones. This is a box set containing two books A Child for the Devil and Dark Angel. Also on today’s agenda are Have Books, Will Read; Kristin’s Novel Cafe and Everywhere and Nowhere.

There are still a few remaining stops on the tour, here’s where it’s heading next.

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Synopsis

When an author is asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by law and a powerful cult, he has to stay one step ahead to survive.

Review

I had the pleasure of being on one of Conrad’s recent tours for his novel Shadows so when the opportunity arose to review more of his books I jumped as the chance.

This review has been quite hard to write if I’m honest because I both loved and hated the books in equal measure. There was something about them that just didn’t click with me yet still had me turning the pages to find out how everything played out.

Both books are packed full of graphic violence so if this isn’t your thing then these books maybe aren’t for you. However if you can overcome the gruesome details surrounding ritualistic kills, torture and rape then they could well be two of the most dark and disturbing books you’ve ever read.

The opening chapter of A Child for the Devil did having me wondering if I could carry on reading. I won’t go into too much detail but it involved eyes and considering I have a minor phobia of putting my own contact lenses in I’m very proud of myself for continuing to read on. Luckily after this the book, although still very dark, didn’t have me squirming quite as much as I read it. Don’t get me wrong it was still very sick and not for the faint of heart, but it fits in well with what was happening in the story.

The story itself is unusual in the fact that the author is in fact the main character and at times I did find myself wondering what was real and what was fiction. I also found myself wanting to Google everything he told me to (here’s hoping they don’t come after me next!!).

The character of Conrad Jones wasn’t the most likeable person but I found myself cheering from him as he hunted down the people that were hunting him. My favourite character and the overall star of the book (well the first one) has to be Evie Jones, Conrad’s beloved Staffie. I love her characterisation and was a little sad when she only had a fleeting mention in the second book.

I enjoyed the first book much more than the second. This is mainly due to some minor continuity issues between the two books. That said I would still highly recommend these books. If you enjoy dark, disturbing books with unexpected twists that will totally mess with your head and have you questioning reality, then this series is perfect.

Many thanks to Conrad and Emma for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

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Jones, Conrad_Shadows_AuthorAbout the Author

I am Conrad Jones, a fifty-year-old author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manager with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th, 1993, I was managing the restaurant in Warrington’s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’ 
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an eleven-week tour of the USA. The day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. 

The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft Target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three-book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. 

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.

Conrad is the author of seventeen novels, eight author guides and two biographies. He has three series

  • The Detective Alec Ramsay Series; seven books Gritty Crime Thrillers
  • The Soft Target Series; Gritty Thrillers six books (Reacher Style)
  • The Hunting Angels Diaries; three books Horror Thrillers

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