Cover Reveal: Just One Time by K S Hunter

I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for the debut novel by K S Hunter, Just One Time, but before I share it with you here’s a little more about the book itself which will be published on 7th December.

Synopsis

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion. 

And now, the cover

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About the Author

K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

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Blog Tour: The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup {Review}

I am delighted to be part of the weekend blitz for The Forgotten Room by Ann Troup.

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Synopsis

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As soon as nurse Maura Lyle sets foot inside the foreboding Essen Grange, she feels shivers ripple down her spine. And the sense of unease only increases when she meets her new patient, Gordon Henderson.

Drawn into the Henderson family’s tangled web of secrets and betrayals, Maura can ignore the danger lurking behind every door no longer. Even the door she has been forbidden from opening…

Essen Grange is a house with dark and cruel intentions. But now that darkness has turned on her, can Maura escape before it’s too late?

The chilling new novel from the bestselling author of The Lost Child and The Silent Girls. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Claire Mackintosh and Tracy Buchanan.

Review

This was my first Ann Troup novel, and it didn’t disappoint. It was dark and mysterious with unique plot.

The story-line was well paced for the post part and intricately woven together like a lace shawl. There were several dead ends before you finally reached the conclusion and I definitely didn’t see that coming.

The characters, although in abundance, were well developed. However at times it was a little hard to keep track of them and whether or not they were responsible or just another victim. As for the depiction of the old house, it was just the right level of creepy and set the scene perfectly.

I was completely hooked with this book and kept trying to work out how it would all end. Just to say I was completely wrong but nevertheless the ending was brilliant. I would highly recommend this book.

Many thanks to Ann, Jenny and Neverland Blog Tours for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!

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About the Author

Ann TroupThe Forgotten Room is Ann’s third book, following on from The Lost Child and The Silent Girls.

She lives in Devon near the sea and spends her time either writing or dabbling with art.

 

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Blog Tour: The Bitches of Suburbia by Jane Owen {Extract}

Today I have a fantastic extract for you as part of the blog tour for The Bitches of Suburbia by Jane Owen.

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour for some fantastic posts.

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Synopsis

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Nothing much ever happened on Horseshoe Lane – why should it? It was, after all, just a normal suburban backwater with the usual cross section of growing families, ageing pensioners, the occasional singleton and a brace of curtain twitchers. The arrival of celebrity couple, Heavenly and Travis, however, changes all that. This glamorous pair bring about a summer of competitive party throwing and ambitious home improvement projects that will have disastrous and completely unforeseen consequences.

Neighbours who’ve got by for years with just the occasional chat over a garden fence about the unseasonable amount of rain or the state of next door’s garden are slowly united by suspicion as a husband goes missing, a much loved cat turns up dead on a doorstep and Enid from Number Seven is found badly injured at the foot of the cliff.

Could one person be responsible for all of this? Could that person be the strange and unlikeable Hilary Jones from Number Nine? There was only going to be one way to find out and it was going to involve a lot of whiskey….

In this her wonderful follow up to ‘The Rock Star Known as Horse’, Owen’s riveting new story finds a murky side to the suburbs, a side where petty jealousies and neighbourly rivalries can escalate out of all control with calamitous results, all intricately observed with her usual dark humour firmly to the fore.

Extract

She looked back up the road and watched the last of the boxes come off the big burgundy lorry. Even Hilary with her limited imagination could see that Casa de la Luna was special and all that, Hilary was fairly sure, did not come cheap so the new owners couldn’t be short of a bob or two. Maybe she should make friends with them, ingratiate herself into their lives. Maybe they’d be a glamorous couple who’d throw fabulous parties where she’d meet a wonderful man and then they could all double date, maybe share a villa in Tuscany for a couple of weeks in July, or a ski chalet in the winter. Not that Hilary had even been skiing. In reality, the thought of hurtling down the side of a mountain with two thin bits of wood strapped to her feet absolutely terrified her but the idea of après ski, such as she understood it, was very appealing indeed.

She was almost right: the new residents would certainly turn out to be a glamorous couple and they would indeed throw fabulous parties but, despite her best efforts, all of Hilary’s attempts to ingratiate herself would not be met with success but rather would bring about a chain of events that would have catastrophic consequences for all concerned. Of course Hilary had no psychic powers, no ability to see what was coming even when it was right under her nose and her inability to see any point of view except her own was a severe handicap when it came to reading social situations but on the plus side, the thought did at least lift her spirits slightly, give her something to look forward to, a light at the end of the tunnel which would sadly turn out to be an oncoming train.

But that was all a long way off and for now, all thoughts of gardening abandoned, Hilary grabbed her wheelie bin, dragged it back down to the gate at the side of her house and left it there. This, although Hilary was completely unaware of the fact, was one of the very actions that annoyed Kelly Cunningham so much, flew in the face of her strongly held view that wheelie bins should live on the other side of side gates and not be visible from the street. Hilary went in her front door and closed it behind her. Her house was of the upside down variety: once through the front door, there were two bedrooms and a bathroom off a small hallway and a flight of stairs down to the ground level. Hilary slept in the larger room at the front, on the bed left by her predecessor. When she’d found out the house she’d bought came virtually fully furnished, she’d been so relieved. The thought of having to go out and buy everything, every last little thing had made her feel sick to her stomach. All those decisions, the mere thought of it made her head swim.  Even though both bedrooms came with fitted wardrobes and drawers, most of her clothes were still in bin liners and the boxes of personal things that had arrived with her sat unopened in the second bedroom. Since she’d been there, she’d done bugger all really, other than sit on the previous tenant’s sofa and watch his television. She certainly hadn’t properly unpacked and given the small amount of stuff she actually owned, it probably wouldn’t have taken that long. Maybe, somewhere, right down inside her hard little heart, there was a tiny piece of her that didn’t want to unpack because that would make it final, that would be the last thing. The opening of the boxes would bring closure whether she wanted it or not and once there was closure there was no going back. Actually, there was no going back anyway, closure or no closure. Hilary Jones’ fate had been sealed the moment she decided to buy Number Ten Horseshoe Lane.

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey and Jane Owen for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

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About The Author

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Jane’s first novel, Camden Girls, was published by Penguin twenty years ago and quickly became an international cult bestseller published in many languages including Japanese, Spanish,German, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch.  She’d already spent many years working in the film business working alongside stars such as Christophe Lambert, Andi McDowell, Daryl Hannah and James Remar before switching to the music business and working for bands such as The Who, Robert Plant, ZZTop and many more.  Eventually, even that got boring and that’s when she wrote Camden Girls.

After publication, life became interrupted by an unfortunate traffic accident and Jane moved out of London to Sussex and slowly returned to writing.  Her novels don’t fit into any specific category and, frustrated by endless rejections along the lines of ‘You write beautifully but we don’t know how to sell this book’ she started self publishing.  Rave reviews gave her the confidence to keep going and believe in what she was writing.

She’s still in Sussex, sharing her life with her musician partner, three horses and a dog and divides her day between writing and riding.

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Blog Tour: Shanghai Tang by Mick Bose {Guest Post}

Today I have a fantastic guest post for you as part of the blog tour for Shanghai Tang by Mick Bose, the latest instalment of the Dan Roy series.

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Synopsis

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Shanghai Tang – a fast paced and heart pounding action thriller from the wildly popular Dan Roy Series.

A betrayed assassin is thrust into the secret life of Shanghai’s underworld.

Dan Roy, ex Black Ops legend, is becoming a new legend in the infamous blood fight tournament called Kumite, in Hong Kong. He is carving himself a new life, when disaster strikes his loved ones back home. He gets a phone call, and he cannot deny Kimberly Smith’s plea for help. Not only is Kim’s life endangered, the rumbles of discontent have reached the White House…

A devastating secret lurks inside the glamorous night life of Shanghai. Political interests are involved, and soon Dan finds himself in a ruthless and twisted struggle for survival. He gets help from Xiao Wei-Ling, A Chinese woman who is on the run herself. An ambitious Triad boss is making a bid to overrule the whole of Shanghai, and Dan Roy has become a thorn in his side. The Triads have help from the police, and all eyes are on Dan – alone in a foreign land.

Get prepared for a white-knuckle ride from Hong Kong and Shanghai to the corridors of power in Washington, as we follow Dan on a terrifying adventure that could be his last.

Will Dan meet his nemesis in the murky underworld of Shanghai? Or will he fight to live another day?

Guest Post – A Few of My Favourite Things

Animal

I like dogs, but we don’t have a pet in the house.

TV show

Currently, I have become obsessed with the TV serial Narcos – about the notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. At one stage, he was making a million dollars a day, and had to buy warehouses just to store his cash.

Film

Shawshank Redemption. The Motorcycle Diaries as well, about the life of Che Guevara.

Meal

Curries! I love to cook them, and even more to eat them! I also love chilli sauces, and often have a green chilli with my food.

Dessert

Nothing beats a nice chocolate gateau with single cream. Oh, I can taste it just now.

Need a break from writing…and then some wine as well.

Holiday Destination

Went to Mauritius recently, and loved it. The snorkelling was mind blowing, the fish and corals I see were out of this world. It’s also very safe, unlike some parts of the Caribbean.

Town/City

For better or worse, richer or poorer – has to be London City. By that I mean South London. You can take me out of London, but not South London out of me.

Breakfast Cereal

Not for me.

Item of clothing

My brown faded leather jacket.

Many thanks to Emma Mitchell and Mick Bose for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

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About The Author

Author_Mick BoseIf you are enthralled by Lee Child, David Baldacci and mesmerised by Vince Flynn, then you will like Mick Bose. Mick Bose is a writer in London who can often be found jogging around the parks of Wimbledon, when he is not writing.

The popular and well received series about Dan Roy is a tornado of hard action and military secrets. A novella introducing Dan is now out, which is available to subscribers free at http://www.mickbose.com.

He also has a standalone thriller, Enemy Within, which is a nail biting, fast paced manhunt about a secret weapon that can change World War 1. It is also a gesture of respect to the 100-year anniversary of the Great War.

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Blog Tour: Maggie by Netta Newbound

I’m thrilled to be helping kick of the blog blitz for Maggie by Netta Newbound.

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Synopsis

PrintWhen sixteen-year-old Maggie Simms’ mum loses her battle with cancer, the only family she has left is her abusive stepfather, Kenny.

Horrified to discover he intends to continue his nightly abuse, Maggie is driven to put a stop to him once and for all.

However, she finds her troubles are only just beginning when several of her closest allies are killed.

Although nothing seems to be linking the deaths, Maggie believes she is jinxed.

Why are the people she cares about being targeted?

And who is really behind the murders?

Sometimes the truth is closer than you think.

Review

 

Having not read anything by the author previously I wasn’t sure what to expect from her latest novel, Maggie. Well I wasn’t disappointed, that’s for sure.

Maggie is fast paced and highly intriguing and it will have you hooked from the beginning. There are twists and turns throughout the book and just when you think you have it figured out, something switches and you’re back to square one.

The characters are well written and you really do have to feel sorry for Maggie with everything she is going through. However, there were a couple of occasions when I forgot how old Maggie actually was due to her behaviour. At times she seemed a lot older than her sixteen years.

The pace of the story is perfect and the short chapters mean you can race along and get straight to the point which I loved and found to work extremely well with this story.

I would highly recommend this book and will be seeking out more by this author.

Many thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for organising this blog blitz. Thanks also to the author, Netta Newbound, for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.

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About the Author

Netta pic (1)My name’s Netta Newbound. I write thrillers in many different styles — some grittier than others. The Cold Case Files have a lighter tone and are full of fun. I also write a series set in London, which features one of my favourite characters, Detective Adam Stanley. These books are a little grittier. My standalone books, The Watcher and An Impossible Dilemma, are not for the faint hearted, and it seems you either love them or hate them—I’d love to know what you think.

Originally from Manchester, England, I have travelled extensively and have lived and worked in a variety of exciting places. I now live in New Zealand with my husband. We have three grown up children and four grandchildren.

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Mythical Creatures: The End of an Era

It’s a very sad day for book lovers as the The Stationery Geekette has closed the pages on her Bookclub Box. So today I will be sharing with you the contents of the very final box.

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I’ve loved my monthly box goodies from Emma and this month has been no different. She has definitely gone out on a high!

This months book choice was The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent. It’s a YA fantasy/paranormal story and looks really good. I’ll be adding it to my August TBR assuming I can find the time to read anything with the kids being off school.

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Moving on we have a gorgeous candle, made by the amazing Emma herself under her new guise of Geekette Creations. The Dragon Blood candle smells amazing and has a gorgeous glittery coating. I’ve currently got it in my office with the lid off as I don’t want to light it just yet but love the smell. I believe these will still be available over on the group.

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Next up we have a selection of planner stickers from Mix and Match Planner’s Something Magical range. The stickers are beautiful and will be finding their way to my planners in the coming weeks. As usual there is a really good selection of stickers and there will definitely enough for several weeks worth of spreads.

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Keeping with the stationery aspect there is a super cute little dragon paperclip by Little Dragon Jewellery.

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The other items in the box included a bookmark by Jessica Scissorhands, a mermaid postcard by Papiopress, a feather card and a gorgeous dragon necklace.

Everything in the box is amazing and this is definitely one of my favourite boxes. It’s a shame to see them go, but I believe there will be special edition box in time for Christmas.

Thanks for reading,

Debbie x

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Book Review: The Poisoned Rose

The Poisoned RoseSynopsis

To a corrupt chief of police intent on maintaining his power at all costs, part-time PI Declan “Mac” MacManus is a problem that must finally be addressed. Cursed with an unwavering sense of right and wrong, and a fierce loyalty to his few friends, Mac has become known as someone the working class of Southampton can turn to in times of desperate need. On a rain-swept night in October, Mac witnesses to a brutal homicide, but he has learned that nothing on the East End is ever what it seems. Determined to hunt down an elusive hired killer before he can strike again, Mac is reunited with what is left of a prominent family he once knew well. But something more—something darker than Mac could have possibly foreseen—is at play here, and as a long-hidden secret threatens to emerge, Mac once again becomes the only hope for justice in a town that all too clearly belongs to the rich and powerful.

There comes a point in a man’s life when he has to take control of things. Otherwise, things will just keep controlling him.

Review

Firstly, I must make reference to the fact that the synopsis doesn’t quite match the story itself, yes there is a corrupt police chief but he’s only a small part of a very entwined plot.

The lead protagonist, Mac, is an extremely flawed character who is regularly referred to throughout the story as a good guy who feels compelled to help people out of difficult situations although the reason for this is never fully explained.

There is a lot of violence, some quite graphic, and the overall mood of the book is quite dark and gloomy, but the writing is extremely descriptive and very well put together, even if some of the plot lines are a little unbelievable at times.

One thing I did like about the story is that most of the time I’ve come across the The Hamptons in books or on TV, they are portrayed as full of mega rich people who own summer homes, whereas this portrayal was more like film noir/gangster movie and showed a completely different side to the area.

At times I struggled to keep up with all the players but overall I enjoyed the story enough to add the remaining books in the Gin Palace Trilogy to my TBR list.


Details

Title: The Poisoned Rose (The Gin Palace Trilogy #1)

Author: Daniel Judson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Page Count: 320

Publication Date: 1st October 2002

Format: Kindle

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