Cover Reveal!! Zenka by Alison Brodie

I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for this book which Iam also reviewing in November. What a dramatic cover this is!! It just leapt off the screen at me when I first saw it. I can’t wait to read this book and I hope once you’ve seen the cover and read the synopsis that you’l be as excited as I am about it. 

Publication date: 6th November 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller

“She’s the one to die for”

Zenka is a seductive Hungarian pole-dancer with a stubborn streak. When London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not.

“How can you be my guardian angel,” Jack scoffed. “You’re only five foot two.”

Zenka shrugged, “So vat? I am small, but a grenade is also small.”

Jack receives a letter saying he has a son, Nicholas. Nicholas is a wimp, bullied by his flatmate, pussy-whipped by his girlfriend and terrorised by his elderly patients.

Jack is delighted to be a dad, but he has to tread carefully. People are out to harm him and those close to him. Can he use his wealth, wiles and tough-guy contacts to make a man out of this mouse – before his enemies turn him into mincemeat?

Zenka takes charge. She’s going to “bring out the gorilla” in Nicholas. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out exactly where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill … or be killed.

As family ties become more disturbing, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?


ZENKA is a black comedy/crime thriller/romance set in gangland London in the weeks leading up to Christmas.


Praise for ZENKA: “ZENKA is top of my list for best fiction this year. If Tina Fey and Simon Pegg got together to write a dark and hilarious mobster story with a happy ending, ZENKA would be the result!” -Lauren Sapala, Book Reviewer and Writers’ Coach.    

Link to 26 5* reviews for Alison Brodie’s last book, Brake Failure – ALL from top book bloggers:

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Author Bio:

Alison Brodie is an internationally-published author. GOOD HOUSEKEEPING chose her debut for their Pick of the Paperbacks. The Scottish Daily Mail reviewed ‘Face to Face’: “Vain but wildly funny leading lady.”

Alison has a criminal record for busking/disturbance of the peace in Piccadilly Circus; speeding in Spain and hustling in Athens. She lives in Biarritz, where she can be found speaking unnintelligabuble French.

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Blog Tour Review: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

Blurb:  A second chance by the sea? When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.  But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!  Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…  Maybe this is where her new life begins…?  An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd
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Rating: 4.5/5

Review:  I have to admit I loved this book.  While it deals with some serious issues it does them in a positive and forward looking way. It doesn’t dwell on them but shows the characters moving on and dealing with life’s challenges. 

This book is so well-written that the characters leap off the page at you and you feel involved in what they are doing rather than just an onlooker. All of the characters are clearly developed, none of them are flat and without personality and that comes across really well. I could add more here but than would risk spoilers and I don’t put spopilers in my reviews.

This is one of those books that basically feels like you’re getting a hug when you read it. Although it’s set in the summer it would also be an ideal winter read when the weather is poor and you want nothing more than to cosy up at home with a good book. 

Author Bio:   Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

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Blog Tour Review: The House by Simon Lelic

I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour. From the moment I received a key in an envelope and a code for a website I’ve been intrigued by this book and couldn’t wait to read it. Now I’ve read it and I was not disappointed. Read on to see my review.

Blurb:  Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it. So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door. And now the police are watching them.

Rating: 4.5/5 

Review:  I was hooked from the first page of this book. I read it in two sittings which for me, at the moment, is pretty much unheard of.  I found it atmospheric and unsettling and was slightly regretting starting at night when I live somewhere really quiet and it was dark outside. 

I really enjoyed the way the story was written. Using only two perspectives really showed how the characters were affected by what was going on and how they were both dealing with current events and their own individual problems. 

I found this story engrossing and gripping throughout and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers or crime fiction. 

For the love of books…..

It’s a sunny day here with little chance of rain (for a change!) so I decided to hang some washing outside. In order to do that I had to put the book I was reading down, and when I did that it struck me that some people would not be happy about how I left the book. For clarity I left it like this, upright and open against the back of the sofa.  

The actual book itself is not important, it just happens to be what I was reading at the time.  What is important is that it reminded me of the conversations, comments and criticisms that I’ve seen many times regarding how people treat their books. I will be upfront now and say I fold page corners, I don’t always use bookmarks, I bend spines when necessary and am not bothered if my books do not look pristine when I’ve finished reading them.

I read books because I love reading, I love the stories and the escapism I get from reading. As well as printed books I also have a kindle I use regularly and, if I have long drives to make, I listen to audiobooks. The book format doesn’t bother me, one is not better than the other, it’s the writing that is important, the words the authors has used to create a story that transports me through time (forward or back), to another planet, to a different city, into the head of a serial killer or the detective hunting them. THIS is why I read, so I can experience these things. 

This copy of Tom Jones is one of my most precious books. I bought it in 1997 after watching the TV adaptation. It is precious to me because of the story but also because I did some new and scary things in the years that followed the purchase and this book came with me on my travels. It was my constant companion, something familiar in strange places. It was originally published in 1749 and while there may be a few original copies still in existence the fact is many have long since gone but the story remains because it is republished again and again. And this is my point. The stories survive because they exist in the words used not because people have been meticulous about how they treat their books.

I know people are entitled to their opinions and I know many will not agree with me or will feel sorry for my copy of Tom Jones because it is a bit battered and well-worn but that doesn’t mean that people should be subjected to nasty comments or made to feel less of a book lover because they fold page corners or use an e-reader or listen to books.  I’ve said my book is precious to me and it is, but if I lost it in a fire or something I would replace it with a new copy. The memories I have with it would still exist because the words in the book still exist, they wouldn’t disappear just because that copy of the book no longer existed. 

Surely those who describe themselves as book lovers should be celebrating the actual stories, not berating people for how they treat their books or what formats they use?  As book readers should we not be more tolerant of others given that we all all have a common interest – books – regardless of how that interest is accessed?

Cover Reveal!!  Broken Bones by Angela Marsons

I am thrilled to be able to share with you the cover for the new D.I. Kim Stone book, Broken Bones. How atmospheric is this cover!?!  

The pre-order links and blurb are below, it sounds amazing and I, for one, can’t wait to read it!  Feast your eyes on this………….

Out on 3rd November



Blurb:  They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.  As three more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.  At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.  The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.  A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.

Author bio:  Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon Bestselling DI Kim Stone series – Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines, Dead Souls and now Broken Bones. Her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.  She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.  She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.  After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.  She is signed to for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.  Her last two books – Blood Lines and Dead Souls – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.


Blog Tour Review: Sunshine After the Rain by Daisy James.

Blurb: A summer that changes everything…

Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down.

Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel!

A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…

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My Rating: 4/5.

Review:  A pet peeve of mine is how much people, myself included, rush around and never seem to stop and appreciate what we have, or this amazing planet we live on.  Thankfully I am able to stop and look at times but others don’t and this book highlights that through Evie, someone who works so many hours that the days just blur into weeks and months.  When Evie is blamed for something at work she feels she must quit her job and flees to Corfu for a break from everything. Where she finds a more relaxed pace of life, no one rushing around and plenty of to appreciate the local scenery.

I’ve never been to Corfu but I could picture it easily through the descriptions, especially the ones where Evie is thinking about the paint colours she’s used for the sea and the sky.  The colours and the descriptions brought the area to life and the more I read the more I felt I was there, relaxing with Evie as the slower pace of life makes everyone slow to fit in with it.  

There are almost two stories in one here, Evie’s rediscovery of herself and contemplation of her life in London until she left and that of her and Sam and the other characters on the island.  This is a lovely, easy read but one which transports you easily into Evie’s world and makes you feel as if you are walking alongside her throughout the whole book.  Definitely a read for the summer but it may also work well on those dark winter days when we want nothing more than to be somewhere sunny. 

A lovely, relaxing and uplifting read, probably best enjoyed with a drink with plenty of ice.

Author Bio:  Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.  Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks,

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Cover Reveal!! Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell

I am thrilled to be able to share with you the cover for the third book in the DS Ruby Preston series!!  It’s an intriguing and creepy cover and the book blurb sounds amazing too. 

Out on 31st October but you can pre-order it now!



Blurb:   To catch a killer, you must first think like one …

A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.    

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die. 

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James will be hooked by this dark and utterly disturbing thriller, packed with twists until the final page. 

Author bio:   USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.  Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.  Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.  Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.   Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.  Sign up to join her Reader’s club for access to news, updates and exclusive competitions and giveaways.

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Twitter: @Caroline_writes