#BlogTour #Extract : Dark Game by Rachel Lynch. @canelo_co @ElliePilcher95

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Dark Game today. Sadly time constraints meant I was unable to review this book but I have an extract for you instead. So read on and we what you think. Also don’t forget to check out the stops on the tour.

Blurb:   Kelly’s  gut  turned  over  as  she  realised  the danger  she  was  in.  She  heard  no  sirens.  She  knew  that  she  was  simply  collateral.  To these  men  who  made  a  lot  of  money  from  the  suffering  of  others,  they’d  have  no problem  snuffing  her  out. 

After  a  scandal  forces  D.I. Kelly  Porter  out  of  the  Met, she returns to  her  home  turf  in  the Lake  District.  Crimes  in  the  Cumbrian constabulary  tend  to  be  of  the  minor  sort,  but  Kelly begins  work on  a  cold  case  that  shocked  the  local  community  –  the  abduction and  brutal murder  of  ten-year-old  Lottie  Davies.

Meanwhile,  Kelly  is  also  investigating  two  seemingly straightforward  crimes:  a  case  involving an  illegal  immigrant, and a robbery  following  the  death  of  local  businessman  Colin  Day.  But evidence  comes  to  light  that  reveals  a  web  of  criminal  activity beyond  anything  Kelly imagined.  Behind  the  veneer  of  sleepy, touristy  towns  lies  a  dark  and  dangerous  underworld. As  Kelly threatens  to  expose  those  with  much  to  lose,  she  risks  paying  the ultimate  price  to get  to  the  truth… 

Don’t  miss  this  taut  and  gripping  debut  from  a  crime  writer  to watch.  Perfect  for  fans for  Carol  Dwyer,  Patricia  Gibney  and  Angela Marsons. 


Anushka stood on the opposite side of the street from the hotel, smoking a cigarette. She wore dark glasses and had her hood pulled up, concealing her mass of red hair. She saw the two police officers in the doorway and looked away. A crowd had gathered and two men who looked like reporters were asking the cops questions. She had to get away. She didn’t want to go to Darren, but she had little choice. She didn’t trust him but she also knew that if she disappeared, he would come looking. She was puzzled. Darren had said he was cleaning up last night, so she didn’t understand what had attracted the attention of the police. If he had got rid of Mr Day’s body, there would be no reason for anyone to suspect something was amiss. She toyed with the idea that there was an entirely separate explanation for the police being there, but her gut told her otherwise.
She walked quickly back to the Troutbeck. She’d already packed her bag. Panic set in and she took the stairs two at a time. Gabriela was waiting for her.

‘Anushka, are you all right?’

‘I’m fine. I’ve quit.’

‘Did you tell Mrs Joliffe?’

‘No, I didn’t tell Mrs Joliffe, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll tell her you haven’t seen me since breakfast.’

Gabriela stopped breathing. Anushka was a slight girl, but her eyes were mean and Gabriela had no idea what she was capable of. Whatever she was caught up in – whatever her reasons for leaving – was none of her business. She stood aside and watched as her roommate collected the large holdall from her bed.

‘Have you seen Roza?’ Anushka asked aggressively.

‘No,’ Gabriela said. The question came as a shock to her; she’d assumed the two girls were together.

‘Just say one word to Joliffe, and …’ Anushka threatened. She took a step towards Gabriela, seeming to tower over her. 

Gabriela nodded, her heart pounding in her chest.

‘Tell Roza this if she comes back,’ Anushka ordered. Gabriela waited. ‘Darren.’


‘And remember, Miss Perfect. I know you’re illegal too.’

Anushka left the room and Gabriela sat heavily on her bed. She could make no sense out of anything her roommate had said, and nor did she want to. She remembered what had happened at breakfast. Maybe Anushka was pregnant. People threw up when they were pregnant, she thought. Of course, that was it. But if that was the case, why did she jump when she heard the police siren? 

She needed some air, so she left the hotel and headed along the street in the direction the siren had been going. She was officially in between shifts, so she had time. A small crowd had gathered outside the Thwaite Hotel and a body bag was being loaded into a white van outside. Gabriela stared at the van, then turned and hurried back. Mrs Joliffe would want to know what had happened at breakfast, and that one of her waiting staff had disappeared. Gabriela didn’t know who she was more scared of: Mrs Joliffe or Anushka. Last night, despite being offered a new role by her employer, Gabriela still felt fearful when in her presence; the woman reminded her of the armed guard at home. On the other hand, Anushka had threatened her directly. She decided to avoid her boss until she had time to clear her head. Her pace quickened as she reached the Troutbeck. She slipped in the staff entrance to the rear, and skipped up the stairs to her room.

Biography:  Rachel  Lynch  grew  up  in  Cumbria  and  the  lakes  and fells  are  never  far  away  from  her. London  pulled  her  away  to teach History  and  marry  an  Army  Officer,  whom  she  followed around  the globe  for  thirteen  years.  A  change  of  career  after  children  led  to personal  training and  sports  therapy,  but  writing  was  always  the overwhelming  force  driving  the  future.  The human  capacity  for compassion  as  well  as  its  descent  into  the  brutal  and  murky  world  of crime are fundamental to her work. 


Cover Reveal: Sunshine and Secrets by Daisy James @daisyjamesbooks @canelo_co

I am thrilled to be able to share with you the gorgeous cover for Daisy James’ new book, Sunshine and Secrets.  This book sounds like a blast of Caribbean sunshine, just what you need when Spring is only just starting to appear.  The book is out on 19th March. 

Blurb:  When newly  heartbroken,  michelin-starred  chef  Millie Harper  is  offered  a  job overseeing  the  setup  of  The  Paradise Cookery  School  she  jumps  at  the opportunity.  Leaving  London  and her  memories  of  heartbreak  behind  she hops  on  a plane to the hilltop  cocoa  plantation  in  St  Lucia. 

But this beautiful island break might be more work than she’d expected….  With only two weeks to have the kitchen installed, cocoa pods going missing from the plantation and the notoriously relaxed island workmen to contend with, she’s going to need some help. Gruff but charming estate manager Zach Baxter, is only too happy to offer his opinions. As the two clash heads can they remain focussed on the job in hand and get the cookery school finished in time? 

Pack your bags and jump right into the sun and secrets of The Paradise Cookery School. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Kat French. 

About  the  Author

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 summerhouse, she  spends  her  time  sifting  flour  and  sprinkling  sugar  and  edible glitter.  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. 

2018 Plans and Resolutions: Sarah Marie Graye and Beatrice Fishback. @SarahMarieGraye @BeaFishback

It’s the final day of my 2018 Plans and Resolutions series!  I can’t believe the posts I put on Facebook in November have culminated in all of these fabulous guest posts from so many authors and today is no different.  Today’s posts come from Sarah Marie Graye who is starting her New Years a resolutions a month late and Beatrice Fishback who is going to be juggling writing with her daughter’s wedding which takes place in only a matter of weeks. 

So get comfy with a cup of tea, or maybe a coffee, and enjoy these, the last posts in this series.  

The best 11 months of the year!

by Sarah Marie Graye

For me, January was taken up by my blog tour for my debut novel, The Second Cup, so I decided to hold off starting any New Year’s resolutions until today – 1st February 2018.

Anything worth doing is worth doing properly – and I think achieving something for 11 months of the year is better than struggling during a busy January, failing, and becoming disillusioned.

My main resolution for 2018 is to finish writing my second novel, The Victoria Lie. I have a chapter-by-chapter skeleton document with key points listed for each chapter and I wrote the first 10,000 words in 2017. So I have no excuse!

I think the enormity of writing a second novel has just hit me though. I’m a #turtlewriter and took three years to write my first novel. I want to be faster this time! While I know I’ll never be someone who turns out 2-3 books a year, I’d love to be ready to publish my second novel by this time next year.

My other resolution is to ensure I get 10 hours sleep a night at least five nights a week. Sleep is so important to both mental and physical health and it’s a really easy (and lazy) way to make sure you look after yourself.

As I’m starting a month late, I’ve decided to restart my resolutions on the 1st of each month to try and keep on track for the rest of the year. So if you’ve already faltered on the resolutions you started a month ago, why not join me today in starting again?
About the author

Sarah Marie Graye was diagnosed with depression aged 9 and with ADHD aged 42. She believes mental health issues have shaped her whole life – and they prompted her to write a novel so she could use fictional characters and a make-believe plot to explain the thoughts and feelings behind her mental health to others. 

She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing and her debut novel The Second Cup was longlisted for the Book Viral 2017 Millennium Book Award and made it into Read Freely’s Top 50 Indie Books 2017.

Blog https://thedissociatedvoice.com/ 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sarahmariegraye/

Twitter        https://twitter.com/SarahMarieGraye

Amazon https://mybook.to/SecondCup

About the book

Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did. 

Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life. 

Faye is left wondering how to move forward, and whether or not Ethan will let her down again. And when she tells her friends, the news ripples through their lives too. 

Perfect for fans of Maggie O’Farrell, Elizabeth Strout, Patrick McGrath and Nathan Filer.

Link:  mybook.to/SecondCup

Big Plans for 2018 – Beatrice Fishback

This coming year has so many amazing possibilities. But nothing is as exciting as our daughter’s upcoming wedding mid-March. The story of how she met her future husband is quite sweet and worthy of story telling. So perhaps there will be a romance novel that I will write based on their tale. Needless to say, there are plenty of details the mother-of-the-bride needs to check off before the big day arrives so my focus must be entirely on this grand event. Entirely? Well, maybe not. After all, a writer never stops writing. Our minds run in constant imaginary thought so how can I not jot down a few ideas and work on several projects at the same time as making phone calls to the florist or mailing wedding invitations? To begin, there are two sequels I will hopefully complete this year. The second in my cozy mystery series will be called “Dying to Harvest a Corpse” and needs to be finished. The manuscript is three-quarters done and my plans are to finalize that project immediately. Then there is the prequel to the Bethel Manor historic romance series—of which there are already two— and I have been formulating this story in my mind during the holidays. However, I would also like to write something inspirational and thought provoking for a non-fiction piece. Of course, something entirely new might pop up in my thoughts without warning and a grand new story revealed. As you can tell, there’s much to look forward to in 2018 but this novelist’s mind must concentrate…focus…on flowers, bows, cakes, oh my. Actually I think a writer’s life is so much easier than the role of wedding coordinator, don’t you?

Author bio:   Beatrice Fishback, originally from New York, lived in the East Anglian area of Great Britain for over twenty years and traveled extensively in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. She is the author of Bethel Manor and Bethel Manor Reborn, Dying to Eat at the Pub, and several novellas. She has been published in various compilations, magazines and online websites. She and her husband have spoken to audiences worldwide and currently reside in North Carolina where scones are called biscuits and are topped with gravy, and tea that is served over ice.

Dying to Eat at the Pub, is set in a small English village adjacent to a U.S. military base. It’s the perfect place for Americans Jim and Dotty Weathervane’s leisurely life after Jim’s retirement from the U.S. armed forces. This backdrop of mixed cultures is ripe for misunderstandings and perhaps even murder.

Join the gregarious Dotty and her husband Jim, along with a slew of locals who try their hand at solving two deaths: one an American ex-serviceman and the other a beautiful woman named Amy.

Amazon UK Author Page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beatrice-Fishback/e/B01KMMRZEE/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

2018 Plans and Resolutions: Val Penny and Jane Risdon.. @valeriepenny @Jane_Risdon

It’s the penultimate day of my 2018 Plans and Resolutions series and I can’t believe it’s nearly finished. Today I have posts from Val Penny and Jane Risdon.

Guest post – Val Penny

I am delighted to be visiting Sandra’s blog today to chat about so many of the exciting events and opportunities 2018 offers.

It was clear last year that 2018 would be an exciting one, because my husband had learned last May that he had qualified, again, to represent his country in their International Fishing Team. Imagine our happiness when our older daughter compounded our excitement by informing us that in April, 2018 we will become grandparents for the first time. Joy of joys! Time to get knitting.

I also made a New Year Resolution this year. The first one I have made in many years, and it is very simple: I resolve to read more books by authors with whose work I am not familiar. This has been a fabulous resolution. I have been thrilled by a historical romance, ‘Heart of Stone’ by John Jackson, spooked by the ghost story ‘Woman in Back’ by Susan Hill and intrigued by the mystery that is ‘The Silence’ by Katharine Johnson and next on my TBR pile is the biography ‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah. This is the best resolution I have ever made, and one that is not at all difficult to keep.

But the thrills of 2018 continue to roll in. My debut crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh is to be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The Edinburgh Bookshop is hosting a book launch for me on 15 February, I am excited and nervous about that, in equal measure. So, when my publishers confirmed that they were accepting the second book in my Edinburgh Mysteries series, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’, with a view to it being published in the late summer of this year, I really did not think things could be any better.

I was wrong. In a good way, but I was wrong: things could and did get better when I was asked to lead a session on publicising your novel at the prestigious Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in August. I have no doubt that the magic of Swanwick gave me the confidence to show ‘Hunter’s Chase’ to publishers in the first place, so it will be a delight to be back.

All in all, 2018 is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for me. I hope it will be similarly exciting for Sandra and all her readers.
The Author:

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.
Hunter’s Chase Blurb

Hunter by name Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.


Guest post – Jane Risdon.

The past five years have been hectic for me working on various projects including Only One Woman which has now been published (Nov 2017) and its promotion is taking up a great deal of my time. The paperback will be published May 2018 and I am really excited about seeing the book in stores, libraries and in audio, worldwide. I’ve lined up some exciting events – which I cannot disclose now – but they’re linked in with Only One Woman, so it seems this year is going to be spent mostly in promotional activities. Several readers have asked about a sequel too, which I am considering and I do have the story in my head so who knows…

I really hope that Ms Birdsong Investigates (my series featuring a former MI5 Officer) will get published. It was submitted in 2017 to my publisher but they are not publishing new titles for the foreseeable future. So I am sending vibes to Accent Press in the hope they can alter their policy soon and I can see Ms B. in print. I also hope to complete the other two books (so far) in the series which are in various stages of completion.

I’ve never made a specific New Year’s resolution, it is a map to failure I’m convinced, and I don’t set goals either. If I achieve things I want to achieve that is cool, but I don’t set specific times and activities in cement. If it happens, it happens. I think it is the rebel in me – I cannot stand having to do anything. Self-motivation is not lacking however.

I do need to complete several other projects – novels – mostly crime/thrillers – which are also in various stages of completion; requests for me to write for anthologies, newsletters and online magazines often seem to get in the way. So if I aim for anything, it will be to complete all my outstanding Works in Progress and if my publisher is accepting again, submit in the hope they’ll see the light of day. If not, I am seriously considering putting them out myself, but that is time consuming and takes away from writing, and I’d also like to spend a little more time out walking in the countryside and photographing things I enjoy. 2018 is going to be a full-on year for me and I am looking forward to every moment.

Jane Risdon Bio:

Following a career in the international music business managing recording artists, song-writers, record producers, and actors, Jane fulfilled her dream to become a full-time writer 7 years go. Short stories, flash fiction (mostly crime) followed, signing with Publisher, Accent Press, in 2014. She’s contributed to over a dozen anthologies in all genres and her novel, Ms Birdsong Investigates (featuring a former MI5 Officer) is with her publisher. Her co-authored novel – Only One Woman – with lifelong friend, Christina Jones, was published by Accent in November 2017 in e-pub/POD format garnering over 21 5* reviews to date. The paperback for stores and audio will be published May 2018.
Only One Woman – blurb

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stellameets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?







Only One Woman Accent Press


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2018 Plans and Resolutions: Isabella May and Julie Ryan. @IsabellaMayBks @julieryan18

Today’s posts in this series come from Isabella May and Julie Ryan.  Despite being almost at the end of the series every post has been different and today’s two are another example of that so read on and find out what I’m talking about.   

5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Bookworm – Isabella May
Thanks so much, Sandra, for inviting me onto your blog to chat New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. I’m hoping it’ll be an exciting and prosperous and healthy New Year for everybody – especially those of us who love to read and write books!

Truth be told, I am not one for making resolutions at all, having spent most of my teens and early twenties doing just that, then failing spectacularly to make it past midday on January 1st without devouring something saccharine and temple-achingly good. They rarely work, and I’m all about following the Inspired Action of the present moment and carpe-dieming… 

That said, I DO think there are several things that we (and I include myself here!) as a book-loving community can do to make the world a shinier, happier place this brand spanking New Year. Yup, the Positivity Guru in me just can’t help herself. So here we go. Read on if you’d like to be inspired… and look away now if you are prone to eye-rolls!

1: Leave a NICE review on Amazon and Goodreads… or don’t leave a review at all. Now, I say this to myself as much as to anyone else. What we give out we sure as hell get back like a boomerang, after all. Frankly, why would anyone continue to read a book if they believe that it’s less than 3 star? And does it honestly make anybody feel good (sender of the critique included) to slate somebody else’s work? The answer is a resounding NO, so cut it out; the karma you receive back in the months ahead will work out oh, so much nicer for it.

2: Put the book down if you don’t enjoy it. I have spent way too many hours of this year reading books that just didn’t float my boat, skim-reading through pages full of wooden characters that just weren’t doing a thing for my excitement levels or attention span… because I felt obliged/was returning a favour/everybody else claimed X,Y or Z was ‘the best thing since sliced bread AND the advent of the Kindle’/I’d spent £1.99 on an eBook purchase and was going to damned well get my monies’ worth. Well, that equates to a whole lot of hours that could have been spent doing other things instead; other things like reading books that do make my heart sing! So no more of that in 2018 for me…

3: Stop comparing yourself to everybody else! That goes for all of us and it certainly goes for us authors. In the year that is 2018, I intend to quit using the success of others as my barometer, accept that I have a unique writing voice, and just get on with being unapologetically me. No more passing myself off as oddball and ‘maybe not everybody’s cuppa’, no more saying sorry for crossing genres. The world needs more kooky writers; the publishing world needs more variety. I am going to stand tall and proud (all 5 foot 2 inches of me) and get out there and do my thing! Oh yeah.

4:Make more bookish friends We can never have too many of them…

5: Go to a bookish event I live just a stone’s throw away from Gibraltar, yet for the past two years, I have managed to ‘be busy’ when the annual Lit Festival is on. Not good enough for a bookworm! My heart sinks when I think about all those fabulous and inspiring talks from authors that I’ve missed… not to mention the opportunity to settle the score with resolution number four while I was at it. In 2018 I will make it my mission to go to at least one!

Above all in 2018, here’s to LOTS more reading time, and the launch of LOADS more books to add to our ever growing To Be Read piles…
Author Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.  As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).  She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!  The Cocktail Bar is her second novel, following on from the hit sensation, Oh! What a Pavlova, published in 2017. Her third novel is currently being polished up and involves copious amounts of churros con chocolate: watch this space… 

Book 2 – The Cocktail Bar:

Published 13th February.

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.  Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.  But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.  Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one… 

Universal Amazon buying link:  http://myBook.to/thecocktailbar  

My hopes and wishes for 2018 – Julie Ryan

Like many people I won’t be sorry to see the back of 2017. It proved to be a difficult year for us as a family as we lost my mother-in-law back in May so 2018 will continue to be a year of firsts – first mother’s day without her and so on. Trying to move forward I’m hoping that 2018 will be a year of firsts for me personally. 

Having written three books in the Greek island mystery series and a Christmas novella, I am embarking on pastures new with a story about three sisters in conflict provisionally entitled Finding Rose. There’s a triple time shift too as the narrative moves between the present, The Tudor Court and WW1. I’m really hoping that this will be the year I find an agent and a publisher so January will be filled with submissions and crossed fingers. The book has been professionally critiqued and edited to within an inch of its life so other than polishing the blurb there isn’t much more I can do except wait with bated breath. 

I don’t make New Year Resolutions as such – mainly because they have usually been broken by January 2nd. It’s also counterproductive to say I’m going to give up chocolate. Apart from the fact that will never happen, the minute I ban something I immediately crave it. Instead 2018 will focus on us getting fit as a family. There may have been a request to Father Christmas for new bicycles!! He also brought a soup maker and a low fat fryer so healthier cooking is on the horizon too.

I could say I wish for World Peace, for global warming to be reduced and an end to povery and hunger. Of course I do, but it leaves me feeling depressed and impotent. Perhaps 2018 will be the year that everyone makes a little difference. Together we can make a big difference one step at a time.
Author bio:  Julie’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she went to live in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Using the latter as inspiration she started a series of mystery romantic thrillers set in the Greek Isles. 

Jenna’s Journey is the first novel in the Series, Pandora’s Prophecy and Sophia’s Secret make up the rest of the trilogy. 

Author links

Author Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/julieryanauthor

Author Central Account: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Ryan/e/B00F0VYX34/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Website Url: http://julieryanbooks.blogspot.co.uk

          Twitter: https://twitter.com/julieryan18

About the books:

Finding Rose

When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but in fact is reliving his previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

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2018 Plans and Resolutions – Daisy James and Jeannie Wycherley  @daisyjamesbooks @Thecushionlady

It’s the beginning of the end now as this is the last week of this series. However it’s ending on a high. Kicking off the final week I have posts from the lovely Daisy James and Jeannie Wycherley.

My New Year’s Resolutions – Daisy James

First of all, a huge thank you to Sandra for featuring my guest post on her January Resolutions blog. I’m really excited to be part of it and Sandra has inspired me to really take the time to think about my goals for 2018.

Every year I try to make my resolutions as diverse as possible – not too easy, but certainly not too taxing either. I print them out on a piece of brightly coloured paper and put the list in a pretty frame on my desk to remind me to maintain my focus. 

I’ve looked back at my 2017 goals and think I did okay, not brilliant, but at least I was able to tick off seven of the ten resolutions I made. The one I’m most proud of is the one challenging me to take a new class. I wanted to come up with something completely different to the courses I usually pick like creative writing or crafting. So, for the last twelve months I’ve been learning archery. It’s fun, but it’s a sport that requires precision, a steady hand and in my case an ability to laugh at your mistakes. 

So, for 2018 I asked myself the same questions as I did last year to help me to select my resolutions and here are a few I’ve decided on.

What are your career goals?

I’m thrilled to be having a brand new series called The Paradise Cookery School published this year. It’s set in the tropical paradise of St Lucia in the Caribbean and follows Amelia (or Millie as she prefers to be known) as she struggles to get to grips with setting up a cookery school there. The first in the series is called Sunshine & Secrets and is due out on the 9th of March. I love the cover! I have to admit that like Millie I’m a confirmed sunshine addict and prefer holidays that involve lying under a palm tree with a book and a cocktail in hand. The second story is called Confetti & Confusion, which will be published in June, and the final instalment is Mistletoe & Mystery, out in September. I can’t wait to invite everyone in!

What are your learning goals?

After writing about cookery schools, I really fancy taking a cookery course myself. I love baking and can often be found sprinkling icing sugar and edible glitter on cupcakes and whipping up a batch of apricot and blue cheese scones. So, to challenge myself, I’ve signed up for an Indian cookery class.

What are your exercise goals?

Writing is a sedentary life, as well as quite a lonely way to make a living. Along with continuing to improve my archery skills, I intend to work on upping my step target to 10,000 a day. I got a step counter in my Christmas stocking so this will definitely help to keep me motivated.

What are your lifestyle goals?

I eat far too many cakes and biscuits than is healthy! Because of my love of baking there is always temptation in my kitchen. So, I resolve to replace the mid-morning treats with a plate of healthy snacks like fresh fruit and veggie sticks and dips. I think this is going to be the hardest resolution to stick to, especially when I get the afternoon munchies.

New hobbies.

I love going to the theatre so I hope to try to get there more often this year. A member of my family volunteers at a small local theatre that puts on regular amateur performances and we do go as much as we can – even to the shows we’re not sure about which often turn out to be more interesting than we expect. I was lucky enough to be given tickets for The Jersey Boys for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to that night out! 

Of course, I love reading and my resolutions always include a goal to read more widely and try new authors, and to expand into non-fiction too. I don’t put a number on how many books I will read over the next twelve months, but I do try to get through as many as I can. 

I’d love to hear what’s on your blog readers’ resolutions list!

Once again, a huge thank you for having me, Sandra. It’s been great being here.

Love Daisy. 
About the author:

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. 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.

About the Books:

Blurb: She might be the most famous person in the country, but no one even knows her name…

Callie’s exquisite, glittering silk gown has been shortlisted for the celebrity wedding of the year. But just as all her dreams are coming true, disaster strikes!

Leaving behind the bright lights of London, Callie is forced to return home to sleepy Althorpe. And there’s one man she hopes to avoid – the childhood sweetheart who turned her life upside down. But now she’s back, is it finally time to stop running?

Yet, as Callie faces her past, a Cinderella-like hunt begins for that perfect, pearl-embroidered dress, mysteriously submitted without a name…

Blurb:  A knight in a shining camper van!

Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

Amazon UK page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisy-James/e/B015ECQG7E/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Jeannie Wycherley – Decisions, decisions!

2018 is going to be huge! Or it might not be. It’s a trifle difficult to tell, because as I write this, from this side of the countdown to New Year when I’m feeling frumpy, pale and worn out because 2017 has been such hard work, I just don’t know what will happen. But oh the plans I have! 

I set myself goals for 2017 and to be fair I hit most of them, but in the midst of that, life did what it does best – it got in the way. My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February and had surgery at the end of March, so he was off his feet for several months recovering, while I desperately tried to keep our gift shop open and self-publish Crone, my debut novel as originally planned, and keep hubby on the road to recovery of course. I’d wanted to publish Crone by Easter but in the end we went live in May. I felt like I was juggling a million balls.

In the meantime I shelved the second book I had planned, and instead I began writing a novel version of a short story that was published by Bards and Sages in February. For some reason this story, The Municipality of Lost Souls, set in Durscombe, a fictional coastal town in East Devon, UK during the 1860s, just enthralled me. At its heart it is a story of good and evil. No surprise there, I write dark fantasy and horror generally, but this is a departure for me because it is historical and more ‘Victorian Gothic ghost story’ than gory scares. In The Municipality of Lost Souls, three women, cousins in their thirties, the granddaughters of a woman renowned for witchcraft, each confront evil and inequity in their own way after the municipal officers (men in charge of local government) take it on themselves to use the wrecking of ships as a means to swell the town’s (and their own) coffers. I fell in love with the characters when I wrote the short story and I wanted to explore their world some more. 

I am a definite plotter when I write. I find flying by the seat of my pants uncomfortable, and I have a greater tendency to avoid writing and procrastinate if I don’t know what I should be writing. But what I will say is as true for The Municipality of Lost Souls as it is for Crone, is that occasionally a character comes along and they just … take over. In Crone it was the magical and mysterious book shop owner, Mr Kephisto. In The Municipality of Lost Souls, it’s a local Lord of the manor, probably related to royalty somewhere along the line, named Phineas. He is based on an ex-colleague of mine, and his compassion and love shine through, and add a different, more human, dimension to what could be an otherwise rather obvious class divide in the story. 

In the meantime, Crone was getting wonderful reviews and people were asking me for a follow-up, so I rather reluctantly looked at what form that could take. It was while I was playing with some ideas for a series that Beyond the Veil began to take shape. In December 2016, I lost a friend (cancer again), and her husband announced her passing by telling us she had ‘stepped through the veil’. I loved this gentle image so much, I kept it in mind.

Having not really shaken off The Municipality of Lost Souls, I decided to set Beyond the Veil in the same location, 150 years on, so the town of Durscombe gets another outing, and there are a few references to previous characters. In Beyond the Veil, the main character, Heidi has a cycle accident and is clinically dead for 183 seconds. However, before she can step through the veil to the other side, someone pushes past her in a furious rush to return to the land of the living, and in the commotion Heidi is sent back too. When she is found at the scene of a murder she protests that supernatural powers are at work. Trying to unravel Heidi’s story, a fraught detective reluctantly enlists the help of local oddball, Cassia Veysie, who claims to be descended from witches (yes, the ones we met in The Municipality of Lost Souls) but her inexperienced meddling with the world beyond the veil simply makes matters worse. After all, there are some doors that should never be opened.

Theoretically then, 2018 could be a brilliant year if I can get both of these out into the public domain. I also have a third novel that I keep rewriting, called The Jumpers, but honestly it’s such a horrible beast of a story (it’s a story about loneliness and the desire to be someone else but the jumpers of the title are people who jump off buildings so it’s a little grim) that it may never see the light of day.

In an ideal world, Beyond the Veil will be out in March 2018, and The Municipality of Lost Souls will follow in August or September, but that depends on finances/covers/editors etc. I’ll probably start writing the follow-up to Crone If you’d like to be kept up to date with these projects please join my mailing list, or my author Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter.

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Author Bio:

Jeannie Wycherley leapt at the chance to write when she was made redundant from lecturing in 2012. Since then she’s been honing her craft, learning as much as she can from other writers, and scribbling short stories as Betty Gabriel. She finally took the plunge with her novel Crone in May 2017. A repackaged anthology of her short horror stories, Deadly Encounters followed in August. Her short story, ‘A Concerto for the Dead and Dying’, is included in the bestselling vampire anthology, Mrs Dracula.

Jeannie’s inspiration is largely drawn from the landscape where she lives in East Devon: rocky coast, pebble and sand beaches, winding lanes, picture perfect cottages, cliffs and forest. She lives with her husband and three dogs, make a lot of soup in her cauldron, is a terrible insomniac, and plays a lot of Runescape.
About the book:

Blurb: I stood in front of the tree once more, the bark rough beneath my fingertips. This time I knew the truth. I swore on my son’s life that somehow, someway, I would have my revenge.”

Heather Keynes’ teenage son died in a tragic car accident. Or so she thinks. However, deep in the wilds of the Devon countryside, an ancient evil has awoken … and is intent on hunting the residents of Abbotts Cromleigh. 

No one is safe.

Heather is drawn reluctantly into the company of an odd group of elderly Guardians when she delves into a series of coincidental deaths. Who are these Guardians, and what is their connection to the Great Oak? Why do they believe only Heather can put an end to centuries of horror? Who is the mysterious old woman in the forest and what is it that feeds her anger? 

When Heather determines the true cause of her son’s death, she is hell-bent on vengeance. Determined to halt the march of the Crone once and for all, hatred becomes Heather’s ultimate weapon. Furies collide in this twisted tale of murder, magic and salvation.

Crone is available:

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crone-Jeannie-Wycherley-ebook/dp/B072BHCSQF/

US: https://www.amazon.com/Crone-Jeannie-WycherleyJeannie578180X/

2018 Plans and Resolutions: Bernadette Maycock and P.A. Davies @BRMaycock @padavies_

Entering into the last few days of this series and I have two quite different posts for you today. One, from Bernadete Maycock, that talks about the pressures that we can put on ourselves and how she plans to tackle them this year.  My second post is from PA. Davies and is quite simply inspirational and encouraging in equal measures.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much I did.

My 2018 resolutions – Bernadette Maycock

When I got to this year I had one simple resolution-get back to being myself. That’s the myself I was before I got confused with whether I was a blogger or an author and had no idea what I should be spending time on. 

There was a time when I had simply designated days and times for everything including time off but then I began to feel ‘The Pressure’- pressure of keeping up with other bloggers and other authors, to read quicker, blog more often, write a higher word count and get more books out. As a result all that happened was that everything went kablooey and stalled and suddenly I found I was having both reading and writing blocks as I sat at night, trying to figure out what I should be working on. As a result for this year I’m keeping it simple, read when I want to so I can properly ingest and adore what I read, blog twice a week and get back to enjoying writing, Goodreads, my lovely social media pals on Carmel Harrington’s Imagine, Write, Inspire, an online writing group of which I am a very proud member, and also the brilliant bookish readers, writers and bloggers on Twitter and Facebook. Hopefully it works! 

At present I’m on edits of the first book of a chick lit series about a lottery winner in the small town of Abbeyglen, who doesn’t quite know when or how to stop helping people, and after that I will be continuing work on book 2 of the series, where a not so welcome ex-Abbeyglener returns and sets about returning things back to the way they used to be. There will of course be comedy and romance in equal doses! Anyhoo, that’s me, I have to say thanks so much for having me, Sandra, was lovely to be able to drop by and I look forward to hearing what other  people are up to this year! 

About the author:

When Bernadette Maycock (BRMaycock) isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit (her first love!), romantic comedies and thrillers. 

Bernadette is now working on a three part romantic comedy series about AbbeyGlen Village. She lives in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four amazing little men. 

Connect with Bernadette:

Amazon Author.to/bernimaycock 

BRMaycock’s book Blog 

Twitter (@BRMaycock) 




About the book:

 HEATHER GREEN is a fun loving, happy go lucky, twenty-six year old who has remained upright and beaming despite a few wobbles in life. She wears her heart on her sleeve and pins on her thoughts for good measure.  We meet Heather as she moves out of her family home to share with four guys, much to the dismay of her long suffering (by his own admission!) boyfriend Graham. We follow her housemates and watch their sometimes funny, sometimes-fraught relationships as they go about their daily lives.  Join Heather as she navigates the simple things in life, her inability to remember the code for the house alarm, odd driving habits, general musings on chick flicks, casualties in cooking, as well as her attempts to talk down the “mad farmer with the gun.” Experience comedy and drama as we get to know her family and housemates, and, as an unexpected event finally takes her down, learn what happens when the last people you expected to turn to are actually the ones you need the most.

Before  I impart  my  literary  plans  for 2018, I feel  that  I should share  –  in the  briefest way I can  –  events  that  have  occurred in 2016/2017:  events  that  almost  made  me  lay down my creative pen and leave it there forever! 

Unfortunately, I have  to date  been through 16 months of medical treatment  that  has resulted in me  reaching an all  time  low, fighting not  only the  excruciating pain of  a physical  injury  but  the  onset  of depression too.   Before  –  and part  way into this  period of  my life  – writing seemed  the  only  escape from  my  angst  and starting a  new novel  (or so I thought) would be  the  perfect  remedy with which to mask and forget  about, my troubles. However, the  increase  in my pain  – and  the  subsequent  continuance  of  my  mental  imbalance  – hindered that  one  pleasure so much  so,  that  I decided to call time on writing and  thus  leave  my novel  half completed.  If  truth were  told, I also considered the  option to call  time  on everything else  too.   

Thankfully for me  though, this  latter consideration was  quickly erased by the unprecedented love, patience  and support  of  a  few cherished people, all  of  whom  I am truly grateful to and humbled by their selflessness.  

This  prequel  to my plans  for 2018 is not a means from  which I wish to evoke  sorrow or gain sympathy, it  is  told in earnest  to convey to  all those  people  out  there  who might  be feeling down  –  and at  times, alone  –  that  that  there  is  always somebody  that can  and  will  help you through it.  There  is  always  another way  forward and  believe  it or not,  there  IS  light  at  the  end of  that  metaphorical  dark tunnel.   

Had it  not  been for a  handful  of  certain people  in my life, I probably wouldn’t  have had a  great  deal  to plan for in 2018:  literary speaking or otherwise. But, their encouragement  and help  –  coupled with an uncanny belief  in both  my writing and me –  has  not  only been incredible,  but  the  reason why I eventually found the  strength to finish my novel  Absolution  and get  it  published in  October 2017.

It  is  also the  reason that  I now  find the  strength to  look forward to 2018 and  –  despite still  undergoing  medical  treatment  –  focus  on what  I  would  feel  totally lost  without; storytelling. After all, how else am  I to  use  this  bizarre  imagination that  I have  been blessed with  if not  for writing?  And to  those  who made  this  newfound focus possible, I  thank  you  all. You know  who you are  and you know  how endless  my gratitude really is. 

And so, onto 2018 and what I currently have in my sights. 

Well, despite  an obvious  sequel  to  Absolution  needing to be  written, I have  made  the decision  to put  that  particular  need  on hold for a while  and concentrate  on  a  novel  that I am  currently doing research for.   

Initially  entitled  I  Muslim,  the  novel  will  be  a  controversial and hard-hitting story of misguided prejudice  and racism,  set  against the backdrop of  an actual  and  horrific event  that  occurred in the UK.   For me, it  will  be  pushing certain boundaries, challenging  not  only my writing ability  but  also  my  own morality and beliefs.  I am both nervous  and excited to start  this  novel  and  only  hope  that  I can do the  subject matter a  decent  service  …  we  shall  see. 

In other news, my second novel  –  George: A gentleman  of the  road  –  is  at  the  early stages  of  being  made  into a  film  and is  currently with  an  American scriptwriter.  I’m looking forward to see  how  this project  develops  and hope, like  I do with my next book, that they are able to do George a decent service and capture his true spirit.

So, that’s  what  happening  for me  in 2018  up to now,  but  who knows what  other adventures may come along?  I only hope that they are exciting.

For  updates  on my writing  and other stuff  –  or to find out  more about  any of  my published novels – please visit and/or follow me at the sites below. 

Thank you for reading. 

I hope you all have a safe 2018 … and beyond.

Best wishes. 

Paul Davies. 

Website: www.padavies.co.uk 

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About the book:

When the Militia entered the peaceful village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan in 1992 – amidst the backdrop of a bitter civil war – it wasn’t in peace.

Soldiers of the SFL committed untold atrocities in that small farming village, before finally razing it to the ground. From a line of terrified children, boys were chosen to become recruits of the Militia, whilst girls were taken for selling within a market of odious buyers. Those who weren’t selected were either left to perish or murdered where they stood.

In a field of high maize next to the village, sixteen-year old Jada lay hidden and afraid, witnessing the merciless slaughter of his parents and the capture of his sister Kiden; powerless to stop it, too frightened to try.

But now – tortured by grief, consumed with shame and driven by guilt – Jada must embark on a long & arduous journey to rescue his sister from a sinister world and earn his absolution…or die trying!

Read the reviews for Absolution here: Amazon.co.uk