Cover Reveal!! The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans. @HarrietEvans @KatieVEBrown @TinderPress

I am thrilled today to have a cover reveal for you.  I have the blurb and a pre-orde link as well which are below. So, read on and then check out the cover itself, how gorgeous is it!?!!  It looks more like a painting than a book cover!

Blurb:  Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why.  We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

The Wildflowers can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK by clicking here


Guest post by Carol Warham, author of Resolutions. @carol_warham

Today I am thrilled to have a guest post from Carol Warham on the very important topic of character viewpoints.

Blurb:  Carly Mitchell returns to the small town of Yeardon in Yorkshire almost a year after running away on her wedding day. Now she wants to try to make amends with Steve, his family, and the townspeople who had prepared a huge party to celebrate her New Years Eve wedding.

She intends to stay only for a few days at the Resolution Hotel, owned by Steves parents. However, her plans change when Steves father is taken ill, and she feels obliged to step in and help with running the hotel. This also means having to deal with Steves antagonism since he has never forgiven her for humiliating him.

A further complication comes in the form of Ben Thornton, the local doctor, to whom Carly feels an immediate attraction. They enjoy getting to know each other and falling in love, until a famous model from Bens past arrives in the town, and stays at the hotel.

Steve attempts to get his revenge on Carly by driving a wedge between her and Ben, and by threatening to reveal what he knows about Bens troubled past unless Carly leaves town.

The resolution lies in Carlys hands as she struggles between wanting to flee from the town again and wanting to stay with the man she has grown to love.

Guest post:  Viewpoint

As a fledging novelist, viewpoint or the changing of characters’ points of view has been, for me, one of the most difficult things to deal with.

My novel is written from the heroine’s point of view only. I have found it difficult not to slip into other characters POV. Often I would not spot I had done this until it was pointed out to me by my marvellous critique partner. I’m sure she tears her hair out at times!

Usually a viewpoint changes in specific places, paragraphs, chapters, action sequences. My story’s viewpoint must never change. Therefore the actions, thoughts and words of other characters must be either seen, heard or reported back to the heroine. Recently I read a novel where the story head hopped from character to character often without warning. I found this difficult to follow and often had to backtrack to check who was speaking.

One viewpoint I have always been told to avoid is the ‘negative’ viewpoint. For example, ‘Chris didn’t see the man waiting by the corner,’ or ‘Sally didn’t realise who was waiting in the next room.’ If the character doesn’t know these things why has the reader been forewarned about what may be a dramatic scene about to unfold?

Encouraged by my CP I began to delve into what is commonly referred to as Deep POV. Many stories are written from the third person narrative; that is as readers we are ‘watching’ the story unfold on the pages. Deep POV differs from this considerably.

So what is Deep POV? This means getting inside your character’s head, being your character. You can think, feel, hear, taste and touch what she does. You have to be that person. Their thoughts, actions and words must show what they are feeling and move the story along. It is a skill that leads into strong emotive writing. There is no author intrusion; no telling or explaining what the character is feeling or thinking because you don’t tell yourself what you are thinking or feeling do you?

How have I achieved this, or rather tried to achieve this? Firstly I had to dispense with all speech tags. They should not be necessary. Your character will not ‘say something angrily’. Her actions and thoughts will show that she is angry as you feel her anger. Tags can pull the reader away and out of the character’s head. Therefore reminding  the reader that they are not that character. They keep a distance between reader and character and this is not what you want.

I had to eliminate sense verbs – “saw, felt, heard, smelt”. Next came the thinking verbs – “thought, remembered” and the emotion naming – “terrified, worried, determined.”

All perceptions must belong to the character and not the author. Would she/he really say/think that? Would you?

One of my scenes, which has caused some amusement and some rethinking involved my heroine becoming inebriated. She notices that her glass never seems to empty. She is puzzled but steadily goes on drinking. My critique partner posed some questions about my handling of the scene and my character’s POV. It wasn’t coming across very well. One question was ‘Who keeps filling her glass?” My reply was simple. If my heroine doesn’t know how do I know? We managed a compromise in the end.

One of the things I found difficult was to delve deep into the heroine’s emotions, feel what she was feeling and then write it. Deep POV is just that going deeper and deeper still into that character’s emotions and feelings, deeper perhaps than you may even go into your own. It is intense and can be emotionally exhausting.

Initially this was a concept I struggled with and still do. It does not come easily to me. However the effort to learn to write like this will take my novel, I hope, to a richer and more professional level.


Writing has been Carol’s love since childhood. She started by making small comics for her dolls, progressed to training as a journalist for a short while. Once the family had grown up she settled down to writing and having published short stories, poems and holiday articles.

In recent years she has become a judge in the short story section for the HysteriaUK competition and also for the RNA’s romance novel of the year.

Earlier this year, she represented her book group on BBC Radio Leeds, talking about books and the work on her novel.

Carol lives in Yorkshire, surrounded by some beautiful countryside, which is ideal for her other passion of walking, often with a dog called Sam. This lovely area is the location for her first novel, Resolution


Review of Zenka by Alison Brodie. @alisonbrodie2

Today I have a review of Zenka from Alison Brodie who kindly sent me a copy of the book for review.

Blurb:  Ruthless, capricious, and loyal.

Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not.  Happily, she now has easy access to pistols and shotguns.

Jack learns he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold.  Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charges.  Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she aims to turn Nicholas into a son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of.  And she succeeds!

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

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

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

And is Zenka really who she says she is?

Praise for Zenka:

“A riveting read.  Powerful.  Spicy” –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

5*  “To say I loved this story would be a massive understatement” –Bloggers from Down Under

5*  “Top of my list for best fiction this year” – Lauren Sapala, WriteCity

5*  “You won’t be able to put this book down” –Laura Reading

5*   “Brodie nails it again. Intelligent wit and outstanding writing” –Charlie Elliott, author of Life Unbothered.

My Rating: 5/5

Review: Having previously read Brake Failure and really enjoyed it, you can find my review here, I was excited when Alison contacted me asking if I was interested in reading and reviewing her newest book Zenka. Obviously I said yes, given this is a review of that book, and I am really pleased I did.

This book was a joy to read. Zenka is an unstoppable force and I doubt many people would be able to say no to her. She’s fun and bright and brings the story alive, it leaps off the page because of her. The other characters are good, well-written and fit well with the story but this is Zenka’s story and it works because of her.  The letters she writes home to a friend are brilliantly fun snippets that show another side to her and give more depth to her character. The mix of crime and romance is handled well and works (something that can’t be said for all authors) and the element of humour that runs through brings it all together like a perfectly baked cake.

Alison Brodie is fast becoming a favourite author of mine. Simply because her books are always so well-written that you are guaranteed a good read. If you want a book that is a joyride of a read with characters that are a bit larger than life personality wise then this, and Brake Failure, are definitely books you should check out.

Author bio:

Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.

Brodie is an international, best-selling author.  Her books have been published by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland).  Reviews for her debut, FACE TO FACE:  “Fun to snuggle up with” –GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Pick of the Paperbacks.  “Vane but wildly funny leading lady” -Scottish Daily Mail.

Brodie has now gone “indie”.  Here are some editorial reviews for her recent books.

BRAKE FAILURE:  “Masterpiece of humor” -Midwest Book Review

THE DOUBLE:   “Proof of her genius in writing fiction” -San Francisco Book Review.

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, WriteCity






#Blog Blitz #Review: Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell. @bookouture @Caroline_writes

I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog blitz for the latest in the DS Ruby Preston series. I have a review for you so keep reading to see what I thought and be sure to check out the other fabulous bloggers on the blitz too!  Many thanks to Bookouture for letting me have a copy of the book for review and for letting me be part of this blog blitz.

Blurb:  A serial killer is playing a terrifying 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 twisted 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 persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to use his criminal connections to set up a dangerous meeting. Because to catch this killer, she needs to think like one… 

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team become. Is Mason really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining Ruby 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.

Amazon Links:          UK:


My Rating: 4/5 

Review: I’ll admit now I had trouble writing this review. This is the first of the DS Ruby Preston series that I’ve read and while it works on its own I think you would get more out of it having read the previous books first. There are character relationships in the book that have clearly been developed from the previous two books so in not reading them you miss out on some of the depth and understanding of the background to them. 

However, the main focus of the story is the murders of women that have been set up by the killer and have an experience that is completely different from the one they were expecting.  The killer plays and taunts with his victims and the police. The investigation is, as I would expect many are, convoluted and confusing with lots of hints, leads and dead ends. The killings are very similar to those carried out by Mason Gately years before and as he is currently in prison for his murders the Ruby decides questioning him is a good idea despite the risks to herself. 

The story is definitely fast paced and gripping but, at times, also a bit confusing.  There are a lot of characters be them victims, family, friends or police and I found it occasionally tricky to keep track of who was who, something I suspect would be less of a problem for someone who has read the previous two books. The scenes with Mason Gately were creepy and made me want to skip past them so I could stop reading about him because he made my skin crawl.  I found the scenes with the current killer in them fascinating.  Although your first instinct is to hate him for what he has done there was a humanity to him which added so much deooth and prevented him from being a cliché. 

I enjoyed this book, it’s definitely one you can read and disappear into.  It’s very easy to get caught up in the fast pace, and the feelings of Ruby and the victims as the story progresses. With that in mind I have two recommendations for you before you read this book, 1. Read the previous books first and 2. Makes sure you have plenty of time free when you start reading, you’ll need it because you’ll struggle to put this book down!

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”.

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On the blog in November……

I’ve had quite a few blog posts recently and a lot more to come in November so I thought it would be sensible to do a blog post detailing all of them, something I haven’t done for a while.

Everything kicked off today with my stop on the Clipped Wings blog tour.

Tomorrow I have a review of Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell as my stop on the Bookouture blog tour arrives.

On the 6th I have a review of Zenka by Alison Brodie. You might remember I took part in the cover reveal for this book recently.

The 12th sees a review of a book I received a few days ago, the CWA anthology of short stories published by Orenda books.

I take part in another Orenda blog tour on the 18th with a review of White Out by Ragnar Jonasson.

The 25th brings another review, this time A Pearl for My Mistress.

Then I have a slight change with 2 guest posts, on the 28th for the Blood Rites blog tour and, on the 29th for the Christmas at the Little Knitting Box tour.

Also around the end of the month I have a review of Letters from the Pianist.

As you can see I have a busy month ahead. I may also manage to pop a review or two up as well depending on how things go.

Clipped Wings Blog Tour: Guest Post from Jennifer Gilmour. @JenLGilmour @EmmaMitchellFPR 

Today I am taking part in a blog tour for a book which is a bit different from my usual reads. This is a book which contains stories from survivors of domestic abuse and as domestic abuse is something very close to my heart I had to take part in this tour. Rather than a review I have a guest post for you from the author on why and how this amazing and important book came about. 

Synopsis:  The silent chorus. 

Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be. 

But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.

But you are.
A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society. 

The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself. 

GUEST POST: About Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings was part funded by a Kickstarter Campaign which reached 128% of funding.

The purpose of the campaign was to provide each of those individuals who have come forward with their story, with their own copy of Clipped Wings as a means of recognition of their courage in speaking out. It will also enable them to read other survivor stories and hopefully will make them feel less isolated as a survivor. 

Clipped Wings will continue my mission of raising awareness of domestic abuse and coercive control and demonstrate that the statistic of 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men is indeed correct. Sadly, this kind of behaviour transcends the age groups with many young men and women entering into relationships dominated by unacceptably controlling behaviours. Together we are stronger and can work to eradicate this insidious and often unnoticed behaviour which is prevalent in an unacceptable number of relationships.

Kickstarter link: 

Why did you decide on collating survivor stories together and putting them into one book?

Since the publication of my debut novel Isolation Junction I have been contacted by dozens of people wanting to share their experiences with me and as a result, I decided that I would do everything in my power to give these people a public voice.  Sadly, many of these stories have similar themes and support the statistic that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been affected by domestic abuse during their lifetime. It is because of this that this project has developed, and the true impact of the statistic becomes a reality which brought me to this next step, to give a voice to those who would usually not be heard. 

How do you focus and not let your work with domestic abuse affect you emotionally?

Originally, I didn’t look after myself and worked on Isolation Junction, blog posts and research even if I wasn’t in a good place. I couldn’t switch off to what I felt needed to be exposed and couldn’t understand why something so common was hidden so well.  It did take its toll on me and I am happy to admit and address this. The solution was simple and that was to train myself to channel my thoughts and focus on my current happenings and not letting my mind wander. It can be still a challenge, but I feel like I manage myself better and take a healthier approach. 

What was your original inspiration to start to write?

I was on an awareness course about Domestic Abuse. Alongside me were about 8 other women who had been in abusive relationships. As the day progressed, I found that I simply couldn’t believe that some of what the other women were saying was exactly what I had gone through but just in a different format. Domestic Abuse tends to go in a cycle (see the cycle of abuse image) and whichever way it begins, the behaviour spirals again and again. At first it could be months between incidents but for me, as time went on there were many instances within one day. It is quite normal to try to prevent the cycle from starting again by changing your behaviour as much as possible. By the end of the course I had come to understand that we were all subjected to the same behaviour and that no one knew before that this could even happen to someone i.e. that a relationship can be so unhealthy and soul destroying.  I realised that others simply needed to know more about this unacceptable behaviour; they needed to see the warning signs before the relationship goes further or the behaviour gets even more serious.  On the other hand, I needed others to see the behaviour for what it is. If people are in a relationship and the behaviour within it is not acceptable and is not their fault, it can’t simply be changed by changing yourself.

I knew I had a story to tell and with my previous unfinished written work I realised my first novel had to be more than a book but a message – a way for others to be able to pass a book on to help victims and to get the penny to drop and bring about realisation of what is happening sooner. This means that when the relationship ends victims and survivors realise they are not the only ones out there and its ok to talk about the abuse.

How do you direct people who may need support after reading your books? 

At the end of my books there is a message from me which include the UK 24-hour free-phone National Domestic Violence helpline, which is 0808 2000 247. There is also a support page on my website; 

I do receive a lot of messages and I have personally referred to local centres, once I directed someone in Africa to her local support service. I have been a listening ear to many as well, the first step is telling someone about what’s happened to you and so I urge anyone to speak to a ‘safe’ person or service. ‘safe’ meaning someone who isn’t involved with the perpetrator or who you most certainly can be trusted and will help you. 

What do you do aside from writing?

I am a mum of three which keeps me pretty busy when I am not writing; I have a five, seven, and almost two-year-old. As a family we enjoy the hobby Geocaching which gets us out and about, learning about the local area as well as having some fun. It can get rather competitive, if you haven’t heard of it Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

I am also a Jamberry Nail Wraps Consultant which brings in most of my income to support my work in the domestic abuse sector including my writing. You can find out more about that on my other website: 





Clipped Wings on Amazon UK; 

Clipped Wings on Amazon USA; 

Goodreads author profile; 
Author bio:

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business. 

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel ‘Isolation Junction’. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

Since the publication of her debut novel Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships. 
Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that ’Clipped Wings’ give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.

Extract from Broken Bones by Angela Marsons. @WriteAngie @bookouture

I am thrilled to be able to bring you an extract from Broken Bones, the newest Kim Stone novel but this is not just any extract, this is the prologue and what a prologue it is!  I read it while putting this post together and wanted to drop everything and read the whole book after that, even though the book isn’t released till 3rd Nov, that’s how amazing this prologue is. So read on and see what got me so excited. 

Book 7 Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series

Published by Bookouture on 3rd November 2017.

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Black Country: Christmas Day

Lauren Goddard sat on the roof of the thirteen-storey block of flats. The winter sun shone a grid onto her bare feet dangling over the edge. The cold breeze nipped at her wiggling toes.

The protective grate had been erected some years ago after a father of seven had thrown himself over. By the time she was eleven she had stolen a pair of wire cutters from the pound shop and fashioned herself an access point to the narrow ledge that was her place of reflection. From this vantage point she could look to the beauty of the Clent Hills in the distance, block out the dank, grubby reality of below.

Hollytree was the place you were sent if Hell was having a spring clean. Problem families from the entire West Midlands were evicted from other estates and housed in Hollytree. It was displacement capital. Communities around the borough breathed sighs of relief as families were evicted. No one cared where they went. It was enough that they were gone and one more ingredient was added to the melting pot.

There was a clear perimeter around the estate over which the police rarely crossed. It was a place where the rapists, child molesters, thieves and ASBO families were put together in one major arena. And then guarded by police from the outside.

But today a peace settled around the estate, giving the illusion that the normal activities of robbing, raping and molesting were on pause because it was Christmas Day. That was bollocks. It was all still going on but to the backdrop of the Queen’s Speech.

Her mother was still slurring her way around the cheerless flat with a glass of gin in her hand. Her one concession to the event was the line of tinsel wrapped haphazardly around her neck as she stumbled from the living room to the kitchen for a refill.

Lauren didn’t expect a present or a card any more. She had once mentioned the excitement of her friends. How they had enjoyed presents, laughter, a roast dinner, a chocolate-filled stocking.

Her mother had laughed and asked if that was the kind of Christmas she wanted.

Lauren had innocently nodded yes.

The woman had clicked the television to the Hallmark Channel and told her to ‘fill her boots’.

Christmas meant nothing to Lauren. But at least she had this. Her one piece of Heaven. Always her safe place. Her escape.

She had disappeared unnoticed up here when she was seven years old and her mother had been falling all over the flat pissed as a fart.

How lucky was she to have been the only one of the four kids her mother had been allowed to keep?

She had escaped up here when her mother’s drinking partner, Roddy, had started pawing at her groin and slobbering into her hair. Her mother had pulled him off, angrily, shouting something about ruining her retirement plan.

She hadn’t understood it when she was nine years old but she had come to understand it now.

She had cried up here on her sixteenth birthday when her mother had introduced her to the family business and to their pimp, Kai Lord.

She’d been up here two months earlier when he had finally found her.

And she’d been up here when she’d told him to fuck right off.

She didn’t want to be saved. It was too late.

Sixteen years of age and already it was too damn late.

Many times she had fantasised about how it would feel to lurch forward onto the wind. She had envisioned herself floating to and fro, gently making the journey like a stray pigeon feather all the way to the ground. Had imagined the feeling of weightlessness of both her body and her mind.

Lauren took a deep breath and exhaled. In just a few minutes it would be time to go to work. Heavy rain, sleet, snow, Christmas – nothing kept the punters away. Trade might be slow but it would still be there. It always was.

She didn’t hear the roof door open or the footsteps that slowly strode towards her.

She didn’t see the hand that pushed her forward.

She only saw the ground as it hurtled towards her.

Book 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.