Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Review: Stonebird by Mike Revell



Title: Stonebird
Author:  Mike Revell
Published: 5th February 2015
Publisher: Quercus Books

Twitter: @RevellWriting
Blog/website: http://mikerevell.com/

Synopsis 

When eleven-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his grandma, he's thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Book Review: Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan


Title: Stiff Penalty (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
Author: Annelise Ryan
Published: 24 February 2015
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing

Blog/website: www.bethamos.com

Synopsis 

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her. But one thing's certain, she'd better start figuring things out fast, or a deadly perpetrator could be subtracting two more victims from the population of Sorenson, Wisconsin. . .


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Book Review: The Manservant by Michael Harwood



Title: The Manservant
Author:  Michael Harwood
Published: 24 February 2015
Publisher:  Kensington

Twitter: @Manservant69
Blog/website: www.mjharwoodauthor.com

Synopsis 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Book Review: The Bluestocking and the Rake by Norma Darcy




Title: The Bluestocking and the Rake
Author:  Norma Darcy
Published: 17 February 2015
Publisher: Montlake Romance 

Twitter: @LoveRegency
Blog/website: www.myhistoricalromance.com

Synopsis 

2014 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Romance

The Earl of Marcham has decided to put the excesses of his colorful youth firmly behind him so that he may find a wife and beget himself an heir. But a straitlaced spinster may stand in his way after she releases a morality pamphlet exposing some of his most private misdemeanors. Determined to have his revenge and teach her a much-needed lesson, the earl decides that his best course of action is to seduce her…

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Book Review: Die Again by Tess Gerritsen



Title: Die Again (Rizzoli & Isles Number 11)
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Published: 1 January 2015
Publisher:  Transworld Digital and Bantam Press

Twitter: @tessgerritsen
Blog/website: www.tessgerritsen.co.uk

Synopsis

'With DIE AGAIN Tess Gerritsen proves that she is still at the top of her game. I love this fantastically gripping story and can’t wait for more' KARIN SLAUGHTER

THE VICTIMS

In Boston, Detective Jane Rizzoli and Forensic Pathologist Maura Isles are investigating a bizarre murder. A man has been found gutted and hanging in his home. When the remains of another victim are found, it is clear that this murderer has been at work for years, and not just in Boston.


Friday, 13 February 2015

Book Review: Fragile Lies by Laura Elliot


Title: Fragile Lies
Author: Laura Elliot
Published: 13 February 2015
Publisher: Bookouture

Twitter: @Elliot_Laura
Blog/website: www.lauraelliotauthor.com


Synopsis 

His name is Michael Carmody. He is a writer and a father. His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life.

Her name is Lorraine Cheevers. She is an artist and mother. An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage.

Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Book Review: Don't Tell the Brides-to-be by Anna Bell




Title: Don't Tell the Brides-to-be
Author: Anna Bell
Published: 12th February 2015
Publisher: Quercus

Twitter: @AnnaBell_writes
Blog/website: www.annabellwrites.com

Synopsis 

Things are looking up for Penny Robinson. She's kicked her gambling addiction and even started her own business: Princess on a Shoestring, an all-inclusive service for brides-to-be looking to pinch pennies on their big day.

Between family rows and wardrobe calamities, wedding planning is no piece of cake... but Penny's got it all under control. That is, until a rival planner decides to take her down - one hard-won bride at a time.

Book Review: A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde


Title: A Vintage Wedding
Author: Katie Fforde
Published:12 February 2015
Publisher:  Century and Cornerstone Digital

Twitter: @KatieFforde
Blog/website: www.katiefforde.com

Synopsis 

In a small Cotswold country town, Beth, Lindy and Rachel are looking for new beginnings.

So they set up in business, organising stylish and perfectly affordable vintage weddings.

Soon they are busy arranging other people's Big Days.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Book Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner



Title: Crash & Burn
Author: Lisa Gardner
Published: 3 February 2015
Publisher:  Headline

Twitter: @LisaGardnerBks
Blog/website: lisagardner.com

Synopsis 


My name is Nicky Frank.

I'm in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn't I find her? She's just a little girl.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Food & Drink: Lakelands Lékué silicone bread maker



Not wanting to go outside on this cold Sunday afternoon, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out my Lakelands Lékué silicone bread maker - a Christmas present from Mr GC.

I've only tried making bread by hand a few times in the past and it has never turned out very well before, so I didn't have great hopes for this new toy. 

PROMO BLITZ - When Shadows Fall by Bruce Blake

Today I am very excited to be helping Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours with the promo blitz for When Shadows Fall by Bruce Blake. This is the first book in the Small Gods series.  



Title: When Shadows Fall
Author:  Bruce Blake
Published: 25 January 2015
Publisher:  Paper Gold Publishing Ltd

Twitter: @bruceablake
Blog/website: https://bruceblake.wordpress.com/

Blurb:

A hundred times a hundred seasons have turned since the Goddess banished the Small Gods to the sky, leaving the land to mankind alone.

For Prince Teryk, life behind the castle walls is boring and uneventful until he stumbles upon an arcane scroll in a long-forgotten chamber. The parchment speaks of Small Gods, the fall of man, and the kingdom's savior—the firstborn child of the rightful king. It's his opportunity to prove himself to his father, the king, and assure his place in history. All he needs to do is find the man from across the sea—a man who can't possibly exist—and save mankind.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Who are you online - anonymity or loud & proud?



You may have noticed that I prefer to stay fairly anonymous on my blog and twitter page. This was a conscious choice that I made when I first started my blog as I didn't want my friends and family to know about the blog until I was was confident enough for them to see/read it. In addition, I have a professional full-time career and would not want my clients to be able to see any aspect of my personal life. 

I specify 'fairly' anonymous because I do use my name when emailing people directly regarding the blog/book reviews, just not publicly online.