BLOG TOUR | Consuming Fire – Catherine Fearns

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Yesterday was my stop on the blog tour for Consuming Fire. My apologies to the author and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for being a day late!

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

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The writing of Consuming Fire is absolutely breathtaking. It’s beautiful and poetic, and makes this novel strange and unique. I’m honestly in awe.

I was immediately drawn into the story and I was taken on a journey that is gripping and addictive. The characters make this novel even better as they are so authentic and relatable.

I did not read the first novel, Reprobation, but I felt Consuming Fire could be read as a standalone. However, because I am just so impressed with Catherine Fearns’ writing, I am totally picking up the first read. Consuming Fire has taken a spot in my top reads of 2019 for sure.



Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.



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BLOG TOUR | Glasgow Kiss – C.S. Duffy

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Glasgow Kiss.

Glasgow Kiss (Episode 1)
Publication Date: February 7th, 2019
Genre: Thriller/ Serial Killer
Author: C.S. Duffy

Haunted by the fact that he never got the chance to tell best friend Lorna that he loved her before she was murdered, Ruari sets out to track down the man he saw her with the night before she was murdered – the man police are certain was her killer.

Forensic psychologist Amy Kerr has been watching prominent Glasgow lawyer Alec McAvoy for months, certain that he is the so-called Dancing Girls Killer who evaded capture in London five years previously.

Now Ruari and Amy are closing in on the same man – but every step they take draws them deeper into the killer’s web.

“…completely addictive. Very fast paced with the short punchy time-stamped chapters adding to the sense of a fast-moving investigation.” – Joanne Baird, Portobello Book Blog

“…full of the Glasgow banter and humour laced with a good old-fashioned murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns and little pools of red herrings kept me engrossed all the way through.” – Sharon Bairden, Chapterinmylife Blog

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I love everything about this book! It’s an addictive, fast paced, good old fashioned murder mystery.

The writing is solid. The location and language feels very authentic and I absolutely love that about this book. C.S. Duffy knows her stuff and it shows.

I highly recommend checking this one out. It’s a really well done mystery with an authentic Glasgow feel, likeable characters and wonderful writing. You don’t want to miss it.




None of this is happening, Ruari thought furiously.
His now don’t laugh but… speech was still rattling around his head.
Any minute now Lorna would come barreling up, laugh her head off and call him a fanny for sitting there with an ice pack on his head and blood dripping over his face. Everything would start to make sense again.
A torrent of pins and needles roared through him and for a horrible moment he thought he would make a liar of himself and puke after all. The paramedic rubbed his back and Kevin pressed a paper cup of strong tea into his hands.
‘Has she been formally identified?’ Ruari croaked, the delusional note of hope sounding pathetic in his own ears. ‘Lorna.’
He had to keep saying her name. If he kept saying her name, then she wasn’t gone.
Kevin nodded, catching Boyle’s eye with a brief nod Ruari only just caught out of the corner of his eye. He was on the other side of it now. How to Treat Recently Bereaved Witnesses. He was struck by the absurd notion that if he hadn’t been sacked then somehow he would be standing where Kevin was now, and it would be somebody else’s best friend’s flat being ransacked for evidence. He shuddered, an abyss of horror lapping at his toes.
‘Her parents are there now. Sister’s on her way up fae London.’
‘Greer,’ muttered Ruari pointlessly.
‘When was the last time you saw Lorna, Ruari?’ asked Cara gently and Ruari blinked at her. He hadn’t noticed her approaching.
‘Monday,’ he said, his voice sounding thin and faraway in his own ears. ‘Our Crossfit —’
That wasn’t the last time he saw her.
The memory struck him like kick in the ribs and he folded over, gasping for breath as though he’d been physically winded.
Tuesday night.
Last night.
She’d come in to the restaurant where he worked in Finnieston, all cosy with some slimy chancer. Ruari had been seething. He snapped that he was busy when she came up to the bar to talk to him, cutting off any potential requests to evaluate the new man. He’d wondered what she was playing at, flaunting it in front of him like that. At his work, for goodness sake, where she knew fine he couldn’t escape.
Then on the way home he remembered that she wasn’t flaunting it. She had no idea how he felt about her. Because he’d never told her.
‘Can you remember anything about the man she was with?’ Cara asked, and Ruari shook his head. He was some slick bastard, that’s all he knew. He hadn’t been looking at the guy, after all. He’d just been staring at Lorna. Feeling like hell because she looked happy.That was when he burst into tears.

C.S. Duffy writes crime thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK and her other writing has appeared in Elle Canada and The Guardian. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. She was selected as a Spotlight author at Bloody Scotland in 2018.

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BLOG TOUR | Into The Light – Darcia Helle

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Into The Light by Darcia Helle.

Into the Light

by Darcia Helle

on Tour February 1-28, 2019

Into the Light by Darcia Helle

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can’t manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there.

Max and Joe team up to find Max’s killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other’s lives in ways they never expected.

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Genre: Paranormal Suspense

Published by: Indie

Publication Date: July 14th 2011

Number of Pages: 250

ISBN: 146364020X (ISBN13: 9781463640200)

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I really loved Into The Light. It was a really hmph mix of paranormal and mystery, which is also a good recipe for an entertaining read.

The characters in this novel are so well done. Max Paddington is one unlucky dude. His wife asks for a divorce, and only a short while later, he is shot and killed. Then to top it off, he becomes a ghost who can’t move into the light until he solves his death mystery.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator who had imaginary friends when he was younger…or were they ghosts? He becomes friends with Max, and the two set out to solve the mystery of Max’s murder.

The unlikely friendship is such an intriguing thing to read about. There’s a ton of character growth as the two become closer and it absolutely made this book a joy to read.

This book was fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. It is a well crafted mix of paranormal and mystery, with humor, love, and friendship.



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Chapter 1

Divorce. She slid the word across the table like it was part of his breakfast. Here’s your toast and coffee and I want a divorce.
Max Paddington stared into his wife’s clear brown eyes and said the only thing that came to mind. “What?”
“I want a divorce,” Rachel repeated.
At least she’d left out the toast and coffee bit. Divorce hadn’t been a side order, after all. “Are you still mad about the golf clubs?” he asked. “I’ll take them back if it’s that big of a deal.”
Rachel said his name as if it left a sour taste on her tongue. Max swiped a hand through his damp hair. He’d been awake less than a half hour and already his day had turned to shit. Rachel, his wife of fourteen years—no, it was fifteen now—stood in front of him with her arms folded over her breasts. She wore a black camisole, pantyhose, and three-inch heels. And he was supposed to take her seriously?
“Rach,” he said. “You want to get divorced over golf clubs?”
“It’s not the golf clubs, Max.”
“Well, what the hell?”
“I need to finish getting dressed or I’ll be late for work.”
“So be late! You can’t tell me you want a divorce, like you’re telling me the weather for the day, then walk out the door.”
“I can’t be late today.”
“Or what? The world will implode because you don’t serve your boss’s coffee on time?”
Rachel glared. “I do not serve my boss coffee. I only did that for you and I won’t be doing it anymore.”
“I’m sorry, okay?” Max pushed his coffee mug aside, the object having suddenly become an obstacle between them. “I didn’t mean that. It’s just that you dumped this bombshell on me and you won’t even talk to me about it.”
“I don’t understand why you’re so surprised.”
“What? I should have been expecting a divorce with my breakfast?”
“Think about it, Max.”
With that, she turned and strode from the room. He watched her ass, naked beneath the pantyhose. Divorce. What the hell?
~ ~ ~
Max took his miserable attitude to work at the local Publix, where he’d been assistant manager for nearly five years. Before that, he’d been the assistant manager at Winn-Dixie. Always the assistant. Never the boss. And now his wife wanted a divorce because he’d bought expensive golf clubs. How had he managed to earn such a low rank in life?
He took his misery out on the new stock boy, a skinny sixteen-year-old with pockmarked skin and the grace of a five-thousand-pound elephant. The kid was close to tears by the time Dan, the manager, caught wind of the bad karma in the air. Max muttered an apology to his boss, said he was having a bad day, and wandered out to the stockroom. While sorting through overstock, he knocked an open case of olives onto the floor. The green ones in the glass jars. Four of the jars shattered. Little green eyeballs rolled in a puddle around his feet. One of the stockers helped him clean the mess with only a minimal of razzing.
Max hid his embarrassment behind a gruff attitude, then ducked into his office. He poured himself a cup of coffee and promptly spilled some on his tie. Next, he slipped on a newly waxed section of floor and did a fancy skid that landed him on his ass in the middle of the aisle. After that, he gave up on even pretending to work and managed to steer clear of everyone until quitting time.
He cursed his Honda Civic for not being a Mercedes, then cursed the traffic for getting in his way. His house mocked him with its dark silence. The coffeemaker mocked him from its place on the counter. Would you like a divorce with your morning coffee? A sweep of his arm sent the machine and its glass carafe sailing across the room. Leftover coffee exploded with the glass.
Was Rachel even coming home? Max watched the coffee form a river between the floor tiles. He cursed at the mess on the floor and the mess that was his life. Think about it, she’d told him. As if he could think about anything else!
He grabbed his keys and slammed out the door. Stupid to sit around sulking on the off chance that Rachel would come home soon. She was probably humping her boss on his fancy desk in his cavernous office. Damn lawyers. If the guy wasn’t overweight and bald, that thought would bother him a lot more.
Max brought his attitude to Chili’s, where he ate a burger and drank two large Cokes. Rather than one of the cute waitresses, he got stuck with a twenty-something waiter with a hundred-watt smile and perfect hair. The kind of guy who got threesomes on a regular basis. The kid’s name was Carlos and Max hated him on sight.
The noise level in the place had Max chewing on the edge of his glass. An entire building full of couples and families, all talking to each other, smiling and happy. He sat alone, being waited on by the pinup boy for Playgirl, looking like the true loser he’d become.
Would you like a divorce with your order?
Max left Carlos what was likely the worst tip the kid had ever received and stomped back out to his car. He’d been forced to park in the bank’s lot next door. That should have been a sign for him to stay out of the place. The food, liquor, noise and Carlos’s perfect white teeth only managed to further sour his mood.
Maybe Rachel would be home by now and be willing to talk. As he yanked his door open, it occurred to him that he should have gotten her some food. What if she hadn’t been avoiding him and had only worked late? What if she was waiting for him now, in their kitchen with the glass and the coffee river?
He spotted someone standing in the shadows, twenty feet from his car. A thin man, maybe a woman. Couldn’t tell with that stupid ball cap pulled low, half hidden behind the palm trees where no lights fell. Why the hell was the guy standing there in the dark? That was the thought Max had when the bullet ripped through his left eye, tore through his brain, and exploded out the back of his skull.

Excerpt from Into the Light by Darcia Helle. Copyright © 2019 by Darcia Helle. Reproduced with permission from Darcia Helle. All rights reserved.

Darcia Helle

Darcia Helle is a Massachusetts native, who escaped the New England winters to write in the Florida sunshine. She lives with her husband in a home full of spoiled rescue animals and an occasional stray lizard. She writes because the characters trespassing through her mind leave her no alternative.

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GUEST POST | Kimber Li

Hi everyone!

Today, I have a treat for you. Author, Kimber Li is here with a guest post! Enjoy 😊

I like Bilbo Baggins Better Than Batman

Thank you, Jessica, for having me over.

Characterization. That’s the number one priority for me as a reader and an author. It’s rare that I’ll like a book if I can’t get behind the main characters’ eyes.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is one of those exceptions. I just finished rereading it after about a decade. Edward and Bella simply were not interesting to me. I never hated them, they simply were not my cup of tea. The thing which made characterization work for me anyway was the fact that the characters were multi-dimensional, they grew, and so did the secondary characters. I liked Carlisle and Alice best the first go ‘round. This time I like Rosalie best.

Seems like many readers come into stories with preconceived ideas on how characters should be. Like vampires should never sparkle. Me? I’m like, so what? In Stephenie Meyer’s fictional universe, they do sparkle. Don’t like that, there’s plenty of other vampire novels to go around.

Want to know an insider’s secret? Stephenie Meyer still gets paid, even if the reader who bought her book hates that her vampires sparkle. This is another reason authors should never complain about negative reviews.

But my biggest pet peeves are the Alpha Clones and Kick-Butt Knock-Off Heroines.

Obviously, many Alpha Male and Kick-Butt Heroine characters are done will. It’s the copycats I don’t like.

And I resent the implication that a strong character must be always strong and can only be strong in one way. A sweet, soft-spoken preschool teacher can be just as powerful as a warrior princess with sword in hand, given the proper motivation.

Anyone can be bold.

Love is the Root of True Courage.

Sorry, but human babies are born helpless, even if they’re destined for greatness. Since I’m human too, I cannot relate to perfectly and always powerful humans. In fact, I find them mind-numbingly boring.

So it is with characterization, at least for me. I love the unlikely hero. I enjoy characters who start out with multiple issues and grow over the course of the story. Obviously, they’ve got to have potential from the start and the author’s got to show that.

One of my favorite books on writing explains this well. Save the Cat! By Blake Snyder. It’s right there in the title. If you have a hero who starts out unheroic in anyway, you’ve got to hint at his eventual heroics from the start, like having him save a cat.

Guess it’s safe to say I prefer a story which encourages me to believe that I can become powerful too, at least in my own way.

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.

About Kimber Li

Kimber Li bandaged her fingers and pounded out her first novel on a manual typewriter when she was eleven years old. In the years which followed, she decided she wanted a large family of her own. When the time came, she moved to Alaska to find someone tough enough for the job of building it with her. Pregnancy hormones kicked her imagination into overdrive and she began to pursue publication. Although she achieved ePublication years ago with three Young Adult stories and one Sweet Romance, she discovered Indie Pub was a lot more fun for her and never looked back. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of multiple decades, four children who are now taller than her and want a puppy, two spoiled rotten cats, and a bunch of chickens who are nothing but freeloading slackers.

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BLOG TOUR (3RD STOP) | Brighton’s No.1 Detective Series – Tom Trott

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Today is my last of 3 stops on the blog tour for Tom Trott’s Brighton’s No.1 Detective Series. Today, I’m featuring the third book: It Never Goes Away.

It Never Goes Away

From No.1 Private Detective to No.1 Suspect

A cryptic message from an old friend leads Joe Grabarz to an abandoned farmhouse in the middle of the South Downs. But Joe is too late, someone else has got there first: his friend is dead, and all the evidence points to him.

Ten years ago the farmhouse was the scene of three infamous murders when a young boy killed his mother, father, and little sister. Now an adult, he was released from prison with a new identity. Could he be involved? The farmhouse also sits on valuable land, fought over in a struggle between building houses and drilling for shale gas. But could it really be worth killing for? Whatever is going on, Joe knows one thing for sure: his friend’s murder is just a tiny part of it.

To bring the killer to justice Joe must dig up the past, and reckon with his own, because no matter how hard you work, it never goes away.

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I think It Never Goes Away is my favorite of the three books in the No.1 Private Detective to No.1 Suspect series!! I’m really impressed with Tom Trott’s writing. He brings you right into the story and keeps you wanting more.

We’ve been with Joe for three stories now and I really like him as a character. He feels real and relatable.

Overall, It Never Goes Away is a fantastic detective novel that keeps you drawn into the story. I recommend checking this one out!



Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.

As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.

My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.

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COVER REVEAL | Thread Of Hope – Rachel J Bonner

Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong person he could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?

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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between life and love, who can possibly decide? And who can be trusted for advice?

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Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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BLOG TOUR | Gwenna the Welsh Confectioner – Vicky Adin

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Gwenna the Welsh Confectioner.

Publication Date: July 24th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction

Against overwhelming odds, can she save her legacy?

Amid the bustling vibrancy of Auckland’s Karangahape Road Gwenna Price is troubled. For all her youth, she is now the master confectioner in the family business since her father died. She promised to fulfil her Pa’s dreams and open a shop, but with her domineering and incompetent stepbrother Elias in charge, the operation is on the brink of collapse.

In an era when women were expected to stay at home, Gwenna is a plucky young woman with uncommon ambition. She is determined to save her legacy. Despite the obstacles put in her way, and throughout the twists and turns of love and tragedy, Gwenna is irrepressible. She refuses to relinquish her dreams and lets nothing stand in her way. Blind to anything that distracts her, Gwenna risks losing the one person that matters most.

Inspired by a true story, Gwenna is a fascinating insight into life in Auckland at the turn of the 20th century.

An absorbing read. This fast-paced novel once again demonstrates the author’s trademark flair for telling great historical stories.

Adin is a master of her craft. Gwenna, the confectioner; charming, irrepressible and utterly unforgettable. A must read for those who love historical fiction.

Awarded a BGS Gold Quality Mark – “This is a wonderfully well written, constructed, and edited book. The story moves along at a good pace and the reader is pulled into the world and time in the first chapter.

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Gwenna the Welsh Confectioner is a captivating novel filled with fantastic characters, a moving plot, and beautiful writing.

I love how real this feels. The time period and every day life of Gwenna felt extremely real. I love Vicky Adin’s writing style. She crafted a beautiful story about life, adventure and expectations of society that transported me there.

I highly recommend checking this one out. You won’t be disappointed.



January 1901

Emerging from the back of the house, Gwenna saw Louisa sitting on her own away from everyone else. She looked as fragile as a glass ornament glittering in the sun, perched on the edge of a precipice. Her hat was placed at such an angle that with the merest tilt of her head she could hide behind its brim…
“Louisa, you look lovely today. Who made your outfit?” asked Gwenna hoping to get her stepsister talking.
“My usual dressmaker, although it’s not new. I couldn’t …” Louisa stopped, unable or unwilling to finish her sentence.
“New isn’t necessary. It’s the fact we are all here that matters. It’s been a long time.”
Louisa didn’t respond, nor did she face Gwenna. The garden took her eye instead.
“Louisa, dear, I don’t wish to rake over old coals, there is no reward in discussing what can’t be changed,” said Gwenna softly, “but I would so like us to speak freely to each other again. Please, Louisa, you appear unhappy. Will you tell me what’s wrong?”
Louisa turned her head sharply towards Gwenna, her eyes glistening and her face flaming. “What’s Janetta been telling you?”
Taking a step back from her stepsister’s sudden hostility, Gwenna replied, “Nothing. I don’t know anything other than Janie said she was concerned. I have no idea why she should be, except for her comment you were a little short-tempered lately. Which I’ve just seen for myself.”
Louisa’s head tilted and her face disappeared behind the brim of her hat. Her shoulders began to shake.
“Shall I fetch Mam?” asked Gwenna. “Would you talk with her?”
Without lifting her head, Louisa gripped Gwenna’s arm. Gwenna waited.
After a few moments, Louisa’s hand disappeared into her reticule and she pulled out a fine lace handkerchief and dabbed her eyes. She lifted her head, her eyes sad and red-rimmed. “I’m sorry, Gwenna.”
“Whatever for? There’s no need to apologise. You’re upset. Let me help you.”
Louisa shook her head and took a deep breath. “You don’t understand. I’ve not been a very nice person at all. I’ve spoken badly of you too many times.”
Gwenna stopped Louisa from saying anything further. “All that is in the past, and I don’t want to hear any more about it. We’re in a new year, a new century, and we have two people who are about to embark on a new life. We should take heed. New possibilities and opportunities await.” Gwenna smiled warmly, with a sparkle in her eye.
“Why are you being so kind to me?”
“I’m not being kind, Louisa. I’m being realistic. Truly I am. It’s better for us all if we get along.” Gwenna turned her head to find Alice and Elias and saw how happy they were together. Alice brought out the best in him and, to Gwenna’s mind, their future was secure. Now all she had to do was sort out her own. “Look at those two, Louisa. Are they not a picture? Alice has taught me much since I’ve known her. She’s practical, her eyes are wide open and she’s loyal. And I’ve learnt the importance of family from someone who doesn’t have one.”
Taking Louisa by the arm, Gwenna led her to one of the tables. On her way to fetch a glass of sherry for them, Gwenna caught Tillie’s eye; she saw what Gwenna was doing and eased the others further away.
Gwenna explained to Louisa how Janetta had beseeched her to forgive Elias, how Alice had persuaded Elias to bring them all together today, and how she and Elias had reached an agreement. “Alice wanted the family together for reasons of her own, and she made it happen. It mattered to her enough to throw caution to the wind and fight for it. Can’t we do the same?”
Louisa remained silent.
Gwenna carried on talking about the difference Charlie made to their lives now he was healthy and happy, and how Bethan had blossomed since she had grandchildren to care for and a purpose in life. “I can’t tell you what a difference she’s made. I couldn’t have done what I have without Tillie, and Tillie couldn’t have done it without Mam, and behind us both is Tom.” And Hugh, but Gwenna didn’t add his name to the mix. “We’re a team – like Eli, Alice and Mr Woodman are a team. What makes it work is we are happy, as individuals and with each other. We like what we do and who we are.”
Gwenna detected a shift in Louisa. Not enough for her to say anything, but some of the tension went out of her. She was listening but, more importantly, Gwenna could see she was hearing the message. “Oh, Louisa, I don’t want to dwell on the past. There were too many reasons to be unhappy back then. I want to look forward. To build the business up to be strong enough so Charlie can be part of it, and so young Georgie will be the second George Price to run the business. Do you remember my pa’s dreams, Louisa? Do you?”
A faint nod was all Gwenna needed.

Multi-award winning historical fiction author, Vicky Adin is a genealogist in love with history and words.

After decades of research Vicky has combined her skills to weave family stories and history together in a way that brings the past to life.

Fascinated by the 19th Century women who undertook hazardous journeys to find a better life, Vicky draws her characters from real life stories: characters such as Brigid, the Irish lacemaker and Gwenna, the Welsh confectioner, or Megan who discovers much about herself when she traces her family tree in The Cornish Knot.

Vicky Adin holds a MA(Hons) in English and Education. She is an avid reader of historical novels, family sagas and contemporary women’s stories and enjoys travelling. Her writing has been compared to that Catherine Cookson.

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BLOG TOUR | One Last Prayer for the Rays – Wes Markin

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Today is my spot on the blog tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays.

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?
One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

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I could not put One Last Prayer for the Ray’s down and I finished it in one sitting. It’s gripping, action packed and it’s a page turner.

There’s so much I want to say about this book, but I also don’t want to spoil anything. Wes Markin has created a really high energy novel that I just want to rave about everywhere. I loved the characters, the mystery…really everything.

I can’t find anything to complain about with this one. It’s a solid novel that keeps you glued to the pages. Highly recommended.



Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.

Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

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BLOG TOUR (2ND STOP) | Brighton’s No.1 Detective Series – Tom Trott

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Today is my second of 3 stops on the blog tour for Tom Trott’s Brighton’s No.1 Detective Series. Today, I’m featuring the second book: Choose Your Parents Wisely.

One missing girl and the whole city goes crazy.

It’s been three days, and now everyone in Brighton is looking for her. There is an army of police searching, her picture is on every front page, and the public can’t get enough of it. Gangs of good citizens are going door to door, turning their neighbours’ houses upside down, but still no one can find her.

For Brighton’s No.1 Private Detective, Joe Grabarz, it brings back too many memories of his first case, another missing girl, when he learnt too many lessons the hard way. No one was going door to door then. No one cared. But her mum and dad weren’t nearly as photogenic, nor quite so saintly.

It’s a lesson Joe learnt long ago that has come back to haunt him: choose your parents wisely.

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I enjoyed Choose Your Parents Wisely. I love Tom Trott’s writing style. It is unique and he crafts really memorable plots and characters every time I read a book by him. I’m a fan.

This story jumps back and forth between two cases of missing girls. This was well done and as long as you’re paying attention, it isn’t difficult to follow. I think it was really interesting to compare cases, which grew Joe as a character from the first novel.

I highly suggest checking out this series. It is getting better with each book and Tom Trott is a fantastic writer.



Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.

As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.

My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.

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BLOG TOUR | for Karma Never Loses An Address – K. J. McGillick

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Karma Never Loses An Address.

Betrayal on Every Level

Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha in a drug fueled rage. Only two people know that fact as true. One of those two people, was sitting in a state prison, serving a sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Who was that unfortunate person? Alex Clarke, Samantha Bennington’s husband, the man so buried in circumstantial evidence that he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, rather than face a trial. He was now trapped with no way out.

It all began as sibling rivalry and jealousy, as so many tales of treachery do. Now, that intense jealousy had ended in her sister’s murder. Once Alex was tucked safely away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sister’s blood. But suddenly, two obstacles stood in her way preventing her from quickly obtaining the reward for her well executed plan. One obstacle was her brother, and the other a nosy little old lady. But for Marley, this wasn’t a problem. She had killed twice already and cheated the justice system. What were a few more bodies?

Justice delayed is justice denied. Can Marley be trapped by the very people she tried to deceive? Will karma finally visit her door? Another gripping, tangled tale from the author of Facing A Twisted Judgment.

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Karma Never Loses an Address is a very gripping novel that kept me interested the entire way through.

I love the family drama that leads to all of the jealousy and ultimately, murder. There are all of these family ties that K. J. McGillick really uses to her advantage to create a really well written and entertaining novel.

I highly recommend checking this one out. It will keep you glued to your seat all the way to the end of the novel.



K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

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