25 April 2017

WATCHING YOU by J.A. SCHNEIDER #BlogTour

Today I am delighted to one of three stops and kicking off  Watching you by J.A. Schneider Blog tour on publication day.




The Book
A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.


In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda's socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Detective Kerri isn't convinced.


Until another random young woman is killed in exactly the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?


Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman - even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life.


Fans of Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott will be gripped by this nonstop serial killer thriller, guaranteed to keep you reading late into the night.


My Thoughts


Watching you is the third book in the Detective Kerri Blasco series and wowsers this series just gets better and better. I loved the first two but OMG this one is even better…..I freaking loved it.

The story starts off with one hell of an opening describing the murder of Leda Winfield that was it for me I was hooked. Detective Kerri Blasco  is called to the murder scene with the message saying WATCHING YOU displayed on Leda’s phone, her family insist that no one would want to harm her. Then another young woman is killed in the same way. So the killer scares and stalks them first but the question is… how does he get there number? Before long the killer is after Kerri and we see a how it affects of her personal life. The author has done a brilliant job of mixing it up so we get a bit of everything in this story.


Kerri’s character has grown so much since I met her in Fear Dreams the first book in the series. I really feel like I know her now. And she is a very likable character that I can relate to.


This is one seriously cold and  twisted killer and the author certainly knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. With descriptions that made me squirm…...LOVE IT!


With the story alternating from the killer's point of view to the investigation I couldn't read it fast enough each chapter leaves you hanging and wanting more.With an OMG ending I certainly wasn't expecting that.


I will say that although this is a series, Watching You works well has a standalone but it is too good a series not to be missed.


This is one fast paced gripping story that I highly recommend giving it 5 massive stars.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J.A. (Joyce Anne) Schneider is a former staffer at Newsweek Magazine, a wife, mom, and reading addict. She loves thrillers…which may seem odd, since she was once a major in French Literature - wonderful but sometimes heavy stuff. Now, for years, she has become increasingly fascinated with medicine, forensic science, and police procedure. She lives with her family in Connecticut, USA.


Q&A Interview with C.P Wilson #BlogTour #IceColdAlice

I am delighted to welcome C.P Wilson to take part in my Q&A interview today on Ice Cold Alice blog tour.

The Book

They thought that they had all the power, until she took it from them.

A killer hunts abusive spouses, blogging about their sins post-kill. Soon the murders and the brazen journaling draws the attention of Police Scotland's CID.

This killer works with surgical preparation, precision and skill, using a unique weapon of her own and never leaves a trace of evidence behind.

Edinburgh's DI Kathy McGuire, nearing the end of her career, begins the hunt for the murderer as a media frenzy erupts. But McGuire might have met her match…

What has led this killer to take the law into her own hands?

Is the woman accountable really a cold-hearted killer or a desperate vigilante?




Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I live in Edinburgh and teach Biology full-time in a secondary school. I’m married with two young kids who I spend almost all of my free time with.
I mentor Indie-writers and write novels when everyone else is asleep.


When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? How did you go about it?
I’d just been treated after a long period of depression and needed to empty my cluttered head, so I just sat down and wrote. Then I wrote some more and put all my effort into developing narrative styles and POV choices. I never considered submitting to an agent or publisher. I always intended to stay Indie until I wrote my latest book, Ice Cold Alice, and approached Bloodhound Books with it. They have all the skills I don’t to produce a book like Alice.


Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
Ice Cold Alice is my eleventh book, and the first I’ve written in the Psychological Thriller genre.
My previous books have been across a variety of genre including, Coming of Age, Horror, YA, Superhero, Satire, Black comedy, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian. I tend to write whatever I feel like and worry about genre afterwards. I’m essentially a genre-tart.

What is your writing process? How long does it take?

I have a lot to do. I’m a full-time teacher, and I have two kids under 8 years old who I’m more often than not the primary carer for as my wife works away a lot. Writing time is something I have to be disciplined with. I have a two thousand words a day word count when I’m in the writing phase of a book. I use every spare moment available to accomplish this, often during the night when everyone is asleep. I generally keep this up for around six weeks until the 1st draft is finished and then repeat for another week or two for rewrites after beta-readers, and editors have had a look at it.

When writing dEaDINBURGH 2 and 3, I did an eight week stint and produced two books at the end of it. Was totally burned out and took a two month break straight after. Writing time is at a premium, I’m so time-poor I should be on time-welfare, so I use it very productively, motivation isn’t a problem at all.

Staying focused on the story is easy, mostly because I immerse myself in the characters for that short period of time. It’s essentially escapism. Watching movies in your head and writing down what your imaginary friends do and say. I get a little obsessed if being honest.
In my early books, I would normally begin with a concept. I’d have a start and an end in mind, then go write and see where the characters took the plot. Rarely did the ending match what I originally planned. When it did, the plot never unfolded to that point how I’d imagined it would.
As I’ve become more experienced, I’ve found that I write in a less linear manner. Often I write a scene late in the book, then go back and continue with an earlier part of the story. At other times I write the entire book from one character’s point of view, invent another character and merge that character’s story in with the main narrative. Really, I try to experiment as much as possible with method, narrative, tone and POV.



Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
Aside from my first novel, Bobby’s Boy (which was at the very least semi-autobiographical), my characters and plots are entirely fictional. However I do always include character names derived from people I care about.


Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
Yes, absolutely. Whilst it’s most obvious on one of my novels, every emotional scene I write absolutely does draw on personal experience. If I don’t make myself cry, angry, scared, and apprehensive or laugh writing a scene, then the readers won’t react that way either.

What research do you do?
Anything from street views, geographical, religious dogma, guns politics, historical facts. Yeah, a lot, but it depends on the book. Many of my early books were set in my hometown so less research needed on those.
I wrote a religious satire named On The Seventh Day last year which everyone thinks I did a load of research for. I didn’t, I was just a very weird child, who loved to read bible stories, not because I’m especially religious, in fact I’m and atheist, but rather because my nine year old-self considered them great entertainment.

Who would you like to co-write with and why?
I’d love to write with Robin Hobb. She’s hands-down my favourite writer of all time. Her prose, characterisation and plotting are stunningly beautiful. I learn so much just by reading her books.
In real life I collaborate a lot with one of my favourite Indie-writers, Ryan Bracha, who has also become a good friend over the years.
Ryan’s books are exceptional, and we run most projects past each other during the writing process. He’s become my work-husband, and I can rely on him for a fresh take on scenes and to tell me when I’m going wrong. Without my working relationship with Ryan, I wouldn’t have developed anywhere near as much these last few years.

What's your favourite book?
My favourite book is without a doubt GLUE by Irvine Welsh. For me, it’s just the perfect blend of characterisation, plotting and dialogue.

What's your favorite food?
Porridge. I love the stuff. Plain, with a few raisins

What's your favorite film?
Back to The Future. I spent hours watching this on repeat as a child.
you have taste this is my favourite film to lol

What's your favorite song?
Brasco by Hopeless Heroic. Utterly raw and vital. It makes me want to run through walls. Can’t listen to it when I’m writing though, as it gets me too hyper. I choose something I can ignore to write with.

How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
You can visit me at Amazon, markwilsonbooks.com or facebook.com/markwilsonbooks
You can also connect on twitter: @bellshillwilson.


Thanks so much for having me on the blog.
Thank you for taking part and good luck with Ice Cold Alice






23 April 2017

SLEEP TIGHT by Caroline Mitchell #BlogTour #SleepTight


Today I am one of three stops for Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell which is out now you can grab your copy on the link below.

The Book
SLEEP TIGHT by Caroline Mitchell 
Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up. 
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.
Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise their twisted fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.
Ruby is in too deep, knowing that the cruel individual is getting ever closer, looking for his next beautiful victim. But can she stop a killer hell-bent on fulfilling their horrific desires – before it’s too late? And how well does she really know the man she loves?
A terrifying, addictive serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.


My Thoughts
Just when I thought Caroline Mitchell writing couldn't get any better with Love You To Death which was my favourite book that I read last year. She totally nails it with Sleep Tight and pulls out all the punches. OMFG what a book and what a series!


The story starts off with one gritty prologue then we follow Detective Ruby Preston on one twisted roller coaster ride on the hunt for a warped minded killer who stalks the streets of London and leaving the victims dressed up as fairy tale princess.  Put someone is trying to frame bad boy hottie Nathan with body parts planted under his bed. Ruby has totally got her work cut out trying to catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. Leaving Ruby torn between her job and her lover.


Wow, Wow, Wow I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next in this nail biting story. I cannot tell you how much I love this series. Ruby is one kick ass detective who lives life on the edge and doesn't always do things by the book. For a start her lover Nathan isn't always on the right side of the law and Ruby knows it. Which makes this series unique.


Caroline's experience is shown throughout the whole of this story with the police procedure side of things. I actually felt like I was right there in the story. And like Love Me Death there is plenty of twisted and brutal murder scenes which totally turned my stomach and made me cringe.


Sleep Tight ticked all the boxes for me I cannot recommend it enough giving me a book hangover. Roll on the third book in  the series.


If you're looking for a fast paced gritty story this is certainly the book for you. And without a doubt gets all the stars from me.


About the Author:
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. 
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.  She now writes full time.  


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21 April 2017

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse

SweetpeaSweetpea by C.J. Skuse
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by C.J. Skuse and certainly won't be my last. A psychopath with an hilarious sense of humor...absolutely priceless. I have read some books in my time but nothing quite like this, it is hilarious I couldn't help but laugh out loud.

Rihanna is a psychopath and tells a twisted, shameless outrageous story written in diary entries. With an opening of her kill list. Rihanna is a normal average woman which people can relate to. I certainly could I freaking loved her crude, witty, sarcastic sense of humor, she’s totally on my wavelength. I will say this book isn't for readers that are easily offended.

The Murder scenes are very brutal and twisted and not for the faint hearted but are told in a way that made me laugh.Yes laughing at a murder…. OMFG what is going on...seriously you won't believe it until you read it yourself.

And the ending...I was like OMG has my kindle broke...cannot wait for the follow on. Sweetpea has gave me book hangover that for sure.

This is one unique refreshing read that had me laughing from start to end. I must say it isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. But I bloody loved it. All the stars from me.


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20 April 2017

Kill Or Die by Ann Evans #BlogTour #Giveaway

I am delighted it is my stop today on Blog Tour for Kill or Die by Ann Evans which is out now. For your chance to win an e-copy of it all you have to do is comment below on my blog….good luck guys



Book Description:
A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and
one of the burglars is injured.

In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband.  He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.

But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.

When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, Julia's husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.

For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.

Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?

What will Julia decide when the choice is –  kill or die?

Author Info:

I've always loved writing. What started as a hobby has now become a way of life. My children's and YA books have been published by Scholastic Children's Books, Usborne Publishing, Penguin Australia, Hometown World, Badger Learning and Astraea Press (Clean Reads). Plus there are a number of adults books published under my pen name of Ann Carroll - and more in the pipeline. The Beast published by Usborne won the raring2read category in the Coventry Literary Book Festival 2013. 2017 sees three new books being published, another YA reluctant reader book for Badger Learning entitled Keeper. An historical romance called A Place to Belong, and a crime thriller - working title Kill or Die with Bloodhound Books.
When I'm not writing I do school visits, run workshops and give talks.
My non-fiction career spans the last 30 years which includes 13 years at the Coventry Telegraph as a staff feature writer plus a great many freelance articles on a wide range of topics.

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19 April 2017

Lie To Me By Jess Ryder #BlogTour

I am so excited to to be kicking off Lie To Me by Jess Ryder Blog Tour, which is out today. Grab your copy on the link below for just 99p

The Book


Lie To Me
How can you tell the truth... if all you've ever known is a lie?

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother who abandoned her.

Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera?

The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?

To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

A dark, compulsive psychological thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Louise Jensen.


My Thoughts


OMG this book is so damn good! I am a massive fan of psychological thrillers and Lie To Me is what a psychological thriller is all about. With the author grabbing your attention from the first page and weaving one intriguing story that will have you hooked until the very last page. And to think this is a debut novel. This is one incredible story which totally blew me away.


Lie To me tells a story about Meredith who finds a videotape while cleaning hers father’s attic. She can’t believe her eyes when she watches the it. showing her four-year-old self with her mother who abandoned her. Meredith wants to know the truth of a dangerous story her mother was forced her to tell on camera. The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool where of the murder of a young woman happened over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?


The story alternates between Meredith, Jay and Cara’s perspectives. With two timelines, one in the present and the other set in 1984.Not forgetting the fact that Birmingham sets the scene for some of the story-line with it being local to me. I love that and each chapter leaves you wanting more.


There are characters in this story that you will love, like or hate and they are all very well developed. I even found myself shouting at characters saying OMG what are doing! Then the author got me swearing with the twists and turns that I didn't see coming, that is the effect this story did to me.


Do be warned this is one of those books that you won't get anything done until you have finished it, I honestly couldn't put this down. I lost track of how many times my kindle came with me just to a make a cup of tea, so I could read at the same time. Just one more chapter I kept telling myself, then before I knew it I had devoured it in one day.


This is without a doubt the best Psychological thriller I have read this year.


If you are looking for a fast paced engaging read this is the book for which I highly recommend giving it 5 massive stars.

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About the author
Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer.  After many years working in children's media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime.  Writing, that is.   So she's very excited about the publication of her debut thriller Lie to Me.  Her other big love is making pots.