What Katie Did

Cross Her Heart Book Cover Cross Her Heart
Sarah Pinborough
Fiction, suspense, thriller, psychological
HarperCollins UK
May 14, 2018
384

The explosive follow-up from Sarah Pinborough, author of the NUMBER ONE Sunday Times bestseller Behind Her Eyes.

‘Cross my heart and hope to die…’

Promises only last if you trust each other, but what if one of you is hiding something?

A secret no one could ever guess.

Someone is living a lie.

Is it Lisa?

Maybe it’s her daughter, Ava.

Or could it be her best friend, Marilyn?

This book kept me hooked.

You think you know the story but you don’t – the twists and turns and slow reveal of the real truth behind, was very well done.

You have tears in your eyes when you find out Charlotte’s childhood story and then Daniel’s is revealed and oh how you hope that their parents are in prison. And never coming out.

But you never suspect what Katie did. Not until her history is revealed too and her mother’s action causing such a reaction.

An excellent, cleverly crafted story, well told with empathy and understanding of how childhood trauma can affect future behaviours.

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If He Wakes: Zoe explains

If He Wakes Book Cover If He Wakes
Zoe Lea
Fiction, thriller, Psychological Thriller
Canelo
April 30, 2018
300

You can always trust your best friend... can’t you? When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit and run using his car. Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her fiance, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened. Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse than they could ever imagine... Can their friendship survive? 'A tense, pulse-quickening tale. If you read the first chapter, you can’t help but read the second. I flew through this perfect summer read of best friends in turmoil in one feverish session.' Paula Daly

ZOE LEA – IF HE WAKES

 1.Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I got the initial idea for If He Wakes, and that very early idea would just not leave me alone.  I wrote about it because I couldn’t not write about it, and I realise how corny that sounds!
The idea of complete betrayal appealed to me, and although If He Wakes is similar to a lot of other books out there in this genre, I think the way it handles female friendship is a little different. In so much as it’s the central characters friendship that’s the narrative spine of the book, not the horrific acts that surround it.

  1. How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

I usually think about a topic for quite a while before starting to write about it.  I like to keep a note book and write down the initial premise and then continue to add to it until I’m pretty sure the structure the book will take, by that time, I know if I’ve got a whole book or not.

  1. How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

I’m lucky in that I have several friends who work in the force and one in particular that is happy to answer all of my questions!

  1. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

Too many times to remember!  I’ve been writing in one from or another for years so getting rejections is part and parcel of it all.

  1. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

This is hard one because there are two schools of thought, I know people who have an amazing online presence and because of that, have been approached by agents and publishers.  However, if the book you write isn’t up to scratch, I don’t think it will make any difference how big your audience is.  It always comes down to the quality of work in the end.

  1. What do you read when you are ill in bed?

I like to read a good escapist novel when I’m looking for a book to nurture me, something that will help me forget where I am and transport me to a different world.

  1. What is your favourite genre?

Mystery and crime.  It can be any genre, so long as there’s an element of mystery or crime to the plot, I like to read something and try to solve it.

  1. Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

Stephen King has had the biggest influence on me and my writing.  His book, ‘On Writing,’ is a must read for anyone who is writing at the moment or thinking of becoming a writer.

Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)

Kobo (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:

Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, their two children, three dogs and peregrine falcons. She has previously worked as a teacher, photographer and freelance journalist and is a writer in the day and a reader by night. If He Wakes is her debut novel.

Twitter: @zoe___lea

Instagram: ZoeLeaWriter

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With what intent?

Sinful Intent Book Cover Sinful Intent
Volume 1 (ALFA Investigations)
Chelle Bliss
contemporary, women's fiction, suspense,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(30 Mar. 2018)

Qualifications: Tough as nails, willing to play dirty, and a chiseled body...

When former Navy SEAL Morgan DeLuca joined the team at ALFA Investigations, he never imagined he'd find more than a job. But his first client was a drop-dead gorgeous, powerful businesswoman with a no-holds-barred attitude.

Never cross the line. That had always been his rule, but that was before Race True.

The moment he saw her, it was game over. After one touch, his take-what-I-want attitude had Morgan staking his claim and stopping at nothing until he made Race his.

I kept reading this book because I thought it must get better – After all the story premise (and author) was good. It didn’t.

It was intended to be sexy. And was written alternately by a male and then a female to give the alternative views of the situation. But it failed. They actually read like the same character.

And honestly, the office behaviour was just tacky. It was as though the author wanted to add in every type of ‘hot’ behaviour but wrote the scenes very badly. I skipped large chunks..

 

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FBI uses Magic:

The Federal witch Book Cover The Federal witch
The Federal Witch bks 0-7
TS Paul
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour, crime
Kindle

Imagine a world where Witches, Weres, and Vampires work among us. The Paranormals came out to the world during World War one. History as we know it took a left turn as world events changed. World war two never happened as we remember it. The Empire of Japan still exists. As does the British Empire. America is finding itself overwhelmed by magic. Particularly the FBI.

Agatha Blackmore is a Witch and she has all but been drafted by the FBI to help. Demons, Dragons, Weres, and Fae are her opponents. What can one small Witch and her pet Unicorn do against the world?

Read the Prequel and books 1 & 2 to find out!

  • Born a Witch ... Drafted by the FBI!
  • Conjuring Quantico
  • Magical Probi

I read all the way through the Federal witch stories, and even started on the Universe stories without a breather. They were fun! and such a blast to read.

There are 8 stories in the main series:

0. Born a Witch: Drafted by the FBI

  1. Conjuring Quantico
  2. Magical Probi
  3. Special Agent in Charge
  4. Witness Enchantment
  5. Night of the Unicorn
  6. Invisible Elder
  7. Blood on the Moon

This is paranormal fantasy with every possible species you can think of. Each book tells you a little more backstory and also about each character – do read number 5!

We have the FBI as the central organisation but then there are gateways/portals into various multiverses and pocket worlds such as Tir Nan Og – hence the Unicorns (yeah) who actually are nasty fighters witht horn and battle dragons with Arthur and his Round Table Nights – but don’t ask about Merlin…

And there is politics. Scheming that makes Machiavelli look simplistic. Playing the long gang as many species – such as Vampires – live for a very long time and manipulate from behind the ‘scene’.

So the Federal witch is Agatha and these stories are based on her adventures with her friends – of various species but especially Cat, Chuck and her micro-unicorn Fergus and the FBI cases they get involved in.

During the time period of the stories, which start when she joins and end (at present) Agatha graduates and becomes a Special Agent in Charge of her own unit. she goes from being a rather naive teenager to a seasoned agent, despite the interference of various gods and Goddesses.

Oh and please could she share the clothes cleaning spell? and is there one for keeping hair under control too? (See Abby from the Aphrodite series – she has one, and a self-cleaning one too) Would make life so much easier and cheaper too.

There are 2 books known to be in the list to come:

  • Child of Darkness
  • A Draft of Dragons

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SteamPunk rocks…

Corsets and Cogs Book Cover Corsets and Cogs
various
steampunk, fantasy. anthologies
Bathory Gate Press
(26 Mar. 2018)
Kindle

elcome to the world as it never was...

Enter landscapes awash in steam-powered machinery, Victorian style, and mysterious magic shrouded in the fog of a city night.

Join 25 New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling speculative fiction authors as they dive into alternate universes of tinkers, mad scientists, and space-faring soldiers, as well as leviathans, vampires, and demons--along with the cloaked lords and corseted ladies haunting pages of these alternative histories.

This limited-time anthology features tales of whimsy and wonder rife with gaslamp masquerades, steam-driven dirigibles, clockwork landscapes, gadgets and gears, and more.

What I like about SteamPunk stories is that clockwork rules.

The devices are semi-magical using this thing called aether which is harvested by air-ships. Aether was considered to be a Greek Deity but in most it is a source of magical power which is very dangerous to handle and to collect, and thus is very valuable – hence pirates.

The women in these stories – at least the ones I read and have been ‘directed’ towards are always daring, fighting ‘Victorian’ convention and feisty. All this despite wearing Victorian costumes and corsets! Not sure why the corsets except that is the convention.

So the women are not meek and mild but well educated and undertaking jobs that convention says are not their usual employment opportunities.

So there are 24 stories – short – and novella length – within this book and I have read the first 4: and the 1st three are definitely 4 star, not so sure about number 4 – maybe 3.5?

Of Love and Leviathans

Margo Bond Collins

The Lady Fugitive

Rebekah R Ganiere

Damn the Consequences

Erin Hayes

Frog Prince

Melanie Karsak

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