26 March 2017

The Lost Children by Helen Phifer ~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~

Today I am delighted to welcome Helen Phifer to take part in my Q&A Interview has part of The Lost Children blog tour. Not only that but you can check out my 5 star review at the bottom...so keep reading folks.




Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I’m a 46 year old mum to five now grown up children, nanna to four gorgeous grandchildren, I work full time and I write every spare minute that I have. I’ve been married for twenty six years and I love reading and writing.

When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I think since I’ve been a kid, I always used to make these little picture books. I thought about it a lot in my twenties, but had five young children. When I got to my thirties I had a little more time so I spent it writing my debut novel. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing so I just sort of did what I thought was right, this is where being a voracious reader really paid off. I think I instinctively knew where to stop and start chapters and how to hook the readers.

Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
My first series, the Annie Graham books combine my love of crime, thriller and scary stories. The Lost Children which is book one in my brand new series is about Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin. It’s a very dark, crime novel set amongst the back drop of a abandoned mental asylum. I always write the books that I’d pick up in a book shop or buy from Amazon. I like to think they would appeal to the readers of Stephen King, MJ Aldridge, Luca Veste and Angela Marsons.

What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
I get the idea for my novel and I generally always start with the ending. I like to have a clear picture of what the climax will be and then I work from that. I like to take a few days to plot my novel, making lots of notes and doing some research. My first book took eight years to write from start to being published. The Lost Children which is my eighth book took around six to eight weeks for the first draft. The hard work begins with the editing and I’m so thankful I have the amazing editor Keshini Naidoo to whip my first drafts into shape.

Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
I try to make them completely fictional, there have been the odd few who have been based on people that I know. When my first novel came out my friends and colleagues spent ages trying to guess who each character was and I had to tell them I’d already written this book before I’d even met most of them.


Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
I’ve had a few ghostly encounters which I’ve used in my Annie series. I also work for the police so although I haven’t used any actual real life incidents, I do get a lot of inspiration for characters and situations from my job.


What research do you do?
Generally lots of internet research, I’m quite lucky that I have friends and colleagues who are police officers, sergeants, inspectors, csi’s, paramedics, funeral directors to name a few that I can ask any questions to. For one book I got to speak to the head of communications at the criminal justice review board which was very interesting.

Who would you like to co-write with and why?
Stephen King, he’s my all time writing hero.

What's your favorite book?
It, by Stephen King

What's your favorite food?
Chocolate, not sure if that counts.

What's your favorite film?
Aliens

What's your favorite song?
Ooh I don’t know if I have a favourite song because I have so many. On my playlist at the moment are George Michael, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Prince & Lady Gaga

How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Instagram









The Book
The Lost Children by Helen Phifer

Lizzy pulled the covers over her head. Then she realised what was being dragged behind the person with the torch. She rammed her fist into her mouth to stop herself from screaming…

For decades, The Moore Asylum was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. But ever since a scandal forced its closure, the abandoned building has cast an imposing shadow. Until now – when an elderly man is found dead, his body strapped to a gurney...

Detective Lucy Harwin, still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging wrongs.

What disturbing secrets lie within the asylum’s walls? Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history, and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children.

As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?



My Thoughts

This is the first book that I have read by Helen Phifer and certainly won't be my last. Wow this lady knows how to write a spine chilling, creepy, gripping story that will make the hairs on your neck stand up on end. I freaking loved it.

The story starts off with one hell of a prologue set in 1975 where I knew I was going to love this story. The author certainly knows how to draw you in. Moving forward to the present day we meet Detective Lucy Harwin who is still reeling from a previous case that ended in the devastating murder of a mother and her child, she finds herself on the trail of a killer ruthlessly fixated on avenging wrongs. When an elderly man is found dead. We follow a story that alternates back decades about The Moore Asylum which was home to the forgotten children of Brooklyn Bay. Together with her partner Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy begins to unearth its terrible history, and the horrors endured by the vulnerable children. As the attacks escalate and a woman is murdered on her own doorstep, Lucy is forced into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with a twisted individual. But can Lucy stop a murderer with nothing left to lose?

OMG I am absolutely blown away this story is so well crafted you will not believe it until you read it. The author has woven one truly dark and twisted story. Where I found myself on the edge of my seat. I loved the alternating chapters each one left me wanting more. I couldn't read this quick enough. And just when I thought I had worked out who the killer was the author throws in about twist!

I loved the relationship between Lucy and Mattie and can't wait to get to know them more, they really work well has a team. This is a brilliant start to a new series. And I can't wait to read the next book.

This is a must read which I highly recommend giving it 5 massive stars.

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24 March 2017

DON’T STOP ME NOW by Colleen Coleman ~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~

I am delighted I am one of two stops today on Blog Tour for Don't Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman. Which is out now, you can grab your copy on the link below.







DON’T STOP ME NOW by Colleen Coleman


A hilarious feel good read about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, and finding the silver lining in every cloud.


Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.


Not exactly what she was hoping for.


But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…


But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?


A laugh-out-loud story about friendship, second chances, and new love, perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Marian Keyes and Jane Costello.




My Thoughts



Don’t stop me now is Colleen Coleman debut novel and wow what a truly inspiring and uplifting refreshing story this is!


In this story we meet Poppy Bloom who I totally loved and can relate to. After to finishing her PhD she hoped to walk straight into a job at her university. But finds herself unemployed, dumped by her boyfriend and living back at her mom’s. So has the saying goes onwards and upwards. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus.Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?


What can I say there is nothing not to like about this book, It’s so funny you will be crying with laughter. It is a quick and easy read where you really feel part of the story. At times my heart went out to Poppy but she a person that when things kick you in the teeth she got up fighting. She is an absolutely delightful, lovely person.


A story is about love, friendship, second chances and dreams. A brilliant heart warming feel good read that had me hooked from start to finish. Which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars

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About the author

Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters. Don’t Stop Me Now is her first book and will be released in March.


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In Plain Sight by M.A.Comley~~~~ BLOG TOUR~~~~

Today I am so excited to welcome the Mel Comley to take part in my Q&A Interview on In Plain Sight Blog Tour. Not only that but you can always check my review at the bottom...so keep reading folks.




Good morning Mel welcome to Chelle’s Book Reviews.Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
Morning Shell, thank you so much for inviting me to do a Q&A with you, this should be fun. Ooo… where do I start. I was married at eighteen and divorced by twenty-five, never been tempted to get married a second time, although I have been engaged once. I think I’ll grow old with a dog as a companion instead. ☺ I used to be a supermarket manager for the Co-op, I was promoted by the top man in the company when he visited a store in Worcester, I was a grocery manager at the time. I was summoned to head office in Manchester and promoted on the spot, which didn’t go down well with my colleagues, but hey, I ended up saving the company lots of money, so it was a real feather in my cap. I took early retirement at the tender age of 37, but I soon became bored after renovating our first house in France. I then enrolled in a creative writing course. That’s really where my love of writing began.


When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
Oops, I’ve kind of answered this question above. However, when we moved to France a family member visited us with a bag full of English books for us to read. I started reading a few Mills and Boon books and thought I could do much better, my Mum actually challenged me to prove it. I took up the challenge and wrote two romance novellas but my heart wasn’t really in writing romances. I then stumbled across my first James Patterson thriller which made my adrenaline rush and my heart pound. I knew then that I wanted to write thrillers and not soppy romances, so I penned my first book, Cruel Justice, it actually took me 18 months to write.


Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
I write gritty, fast-paced thrillers mostly, such as the Justice series, Hero series or the DI Sally Parker series, although I do have a private investigator series, which has a slightly slower pace, I have three books in the Intention series. I also co-write the gripping Deception series with fellow NY Times bestselling author Linda S Prather and the Organised Crime Team series with bestselling author Tara Lyons.


I suppose my books would be suitable for anyone who likes James Patterson, Karen Rose, Angie Marsons, and any other authors who write faced-paced thrillers.


What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
I plan out an outline but this is subject to change halfway through writing the novel as the character’s personalities begin to take hold. I work over 100 hours a week and regularly write a book a month, it’s the editing process that takes more time than the actual plotting and writing the story. I write every day, rain or shine, I have to otherwise my brain would seize up. lol


Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
Mainly fictional, although Carol, the psychic in the Justice series, is based on a very dear friend of mine who I lost to breast cancer about twenty years ago. Lorne, my main character in that series, is really me, but don’t tell anyone. ☺


Have you written about a personal experience in your novels?
Yes, in my standalone novel Evil In Disguise, the first part of that book actually reflects my own experience of living with an abusive partner. It’s an uncomfortable read for anybody who has never suffered any kind of abuse, but it was a very cathartic exercise for me and one that I’m glad I had the balls to deal with. This also highlights another reason why I’ll never remarry, even if Prince Charming tried to change my mind. ☺


What research do you do?
I’m constantly researching for my books, it’s a non-stop exercise for me to be honest. I do a mixture of asking experts in the fields I’m working in and trawling through the Internet.


Who would you like to co-write with and why?
I have been fortunate to co-author a few books with talented authors Linda Prather and Tara Lyons as I’ve already stated but I would really love the opportunity to write with James Patterson, the master of the thriller genre.


What's your favorite book?
The Ladykiller – Martina Cole
Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
And the first six or seven books in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson.


What's your favourite food?
I love curries, home-made curries.


What's your favourite film?
Gosh, I’m not really a film buff, I’m afraid. Maybe Marley and Me, a real-tearjerker. Oh, and Meet the Fockers, for when I need a good laugh. Oh wait, The Green Mile too, a totally heart-breaking film.


What's your favourite song?
I love Motown songs – hard to pick a favourite, oh wait, I’m off again; the song that has had most significance in my life is Wilson Philips’ Hold On – it gave me the strength to ask my husband for a divorce. ;-)


How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?









Thanks for having me Shell, I hope the readers enjoy my latest book, In Plain Site, which has just been released by Bloodhound Books.

Thank you for taking part Mel :)







My Thoughts


Here I am again jumping head into a book because I love the cover so much. But unknown to me, for some strange reason I had no idea this book is the third in a series. Yes it works well has a standalone but part of me feels like I was missing something because I have yet to read the first two in this series. Which without a doubt I will be doing because I really enjoyed this book. And want to get to know Hero more.


This story starts off with one action packed opening with a police car chase. Wowsers.. The characters voices totally got inside my head making me feel like.I actually I was in the car with them. Mel certainly knows how to make you feel part of the story that's for sure.


DI Hero soon discovers victims at the crime scene are police officers one being a good friend. Imagine having to tell the family this tragic news?! Hero asks the public for help in his hunt to track down the killer. Which he soon regrets when the criminal starts taking Hostages. Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?


This is one fast paced story with plenty of tension which I couldn't put down. In fact I read this in one afternoon. It is definitely a page turner and kept me on the edge of my sit. Which I highly recommend this book giving it 4 stars.


23 March 2017

SINS OF THE FATHER BY SHERYL BROWNE ~~~BLOG TOUR~~~

SINS OF THE FATHER
BY SHERYL BROWNE
Genre: Thriller
Series: DI Matthew Adams #2
Release Date: 28th Feb 2017
Publisher: Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit)
A roller-coaster of a read which you won’t want to put down! Former Police DCI Stuart Gibbon

What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?
Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.
But the past is the past or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruellest way possible.
When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?


My Thoughts
Just when I thought Sheryl Browne’s writing couldn't get any better she goes and does just that! Having read After She's Gone which blew me away. Sheryl then goes and pulls this corker of a story out the bag. Blowing me away for a second time…..what can I say but I freaking loved it.
In this story we catch up with Detective Inspector Matthew Adams who is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family. Patrick Sullivan might be out the picture but there is somebody else that wants to make Matthew’s life hell. But he finds himself accused of an horrific crime, will his family stand by him? And will he be around to help when his enemy goes after them has well.
OMG what a pulse racing roller coaster read this is. One minute I am on the edge of my seat then I am taken on a whirlwind of emotions going through all the feelings that Matthew is going through. I really felt has if I was part of the story. I have to say I really do have a soft spot for Matthew he doesn't seem to have much luck but he is a really lovely guy.
I am loving this dark side of Sheryl, and she certainly knows how to write a gritty engaging story that's for sure…. With a story that will have you hooked from start to finish.  I cannot wait for the third book in the series.
This is a must read for fans of Gangland. Which I highly recommend giving it 5 well deserved stars.

EXCERPT
Matthew woke abruptly, hurtled from sleep by a nightmare he thought would never end. Sweat saturating his face, pooling in the hollow of his neck, he pulled himself upright and squinted against the thin trickle of sunlight filtering through the slatted blinds at the window. His first thought was that he had a hangover the size of an airdrome. His second, that they had no blinds at their bedroom window.
Easing his legs over the edge of the bed, a wheeze rattling his chest and nausea gripping his stomach as the room revolved in sick-making revolutions around him, his gaze went instinctively to the bedside table. His inhaler was there, the blue curative he carried with him, lined up neatly alongside his phone. Disorientated, Matthew blinked hard. His vision was blurred. His memory? Where the bloody hell was he?
A hotel room. Functional, he registered. Scanning his surroundings, he noted the fire instructions pinned to the door, the ancient fire extinguisher on the wall, the dusty circa nineteen eighties carpet. A shithole. Matthew closed his eyes and swallowed against the acrid taste in the back of his throat, then almost had a heart attack as his phone rang, loud and shrill, screeching through his brain like an express train. Scrambling around his mind for some recollection of what had happened the night before, he came up with nothing that was tangible, his tenuous thoughts seeming to slip away, like sea filtering ineffectually through sand. He had a few grainy, grey memories: Jasmine, the apartment, tastefully decorated. The painting, abstract colours intermingling. Coffee. Dripping. Shoes, clacking, like the ominous slow tick of a clock. One shoe. A stiletto. Connor …? Had he been there? Here? Matthew squeezed his eyes shut, tried desperately to remember. Natalie? Christ, no.
His phone rang again, sharp, insistent. Becky, it had to be, and Matthew had no clue what to say to her. Attempting to control his escalating panic, to regulate his breathing, he let it ring and reached for his inhaler instead … and then stopped dead.
Seeing the crimson stains on his hand, Matthew’s heart somersaulted in his chest.
Dried blood, he registered, trying hard not to let the panic, now gripping his gut like a vice, cancel out logical thought. Old blood. His? How old?
Bringing both palms shakily to his face, he examined them. They were ingrained with the stuff. He flipped them over. His knuckles were bruised. Right hand. Sweet Jesus, what had he done? Disentangling himself from the duvet, Matthew scrambled to his feet, then quelling the nausea now clawing its way up his windpipe, he checked himself over. Deep wheals ran vertically down his chest. Four. Matthew swallowed hard. Checked his limbs. Found scratches on his arms. His neck, too. He could feel those, raw and sore.
His pulse rate ratcheting up, he yanked the duvet back. More blood. Too much. Stark against the grey-white of the sheets. Trying desperately to keep a lid on his emotions, he turned, stumbling towards the bathroom, where he leaned over the toilet and vomited the sparse contents of his stomach.
Standing unsteadily, Matthew clutched the sink hard for support. Deep gouges on his cheek, he noted through the mirror, then flinched as a flashback hit him head on: Jasmine, smiling, her eyes, flat and emotionless. Her fingernails trailing down his face, his torso. Her touch had been light. She’d inflicted no damage. So how? Who? Natalie? A fresh image assaulted him, Natalie lying next to him. On top of him. Had he? No! His gaze straying to the wall behind him, Matthew’s legs almost gave way. There were blood spatters on the tiles. Perspiring profusely, he dragged an arm over his forehead. Irregular, splattered all over the walls. Christ, this couldn’t be happening.
A terrifying scenario unfurling in his head, Matthew willed himself to turn to the bath. His hand visibly shaking, cold trepidation snaking the length of his spine, he steeled himself to reach for the mould-stained shower curtain, hesitated, and drew it back.
A tap dripped, slowly, steadily. Each drip echoing distortedly around the room, sounding like a nail being driven into his coffin. He registered the watery trickle of blood washing over the carcass of a spider wedged in the plughole.
No body.
Wilting with relief, Matthew turned away. Taking several slow breaths, he grabbed a towel from the rail, whilst simultaneously reaching for the sink tap, and then stopped, his head screaming, his instincts colliding. If he cleaned himself up, he’d be destroying evidence. If he ran … Matthew stared hard at himself in the mirror. More images assailed him, disjointed memories. Surreal, foggy recollections. He’d been here with two women. Jasmine and Natalie. Matthew knew that much. Thought he did. And every indication was that one of those women had been badly injured, or worse, possibly by him. If he was going to call this in, and terrified though he was, his conscience told him he had to, he couldn’t wash. He needed to. The smell in the room was cloying. A woman’s scent. It was all over him.
He had to call Becky. Trying to keep calm, to not give into his urge to run from the room and keep running, Matthew headed back to the bedroom, where his phone had been ringing constantly. Whatever had happened, she needed to hear it from him first. He needed to tell her … Tell her what? Something’s happened, but I don’t know what? I think I’ve been set-up but I have no idea why? I might have had sex with someone but it wasn’t intentional?
Consensual.
No! Disbelieving, Matthew gulped back an immediate deep sense of shame.

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ABOUT SHERYL BROWNE

Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.
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