28 February 2017

The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury ~~~~Blog Tour~~~~

I am delighted that it is my stop on The Abattoir Dreams by Mark Tilbury Blog Tour. Which is out today you can grab your copy on the link below.

The Book
The past is never far away.
Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.
Now an adult, Michael wakes up in hospital from a coma suffering from amnesia and paralysis. Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.
Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison.
With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.
But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes back to haunt him.
Can Michael ever escape the past?
Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s murder?
And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?
The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.

My Thoughts


Most of you that follow my blog know that I am a sucker for a psychological thriller and what can  say, Mark Tilbury certainly doesn't disappoint with this shocking story. From the moment I started this, having read only a couple of pages I knew that it was going to be good. But the plot thickened and it just got better, so much better that I couldn't put it down….keeping me up until the early hours of the morning.


Seriously you guys are in for one hell of a treat with this story. It is nothing like any other Psychological thriller I have  read before….. it's absolutely fanflippintasic.


The story starts off with one hell of a gripping and intriguing start….. So imagine waking up from a coma in hospital to find out that you are paralyzed?! Well this is what happens to Michael Tate. Also suffering from amnesia he is charged with the stabbing of his girlfriend.  Detective inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison for it. But all Michael can do is wait for a transfer to remand. With a childhood he would rather leave in the past, strange things start to happen and his childhood starts to haunt him. The question is will he ever discover the truth and Becky's murder.


Holy freaking hell what an impressive and clever story. With the author building the story up layer by layer making me wanting to know more every single page I turned. Gripping is an understatement.


And the fact that I had more than one OMG moment speaks volumes. Reading it with my hand over my mouth with the shocking a twisted descriptions. Yes this book is also dark and  twisted and it ticked all the boxes for me.Mark Tilbury is definitely going places that's for sure. One moment I am feeling sorry for Michael then I am saying oh my god. This story definitely got inside with my head.


If you're looking for a page turner this is the book for you I cannot recommend it enough giving it 5 massive well deserved stars.


Thank you to the author for a copy in exchange for a honest review.




26 February 2017

The Silent Wife By Kerry Fisher ~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~


Today I am delighted to welcome Kerry Fisher to take part in my Q&A interview on Blog Tour today.


Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I live in Surrey with my husband, two teenagers and Lab/Giant Schnauzer. I write contemporary women’s fiction and when I’m not doing that, I like to cook, garden and drink wine with my friends. I also spend quite a lot of time gripping the car door and stamping on an invisible brake while my son learns to drive.

When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I started off writing travel guides for Thomas Cook, an opportunity that opened up because I was working as a holiday rep in Italy. That made me think that becoming a journalist wasn’t so out of reach for someone with no contacts in the industry. So once I achieved that, I became a book reviewer for Candis magazine and eventually I started to think I might be able to write my own book. I took lots of online novel-writing courses with the University of California to learn the craft. I was incredibly naïve about how hard it would be to get published and how long it would take!

Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
I write contemporary women’s fiction for women, who in the words of my latest protagonist, Maggie, ‘have lived long enough not to expect a fairytale’. In other words, I write about ordinary women with real family lives, every day irritations and modest dreams, who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
I write in Starbucks (oh the glamour…) for three hours every morning, walk my dog, then faff about for ages, cramming in another big spurt when I’ve almost run out of time and need to go and pick the kids up. I write slowly and carefully and generally despair about halfway through that I’ll never pull all the various strands together and I’ll be exposed as a fraud and a rubbish author, with everyone at the publishers pulling ‘How do we let her down gently?’ faces. Somehow I get through that and eventually produce something that doesn’t make me want to hide in the understairs cupboard.
I’ve got faster as I go along. It used to take me a year to write a book, now I can do one in six months if I work very hard.

Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
I usually take a tiny strand from someone I either know or maybe have just seen. It could be a way of pausing before they speak, of always seeing the negative side of everything, of taking over a room as soon as they walk in…it could be anything at all that stands out and captures my imagination. I never wholly base a character on someone I know because it’s too constraining – you end up trying to stick to the facts rather than choosing the elements that fit the story best.

Have you written about a personal experience in your novels?
I’ve used settings I’m familiar with – Corsica and Sardinia in THE ISLAND ESCAPE, Florence in AFTER THE LIE and Tuscany in THE SILENT WIFE – I’ve lived in all of these places and it was lovely to revisit them through my writing. But I haven’t written about anything that has happened to me personally.

        What research do you do?
When I’m trying to think up an idea for a new book, I socialise as much as possible…listen to women in my target audience, what they worry about, what makes them laugh, their fears for their children, the stresses with their parents. I want to write about contemporary issues so to me, that’s the best research – and quite fun too. I am paranoid about getting things wrong though, so I do double-check so many minor details with experts in whatever field I’m writing about.

Who would you like to co-write with and why?
I’d love to co-write with Helen Fielding. The original BRIDGET JONES”S DIARY made me laugh out loud. Although my books have become more serious and darker as I’ve gone along, I would like to write comedy at some point.

What's your favorite book?
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett.

What's your favourite food?
I’m a big fan of things like quinoa, chickpeas and lentils, which go down like a lead balloon with my teens. My children nearly left home when I made avocado ice cream.

What's your favorite film?
Dirty Dancing.

What's your favourite song?
Oooh, I have so many. I’m one of those people who simply cannot sit still if a song I love is playing. I am happy to rent myself out for any occasion when you need to get the dancing started – I don’t care if there’s no one on the dance floor! Especially if it’s The Mavericks Dance the Night Away, or anything by Kool & The Gang or Abba.

How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books? I love hearing from readers so please do come and chat to me!

All my books are on Amazon. The latest, THE SILENT WIFE, can be found here: amzn.to/2laQh9c




THE SILENT WIFE 
by Kerry Fisher


Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he'd done something terrible?

'A heart wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.' Write Escape

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. 

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife Caitlin. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves? 

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price. 

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. 

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24 February 2017

The Promise By Casey Kelleher ~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~

Today I am delighted to be the last stop on Blog Tour with a 4 star review for The Promise By Casey Kelleher. Which is out now you can grab your copy on the link below.



The Book



Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.



Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life.


When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.


Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.


Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.


My Thoughts


I am a massive fan of Casey and have been for years and couldn't wait to get my teeth into this latest novel.


The first half of the story is a slow burner where we meet Josie mother of Georgie and Marnie. Josie lives the life of a drug user and prostitute. And finds herself in a situation where she brutally murders a client. Then Georgie and Marnie are sent to a children’s home hoping that they will be safe after years of neglect.  But they soon discover they’re in real danger.

Making a run for their lives they end up in the hands of  violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray Anderton. Who has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money. The question is can they escape him?


For me this isn't one of my favourites due to the fact that I felt like I was reading a story about my sister which I disowned many years ago. Honestly I just wanted to punch Josie in the face because she had the same effect on me has my sister did! Bad I know but this is my honest opinion.  But at the same time my heart went out to the sisters being neglected like they were.


Once Josie was out of the picture the story certainly picks up speed and I couldn't put it down. And has always Casey doesn't disappoint with her gritty gripping style of writing. With scenes that turned my stomach and made me feel visually sick. Seriously that's the effect this book had on me.


The Promise isn't for the faint hearted thats for sure. With subject matters that aren't for everyone. But Casey has done a brilliant job of portraying these with her well crafted writing skills.


Fans of Kimberly Chambers and Martina Cole will love it has the story takes you on a whirlwind of emotions. Which I highly recommend giving it 4 stars.


Thank you to Bookouture for a copy in exchange for a honest review.





Author Bio:
Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.


Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.


She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken and her latest release, The Promise.



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Twitter: @caseykelleher


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The Promise by Casey Kelleher.  Out on 17th February. Available to pre-order right now:  
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23 February 2017

AFTER SHE’S GONE BY SHERYL BROWNE ~~~BLOG TOUR~~~

AFTER SHE’S GONE
BY SHERYL BROWNE
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 21st Feb 2017
Publisher: Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit)
He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable. 
When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.
But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.


My Thoughts
Well,well,well first of all I have to say what a dark horse you are Sheryl Browne I wasn't expecting that. After She's Gone has totally blown me away! This is a thriller with a capital T, seriously this story will grab you round the throat and not let you go.


So in this story we meet Detective Inspector Matthew Adams and drug dealer Patrick Sullivan. Two men totally the opposite sides of the law. Matthew believes Sullivan killed his child. But they have a history that goes way back! So Matthew makes it his mission to get him locked up for life after Sullivan has made his life a misery. Patrick's brother is shot down in a drug bust that goes wrong. He wants Matthew, or the cooper loses his pregnant wife.


Sounds good yeah?! Well it certainly is. This story has it all, its what a thriller is all about. With one very gritty plot and of course a bad boy! which us ladies all love.


Honestly I cannot recommend this book enough you will literally find yourself on the edge of your seat with the tension. It is a must read and is definitely one of my best reads for 2016.


If you're looking for a page turner I highly recommend this giving it 5 massive stars.


Thank you to Sheryl Browne for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

EXCERPT

Prologue



‘Oi, you can’t park there!’ a police officer yelled as Matthew mounted the kerb, careering his car haphazardly to a stop on the pavement.
His gut twisting violently inside him, his head reeling, Matthew ignored him, ramming his door open instead to scramble from the car and set off at a run.
‘What the …?’
Vaguely aware of the man giving chase, Matthew kept going, attempting to push past another officer closing in in front of him, only to be caught from behind.
‘Whoa. Come on, mate, you need to get back.’ Taking hold of his arm, the officer behind attempted to steer him away. ‘There’s been an accident up ahead. We need to clear—’
‘Shit, it’s Adams.’ The officer in front intervened.
‘Who?’ The man still hanging on to his arm asked.
‘Detective Inspector Adams,’ the officer in front supplied warily. ‘Let him through.’
Stumbling forwards as the guy behind relaxed his grip, his legs like dead weights beneath him, Matthew forced himself on, bypassing other officers, who now stood respectfully aside.
His wife was with her. Matthew swallowed back a hard knot in his throat. She was crouched over her, holding her impossibly small hand in her own. She didn’t look up. Rebecca kept her gaze focussed on their daughter. His daughter. Matthew felt something break inside him as he took in his baby’s injuries, her broken body, the slow trickle of lifeblood pooling beneath her, staining the drab, grey road crimson.
Please don’t. Matthew prayed hopelessly as he moved closer. Please don’t do this. The world seeming to slow to a stop around him, the use of his legs finally deserting him, Matthew dropped to his knees at the side of the child he’d loved with every fibre of his being ever since he’d first glimpsed her tiny form on the monitor.
‘Hey, Tigerlily,’ he said, his voice cracking as Lily’s eyes fluttered open. Wide blue eyes, once crystal clear with the innocence of childhood, they were filled with confusion and pain as she looked pleadingly up at him, silently begging him, her daddy, to fix it. His heart turned over as her lips parted. She wanted to speak. She couldn’t. Please don’t try to speak, baby. Tears he couldn’t hope to hide streaming down his face, Matthew leaned towards her, brushing her blood-matted, beautiful blonde hair gently away from her face. ‘Daddy’s here, darling,’ he choked. ‘It’s going to be just fine.’
Lies. Lies. He screamed inside. It was going to be fine. It could never be. He couldn’t fix it. How could he let his little girl go knowing he couldn’t? Cradling his baby gently in his arms, Matthew’s heart splintered inside him as he watched her life ebb away.


****


They were taking her away in an ambulance. What use was an ambulance? Panic engulfing him, Matthew took a faltering step towards it, and stopped. He couldn’t. Couldn’t ride with her, watch as the warmth drained from her body, her baby-soft skin turning blue and cold. Life fucking extinct.
‘Matthew!’ Rebecca called to him as, his chest heaving, Matthew turned away. Terrified of what he might see in her eyes, he couldn’t turn back. This was his fault. He should have been there. He’d promised to drive them to the cinema. He’d known Patrick Sullivan might make good his threat. He should have been there! A potent mixture of grief and rage broiling inside him, Matthew recalled his last encounter with the sadistic piece of scum with sickening clarity. Sullivan’s expression hadn’t altered when he’d informed him his brother had been an unfortunate casualty in a drug bust gone wrong. Matthew had been surprised. Sullivan’s hatred of him went way back since they were kids in school. Guessing he would hold him personally responsible, Matthew had been bracing himself for Sullivan to reach across the table and attack him right there in the prison interview room. Instead, Sullivan had reached casually for a cigarette. Lighting up, he’d glanced down and scratched his forehead slowly with his thumb.
‘How’s that pretty young wife of yours, DI Adams? Pregnant again, isn’t she?’ he’d enquired eventually, blowing smoke circles into the air as he’d looked back at him. ‘Give her my regards, won’t you?’
Sullivan had then leaned forwards, a twisted smirk on his face, his eyes as black as molasses and swimming with pure evil. ‘I would do it myself, but I’m a bit busy … banged up … in here.’
It had been a threat. Innocent to all ears but Matthew’s, it had been a direct threat. And now, still sitting pretty in prison with a cast iron alibi, Sullivan was no doubt congratulating himself on a job well done, imagining that he’d also succeeded in warning Matthew off pursuing him once he got out. Wrong, you bastard.

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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.
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22 February 2017

BAD LITTLE GIRL BY FRANCES VICK~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~

Today I am delighted to be kicking off Bad Little Girl Blog Tour on publication day with a Q&A interview with the author herself….Frances Vick. You can grab your copy of Bad Little Girl on the link below for just 99p.


Good Morning and welcome to Chell's Book Reviews. Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I’m originally from a small town in Nottinghamshire and both my parents worked at the local top security psychiatric hospital. I used to get notes and presents from the patients there, which, looking back, was a bit weird. I was expelled from school and spent the next few years on the dole in Nottingham. Eventually I got my qualifications together and went to Glasgow University. After that I moved to Japan and worked as an English teacher in junior high schools, then taught in Italy as well, I worked in a theatre in New York for a while; I was a cook/life model in an arts centre in Tuscany; and for two hellish weeks I was a street based charity fundraiser. Latterly I was a youth worker in London, working with homeless refugees, until I had my own children and began to write instead.

When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
From being very small- maybe 5 or 6. I wrote all the time but never showed anyone anything and never thought I could actually become a writer, because that’s not what normal people do, right? At school I was told I’d be lucky to stay off the dole ( I wasn’t that lucky). When my eldest boy was in school full time, I had a bit of time, so I wrote my first book ‘Chinaski’. It came out in 2014.

Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
I don’t really see myself as a genre writer to be honest. Some people are seeing ‘Bad Little Girl’ as a psychological thriller, and I’m happy with that description, but I can’t say everything I write will be within the same category. But that’s not up to me, it’s up to the readers

What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
The hardest part is getting a book deal- that can take longer than actually writing the book in the first place! My first two novels took about a year to write- from first draft to final edit. The book I’ve just finished- my second for Bookouture and as yet untitled- took two and a half months to write the first draft, but there’s a lot of work still to be done!

Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
Not really. They may have similar habits and verbal ticks to real people, but they’re not based on anyone.

Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
‘Chinaski’ has some passages in it that are based on my experiences touring with bands in the 90’s, and the funeral has some elements of my own fathers funeral. One of the characters dies in- what in my mind- is my Grandma’s old flat in Newcastle.

What research do you do?
I research everything! Even if I don’t use it, I need to know. For ‘Bad Little Girl’ I drove my friend who is a firefighter crazy with questions about accelerants, and not much of that even made it into the book. I did a lot of research into child protection procedures too- even though my character, Claire, doesn’t follow them properly. I had to know what she should do, in order to have her fail at doing it.

Who would you like to co-write with and why?
No! I think I’d be terrible at that. Writing is very solitary, and I enjoy that about it.

What's your favorite book?
The Idiot by Dostoyevsky

What's your favorite food?
Vegetable lasagne

What's your favorite film?
Evil Dead 2

What's your favorite song?
I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos

How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
You can follow me on twitter @franvicksays on facebook @francesvickauthor and via my website www.francesvick.com