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The Heart of Doctor Steele

After exchanging eye contact with the mysterious new surgeon at church, Margaret bumps into him in town.

When the bell shook against the door, announcing her arrival, the customer at the counter turned.

The customer was Doctor Steele, sporting his grey waistcoat with a gold watch chain tucked neatly into a pocket. But the rest of him was disheveled, hair untouched by a comb and jaw rough with a day’s worth of beard growth.

His gaze lingered, and Margaret’s face went hot. There was a hint of pleasant surprise in his expression, if she wasn’t mistaken, yet he did not smile. As one long second, then another ticked by, the heat in her face slowly spread down her neck and lower still.

She’d experienced thesame perplexing heat in his presence when he’d passed her at church.

Aware they were now openly staring at one another, she quickly sidestepped to the table piled with sacks of flour and muttered, “Good Morning.”

The heat of his gaze still burning into her, he grabbed his crate full of what seemed to be bottles the way they tinkled against each other, and strode toward the door.

Toward her.

Trust Me

Thrilled to join Bookouture for this one.

Trust Me: An absolutely gripping and unputdownable psychological thriller by [Sheryl Browne]

Emily and Jake are the perfect couple. Or so everyone says. But Emily just read a letter that has shattered her perfect world. Now she only has one thing on her mind… which one of her friends is sleeping with her husband?

Emily watches Jake as he makes small talk with their children, still the perfect man she married years ago. But when the phone rings and he answers before quickly putting it down again, she sees the look on her husband’s face – guilt. She knows the signs – after all, she’s been lying to him for years.

Working with Jake at the local doctor’s surgery, Emily starts to listen at closed doors and read things she shouldn’t, hoping to find the truth about her husband. Soon she learns that hers isn’t the only family telling lies to each other. Is there anyone Emily can trust? And who is behind the letter to Jake?

When a second letter, revealing a wife’s hidden pregnancy, is sent to the woman’s husband, it has disastrous consequences. And as more angry letters revealing people’s biggest secrets begin to appear, fingers point at Emily. After all, she’s the one with access to everyone’s private history, and she’s the one with a score to settle. Emily says she didn’t do it. But this isn’t the first time Emily has lied. What happens next will have you questioning everything…

You might have already decided that Emily is guilty, but as each twist is revealed, you’ll begin to doubt everyone in this quiet little town. This is a psychological thriller that will keep you up all night!

If you enjoyed The Girl on the TrainMy Lovely Wife and Behind Closed Doors, you will love this thrilling psychological thriller from bestselling author Sheryl Browne. Trust Me will have you hooked from the start.

This has been one of those books that really has given me all the feels. I haven’t been able to put this one down. I have literally been gripped from start to finish.

The author has pulled me in from very early on in this book and this has been a superb read which has kept me guessing constantly.

I haven’t been able to predict where the author was taking this book. It has been a rollercoaster read which has been completely unpredictable.

I am a huge fan of this author anyway and this book has been no different. I have absolutely loved this one and without a doubt feel that it’s highly deserving of a five star rating.

Sound

Thrilled to review this one.

Can you hear it?

A professor of psychoacoustics is found dead in his office. It appears to be a heart attack, until a second acoustician dies a few days later in similar circumstances.

Meanwhile, there’s an outbreak of mysterious illnesses on a council estate, and outbursts of unexplained violence in a city centre nightclub. Not to mention strange noises coming from the tunnels underneath Liverpool. Can it really be a coincidence that death metal band Total Depravity are back in the city, waging their own form of sonic warfare?

Detective Inspector Darren Swift is convinced there are connections. Still grieving his fiancé’s death and sworn to revenge, he is thrown back into action on the trail of a murderer with a terrifying and undetectable weapon. 

But this case cannot be solved using conventional detective work, and D.I. Swift will need to put the rulebook aside and seek the occult expertise of Dr. Helen Hope and her unlikely sidekick, guitarist Mikko Kristensen.

This is a fascinating read which I haven’t been able to put down. This is a great mystery.

I’d go as far as saying that this is the best in the series. This is absolutely fantastic. The characters in this one are brilliant and I have to be honest, Darren and Helen are a great pair.

This is gripping and enthralling from the very beginning.

A definite five star read.

Fallout Karla Forbes

Thrilled to join Emma at Damp Pebbles Blog Tours for this one.

Blackmail. Complacency. A nuclear threat turned real.

A group of unknown terrorists are blackmailing the British government with a quantity of plutonium left over from the Cold War.

Only one man knows their identity and can prevent a disaster, but he is on the run for a murder he didn’t commit and has no intention of being found.

Whilst the authorities attempt to track him down, they pin their hopes on the thought that a bunch of amateurs wouldn’t have knowledge of how to deal with nuclear technology, and the worst they could manage might be a dirty bomb. After all, everyone knows it’s not really that dangerous: people run away from the explosion, and the radiation drifts harmlessly into the atmosphere.

But what if the terrorists had found a way to keep the radiation near to the ground, and to encourage people to hang around, breathing in death? What if when you invite them to their own slaughter, they come willingly?

It would be dangerous then, wouldn’t it?

The clock is ticking…

This is a new author for me and I have not been disappointed. Fallout has grabbed my interest from the very beginning and been an action packed adventure that I haven’t been able to put down.

I have devoured thus book in just one sitting and found that I have been kept guessing and interested throughout. The book is a well-written British crime which is definitely worth looking at.

The plot is completely unique to anything I’ve read previously. I definitely want to read more by this author.

Mike’s Mourners

Synopsis

Mike, the seemingly heartless narcissist, may shock you, he may annoy you, he may even make you laugh and in the end he may even make you shed a tear.

A scampish young man from Shrewsbury, England, falls for an older woman. He starts work as a porter at the local hospital, where she is a Ward Sister.

Working close to dying patients and their grieving families, he realises he is somehow turned on by the sadness of widows and other female relatives. Acting on his urges, he jauntily sets out on a bold plan to sleep with one hundred grieving women.

His ‘other’ life must stay a secret from his girlfriend and her family. It is a tall order but he is so charming and able to tackle his project, being subconsciously driven by dark events from his childhood in Shropshire.

Starting with Molly, he feistily ploughs ahead until he meets the widow of a gangster. He quickly realises she is not the same as his other suitors, as she digs up ghastly memories from his past.

Undaunted, he continues on his quest, taking him as far as Seville and as close as his own doorstep.

He knows he will never find lasting love from all the women he meets. Nor does he want to. That is, until he finds someone different. Someone special. But the course of true love is never going to be straightforward for Mike, especially when he realises who she is.

Bookish Opinions

I have enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I have really been taken by surprise at how quickly I have devoured this book. This is well-written and completely engaging. I honestly feel like anything could’ve happened while I was reading this and I’d have been oblivious. I have been completely curious to where the author was going to take this book.

Mike is an unusual character and one that I strongly dislike. I really haven’t been able to like him regardless of how much information I’ve had about him. I feel that he has spoilt the book for me, his actions and attitude are irritating.

I don’t really like the cover of this one, it doesn’t pull my attention and if this wasn’t a book submitted to AQR, it may not be one that I would read. However, I do feel the title is fitting for the story.

For me, this has been a three star read. Saved purely by the author’s engaging writing.

Cry for Mercy

Thrilled to join Bookouture for this one.

Synopsis:

The girl’s eyes were open, her gaze softened with a milky hue. Her perfect skin and halo of blonde hair made her look angelic. It was a brutal contrast to the rope suspending her from the high-vaulted ceiling, and the bruises that had blossomed on her arms. Eleanor reached forward then caught herself. This woman was past saving.

When a beautiful young woman is found murdered in a derelict power station, Detective Inspector Eleanor Raven hurries to the scene. The girl’s body has been ritualistically posed, with cherry-red lipstick painted across her mouth. And when she catches sight of the engagement ring crusted with blood on her delicate finger, Eleanor pushes back on the grief it provokes. Lydia Greystein had so much to live for. The only way Eleanor can help now is to find the killer responsible, and she and her team immediately set to work.

As Eleanor and the team work together to unpick the killer’s motivations, another woman is found, bound and posed in the same ceremonial stance. Suddenly, Eleanor’s case becomes more twisted and urgent than ever. Just when they think they’ve hit a dead end, Eleanor finds a link between the victims and a cold case—an unsolved death with a connection to her own hidden life outside work. To follow the clues now risks bringing her secrets into the open.

Cry for Mercy: An utterly addictive crime thriller with gripping mystery and suspense (Detective Eleanor Raven Book 1) by [Karen Long]

But as Eleanor begins to understand the killer, he starts to understand her too.

Eleanor must solve this case before more women are taken. Could the secrets she keeps from those closest to her be the final clue to break open this case… or will they ultimately cost Eleanor her life?

A fast-paced, tense and completely gripping mystery thriller that will keep you hooked until the final page. Karen Long will be the newest favourite crime author for fans of Lisa Regan, Angela Marsons and Robert Dugoni.

Bookish Opinions

This is a gripping book which has left me craving more from this author. This is a book which has made me feel tense and on edge but at the same time completely excited to see where the book was going to go.

I seriously haven’t been able to put this one down and have found myself completely lost in the pages and events of this wonderful book. This book takes us into a terrifying and seedy world of BDSM. This is a completely unique concept to any thriller or crime book i’ve read previously.

This book is so well written that I have felt as though I’ve been watching this one play out in front of me. I definitely need to read more by this author after this books.

I have literally been captivated by this book. Nothing else caught my attention as much as this one. It is unique, well written and filled with tension and suspense.

A definite five star read which I highly recommend.

MICK ARNOLD GUEST POST

Spoiler alert!

            There, that’s a good way to get your attention. Actually, I will give you a wee spoiler, but not just yet. You’ll have to put up with my waffle for a while.

            Welcome to my tale of how, ‘A Wing and a Prayer’, came about. I was first published back in November 2017 with a Romantic Drama cum Comedy titled, ‘The Season for Love’ then, my health took a knock which I’ve just about got over. During this time, I tried to pick up my writing, but it didn’t work. Then, one of my good friends in the Romantic Novelists Association had the idea of suggesting I try something new. I didn’t, at the time, have any thoughts about writing in another genre.

            At this time, I happened to be watching a documentary on the television about the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary called, ‘Spitfire Women’. This really got my interest and I started to research these people. Very quickly, I had the very rough outline of a story about 4 women pilots and their friends. Not a complete story, as I can’t plan well, not much, but this one managed to crawl out of my head and onto the page enough where I knew the ending and how I was going to start it – actually, a new beginning came a month or so after I’d originally finished as a new and better start came to mine.

            The characters too seemed to come fully formed Particularly my sole American pilot and a certain black and white Cocker Spaniel, named Bobby – the spaniel, not the American – more of whom later. They are all based at a genuine ATA base, RAF Hamble, though that is as far as the genuine article goes, as I’ve given the base a fictional commander. Here’s the spoiler alert thing – Bobby is central to a major scene in ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ however, he also has his own story thread running through the series which I hope the readers will love as much as I’ve loved writing it!

Since I began the story which became A Wing and a Prayer’, I’ve received nothing but support both from this wonderful organization and also various WW2 – and other era’s – saga authors. At no point have I ever encountered resistance to my various requests for aid and, sometimes, these have been multiple during a single day. I found another group of friends just when they were needed the most and I cannot wait for things to get back to normal so I can thank as many of them as possible in person. Being a male author in a predominantly female genre – as indeed is the Romance genre – is quite an experience and I’ve tried to show them all how much I appreciate it. I hope I’ve done so.

And where am I now? Well, book 2 is with my long-suffering editor – bless her little cotton socks – and I hope that this will be out next year. I am currently writing book 3 and this is the Christmas one! I am so loving the research of this!

Finally, I’d like to think I’m paying my own kind of homage to these brave women (and men). They deserve our thanks.

Finally, finally, many thanks for having me and for being a big part of ‘A Wing and a Prayer’s’ book blog tour, I hope we may do this again soon. Take good care!

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

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Author Bio –

Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.

Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

Social media links –

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Twitter – Mick859

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Just a Phase

Synopsis

Lizzie Mitchell is on maternity leave from her London marketing manager’s job but this time she isn’t going back. After the birth of her second child Lizzie has handed in her notice, waved goodbye to the nightmarish commute and is happy to embrace stay-at-home-mummy duties.

That is, until her other half James loses his job and decides to start a business in a field he knows nothing about. With children to feed, a roof to keep over their heads and nappies to buy, Lizzie has to be the realistic one: she grovels for her old job back – but even if she manages to fight off the barrage of fresh-faced new graduates who are lining up for it, can she really juggle a modern mummy’s life, a demanding job and a newly self-employed venture that could easily fall apart before it’s even taken off?

Bookish Opinions:

This book has been an absolute delight to read. I haven’t been able to put this one down. I have to say a huge thank you to the author for asking me to review this one.

I have loved Lucy, she is such a gorgeous character. This book is well-written and completely engaging.

There have been moments of this book where I have literally laughed out loud. The cover of this book is just absolutely gorgeous. We all need to see bright colours on a dark and dingy day.

The plot is engaging and realistic, the characters are likeable and realistic. This is definitely a book that has converted me as a fan of this author.

I absolutely cannot wait to read more and highly recommend this book.

Bad Mother’s Wedding

Synopsis:

When Juliette Duffy became a single mother, she felt like her world had ended. Dreams of rose-covered cottages, rolling pins and two parents living with their own biological child were well and truly shattered.

But now Juliette is engaged to her childhood sweetheart, Alex Dalton, and everything is looking up. Juliette can’t wait to marry Alex and live happily ever after at the Dalton Estate.

The trouble is, Juliette isn’t the only one getting married this year. Her ex-partner, Nick, is getting married too and is trying his hardest to sabotage Juliette’s wedding day. Plus, there’s the small matter of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Will Juliette get the wedding of her dreams? Or will Nick succeed in ruining yet another wedding day?

Wednesday 24th June

Another meeting with our wedding planner today – this time about party favours.

Cressida showed us cute little hangover kits, personalised wine glasses, mini champagne bottles, chocolate truffle boxes, watches, toiletries, all sorts. There was even a monogrammed rum and Coca Cola can and a little treasure chest of sugared almonds, should we choose a Caribbean destination wedding.

When Nick and I got married, all we thought about was drink, food and the church, in that order.

Who knew there was so much sparkle and magic in the wedding world?

Other books in the series:

Bookish Opinions:

Oh my goodness!! My sides hurt from the amount of laughing I’ve done reading this book! I adore this series, it is a welcome return to characters that are becoming like family.

This is a book that has surprised me. I didn’t think I’d want to read a book about Covid or with any mention of it. However, this author is always a winner for me.

The author is amazingly talented and never fails to leave a smile on my face. This is a wonderful book which I have devoured and already eagerly anticipating the next.

This could easily be a TV series, the characters are wonderful and the plot is unique but on times hilarious.

I am a huge fan of this author and to be asked to review this book has been an honour.

This is without a doubt a five star read which I highly recommend. Although, Covid has been mentioned- this is a perfect escapist read.

Mango Bay

Thrilled to review this one.

Jazz clubs, yacht clubs, aunty bars and a Bollywood beauty shadowed by her pet panther. This is glamorous Bombay in the late 1950s.

Love has blossomed in London between vivacious Scottish Presbyterian, Audrey, and clever Indian lawyer, Nat Zachariah.

When the happy newlyweds move to Nat’s exotic homeland and the striking family villa, Audrey must deftly navigate the rituals, secrets, intrigues and desires of his Bene Israel Jewish community, and adjust to perplexing new relatives.

In time, the past unlocks, old family ties unravel, lies are exposed and passions run high as different generations fall out. Then something shocking happens that undoes everything. Will this marriage that has crossed boundaries survive?

This is a beautifully written romance. I haven’t been able to put this one down. This is a book I devoured in just one sitting.

This book has made me death stare anyone who has tried to interrupt my reading of this one.

The characters in this book are in intriguing and have been given individual personality by the author. I have honestly felt as though I’ve known them.

This is a completely unique story, unlike anything I’ve read previously. This is the first book I’ve read by this author but it definitely won’t be the last.

I haven’t wanted to put Mango Bay down and it’s a book I definitely recommend.