Author, Book Event News, Crime Authors, Scotland

Crime At The Castle Festival Launches @WendyHJones @GlamisCastle #Guestpost #Scottish

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This is a truly exciting day, I have goosebumps on goosebumps. The talented author  Wendy Jones is here today to tell us all about a brand new Crime Festival.

Chance Encounters of the Fortuitous Kind By Wendy Jones 

What happens when a Crime Writer visits a haunted Castle? Chance meetings, and a brand new Scottish Crime Festival, that’s what happens.

On a recent visit to Glamis Castle I had an idea for a unique event called Crime at the Castle. My head never stops spinning when it comes to murder and myhem.  Not knowing who I should talk to I asked one of the staff at the castle who I should approach. The lovely American lady, Pauline Cowdery, turned out to be the very person I needed, hence chance encounters of the fortuitous kind.

The castle have been amazing and I cannot thank the staff enough for how they have embraced this and worked together with me. As the castle has not yet opened for the season, we will be using many of the rooms such as, The Dining Room, Drawing Room, Chapel, Queen Mother’s Sitting Room, and the small and large 16th Century Chambers. Some of these are not generally open to the public. Bookshop and book signing in a Crypt anyone? Waterstones, Dundee, will be providing the bookshop. I think their staff are trembling.

There is a fabulous line-up of speakers. Who are they. This is a crime festival so we need a bit of mystery. All will be revealed at the end of July. The date of this unique event is 24th February 2018. Get it in your diaries and keep an eye out for the opening of the booking.

Ghosts, Scotland’s top Crime Writers and a historic castle, what’s not to love. See you there, if you dare.

Love Books Group is delighted to be on board reviewing the event and bringing you exclusive content on and before the big day! 

Wendy Jones 

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Wendy H. Jones is the award-winning author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries, set in Dundee Scotland. Her book, Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year at The Dublin Writers Conference. The next book of the series, Killer’s Crypt, will be released on 24th July 2017. She is also the author of the Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. She lives in Dundee and enjoys travelling to far flung corners of the world.

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Author, Book Blog, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

*Crime Fiction Takeover* Toxic @JackieJamxx #Interview #Exclusive

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We have a few days left of wonderful interviews for you and today is no exception. Enjoy.!

Jackie Mclean ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • Ooh, just one? Night Chills by Dean Koontz. I’m fascinated by the power of the subconscious and subliminal messages, and he nails it in a terrifyingly realistic account of what could happen; for all we know, what’s happening right now…

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Edinburgh in four words – nothing says it better than the well-known “Athens of the North.” I live in Glasgow, but I’m going to break the local bye law and say that I really love Edinburgh – it’s a wonderful city

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • I have all of Kathy Reichs’s books – she’s the only author whose entire collection I’ve read, so it must be Tempe Brennan. I met Kathy the year she was at Bloody Scotland, and was too star struck to utter a sound! If you’ve only ever come across Tempe Brennan in the Bones TV series, you need to read the books. They are far, far better.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • My favourite part of Edinburgh is the Grassmarket. It’s buzzing, and it’s steeped in history, with new hidden gems every time you look.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • Four fictional crime characters to dine with would be Lisbeth Salander (needs no introduction); Lieutenant Mario Conde (of the Havana series) – he solves crimes and he knows lots about antique books; Çetin İkmen (of Barbara Nadel’s crime series set in Turkey); and I’d have to say Agatha Christie – how great would it be to have a chat with her (although I might not let her buy me a drink)! With regards to Conde and İkmen, I’d recommend reading crime fiction that’s set in countries whose social and political situations are more complex than our own. It’s a good way of getting a glimpse into why it can be really difficult to resolve problems that you might think should be simple.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?.

  • Inspiration comes from lots of different places. For example, quite often a friend will talk about a situation at their work that leads to discussions about “what if…” If somebody annoys me, they become a victim in the next book. Also, it’s fun to watch people’s body language and try to work out what they’re hiding. Not to worry you if you’re friends with a crime writer, but that’s what we do…

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?


  • The theme song would have to be Britney’s Toxic, because the book is called Toxic! I’d love for her to read and review it. I’m secretly a big fan of hers. Well, it’s not a secret now, is it?

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.


And can you describe the banana?”
“About six feet tall, slender build, um, yellow. Oh, and he was waving a knife in the air. Quite a big one, but not as big as the claymore.”
“What happened next?”
“Well, he shouted for everyone to lie down on the floor, so we did. Everyone, except for
“What did they do?”
“It was hard to see them from where I was, on the floor. But I heard them clapping their
“Like a round of applause?”
“Didn’t that strike you as odd?”
“All sorts of odd things happen in the Wash Bar.”
“How would you describe the mood of the group?”
“Oh, they were in high spirits. They were downing the whisky like it was shots.”
“Did they seem aggressive at all?”
“No, although I can understand why the banana got scared. The claymore did look real, and I’d have run off, too, if they’d come rushing at me with it like that.”
“Do you know which direction they ran off in?”
“I can’t be sure, but they were going on about Greyfriars Bobby. You could hear them
shouting a mile away. You, um, said something about a reward?”
“If your information leads to us finding out how the hell five American tourists and a six-foot banana vanished somewhere between the Wash Bar and Greyfriar’s Bobby, it’ll be yours.”

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

  • I run Get Writing Glasgow, which is a kind of “weight watchers” for writers – that is, anyone who has written or who would like to try writing for the first time. I believe everyone can write – if it comes from the heart, it’s going to be good. Nobody should tell you otherwise. We’re a friendly, supportive group, and after we’ve had a catch-up chat, we spend some time writing. We don’t read each other’s work, as that can be off-putting for people who lack confidence. It’s in the Braehead Waterstones fortnightly on Monday evenings (right next to the cakes). Also, watch out for Murder & Mayhem, a tour of libraries and bookstores that I’m organising along with some fellow crime writers (Wendy H Jones, Chris Longmuir, Lesley Kelly, Tana Collins and Amanda Fleet). We’re
    hoping to do something a little different to the usual author Q&A, with a view to  introducing readers to some new crime characters.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • My current novel, Toxic (published by ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd), is a race against the clock to find an illegal stash of the deadly toxin that caused the Bhopal disaster (the world’s worst industrial accident). The two senior detectives leading the hunt are as volatile as the substance they need to find. I began to write it because I wanted to write something set in my home town (Arbroath).  Famous for its cliffs, it lends itself to a smuggling story. When I asked my nephew, who’s a forensic toxicologist, about a suitably dangerous substance for my smuggling story, he told me about Bhopal. The more I looked into it, the more I became determined to highlight the terrible injustice that happened there – nobody was ever held to account for the disaster. My second novel, Shadows, is currently in the publication pipeline (also with ThunderPoint), and it’s about a murder hunt which starts out looking like a serial killer at work – but it’s worse, mwahaha!


In the Scottish university city of Dundee, life and all its complications are proceeding much the same as usual. The recklessly brilliant DI Donna Davenport, struggling to hide a secret from police colleagues and get over the break-up with her partner, is in trouble with her boss for a fiery and inappropriate outburst to the press. DI Evanton, an old-fashioned, hard-living misogynistic copper has been newly demoted for thumping a suspect, and transferred to Dundee with a final warning ringing in his ears and a reputation that precedes him. And in the peaceful, rolling Tayside farmland a deadly store of MIC, the toxin that devastated Bhopal, is being illegally stored by a criminal gang smuggling the valuable substance necessary for making cheap pesticides. An anonymous tip-off starts a desperate search for the MIC that is complicated by the uneasy partnership between Davenport and Evanton and their growing mistrust of each other’s actions. Compelling and authentic, Toxic is a tense and fast paced crime thriller.

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Book Blog, Harper Impulse, Review

Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by @janelinfoot @HarperImpulse #Review


My turn on this fabulous tour for Summer at the Little Wedding by Jane Linfoot. I am so pleased to see so many of my blogger friends on the tour too.

Review By Kelly 

The book has a beautiful cover, it’s a perfect example of Summer, light and bright with flowers.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As someone who has not read the previous two books I was worried about not understanding story lines that may have come through from previous story lines, but at no point did that happen.  It flows easily, with lovable, funny and fuzzy characters.

I didn’t think my emotions would be tested but they were and at times I was reaching for the tissues and wiping a tear away. Other moments I was laughing out loud and smiling from cheek to cheek. To me that’s the ultimate test of a book, if it makes me connect and care.  If I am investing more than just time into reading the book and I find I begin to care what happens then that pleases me.

You will wish the characters and shop were real so that you could visit and try those delicious sweet treats.  But you can, in your own way,  you just pick up the book and jump in.

I will not hesitate to read the first two books and anymore adventures at the wedding shop.

You can pre-order your copy of Summer At The Little Wedding Shop ~

You can order Jane Linfoot’s other booksAmazon UK

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When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Thank you to Jane and Harper Impulse for the opportunity to review and be part of the tour. 

Summer At The Little Wedding Shop By Jane Linfoot
Published By: Harper Impulse 29/06/2017
Review By Kelly L 

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Author, Book Blog, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview, Scotland

*Crime Fiction Takeover* ~ Truestory ~ @cath_simpson13 @sandstonepress #Exclusive #Interview

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We are continuing our successful Crime Fiction theme takeover of the blog. I have lot’s more to share with you this week. 

Today on the blog I have Catherine Simpson, author of Truestory. 

Catherine Simpson ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview


Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • I was 24 and training to be a journalist when my lecturer recommended we read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer, both are recountings of real-life murders. They were examples of ‘The New Journalism’ – real-life stories told using fictional devices – and have stayed with me ever since. I probably didn’t have a view on capital punishment when I read these books nearly 30 years ago but I’ve been vehemently against it ever since.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Edinburgh is a seductive, alluring, irresistible show-off.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • I’m a bit in love with Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie – a Yorkshire-born, Edinburgh-dwelling Private Investigator, played rather beautifully by Jason Isaacs in the tv series, Case Histories.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • This is like asking ‘which part of a Yorkshire pudding is your favourite?’ – All of it! Where ever you look in Edinburgh, at whatever time of day, at whatever time of year, there is the city doing its wonderful stuff. (Although see Q 9)

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • I would have dinner with Jackson Brodie (for obvious reasons), Sherlock Holmes (for his insight) Stella Moon, of The Confession of Stella Moon, (for atmosphere) and Roddie Macrae, of His Bloody Project, (to ask: What’s the score, Roddy?’)

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere: art, observations, personal experiences, overheard conversations, musings, wonderings, wanderings, anything.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • I’ve just checked the playlist I put together when writing Truestory ( a novel about a woman struggling to raise her son who has Autism). Kooks by David Bowie is on there – a song Bowie wrote for his son – so that seems about right.

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

The body lay sprawled in The Wash Bar, clutching a banana etched with the words ‘Greyfriar’s Bobby.’


The body lay sprawled on Greyfriar’s Bobby clutching a wash bar etched with the word ‘banana’.


The body lay sprawled on a banana clutching Greyfriar’s Bobby etched with the words ‘The Wash Bar’.


Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

  • I’ve just had a short story included in the ‘Echoes of the City’ Project. This is a lovely idea – you can download the app ‘Podwalk’ and listen to trained actors read you a story set in different parts of Edinburgh as you walk around the city. My story is called ‘Giuseppe and Rosa go up in the World’. It is set on Easter Road and inspired by my in-laws who immigrated to Scotland from Italy in the late 1950s. Echoes Of The City

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • I am currently working on a memoir called ‘When I had a Little Sister’. I’ve been lucky enough to receive nine-months’ mentoring from Scottish Book Trust to help me work on it. It’s about loss and grief and mental illness and about how weird and funny-haha and funny-peculiar families are.

How can my readers connect with you?

Scottish Book Trust

Truestory By Catherine Simpson 


On a remote Lancashire farm, eleven year old Sam seeks answers to life’s big questions online. His mother Alice’s life is dictated by Sam’s strange ways and her husband’s fecklessness as their money runs out. When Duncan brings home a stranger to help with his latest scheme, Alice is furious. Sam can’t cope with change. But Larry beguiles Sam with his maps and, as he works his magic, Alice falls for him too.

By turns hilarious and tragic, Truestory examines how we are all trapped in our own lives, yet sometimes have more options than we realise.

Quote from James Robertson: ‘Catherine Simpson does not waste words. She has that rare ability to conjure up people and places, how they look and how they sound, in just a sentence or two. Her writing is vivid perceptive and acute and she deserves a wide readership.’

You can order your copy today ~

Thank you so much for being on my blog today, Catherine, you are so inspiring, genuine and gentle. You have been incredibly supportive of my wee blog and I will always be very grateful.

Kelly xx

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Book Blog, Guest Reviews

Dear You By Tessa Broad @TessaBroad ‏ @RedDoorBooks #GuestReview Kimberly Livingston

Dear You By Tessa Broad
Red Door Books Publishing ~ 26/06/2017
ISBN-10: 1910453404
Guest Review ~ Kimberly Livingston

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Tess Broad wanted children. She longed for them. It wasn’t to be. In this candid and moving memoir, Tess writes to the children that never were. She writes to them as their adult selves with openness and honesty and tells them of the childhood she envisaged for them and the mother she believed she would be. She describes her reluctant transformation from the woebegone, wannabe mummy that she once was, to the woman she is now; childless but chilled, sailing through Mother’s Day with a smile on her face. Happy. From the ‘trying for a family’ stage to the relentless treadmill of infertility treatment, Tess recounts her story with humour and pathos, taking the reader on her journey with her, sharing her experiences, the roller-coaster ride of IVF, the sudden departure of the husband whose children she wanted to have and ultimately to acceptance that the life she wanted and expected was not hers for the taking. This is a breathtaking memoir that offers a shoulder to lean on for everyone experiencing the uncertainties and pain of infertility.

Guest Review By Kimberly Livingston 

Dear You: A Letter to my Unborn Children is a memoir/novel length letter by Tessa Broad to her never conceived adult children. She imagines having had a daughter, Lily, and one or possibly two sons. The book is full of raw emotion and painful, honest experiences, but it also has humour and hope for anyone who is childless (versus child-free, a distinction she makes very clear). Tessa describes her move away from a “life pining for a baby”  as a “very gradual process….not just like stepping over a line.” Tessa passes down her history and advice the same way parents naturally do to their children. It just so happens that Tessa’s life stories and lessons are for the reader’s benefit instead. As I began to read, I wish that I had thought of her idea as I struggled with my own childlessness in my younger days. Tessa writes on the very first page, “I’m writing to you simply because I feel that I know you, that I love you; and I’d like you to get to know me. I want this letter to feel like you have spent time with me and me with you.”

The beginning of the book focuses on Tessa’s fertility treatments. I didn’t need as detailed a description of the process as the author gives, but I can see other readers being fascinated with the information. I am glad that I kept reading because the next section addresses the emotional and public side of what a childless woman deals with on a constant basis. From enduring mothers’ day year after year to jealously listening to groups of moms sit around describing their pregnancies. The painful reality of both I have myself experienced. Ironically, the same day I finished reading Dear You a female friend of my husband’s said to me, “I hope this isn’t too personal, but did you ever want your own children?” Both Tess and I have tolerated being asked this question for years. I loved her humour of how she answered at times, and I wish I had the grit to have come up with similar answers. She also describes how she has overcompensated when enjoying time with other people’s children to “somehow prove my ability to mother”, another concept I fully comprehend. The final section of the book Tess describes herself and gives titbits of advice. Think Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen but in paragraph form.

This book has been described as offering a “shoulder to lean on for everyone experiencing the uncertainties and pain of infertility”, but it isn’t only for women who are trying for children. I believe women and men, those with children, who are childless, or those who are happily child free will connect with Dear You.

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Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

*Crime Fiction Takeover* Tana Collins Care To Die #Interview #Exclusive @Bloodhoundbook

Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

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Tana Collins ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • It would have to be Peter Robinson’s ‘In a Dry Season’. I loved it for its atmosphere, characterisation and how it evokes the 1940’s. It was the first ever crime novel that I read and for that reason it really changed my life. Who would have thought fourteen years later I would have become a crime writer myself and that I would have a quote from Peter Robinson for my second book, Care to Die which was published on 1st June.  It’s a dream come true

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  •  Historic, vibrant, interesting and windy

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Perhaps unsurprisingly Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks. He makes me feel safe

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • I live in Morningside which I love but I think my favourite part of the city has to be Stockbridge. I love the unique character of that area and the fact it has the feel of a village. It reminds me of London.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  •  Moriarty because I want to understand his motivations, Rebus because he’d bring plenty of good whisky with him; Montalbano in the hope he might fly us all to Sicily for some al fresco dining and my own Inspector Jim  Carruthers as he’d really enjoy meeting the other three!

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • Inspiration is all around me. A chance encounter with a stranger, overhearing conversations, news items; world events. I also have a very strong imagination. The inspiration is never ending.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • My novels are set in Fife and I’ve always said if they became films I would love local Fifer, King Creosote to do the music for them so anything by King Creosote would work for me!

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

Having finished her banana daiquiri the woman with the flaming red hair hastened out of the Wash Bar. Walking to the Meadows for her rendez-vous with Felix she saw a couple by Greyfriars Bobby struggling to read a map as the wind tore at their clothes. Suddenly she couldn’t breathe and clutching her throat with her hands she dropped to her knees. Why had she finished that drink? She thought it had tasted strange. She felt hot, her body temperature soaring. She vomited as she collapsed on to the pavement, convulsing as she lay. The map slipped out of the hands of the couple as they looked on in alarm.

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

  • I’m on panels at Newcastle Crime Writer’s Festival and hopefully Crimefest next year. Bit of a time to wait but will be appearing at another Edinburgh Noir at the Bar later this year so I’ll keep you posted!

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • I’m in the middle of the edit for the third Inspector Carruthers novel, Mark of the Devil, which is due out 2018. The inspiration for this novel came, in part, from a visit to Tallinn and a stay in the Hotel Viru which included a trip to the secret top floor where the KGB spied on foreigners. It was fascinating so I had to create a storyline that led Carruthers over to Estonia, although I have to say the novel’s not necessarily about spies

How can my readers connect with you?

Tana Collins ~ Facebook Page

Robbing The Dead & Care To Die By Tana Collins 

Robbing the Dead 

In a small Scottish university town, what links a spate of horrible murders, a targeted bomb explosion and a lecturer’s disappearance? Is a terror group involved? If so, who is pulling the strings? And what does something that happened over forty years ago have to do with it?

Having recently returned to Castletown in the hope of winning back his estranged wife, DCI Jim Carruthers finds himself up to his eyes in the investigation.

Struggling with a very different personal problem, DS Andrea Fetcher assists Jim in the hunt for the murderous perpetrators. To prevent further violence they must find the answers quickly. But will Jim’s old adversary, terror expert McGhee, be a help or a hindrance?

The first in a new series featuring DCI Jim Carruthers

Care to Die 

Struggling with his demotion back to DI and his concern for the grieving DS Andrea Fletcher, Jim Carruthers is thrown in at the deep end when the body of an old man is discovered stabbed to death in a nature reserve- a ball of cloth rammed into the back of the victim’s throat. The only suspect is a fifteen-year-old neighbour who is known to the police for antisocial behaviour. But the teenager has an alibi.

When a second elderly man is also found dead at the same locale, with the same MO, Carruthers starts to wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands.

On discovering that the first victim, Ruiridh Fraser, has an estranged son living in Iceland, Carruthers flies out to interview the man, now convinced that the reason behind Fraser’s death lies in his past.

But what does the disappearance of a twelve year old boy forty years before, the brutal murder of a former journalist and a bitter local dispute about a nature reserve have to do with the investigation?

Can Carruthers and Fletcher solve the case while battling their own demons?

And are they hunting for one killer or more?

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Book Blog, Guest Reviews

The Magic Places By Elizabeth Jenner @MissCellany @ArcadiaBooks #GuestReview By K Livingston

Today, is the first day we have a review from our new team member Kimberly Livingston. Welcome aboard Kim, we are so happy you are part of the bookish madness that is Love Books Group and I know your opinions and reviews will be a welcomed addition.

Magic Places By Elizabeth Jenner

  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (20 April 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1911350064
  • Goodreads Page

Guest Review: Kimberly Livingston 

The Magic Places By Elizabeth Jenner 


For dreamer Clare, a chance encounter with old family acquaintance Marcus brings up haunting memories of a childhood holiday, as she and Marcus try to come to terms with the tragedy and the magic that has shaped their lives.
They meet by chance in a department store. But they’ve met before. They last saw each other when Clare was a child, during a summer in Guernsey marred by an accident. He lost his son in inexplicable circumstances. She was his son s friend and the last person to see him alive.
The novel flits backwards and forwards in time, between the present day affair between Marcus and Clare, fuelled by grief and loneliness; and the summer a young boy, Tom, went missing, a summer filled with sunshine and magic, moving inexorably towards tragedy.
The Magic Places is a spellbinding tale of the power of stories and imagination.

~Guest Review ~ Kimberly Livingston ~ 

The Magic Places by Elizabeth Jenner is filled with exactly that. What I appreciated most, as a reader, was that I got to decide if the magic places were actual, metaphorical, or both. Part mystery, part romance, part fantasy, the book might not please purists of any of these genres, but for lovers of good fiction, this book has it all.

The novel follows the story of Clare and Marcus whose paths cross after many years apart. Clare was childhood friends with Marcus’ son who disappeared on a joint family vacation when Clare was young. As the story unfolds (all from Clare’s perspective), time hopping back and forth between the present and that fateful vacation, the reader learns all that happened to bring the two families together and then to bring Clare and Marcus together again.

While there are many heartbreaks in the story, there is also hope and love. Without these the book might well have been depressing, and the colour I would attribute to it would be dark gray. By the end there was certainly closure that did not leave me disappointed. If you know my writing you know what this means, but I will leave it at that.

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Book Blog, Cover Reveal, Sneak Peak

COVER REVEAL #whitesilence @AccentPress @authorjoditaylo #FavFive

So excited to be one of the chosen Blogs for the reveal. We also have a #FavFive feature with Jodi Taylor.

Jodi Taylor ~ My Favourite Five 

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What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?

  • I always loved the paperback cover of Lord of the Rings by Pauline Baynes. I love her work. The illustrations in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil are wonderful.

Where is your favourite place to read?

  • In bed. Best place to curl up and get stuck in. Although having typed that I realise it could be open to misinterpretation.

Who is your least favourite book character?

  • Fanny Price from Mansfield Park. I don’t know whether she’s supposed to be a sympathetic character or whether Jane Austen was messing with us, but she drives me insane.

Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended.

  • Jane Eyre.

What is your favourite book quote?

  • ‘I am no man.’ Eowyn from Lord of the Rings. And then she goes on to slaughter the King of the Nazgul. Arguably the greatest feat in the entire book. Especially since Frodo struggles through eight hundred pages and then finds he can’t throw the ring away after all.

Cover Reveal ~ White Noise ~ Jodi Taylor

*The first instalment in the new, gripping supernatural thriller series from international bestselling author, Jodi Taylor*

“I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what I am.”

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn’t want to see them and she definitely doesn’t want them to see her.

What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others – a very valuable gift they want to control.

When her husband dies, Elizabeth’s world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

Alone in a strange and frightening world, she’s a vulnerable target to forces beyond her control.

And she knows that she can’t trust anyone…

White Silence is a twisty supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.


The ebook is publishing 21/09/2017 with the paperback to follow in Spring 2018. You can pre-order your own copy today ~

This is so exciting and we cannot wait to review White Silence here on Love Books Group later this year.

Thanks to Jodi Taylor and Accent Press for allowing us to be part of the reveal.

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#Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag nominated by @Portybelle Portobello Book Blog


Huge thanks to Joanne at Portobello Book Blog for the nomination. This looks to be fun and lovely to reflect back on the adventures I have had already this year.

So here are the questions and my answers

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017:

Perfect Remains By Helen Fields is top of my list for sure.




2. Best sequel of 2017 so far:

I haven’t read one.


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

Strange The Dreamer By Laini Taylor




4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017:

Perfect Pray By Helen Fields  ~ No cover shot as it’s not been announced yet.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2017:

I haven’t one….. yet.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Gender Game By Bella Forrest



7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):

Kiera Cass



8. Newest fictional crush:

I love Viggo in The Gender Game


9. Newest favourite character:

Alfred Warner ~ The Uncommon Life Of Alfred Warner By Juliet Conlin.


10. Book that made you cry:

Lost For Words By Stephanie Butland



11. Book that made you happy:

Laugh out loud funny. Disenchanted By Heidi Goody and Iain Grant.


12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen

Not a movie, but rather a theatre production of Jane Eyre.

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017Royal National Theatre
Nadia Clifford (Jane Eyre) NT Jane Eyre Tour 2017. Photo by BrinkhoffM+Âgenburg

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

I loved my review for The Returning Tide, By Liz Fenwick. Another of my top picks this year.

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14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

My Selection books by Kiera Cass



15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

Gosh there are so many patiently waiting on me.

True Story By Catherine Simpson is the one I am most eager to get to.

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So I am passing on the #MidYear Freak out Tag onto ~

Elementary V Watson Blog

Chapter In My Life Blog

The Suspense Is Thrilling Me Blog

Good Luck, I cannot wait to see your choices.

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Secrets of the Italian Gardener @AndrewCrofts @RedDoorBooks #Review

Secrets of the Italian Gardener By Andrew Crofts 
Red Door Books ~ Published 06/07/2017
Review: Kelly L 

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Andrew Crofts 

Picture credit: Toby Phillips

Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter and author who has published more than eighty books, a dozen of which have become Sunday Times number one bestsellers. In the course of his career he has travelled the world working with victims of enforced marriages in North Africa and the Middle East, sex workers in the Far East, orphans in war-torn areas like Croatia and dictatorships like Romania, victims of crimes and abused children everywhere. He has also worked with members of the criminal fraternity

His books on writing include Ghostwriting, which was quoted in Robert Harris’s bestselling novel The Ghost and Andrew acted as consultant on the subsequent major film. Other books on writing include The Freelance Writer’s Handbook and Confessions of a Ghostwriter.The enormous success of these books brought many very different people to his door; from celebrities to the real elite in the form of world leaders and the mysterious, powerful people who finance them, arm them and, in some cases, control them.


The Cover:

It is beautifully stunning and what first attracted me to the book.  I did not realise until I was sitting to write my review that the gold embossing is not in fact bumble bees as I had thought but it’s barb wire!

My favourite Quote/Sentence:

The book has so many metaphors from start to finish it would be to hard to pick.

My Thoughts

This book was not what I was expecting. I hadn’t read the synopsis as I always try to go into a book without a preconceived idea or feeling.  However, with such a beautiful cover my imagination was over drive of what adventure it would take me on.

Boy oh boy I wouldn’t say it was an adventure more a wild roller coaster ride. My emotions were all over the place with the book. It’s very different, the pace is gentle and the twists and turns come from the shadows. Unexpected shocking events had me wide awake for hours after.

I really liked Lou, but then am I allowed to like Lou? I think all the characters were very memorable and the journey it took me on, was one I won’t forget. Even watching the news today, made me think back to the book.

An array of upsetting and thought provoking topics masked together with a truly gorgeous cover.

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Back Of The Book

Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo’s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn’t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. Secrets of the Italian Gardener takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.

Thank you Anna @RedDoorBooks  and to Mr Croft for being on my blog today.

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