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Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

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Best friends tell each other the truth – don’t they?

When North Stone’s best friend Kelly Orton is found hanging lifeless in a tree, North knows for certain it wasn’t suicide. Kelly had everything to live for – a loving boyfriend, a happy life, and most importantly of all, Kelly would never leave North all by herself.

The girls have been friends since childhood, devoted to each other, soul sisters, or at least that’s what North has always believed. But did Kelly feel the same way, or was she keeping secrets from her ‘best friend’ – deadly secrets…

When the police refuse to take North’s suspicions seriously, she sets out to investigate for herself. But her search soon takes her to a glamorous world with a seedy underbelly, and before long North is out of her depth and getting ever closer to danger. Determined to find the truth, she soon wishes that dead girls could lie, because the truth is too painful to believe…

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Kelly didn’t kill herself.

The message arrived shortly after midnight when North was caught somewhere between sleep and surrender. Blurry-eyed she stared at her phone, at the cryptic message from an unknown sender.

‘I know,’ she whispered to the device as she lay on her sofa, bathed in the glow from her television which was on its second run through of Dark Crystal. ‘I know she’d never leave me.’

By dawn North was completely awake and the message was gone, wiped from her phone as though it were the fragment of a dream. But North didn’t care. It had given her the impetus she needed to get out of her flat and prove the point which had been gnawing at her since her best friend’s demise. She wasn’t alone in her conviction. That was all that mattered.

‘North Stone. That your name?’

‘Yes,’ North tightened her fingers which were clenched around her hands. It was cold in the interview room. Colder than she’d expected.

‘North. That’s an… interesting name.’

With a sigh she braced herself for the inevitable volley of questions which would now be flung back and forth across the table.

Why North?

Why did your parents call you that?

Where are your parents?

The conclusion to such questions was always the same; North was strange. Everyone in their small South Downs town knew it. Everyone except Kelly. And she was the reason that North was even here. They were supposed to be talking about her.

‘My parents were mega into stargazing. I know, I know, I work in the local observatory the irony of which isn’t lost on me. Yes they were lost at sea during a romantic adventure on board a yacht. No I don’t expect them to ever return. It’s been eighteen years, I’m pretty sure they’re gone.’

The police officer’s silver eyebrows dropped into a flat, sympathetic line. He was obviously old enough to know the notorious story of what happened to the Stones. He was asking about her name to be polite. Kind even. And North did not have time for either placation. She was here on urgent business.

‘Look,’ North unclasped her hands and lay them flat on the table as though she were showing her cards in a high stakes poker game. ‘You’re wrong about Kelly Orton. She would never kill herself.’

‘Miss Stone—’

The officer hung a little too heavily on the Miss for North’s liking.

‘And on a jogging trail? Absolutely not! No way! For starters, Kelly never went jogging. Like, ever. We’re both allergic to anything that makes you sweat. Seriously, Officer…’ she lifted her ashen eyes to meet his.

‘Childs,’ he stiffly informed her.

‘Officer Childs. You’re wrong about Kelly. You guys shouldn’t be ruling this as a suicide you should be launching a murder investigation.’

With a sigh, Officer Childs stood up, letting his chair grate noisily against the tiled floors. He walked over to the door to the interview room and opened it with one fluid motion, extending his body out into the hallway. ‘Angie, can you get in here?’

A moment later he was joined by another officer, a woman with bright red hair which stopped suddenly at her shoulders. Her mouth lifted into a pitying smile the second she saw North hunched on the other side of the table.

The air in the little room managed to hold the years’ old stench of stale cigarettes and coffee. A single strip light across the ceiling bathed everyone who sat in there in an unflattering light. Kelly would have hated it. She’d have tossed her golden hair over her shoulders and refused to sit in such a room. North twisted uncomfortably on her plastic chair.

‘I’ll handle this,’ Angie whispered to Officer Childs who eagerly left as she slid into his vacated seat. ‘So, Miss Stone.’ Her tone was clipped and formal. She reminded North of some of her more competent teachers during her time at Millwater Secondary. But thinking about school made her think of the Kelly from the past and she couldn’t do that. Not yet. Not when there were so many questions about the present left unanswered.

‘As I was telling your colleague,’ North adjusted herself to match the female officer in stature. Though she was much shorter than Angie, she could still push her shoulders back and lift her chin. She wanted to look confident. Especially when everyone was treating her like she was broken. ‘Kelly Orton did not kill herself. It’s impossible. Someone put her there. Someone killed her. This is a murder case.’

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A Christmas Wish @ErinGreenAuthor ‏ @Aria_Fiction #Review

Hello Lovelies, a sprinkling of Christmas on the blog today.  Get your Christmas TBR piles ready in good time for all these lovely winters themed books. Especially today’s
A Chrismas Wish Erin Green. Enjoy,
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Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will? Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep. But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going. A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.

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The cover is gorgeous and one that stands out. It’s fun and festive. Definitely one to have on your Christmas TBR pile.

Go on a journey with Flora Philips, a young woman with a plethora of issues. At the core of the book, it is about finding that sense of ones-self and finding your own tribe of people that love you for you.

I enjoyed the writing style, it’s a good debut novel. Not your typical Christmassy romantic tale, which I found refreshing.

A soul searching adventure with twists and a little Christmas magic.

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Today I am on the blog tour for It Was Always You by Georgie Capron. I have my review below, enjoy.

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Libby has been drifting through life for too long and, now in her early 30's, it's time to grow up. She decides to have one last summer of fun before buckling down, so heads off to beautiful Positano in Italy.

There, despite all her good intentions, she can't help but fall a little in love with the very handsome, but rather naughty, Luca and, as the summer draws to a close, Libby has some big decisions to make.

Should she head back home and face up to her responsibilities? Is Luca really the right man to start a family with, or has the perfect man been right in front of her eyes all this time?

And, when it comes to affairs of the heart, is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

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Georgie Capron is a bestselling author of contemporary women's fiction. She lives and works in South West London. Her debut novel JUST THE TWO OF US and her second novel IT WAS ALWAYS YOU are published by Aria Fiction, an imprint of Head of Zeus and winner of Independent Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017.

My Review

Libby is the main protagonist in the book and I loved her. Being in my late thirties and not fitting into other peoples perception of where I should be in life.  Libby is awesome, I love that she goes to Italy for a last hoorah before she has to join the rat race of becoming a lawyer.

Georgie Capron really captures the heart of Italy. The passion for life and the wonderful souls of the life loving Italians. In my chilly Edinburgh bedroom, I was transported to Positano with the sun shining on my face and going on adventures with Libby.

The book has a great pace and I did not find it predictable. It's the perfect gift for a friends Birthday or even Christmas. Great for your holiday read too.

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Hello Lovelies,

Today we welcome Adele O’Neil to the blog with her novel Brothers & Sisters. I have an exclusive interview and a sneak peek of the novel for you today.
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Adele O’Neil

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Having lived and worked in the UK and Dublin since college, Adele now lives in her hometown of Arklow, Co. Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland, with her husband and two teenage daughters. She writes overlooking the Irish Sea and is an active member of the Wexford Literary Festival committee.

I have always loved books and while I have always loved the idea of becoming an author, I only began to aspire to get published last year in 2016. In college, I trained in Physiology and Health Science and my career focus in my twenties centred on all things sports. It was during this time I worked at Leicester City Football club, who just happened to move from the first division into the Premiership the year I was there, some (that is everyone else but me )may call it a coincidence!

In 2016 with a very rough first draft of my first novel, Brothers and Sisters, I immersed myself in trying to find an agent that felt as enthusiastic about Brothers and Sisters as I did and in September of that year, I signed a contract with Tracy Brennan of Trace Literary Agency in the U.S.  Six months later, I was offered a three book deal by the wonderful editor Caroline Ridding at Aria – Head of Zeus.

Describe yourself in three words?

Funny, kind, efficient.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

Writing itself is like an escape for me. I enjoy writing as much as I do reading or watching a fantastically written screenplay. I’m inspired by different characters and what drives them to do the things they do. When I hear a story or learn of something happening on the news, I always wonder what I would have done in that very same situation. You could say I’m inspired by a deep curiosity as to how people react to challenging situations. I really want the reader finishing any of my novels to ask themselves, what they would have done?

What time of day do you like to write?

I like to write after lunch and continue till around nine or ten in the evening, however, this nearly never happens. For practical reasons I write when my girls leave for school and finish just before they come home unless of course, a deadline is looming!

What is your favourite book?

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Only one??? I have a few favourites, the first favourite book I remember having is Watermelon by Marian Keyes. I was fifteen when I first read this and I distinctly remember laughing out loud at some of the scenes and one-liners. I also loved A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle. The prose and dialogue resonated with me and now when I think of Dublin at the turn of the century and up to the Rising in 1916, it’s mostly images from that book that are conjured in my mind. I have loads more favourites, please ask me again!

How did you pick the title of your book?

Sibling loyalty and the lengths you would go to, to save those you love is the premise of the book so when I read the third draft and realised the depth of the bond I had created in the brother and sister characters, there was nothing else it could have been called.  

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No. I think every character that is written is a mixture of all the different personalities and characteristics of various different people we encounter in our daily lives.

What’s your favourite word?

Epigrammatic – which is what I’m trying to be now!

If you were a colour what would it be?

Pale Pink

Do you plan your story beforehand?

Yes, sort of – I like to know where it starts and where it ends, what happens in the middle is up to the characters.

Who is your favourite Author?

All of them!

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious characters who would they be and why?

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Olive Kitteridge from Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout because of her ruthless yet flawed honesty and ability to understand the complexities of relationships.

Lisabeth Salander from The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Steig Larsson because of her rebellious nature and determination. She also has a belief and an understanding of herself that is rare.

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice because she is strong, smart and knows exactly what she wants and how to get it.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because of her stoic and imperturbable resolve and rebellious attitude to oppression.

And yes, I’ve just noticed the theme of my dinner party, Strong Women Unite!!

What book are you reading at the moment?

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The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington

Where in the world is your happy place?

Where ever my family are…….and by the sea.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Time Travel

If you could give one literary villain a happy ending, who would you choose?

I’m having difficulty with this one because I like to see justice done and all the villains I have read deserved whatever happened to them, can I plead the 5th?

Are you working on a new project?

Yes – working on edits for Book number two that will be out either late this year or early 2018. At the moment it has a working title of Safe Distance and it’s another dark tale that will make you question the lengths you will go to to protect the ones you love.

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Nothing remains buried forever… What would you do to protect the ones you love?

A gripping, highly emotive story of love, survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty. Perfect for the fans of Kathryn Hughes and Dorothy Koomson.

When human remains are found on Fitzpatrick Estate, Detective Kelly is drawn deep into the complex web of Fitzpatrick family secrets as Timothy and his sister Rose, now in their sixties, are catapulted into the centre of the investigation.

When the pathology report identifies the remains as that of their uncle, Patrick Fitzpatrick, missing from Fitzpatrick Estate since 1970, they scramble to protect their past.

What would you do to protect the ones you love?

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Hello Lovelies,

Today on the blog I have Monty Marsden with an excerpt of his book Hunted.  Published by Aria Fiction on the 1st of July, 2017.

Let me know what you think in the comments below or tweet me on Twitter.

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Monty Marsden, a Tuscan by birth, grew up in Milan, where he studied medicine and still works. He lives in the province of Bergamo, with his wife and four children.

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Sensi pulled out a drawer to find a bundle of photographs. He handed them across the desk to Claps.

“A white weapon. According to the pathologist who did the autopsy, they used a sharp kitchen knife,” Sensi said, while Claps began to look through the photos. “Like I said, there are twenty-two wounds, but only one of them was fatal. The others vary from light to deep cuts, but they weren’t lethal. Nothing that couldn’t have been fixed with a few stitches.”

“Were they all inflicted before death?”

“Yeah, apparently they were all inflicted while the victim was still alive. Once dead, she was left untouched. The murderer had a bit of fun first, and then he killed her quickly.”

“The fatal wound?”

“A violent, precise stab in the stomach, it must be somebody who knows how to use knives. The blade cut through the intestine and reached the aorta.” Sensi explained.

Sensi described this series of events in a neutral tone, without any emotions. Claps, on the other hand, was suddenly overwhelmed with a sense of uneasiness as he thought about the blade cutting through the girl’s stomach. He felt disorientated, like never before. For that reason, he decided to change his focus to the girl’s face – she had pretty facial features, her eyes were big and light coloured. However, like those of any other dead person, they were totally devoid of expression. Claps thought that she must have been beautiful when she was alive. Then a sense of dizziness overtook him. For a few seconds, everything became blurred.

He would have to get used to this feeling, and soon.

He shook himself mentally so that he was able to ask another question.

“Did they suggest when exactly the victim was tortured with the stabbing?”

“She died at about 3 a.m. – the anatomopathologist thinks that her wounds weren’t made more than four hours before the time of death.”

“Okay, so the victim disappeared between seven and eight in the morning, but the murderer didn’t do anything to her until 11 p.m.”

“That’s right.”

“What about the sexual assault?”

“There’s no trace of penetration in her vagina – the victim was sodomised.”

Another wave of dizziness.

“Did the murderer leave anything behind?”

“They did, actually.” Sensi’s eyes shone with a light of satisfaction.

“A lot of sperm and pubic hairs. We have his DNA.”

After a moment of silence, Sensi spoke again.

“There’s something else that you should know… and that’s the reason why I was strongly urged to get you involved in this.”

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A gripping thriller full of twists you won’t see coming… The next thrilling serial killer read from the author of MISSING. Perfect for the fans of Angela Marsons and Jeffrey Deaver.

Seven years ago, psychiatrist Dr Claps assisted police in capturing Giacomo Riondino, a man accused of abducting, torturing and murdering two women. On arrest, tests had revealed that Riondino suffered from a rare and disturbing psychiatric condition and was sectioned.

Six years later, Riondino is on the run after escaping from a rehabilitation centre, leaving a trail of bloody murders his wake.

It is now a case for expert profiler Dr Claps and Commissioner Sensi to work together to track Riondino down before he kills again. Time is running out and the killer may be much closer than it seems…

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Born Bad By Heather Burnside @HeatherBWriter @Aria_Fiction #GuestPost

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Hello Lovelies,

Today on the blog, it’s my turn on the #BlogTour for Born Bad by Heather Burnside. Born Bad was published on the 1st of July, 2017 By Aria Fiction. This Crime/Thriller Fiction novel is Heather’s fifth and I think the cover is fabulous.  I hope you enjoy our guest post. Thanks for stopping by, I love your visits.

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The Main Characters in Born Bar  By Heather Burnside 

Born Bad features brother and sister Adele and Peter Robinson who grow up in the suburbs of 70s and 80s Manchester. They are the children of a violent drunken father and a downtrodden and inept mother.

In creating my characters I have drawn on my own background as I was raised in a deprived inner city suburb until the age of thirteen when I moved to a tough Manchester council estate. My childhood and teen years were a real eye opener, and I witnessed a lot of deprived and neglected children during that time. Little did I know then that my experiences in the inner city suburbs would inspire much of my writing today.

In part one of Born Bad, I have shown some of the deprivation where, not only were Adele and Peter raised in a home filled with violence, but they also often went without basics such as new clothes.

I have always had a bit of a fascination for sociology although I’ve never formally studied the subject. I’m interested in how people react in a given environment or situation. For many children born into deprived and abusive homes, the cycle repeats itself. However, there are a few who manage to rise above their circumstances and better themselves.

Through the characters of Adele and Peter, I have demonstrated how children can react in different ways to abusive home environments. Peter follows a life of crime and part one of the book shows that he was hell bent on that path from an early age. Adele, on the other hand, studies hard to try to create a better life for herself.

I also think that adults play a huge role in determining whether a child will succeed in life or otherwise. In Born Bad, although Adele has the same upbringing as Peter, her grandmother is her saviour. Realising that Adele is very bright; she encourages her to study hard at school so that she might go to university one day. Adele’s school teacher is also a positive influence in her life. Peter doesn’t have those two positive influences as his grandmother just sees him as trouble.

It is also interesting how people who have been exposed to adverse circumstances often have a strong bond. It’s a mutual understanding and shared secrets that no-one else is privy too. So, although Adele and Peter follow a different path in life, when Adele gets into serious trouble, Peter is the one she turns to for help.

Adele’s childhood experiences have a knock on effect which mars her life through to adulthood. Her fight for survival continues throughout Born Bad and on to the following two books in the trilogy.

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Book 1 in this new, gritty Manchester crime trilogy. When your enemies get close, family loyalty is all you can trust.

Brother and sister Peter and Adele Robinson never stood a chance. Dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father, and a weak, beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester only prepared them for a life of crime and struggle. But Adele is determined to break the mould. She studies hard at school and, inspired by her beloved grandmother Joyce, she finally makes a successful life for herself on her own.

Peter is not so lucky. Getting more and more immersed in the murky world of crime and gangs, his close bonds with Adele gradually loosen until they look set to break altogether.

But old habits die hard, and one devastating night, Adele is forced to confront her violent past. Dragged back into her worst nightmares, there’s only one person she can turn to when her life is on the line – her brother Peter. After all, blood is thicker than water…

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Second Chances By Minna Howard @Adelica @Aria_Fiction #Review

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Second Chances ~ My Review

So this book was a little different for me, why? I hear you ask. Well, I really enjoyed it but I detested the main character.  For me, it was like watching a reality television show where you dislike one of the participants, but their behaviour actually makes the show a hit.

Sarah is an opinionated, judgemental, feeble snob.  I didn’t like her from chapter one. But she makes the book brilliant.  Her actions had me cringing, she is just so annoying. But I didn’t want the book to end. She’s just not your typical book heroine and that in itself was refreshing for me. Minna Howard made the impossible possible.  I can’t recall reading a book where I didn’t gel with the lead.

This is not your average chick lit, it’s got a twist. This was my first Minna Howard book and I wonder if her other books generate unique characters.

The storyline is well thought out and the pace is perfect. It constantly moves forward.

Again I know I say this often, but I like the cover because it gives nothing away. It’s fresh and vibrant. Encouraging for those summer days spent at home in the garden or on a far off sunny beach.

I recommend Second Chances by Minna Howard and would love to know what you think about it too.

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Succumbing to a rather clichéd mid-life crisis, Dan Haywood swaps his family for an expensive red sports car and a younger woman. After 24 years of marriage, his wife Sarah is left to pick up the pieces. Trying her best to re-style her life, comfort hurt children, make time for ‘helpful’ friends and maintain her burgeoning career as a dress designer, Sarah feels pulled in a hundred directions. And it doesn’t help that obstacles – mostly in the form of other middle-aged men – seem to conspire against her. Proud of herself for moving house and starting to build an independent life, she is shocked when Robert Maynard, her rather dashing new next-door neighbour, insists that the house was promised to him. Now she is destined to be pulled into his life by events beyond her control. After one failed marriage, will she be able to find happiness again? And do second chances really come to those who wait? This book was previously published as The Orchid Lover under the name Mary De Laszlo

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A House To Mend A Broken Heart By Alison Sherlock @AlisonSherlock @Aria_Fiction #Giveaway

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Today on the blog it’s our turn on the A House To Mend A Broken Heart blog tour. Written by Alison Sherlock and published on the 1st of July 2017 by Aria Fiction.  So we have a lovely interview with Alison, get a cuppa, relax and enjoy.

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Book Jacket 

Everyone is hiding from something. . . Full of warmth, laughter, tears and heartache. Find out if there is a happy-ever-after at Willow Tree Hall. Willow Tree Hall has seen much better days and has been the proud ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Cranley for centuries. With no qualifications and escaping her past Annie Rogers takes the job as housekeeper to widowed Arthur, the charming current Earl of Cranley. After a bad fall puts Arthur in the hospital, it’s up to a reluctant heir apparent Sam Harris, to lend a helping hand and try to find a sustainable future for the Estate. With the house requiring a full renovation, Annie suddenly finds herself completely out of her depth with a team of dodgy builders and Sam watching critically from the side-lines. With Sam running from his past and Annie hiding from hers, just maybe together they can bring Willow Tree Hall back to life. The start of a beautiful new series focusing on the lives and loves, trial and tribulations of all those who live and work at Willow Tree Hall.

Alison Sherlock ~ The Real You Interview 

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Welcome Alison, so delighted you are here today, could you tell our readers a little about your publishing journey?

I enjoyed writing stories from an early age.  However, I assumed that being an author didn’t count as a proper job so when I grew up, I worked as a secretary, training administrator and answered an IT hotline.  Once a bit older but not much wiser, I decided that I really had to try and write a full-length novel.  So I gave up office life to sit at home and panic at what I had just done!

To fund my dream, I became a cleaner, the experience of which I used for my second published novel, The Desperate Wife’s Survival Plan.  

A chance meeting with a literary agent at Winchester Writer’s Conference set me on the road to publication with my first book, The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club which reached Number 1 in the Italian book charts!

Describe yourself using three words?

Dreamer, dog-owner, chocoholic

What inspired you to write your first novel?   

When I became engaged to be married, I quickly discovered the pressure on brides to look their best.  The idea of a shy, overweight bride-to-be who joins a weight-loss club came from there and The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club was born.

What time of day do you like to write?  

I find the afternoons are the best time for me – perhaps because by then the coffee has kicked in!

What is your favourite book and why?

You can’t make me pick just one!  Ok, Pride and Prejudice is magnificent.  Although Sense and Sensibility gives it a good run for its money.  But I’ve also had well-thumbed copies of both To Kill a Mockingbird and A Town Like Alice for decades.  Then again, Joanne Harris’ Chocolat is so beautifully written. As was the Time Traveller’s Wife.  I love Philippa Gregory’s Tudor series.  If I need a laugh, I go straight for Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money or any of her Stephanie Plum series of books. You also can’t beat Harry Potter for sheer joyful reading. Sorry. I’ll try to stop now.

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How did you pick the title of your book?  

Thankfully the wonderful team at Aria came up with the title as mine are always appallingly bad!

Are the characters in your book based on real people?   

I think they’re the favourite parts of my family and friends.  Apart from the awful Cassandra in A House To Mend a Broken Heart who sprang from a hidden evil depth I didn’t know I had.

What’s your favourite word?   

Love.

If you were a colour what would it be?   

A sunny yellow.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  

It’s mainly planned but there is always an unexpected moment in every book when a character will suddenly go off and do their own thing!

Who is your favourite Author?   

After trying and failing miserably to choose my favourite book, I think it’s best I steer well clear of this question!

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?  

Albus Dumbledore – I think his small talk would be fascinating.

Vianne Rocher from Chocolat because the food would just be incredible!

Arthur, Earl of Cranley from A House To Mend A Broken Heart because he could certainly hold his own with Professor Dumbledore.

And Marley, because there’s always a dog hovering somewhere for any dropped food!

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher. It’s such a page-turner, I am absolutely desperate to find out what happens next.

Where in the world is your happy place?

With my family.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

To enable world peace.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?   

Severus Snape. Always. *sob*

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Are you working on a new project?   

I’m currently writing the second book in the Willow Tree Hall series.  It’s been so lovely to meet everyone again from book one and find out what happens to them all over a long hot summer.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?   

I don’t right now, unfortunately. All offers of glamorous events always gratefully accepted! But I’m always happy to chat on Facebook or Twitter.

You can read a sample from A House To Mend A Broken Heart and order your copy here

Giveaway Time 

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We have a copy of The Desperate Bride’s Diet Club by Alison Sherlock to giveaway.  To enter CLICK HERE ~ UK Only ~ Ends 18/07

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The Wives Revenge @LHutchAuthor @Aria_Fiction #SneakPeek

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Today on the blog I have Lindsey Hutchinson with her book The Wives Revenge.  I have a wee sneak peak to tantalise your taste buds and leave you eager to find out what happens.

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Lindsey lives in Shropshire with her husband and dog, loves to read and has recently discovered photography. She is the daughter of million-copy bestselling author Meg Hutchinson.

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The Wives Revenge ~ Sneak Peek Extract

On 20th June 1887 all children had been given a day off school in order to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, celebrating the fiftieth year of her accession to the throne.

Primrose Berry from up the street, the girl Violet Clancy hated with a vengeance, had come to play in Violet’s yard and had cornered the cat from next door in the backyard. The yard was a dumping ground for anything Violet’s mother, Kath, couldn’t find a home for but now Primrose was using it as her own arena. Primrose had the cat by the scruff of the neck and Violet knew its suffering was imminent. Picking up a small stick that lay nearby, Primrose stabbed it into the cat’s eye. With an ungodly screech, the cat took off with the stick poking from its eye socket.

Violet’s mother appeared on the back doorstep shouting, ‘What’s going on out here?’

Giving Violet a quick vindictive smile and before Violet could speak Primrose burst into tears and sobbed, ‘Violet hurt the cat!’

‘Bloody hell, Violet, what you done now?’ Kath Sligo was interrupted by a banging on the front door. Kath turned to answer the door. Primrose had a vindictive glint in her eye as she looked at the shocked girl in front of her.

Violet heard the neighbour’s voice, ‘Your bloody daughter has maimed my cat! I’ll have the coppers on you; you see if I don’t!’

The front door slammed and Kath reappeared on the back step. ‘Primrose, you get yourself off home now, wench.’

With an evil grin, Primrose tossed her golden ponytail in Violet’s direction, her blue eyes flashing a warning as she left via the side gate. Violet’s heart sank knowing she would be getting the blame for the beastly thing Primrose had done.

Kath was on her daughter before the gate had closed, grabbing her dark plaits and dragging her into the house. ‘Why? What makes you do such awful things?’ Kath threw Violet into a chair and stood over her daughter, with her arms crossed across her chest.

‘I didn’t do it, Mum!’ Violet wailed as she felt the slap sting her cheek.

‘Get to bed,’ Kath puffed, ‘and wait ‘til your father gets home!’

Defiance swelled in her as Violet slammed the door. ‘He’s not my father!’ she yelled back, taking the stairs two at a time. Lying on her bed, Violet resolved to run away if that man ever came into her room again.

Time passed as Violet lay on her bed in the tiny two-up, two-down house. Every couple of houses which lined both sides of Hobbins Street had an entry which led to a side gate at the back. The rows of houses all looked the same in the small town of Wednesbury, a layer of grime from the foundries and factories coating them all. The pall of smoke lay heavy in the air, giving the town a look and feel of being constantly in the shade. The houses had two rooms upstairs and a tiny living room and kitchen on the ground floor. Some had managed to put a lean-to scullery on the end of the kitchen. The lavatory was housed in a small brick building at the end of the yard.

Laying there on her bed, the aroma of cooking reached Violet’s nose. Her stomach growled but she knew there’d be no tea for her that night.

Violet waited, knowing he would be home soon. The man her mother had married not too long after her birth father had been killed in a cave-in at the Monway Colliery. Her dad, Harry Clancy, a gentle soul who would help anyone; his soft voice never raised in anger. He taught her from his books, history, geography – all the countries of the world; all the seas and rivers. He shared stories of mythical beasts in wondrous lands.

Violet remembered the warm summer nights sitting on the back doorstep with her father pointing out the stars. The Plough, he would tell her, and, look, there Orion’s Belt. She recalled, when she was small, the time they played cowboys and Indians and her father had used her mum’s rouge to paint his face. Violet smiled as she also remembered the scolding he’d received from her mother for wasting good cosmetics.

Violet’s thoughts wandered freely down memory lane as a picture of her father formed in her mind. Harry was always smiling. No matter the trials and tribulations he had to face, the ever-present grin never diminished. Coming home from the coal pit covered from head to toe in coal dust, he would smile as he saw his little girl. White teeth shone from his blackened face and he would chatter away to his daughter while Kath heated pans of water for his wash down. Her dad, who she missed dreadfully. Silent tears ran down her cheeks as she wished him back with her once more.

Book Jacket 

A gritty tale of triumph over hardship, and justice for the downtrodden. Lindsey Hutchinson returns with another Black Country saga perfect for fans of Josephine Cox.

Violet Clancy can take no more of her violent stepfather’s attentions, so when he meets a tragic end she feels justice has been done. Looking around the bleak and pitiless Black Country town of Wednesbury, she realises that there are many other wrongs that she could help to put right.

Joining a coterie of women who call themselves The Wednesbury Wives, Violet and her friends soon set about winning justice for the abused and trying to make life a little easier for those for whom grinding poverty is every day.

But even in the hardest lives, some light must shine, and before long the wives find laughter and romance in their close-knit town. But will their friendships survive when some of their good deeds are brought into doubt, and some of their methods are called into question? And is justice always worth it, no matter what the price?

If you wish to continue reading, you can order your kindle copy today

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Until Love Do Us Part By Anna Premoli @Aria_Fiction #FavFive

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Aria Fiction: Published 01/06/2017
Article By: Kelly 

Anna Premoli ~ Favourite Five 

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

Kids’ books have the best covers! The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is of my all time favourites: full of colours, bright, funny and just unforgettable.

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Where is your favourite place to read?

In bed, just before going to sleep, when the house is finally quiet.

Who is your least favourite book character?

I’ve never liked Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. It seems I’ve got no patience for bad boys (real or fictional).

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

There are so many it’s actually difficult to choose one: Atticus Finch, Holden Caulfield, Elizabeth Bennet, Jay Gatsby, Jo March, Shakespeare’s Beatrice, and of course Miss Marple and Poirot, as I’m a big fan of Mrs. Christie.

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What is your favourite book quote?

“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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Until Love Do Us Part 

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What happens when two people who hate each other are forced to cooperate by law? A fun, feisty, feel-good romance for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk. Amalia and Ryan met at Yale Law School, from which their mutual dislike for one another was born. Amalia Berger is a successful, high society New York lawyer. Chicago-based lawyer Ryan O’Moore is the eldest of four sons whose chaotic family run a pub in the heart of the Big Apple. New York beckons after Ryan is offered a promotion. But when the defence lawyer of his first case is the one and only Amalia Berger, things become complicated. The courtroom clash escalates between them to the point that the judge sentences them both to a punishment of community service, forcing them to spend time together. . .

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