Blog Tour~We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt Ellen’s Review

Hi all,

Today is Ellen’s turn on the blog tour for We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt and I get to share her brilliant review with you all!

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About the book:

A story about love, loss and finding hope-against all odds.

Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, and most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life. Or rather-he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something wrong with Jack.

Now Rob sleepwalks through his days, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened-and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.

Published by Trapeze on February 8th, click HERE to order your copy!

About the author:

Originally from the U.K., Luke has lived and worked in Prague since 1998.

Luke works as an editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and has written for various publications about technology and Eastern European politics.

He wrote about his father’s death from a brain tumor in Unspokena Kindle Single for Amazon. Luke’s debut novel, We Own The Sky, will be published in the U.K. by Trapeze (Orion) in 2018.

Ellen’s Review: 

“Sometimes love comes from the strangest places. People don’t realise how much they can break your heart”

Oh my! This book tore out my heart, ripped it to shreds then gently moulded it back together again; now if that’s not enough to persuade you to go buy it I don’t know what is. I devoured We Own The Sky in one sitting and highly recommend that you do the same. I was so drawn into Rob, Anna and Jack’s story that I couldn’t leave them until I found out what was going to happen.

Rob and Anna are the perfect couple who go through the trauma of miscarriage before they are blessed with Jack; their gorgeous, clever and kind son. Everything is going along swimmingly until Jack falls ill and is diagnosed with a brain tumour.

It is never easy to read a story about childhood illness and bereavement but We Own The Sky is written so honestly that although it is about despair and loss there is also a lesson in there about everlasting love, forgiveness and hope. We would all do absolutely anything for an ill loved one, so can appreciate the lengths that Rob is prepared to go to if it means he can cure Jack’s tumour even whilst recognising his actions may be reckless. The journey that we are taken on is heart breaking yet also heart-warming and the story will stay on my mind for a long time.

An outstanding debut; We Own The Sky gets #allthestars from me!

Blog Tour~ The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda today, and I get to share her fab review with you all!

About the book:

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What happens when your best friend becomes your worst nightmare…

Having reached a dead end in Boston, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs a change. When she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who is moving to rural Pennsylvania, Leah decides to join her. But their fresh start is quickly threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah helps Detective Kyle Donovan to investigate her friend’s life for clues. But with no friends, family or digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Forced to question her version of reality and to save herself, Leah must uncover the truth – no matter how dark or terrible it may be…

Published by Corvus, you can get your copy by clicking HERE!

About the author:

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Megan Miranda is the author of the bestseller ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. THE PERFECT STRANGER is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter and Instagram, or @AuthorMeganMiranda on Facebook.

www.meganmiranda.com

Ellen’s review:

This is the first book by Megan Miranda that I have read and I am excited to see that I have so many others to catch up on as I really enjoyed The Perfect Stranger.

Leah Stevens is a journalist from Boston; she has run away from a scandal of her own creation and started a new life as a teacher in rural Pennsylvania with old friend Emmy Grey. Both of them go to Pennsylvania looking for a fresh start and are both hiding secrets but Leah’s life starts to unravel as she is the victim of a stalker, a woman who looks like her is assaulted and Emmy goes missing. From then on events take a chilling turn as it becomes apparent that there is no evidence that Emmy Grey ever existed, everything is in Leah’s name and there is nothing but Leah’s word to say they shared a house together. On further questioning it seems that Leah didn’t really know Emmy at all….in fact there is the feeling that Emmy is a figment of her imagination.

There are subtle clues dropped throughout out the story that click into place as you go along. Why was Leah under threat of a restraining order and lawsuit in Boston? Why is she so intent on keeping under the radar in her new role as a teacher? I was a massive fan of Gone Girl and there was a similar vibe in The Perfect Stranger.

Five stars from me.

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Blog Blitz-Past Echoes by Graham Smith Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Past Echoes, the latest in the Jake Boulder series, by Graham Smith. I’ll be sharing her review with you all for this one a little further down, but first, the all-important bookish information!

About the author:

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Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Links:

About the book:

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Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.

Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.

In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.

Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?

Ellen’s review:

I’m a fully paid up member of the Jake Boulder fan club so was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review the third novel in this series. In Past Echoes Jake is tasked with solving a mystery that Ms Rosenberg (the brash but likeable journalist from the previous books) has left for him to solve and to find his estranged father Cameron to “persuade” him to be a donor for his half-brother John.

The tagline for this novel could easily be “This time it’s personal” because as events snowball Jake is taken on a heart breaking journey. A journey which results in some of the bloodiest fights we have witnessed in the previous books. The events in Past Echoes change Jake Boulder into a different man and I definitely wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of him!

As with Watching The Bodies and The Kindred Killers we are given a little bit more of an insight into Jake’s past and can see how these events have shaped him. In being introduced to his father Cameron I could definitely recognise similar traits in Jake but thankfully the tough love of his mother seems to have rounded off the harsher edges of this likeness.

Featuring political corruption, the New York underworld, family drama and a chilling hitman called The Mortician, Past Echoes is the most nerve-racking book that I have read in a long time.  I’m interested to see what is next from Jake Boulder and if he can ever get over the life changing events he has been put through. Graham Smith has a talent for writing characters that are so personable and I do wonder if my emotions can handle much more! A fantastic addition to the Jake Boulder series; five stars from me.

Assassins Retribution by Rachel Amphlett @EllenDevonport @RachelAmphlett

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About the book:

Who spies on the spies?

The net is closing in on Eva and her team, now on the warpath and seeking revenge.

Old alliances are tested, new enemies are exposed, and somehow Eva has to stop a madman unleashing a weapon of terrifying consequences upon an unsuspecting population.

The clock is ticking…

About the author:

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

Follow the author:

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

Skype: rachel.amphlett1

http://www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

Ellen’s review:

Assassins Retribution is the final novella in the English Spy Mysteries by Rachel Amphlett and what a finale it provides! Eva Delacourt is out for revenge and on the trail of Maxim Kowalski who is poised to release smallpox on a global scale. The disease which was eradicated in the late twentieth century has been modified and is deadlier than ever before.

She is joined again by the brains and brawn team of Nathan Crowe and Dekker (the Caretaker).They are a fantastic mix of characters who really gel as a group. There work is really cut out for them as there is a leak in The Section who is determined that Eva will fail in her mission to stop Maxim. Once again she doesn’t know who she can trust and even has doubts about her lover Douglas who had been assassinated in the line of duty. With Nathan’s I.T skills and knowledge of the dark web they must track down Kowalski, destroy the virus and avoid being traced by the leak.

This novella is full of tension and thrills, I highly recommend the whole series. Eva Delacourt is a cracking heroine and I hope we will be seeing more of her!

I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May~ Ellen’s Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone,

Today is Ellen’s stop on the blog tour for Peter May’s I’ll Keep You Safe and I’ll be sharing her review a little further down!There’s also a chance to win a copy of I’ll Keep You Safe for yourself.

Giveaway:

To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is retweet the pinned tweet on my Twitter page @BibliophileBC. It’s that simple!

Rules:

  • UK entries only
  • One RT = one entry
  • Winner will be chosen by midnight on January 14th
  • Winner will be notified and details will be passed to the publisher

About the author:

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Peter May is the multi award-winning author of:

– the Lewis Trilogy set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland;
– the China Thrillers, featuring Beijing detective Li Yan and American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell;
– the Enzo Files, featuring Scottish forensic scientist Enzo MacLeod, which is set in France. The sixth and final Enzo book is Cast Iron (January 2017, Riverrun).

He has also written several standalone books:
– I’ll Keep You Safe (January 2018, Riverrun)
– Entry Island (January 2014, Quercus UK)
– Runaway (January 2015, Quercus UK)
– Coffin Road (January 2016, Riverrun)

May had a successful career as a television writer, creator, and producer.

One of Scotland’s most prolific television dramatists, he garnered more than 1000 credits in 15 years as scriptwriter and script editor on prime-time British television drama. He is the creator of three major television drama series and presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland before quitting television to concentrate on his first love, writing novels.

Born and raised in Scotland he lives in France.

His breakthrough as a best-selling author came with The Lewis Trilogy. After being turned down by all the major UK publishers, the first of the The Lewis Trilogy – The Blackhouse – was published in France as L’Ile des Chasseurs d’Oiseaux where it was hailed as “a masterpiece” by the French national newspaper L’Humanité. His novels have a large following in France. The trilogy has won several French literature awards, including one of the world’s largest adjudicated readers awards, the Prix Cezam.

The Blackhouse was published in English by the award-winning Quercus (a relatively young publishing house which did not exist when the book was first presented to British publishers). It went on to become an international best seller, and was shortlisted for both Barry Award and Macavity Award when it was published in the USA.

The Blackhouse won the US Barry Award for Best Mystery Novel at Bouchercon in Albany NY, in 2013.

About the book:

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WHATEVER HAPPENS

Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.

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Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.

I’LL KEEP YOU SAFE, NO MATTER WHAT

As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.

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Ellen’s Review:

I’ll Keep You Safe is an absolutely beautiful and epic story told from various POV’s and between the present day of the incident and the past history of Niamh and Ruairidh’s life/love story and their creation of the Ranish tweed design company. I really liked Niamh and felt for her as everything she thought she knew about her husband was torn apart at the seams. As the story progresses it becomes apparent that they were soulmates yet Ruairidh appears to have thrown this relationship to one side and become the victim of a car bombing  with his mistress as a result.

We follow this investigation from the streets of Paris to the barren beauty of the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides. The descriptions of this landscape and its traditions were truly enchanting and really captured my imagination. That Niamh is left alone and heart-broken in this haunting place full of memories really tugged at my heart strings. As more and more was revealed about her past, I wondered how Niamh would ever be able to carry on especially as she is considered as a suspect.

There is a rich cast of characters in this story; a fashion designer with a grudge, Niamh’s family who have never been happy with the couple’s marriage and childhood friends who might hold a clue to who the murderer may be. Two of my favourite characters were Detective Sylvie Braque from Paris and Detective Sergeant George Gunn of the Isle of Lewis. It seems that they are from different planets of policing but they come together to try and solve the case.

I’ll Keep You Safe is more than a thriller; it’s a story of love and loss and of adapting to life altering circumstances. I have learnt about the creation of tweed and island traditions that people hold dear to this day, something I would never expect from a thriller. This is the first book by Peter May that I have read but it definitely won’t be the last!

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Assassins Vengeance by Rachel Amphlett @EllenDevonport @RachelAmphlett

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About the book:

Spies. The best unreliable narrators that money can buy…

Eva and her fractured team are on the run, desperate to find answers and uncover who has betrayed them from within the shadowy government organisation known only as the Section.

Evading assassination in Berlin and Prague, Eva has had time to regroup and try to solve the mystery behind the attempts on her life.

But her enemies are one step ahead of her, eliminating anything and anyone who stands in their way.

Hell hath no fury like a woman who’s been shot at and survived… twice

About the Author:

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

Follow the author:

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

Skype: rachel.amphlett1

http://www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

Ellen’s Review:

After the bombshell that was dropped at the end of Assassins Hunted I wasn’t prepared for the further truth bombs that are revealed as soon as Assassins Vengeance began! Suddenly Eva, Nathan and Decker are responsible for not only the safety of another child but the protection of the world from a megalomaniac who is hell bent on releasing a bioweapon. Maxim Kowalski is a Russian scientist plotting to release a plague and watch the world’s governments blame each other while millions die in agony.

As well as this they are still unaware who is the leak within the Section and unsure who is friend or foe that they come into contact with. Every step closer to the truth they put themselves further onto the path of danger. I found myself questioning everyone’s motives.

Assassins Vengeance is a taut thriller with heart that had me racing through the pages, we are left under no illusion that Eva Delacourt will finish what has been started and that whoever stands in her way will be dealt with!

Assassins Hunted by Rachel Amphlett Ellen’s Review @EllenDevonport @RachelAmphlett

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About the book:

Mother. Widow. Spy.

Eva Delacourt has been in hiding for three years after her fiancée was assassinated in cold blood outside the British embassy in Prague.

She thought she was safe.

But someone in the mysterious Section has betrayed her, and now she’s on the run for her life, sworn to protect the six-year-old boy she adores.

Her enemies are closing in, and the odds are not in Eva’s favour. For Eva, the nightmare is just beginning…

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Assassins Hunted: (English Spy Mysteries Book 1) by Rachel Amphlett

About the author:

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

Follow the author:

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

Skype: rachel.amphlett1

http://www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Instagram: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

Ellen’s Review:

I’m a huge fan of the Kay Hunter series by Rachel Amphlett so I jumped at the opportunity to read her new British Spy series novellas beginning with Assassins Hunted. I can’t deny that I was a little nervous. Would I enjoy a spy/espionage book? Would I click with the main character Eva Delacourt as much as I did Kay Hunter??

There was no reason to be worried! Assassins Hunted has an explosive start and the pace doesn’t relent. Eva Delacourt has been on the run for a number of years but has managed to keep her identity secret until now…she is tracked down to her new identity and home in Cyprus and her attackers mean business. Eva proves to be a worthy adversary, managing to save herself and her son Alex.

It becomes apparent that Eva’s hunters are relentless and even under the protection of her former employers the MI6 her life is in danger. We are taken on a heart thumping race from danger with Eva, Alex and Nathan Crowe. Nathan is a lowly computer analyst who is tasked with working with Eva to find out who is after her and why – but there are far more dangers and dark secrets that are exposed along the way.

I loved Eva and her kickass ways; a cracking start to a new series!