*Blog Tour* #Giveaway Game Point by Malcolm Hollingdrake

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Game Point by Malcolm Hollingdrake and I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader. More on that further down though. First off, here’s all the bookish information!

About the book:

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DCI Bennett faces the most harrowing case of his career. A psychopath, who escaped capture, is hell bent on revenge and executes a series of events that will not only impact on Bennett physically, but will have emotional and professional consequences.

A body is found with its fingers amputated, then an investigative journalist, embroiled in the pornography and drugs scene, is murdered.

Bennett’s team is faced with some baffling evidence. Hatpins and bicycle spokes become pivotal to the inquiry but the police struggle to connect the evidence.

It is only when a Detective Sergeant from the team is kidnapped that Bennett realises that he is the true target.

Can Bennett solve the case before it’s too late? How many people will he lose in the process?

About the author:

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You could say that the writing was clearly written on the wall for anyone born in a library that they might aspire to be an author but to get to that point Malcolm Hollingdrake has travelled a circuitous route.
Malcolm worked in education for many years, even teaching for a period in Cairo before he started writing, a challenge he had longed to tackle for more years than he cares to remember.

Malcolm has written a number of successful short stories and has four books now available. Presently he is concentrating on a series of crime novels set in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Born in Bradford and spending three years in Ripon, Malcolm has never lost his love for his home county, a passion that is reflected in the settings for all three novels.

Malcolm has enjoyed many hobbies including collecting works by Northern artists; the art auctions offer a degree of excitement when both buying and certainly when selling. It’s a hobby he has bestowed on DCI Cyril Bennett, the main character in his latest novel.

Links:

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Giveaway

To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Game Point by Malcolm Hollingdrake, all you have to do is comment below! It is that simple! 🙂

*Open to the UK only due to postage.

*Winner will be chosen at random and notified.

*Closes at midnight on Friday April 14th 2017

BEST OF LUCK! 🙂

*Blog Tour* Boundary by Andrée A. Michaud~ Giveaway

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Boundary by Andrée A. Michaud, published by No Exit Press tomorrow! I am running a giveaway for a copy of Boundary today, more on that below. First though, here’s the all-important bookish info!

About the book:

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It’s the Summer of 1967. The sun shines brightly over Boundary lake, a holiday haven on the US-Canadian border. Families relax in the heat, happy and carefree. Hours tick away to the sound of radios playing ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ and ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. Children run along the beach as the heady smell of barbecues fills the air. Zaza Mulligan and Sissy Morgan, with their long, tanned legs and silky hair, relish their growing reputation as the red and blond Lolitas. Life seems idyllic.

But then Zaza disappears, and the skies begin to cloud over..

Get your copy by clicking HERE.

About the author:

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Andrée A Michaud is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (Le Ravissement in 2001 and Bondrée in 2014) and the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award and the Prix Saint-Pacôme for best crime novel for Bondrée, as well as the 2006 Prix Ringuet for Mirror Lake (adapted for the big screen in 2013). As she has done since her very first novel, Michaud fashions an eminently personal work that never ceases to garner praise from critics and avid mystery readers alike. In 2010, her thriller Lazy Bird, set to the rhythms of jazz, was published by Les Éditions du Seuil in France, as part of the Point Noir Collection.

Giveaway:

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I’m lucky enough to be able to give a copy of Boundary to one lucky reader, and it couldn’t be easier to enter. All you have to do is leave me a comment below this post. It is that easy!

Good luck! 🙂

*UK and Ireland entries only. Winner will be contacted and a copy will be sent from the publishers*

Follow the blog tour:

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The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonell Review & Giveaway &Guest Post

Hey everyone,

Today is Ellen’s turn on the blog tour for Caimh McDonnell’s latest book, The Day That Never Comes! As well as Ellen’s review, there is also a guest post from Caimh AND a TWITTER giveaway for a signed book, UK AND IRELAND ONLY, so watch out for the rules at the end of this post!

About the book:

Remember those people that destroyed the economy and then cruised off on their yachts? Well guess what – someone is killing them.

Dublin is in the middle of a heat wave and tempers are running high. The Celtic Tiger is well and truly dead, activists have taken over the headquarters of a failed bank, the trial of three unscrupulous property developers teeters on the brink of collapse, and in the midst of all this, along comes a mysterious organisation hell-bent on exacting bloody vengeance in the name of the little guy.

Paul Mulchrone doesn’t care about any of this; he has problems of his own. His newly established detective agency is about to be DOA. One of his partners won’t talk to him for very good reasons and the other has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth for no reason at all. Can he hold it together long enough to figure out what Bunny McGarry’s colourful past has to do with his present absence?

When the law and justice no longer mean the same thing, on which side will you stand?

Click the links below to get your copy:

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About the author:

Caimh is a man who wears many hats. As well as being an author, he is an award-winning writer for TV, a stand-up comedian and ‘the voice of London Irish’ rugby club. A Man With One of Those Faces is his first novel and he proudly considers it the best thing he has ever done. It is a crime thriller set in his home town of Dublin and is laced with a distinctly Irish dark sense of humour.

In TV land, he has written for some of the biggest shows on British telly, including Mock the Week, The Sarah Millican TV Programme and Have I got News for You. He has also written a load of kids TV, including a cartoon series which he created and was BAFTA nominated for.

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Ellen’s review:

I absolutely loved A Man with One of Those Faces so when Kate asked if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing the second in the series the answer was hell yes!!

 

It was great to see the gang (Paul and Brigid) back together, Bunny McGarry is actually missing in action and there are a few new characters to get to know. The story switches between events of 2000, where we do get to see my favourite no-holds barred copper Bunny in action, and the present day. After their involvement in the Rapunzel case in the previous book, the gang were supposed to be setting up their own private investigation company but as is to be expected where Paul is involved this doesn’t entirely run to plan.

 

Caimh’s ability to juxtapose crime and humour is fantastic, this isn’t a cozy crime novel with funny bits, or comedy with dark parts. We have the brutal murders, sliced off eyelids, a man tied to a mast with his own intestines, dodgy dealings, mysterious Puca and then Maggie…a Guinness slurping, pork scratchings chomping Alsatian with boundary issues! Maggie may have been my favourite character in the book but only because we didn’t see much of Bunny!

 

This book could be read as a standalone but why would you do that? Get them both read!! Five stars all the way.

Catch Ellen’s review for A Man With One Of Those Faces HERE.

Caimh’s Guest Post:

Turning The Air Blue

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Swearing – or as my mother calls it, often accompanied by a clip around the ear, the effing and jeffing – is something that readers, critics and authors often get into a right barney about.

 

Personally, and I know not everyone will agree, I see it as an organic part of the language and I’m happy to have my characters occasionally ‘turning the air blue’, and not just the villains.

 

My books are set in my hometown of Dublin and I pride myself on coming from one of the fonts of truly great swearers. If swearing was an Olympic sport, we’d be disqualified for foul language – that’s how good we are. In all seriousness, ‘bad language’ can give a real sense of a place and its people. Irvine Welsh’s classic Trainspotting just wouldn’t work if the language was sanitized. Similarly, Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy is a masterpiece full of warmth and joy, but the language is never less than a tad fruity. That’s not to say that I want my characters indiscriminately spraying out invectives, but I very much doubt anyone in history has been shot in the foot and proclaimed it ‘frightfully inconvenient.’

 

So, fair warning, my books do have some ‘bad language’ in them, but, as with everything in a novel, I think you can be creative with it. For example, one of the central characters in my books is a foul-mouthed Garda detective called Bunny McGarry. Just swearing doesn’t really fit him. It seems far more appropriate to his large personality that he would go to town with his expletives and thus Bunnyisms were born.

 

The very first one I used was in fact taken from a Christian Brother who taught my brother maths. He would regularly call whatever student happened to be annoying him ‘a one-eyed son of a cock-eyed Suzie’. Read that again, it’s actually not as rude as you initially thought. It also makes very little sense, yet it is still one of the finest swears I’ve ever heard. I’ve invented numerous others along the way. Bunny accuses someone looking glum of ‘sitting there like a eunuch at an orgy’. Someone is ‘as happy as a horny dog at a one-legged man convention’. An annoying colleague is ‘little hairy-arsed goat humper’ and when there is suspicion of foul play something ‘smells worse than a wino’s arse on Sunday’.

 

The great thing about Bunnyisms is that they don’t even have to make a great deal of sense. What they have is an energy and a sort of malevolent poetry to them. They’re great fun to make up too. Feel free to have a try. It is essentially a game of sweary word association where there are no wrong answers.

 

Along with the Bunnyisms, there’s the feck issue. The makers of Father Ted managed to successfully convince the British censors that feck was not the same as the word with a ‘u’ instead of that ‘e’. Lord knows how they managed it, any Irish person, especially my mother, will tell you that it definitely is.

 

Still though, the rest of the world seems to feel that Irish swearing has a certain lyrical beauty to it and if a character is to be ‘real’, then I’ll continue to write them talking like a real person – albeit one who might get the occasional clatter around the ear from my Ma.   

 

GIVEAWAY:

Caimh has a signed copy of his book to give away to one lucky reader.

To enter, you must RETWEET the pinned competition tweet.

Giveaway is open to UK and Ireland only.

Competition closes at Midnight GMT on Feb 3rd, any entries after that will not be counted.

The winner will be notified on twitter and passed on to McFori Ink, Caimh’s publisher.

Huge thanks to Caimh, Ellen and Elaine at McFori for tofay’s blog tour post!

Good luck! 🙂

 

Fahrenheit Press is 1! Giveaway Time!

One of my fave publishers turned one and they are just growing up so fast! 🙂 To celebrate this milestone, Fahrenheit are giving away a subscription to their Book Club, which means the winner will receive all the books published in 2016, 50+ books in case you were wondering!!! More on this in a bit!

Fahrenheit Press is the brainchild of Chris McVeigh. And to be fair, he’s a bit of a rebel… Here’s some info from their website.

About Fahrenheit Press:

“Hot Punk Publishers”

 

That’s what they’re calling us and who are we to disagree?

The brains behind Fahrenheit Press have worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years and we figured it was time we created the publishing company we always dreamed of. We shoot from the lip and we call it like we see it – if that rubs people up the wrong way we can live with that.

Fahrenheit Press are a brand new publishing house founded by international publishing veteran Chris McVeigh.

“We’re intent on doing things differently and we’re building a publishing company that’s heavy on curation and deadly serious about marketing.”

After many years helping the world’s biggest publishers build authors and create best-selling titles we’ve decided the time is right to step out from behind the curtain, set up our own publishing house and do things the way we think they should be done. We definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but that’s just the way we like it. If we’re not ruffling some feathers, we reckon we’re doing something wrong.

“It’s fair to say I’ve never looked much like a traditional publisher. I’m not suited, I’m not booted, and the nearest I’ve come to tweed is the Jean Paul Gaultier kilt I wore for a few years back in the nineties.”

For sure our punk ethos runs through everything we do but don’t mistake our tone for unprofessionalism – over the years we’ve helped shift literally millions of books for some of the biggest publishers in the world.

We’ve only just started out on this journey and we really appreciate all the support you’ve given us so far – it’s been a real blast – we have no idea where this will take us but we promise you the ride will never be boring.

 

I’ve been folllowing Fahrenheit since they first appeared, and I’ve been very lucky to be a part of some of the cool stuff they have done!

In a world first, Fahrenheit Press uploaded a book to Amazon with no title, no author and no description. And that book now has my name in it, as well as the other people who took a chance and bought what turned out to be The Lobster Boy and the Fat Lady’s Daughter by Charles KrielThis book was one of my top reads of 2015!

As well as Lobster, I’ve also had the privilege of having both Jo Perry and Paul Charles join me on the blog and you can see those here:

Dead Is Better by Jo Perry

**Exclusive Author Interview- Jo Perry**

Saturday Series Spotlight: Paul Charles

You can check out the absolutely stellar line up of authors published by Fahrenheit Press HERE.

And the full list of books HERE.

***GIVEAWAY***

To celebrate turning one, Fahrenheit Press are giving one of you lucky folks a subscription to their Book Club. This means that you get every book published by Fahrenheit in 2016, which hopefully will be 50+ books! (Click HERE to read about it on their website). How awesome it that for a prize?! All you have to do to be in with a chance to win, is comment on THIS blog post!

It is THAT EASY!!!

Good luck everyone 😊📚

*Giveaway is ebooks only, there is no alternative. Competition closes at midnight on September 16th. Winner will be notified accordingly.*

Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner


About the book:

At thirty-nine, Manon Bradshaw is a devoted and respected member of the Cambridgeshire police force, and though she loves her job, what she longs for is a personal life. Single and distant from her family, she wants a husband and children of her own. One night, after yet another disastrous Internet date, she turns on her police radio to help herself fall asleep—and receives an alert that sends her to a puzzling crime scene.

Edith Hind—a beautiful graduate student at Cambridge University and daughter of the surgeon to the Royal Family—has been reported missing for nearly twenty-four hours. Her home offers few clues: a smattering of blood in the kitchen, her keys and phone left behind, the front door ajar but showing no signs of forced entry. Manon instantly knows this case will be big—and that every second is crucial to finding Edith alive.

The investigation starts with Edith’s loved ones: her attentive boyfriend, her reserved best friend, and her patrician parents. As the search widens and press coverage reaches a frenzied pitch, secrets begin to emerge about Edith’s tangled love life and her erratic behavior leading up to her disappearance. With no clear leads, Manon summons every last bit of her skill and intuition to close the case, and what she discovers will have shocking consequences not just for Edith’s family, but for Manon herself.
My thoughts:

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Missing Presumed in a Goodreads giveaway this year, and it’s taken me ages to get to it, but here we are! 😂 

This book is a slow burner, it’s not a whack you round the head shocker, but it builds the tension slowly enough that without realising it you are wound with tension! I didn’t expect to be gripped, but in the final quarter I was racing through the pages putting two and two together, coming up with five and starting all over again because I got it all wrong!!!!

Missing Presumed follows the investigation into Edith Hind, a college student living with her boyfriend off campus. She appears to have essentially disappeared without a trace into the night, leaving behin blood and some small signs of a possible struggle. 

What follows, is a literary journey into the minds of those involved in the investigation, as well as Edith’s parents and friends. The chapters alternated, bu it was easy enough to follow the story from everyone’s point of view. 

I really liked Manon Bradshaw as a character too, but at times she came across as very cold dutning the course of the book. That being said, she’s really well written and very relatable for various reasons. I enjoyed her relationships with the people in her team too, all of whom were also well fleshed out characters.

Missing Presumed is an interesting read. It’s full of red herrings and sidebars that you wouldn’t expect to be there! Towards the end, everything seemed to mesh together and that’s when I thought I had it all figured out, I was wrong 😂 

I thoroughly enjoyed Missing Presumed, I gave it 4⭐️ on Goodreads! It’s out now and you can order a copy by clicking on the link below:

Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner
Happy reading 😊📖

*Rachel Abbott Kill Me Again Blog Tour*

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Hey everyone!

Today is my stop on the Kill Me Again blog tour! For any of you who don’t know, Rachel Abbott is the UK’s most successful self-published authors and Kill Me Again was released on the 17th of February.

 

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I’m delighted to be able to share with you Rachel’s Top Five Thrilling Reads, so without further ado, have a read! 😉


TOP FIVE THRILLERS

 

I have loved thrillers for as long as I can remember, and I’ve read so many brilliant ones it’s really hard to remember them all. I’ve chosen a few here, but I could have come up with a much longer list.

 

My favourite types of thrillers are those in which the investigation team are on the periphery. They may well have strong personalities of their own and play a vital role in the story, but essentially the story is about the victims and the perpetrators, so we see majority of the action from their perspective. There are a couple of exceptions in this list below, but they are all good reads – so much so that most have been made into films.

 

 

Misery – Stephen King – 

Every writer’s nightmare in the terrifying flesh, being kidnapped by a super fan who has mental health issues and a burning desire to keep you in one place by any means necessary. I have fresh respect for the plight of Paul Sheldon being forced to write a book to please the unhinged, violent Annie Wilkes every time I walk past a sledgehammer. This is a true thriller.

 

Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris – 

High-functioning psychopath and incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter is approached by his darling Clarice Starling for help with another serial killer. Buffalo Bill skins his female victim’s corpses. There are a hundred reasons to love this book but I’m afraid I love it most for a gruesome one-liner involving a vest!

 

Before I go to Sleep – SJ Watson – 

The idea behind this book is brilliant. It’s the kind of idea that I’m sure most writers wish they had thought of first. The main character, Christine Lucas, has lost her life because she has lost her memory. Every night when she goes to sleep, her memory is wiped and so she records her daily existence to figure out who she really is. Gradually she discovers, through reading the diaries, that something isn’t quite right. But who should she trust?

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson – 

I confess that it took me a while to get into this book. The early part of the story didn’t grab me, but I am so glad that I persevered. The story has so many twists and turns and sub-plots that it is quite a mental work out. Larsson has several strands all leading to a story of rape, sexual assault and murder, and I loved the way the tiniest nuggets of information became so hugely important. And I don’t think I guessed who the killer was until the very end – always the sign of a good book.

 

The Body Farm – Patricia Cornwell – 

Any book that involves the death of children recalls Brady and Hindley for me, especially as I used to live in Saddleworth – the area in which this couple buried some of the bodies of their victims. In The Body Farm, Kay Scarpetta investigates the brutal murder of an 11-year-old girl and it looks like the handiwork of a serial killer who has dodged the FBI for years. Unlike the others, this is more focused on the investigation – but as with most books by this author, that doesn’t mean that the main characters are safe from harm. Far from it. I particularl love the fact that an actual research facility for the study of human decomposition was the inspiration for the title and the plot.


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Ive read three out of the five books listed, and have the other two on my TBR so I must root them out and read them! 😉

 

***There’s also a giveaway running here and on Twitter for a paperback book and T-shirt saying ‘careful, or you’ll end up in my next novel’! All you have to do, is comment below or on Twitter with your favourite crime book OF ALL TIME. It’s that simple! A winner will be chosen at random, and their prize sent out!***

(UK & IRE ONLY)


Here’s some links if you want to keep up with Rachel Abbott:

Twitter: @RachelAbbott

Facebook: Rachel Abbott1Writer

Website: www.rachel-abbott.com

Eden Burning Competition

I am delighted to have been asked by Matthew Smith (Urbane Publications) to take part in a competition where the winner will receive a copy of Eden Burning by Deirdre Quiery.


Not only that, the winner will receive a beautiful print by the author, also titled Eden Burning.

Eden Burning- the blurb:

Northern Ireland, 1972.

On the Crumlin Road, Belfast, the violent sectarian Troubles have forced Tom Martin to take drastic measures to protect his family. Across the divide William McManus pursues his own particular bloody code, murdering for a cause. Yet both men have underestimated the power of love and an individuals belief in right and wrong, a belief that will shake the lives of both families with a greater impact than any bomb blast.
This is a compelling, challenging story of conflict between and within families driven by religion, belief, loyalty and love. In a world deeply riven by division, how can any individual transcend the seemingly inevitable violence of their very existence?
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer a simple question:

Where is Eden Burning set?

Answer in the comments below

The competition is open worldwide and will run from Friday August 21st to 11:59pm Monday August 31st.
The winner will be picked at random and their details will be passed on to Matthew Smith at Urbane Publications who will send out their prize.

Best of luck 🙂