How to be Perfect Holly Wainwright Blog Tour

How to be Perfect Holly Wainwright 

Paperback by Legend Press Published 1/11/2019

Elle is holed up in an exclusive retreat where women pay thousands to mimic her extreme lifestyle, or die trying. But who’s bankrolling Elle’s new empire?


Abi just wants to marry her true love in the garden on New Year’s Eve. But her ex-husband is building a financial cult in the shed and her teenage daughter’s YouTube channel is gaining followers for all the wrong reasons.


Frances has a newborn and a WhatsApp mothers’ group that’s giving her anxiety. But she’s certain that if she can just be more like those fitmums on Instagram, things can only get better.


Enter the world of How to be Perfect… fake gurus, green smoothies and bad influences included.


MY REVIEW 

Mrs perfect Elle Campbell is back in the second series of books by Holly Wainwright. Elle Campbell first appeared in Mummy Blogger’s that truly love reading and remains my favourite. How to be Perfect Elle is giving advice on her blog with spoonfuls of healthy drinks made from bee pollen in filtered water and a pure smoothie with organic coconut water with kale. Elle just loves to show off sharing her beautiful baby, Alma, who lays peacefully, watching Elle as she does 15 minutes of mindful. 

Frances had been aiming for a kind of morning just like Elle had posted. She takes her son Denny and lays him upon a sheepskin rug while she tries to be sophisticated and do yoga, but during the process Denny starts whining during his teething time. 

A lot more happens during the novel of How To Be Perfect, but I don’t want to spoil much more for you.

ABOUT AUTHOR HOLLY WAINWRIGHT 



Holly Wainwright first published The Mummy Blogger’s in June 2019 and now has published her second novel How To Be Perfect 1st November 2019. Holly Wainwright is originally from Manchester. Holly lives in Sydney, Australia. She is a journalist and editor, originally working in travel and celebrity magazines and now online as Head of Entertainment at Mamamia. Holly host a parenting podcast and has two small children.  Holly Wainwright How To Be Perfect is published in Australia by Allen and Unwin. A sharp and funny look at power of social media and the women behind the likes, shares and filters. 


DIE ALONE SIMON KERNICK 

   

DIE ALONE BY SIMON KERNICK 

Hardback published by Century 28th November 2019

Happy publication day.

Alastair Sheridan has it all. Wealth, good looks, a beautiful wife and children and, in the chaotic world of British politics, a real chance of becoming Prime Minister.

But Alastair also has a secret. He’s a serial killer with a taste for young women.

Only a handful of people know what kind of monster he is, and disgraced detective Ray Mason is one of them.

Awaiting trial for murder, Ray is unexpectedly broken free by armed men and given an offer assassinate Alastair Sheridan and begin a new life abroad with a new identity.

The men claimed to be from M16. They say that Sheridan is a threat to national security and needs to be neutralised. Ray knows they are not who they say they are, and that their real motives are far darker.

The only person Ray trusts is ex cop and former lover Tina Boyd, who’s keen to settle her own scores with Sheridan.

With enemies on every side, o Ly one thing is certain.

No one wants them to get out alive.


MY REVIEW 

Die Alone is book 3 of The Bone Field trilogy. Book 1 of The Bone Field is, The Bone Field. Book 2 of The Bone trilogy is The Hanged Man and book 3 of The Bone trilogy is Die Alone.


Die Alone is the first book that I have read of The Bone Field trilogy. You can very easily read Die Alone as a standalone book. 


Simon Kernick knows how to pull his readers in with a fast paced thriller story. I would recommend reading Die Alone to men and women who lives for gripping thrilling stuff. There is plenty within in this page turning story for book club to discuss. 


The prologue alone had me gripped with my heart racing, not knowing what was about to happen next, and what happened shocked me, so much I wasn’t ready for this disturbing part. 


What’s to be geared up for is a public figure, a loyal husband, a serial killer and with enemies on every side. 


I recommend Die Alone with scenes, perfect to explore for all you thriller base fans.



ABOUT AUTHOR SIMON KERNICK 

Simon Kernick is one of Britain’s most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon’s big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include Siege, Ultimatum, Stay Alive and The Final Minute. He is also the author of the bestselling three-part serial thrillers Dead Man’s Gift and One by One.
Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Counter Terrorism Command and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first-hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime. 

You can find Simon Kernick on Twitter @SimonKernick


King of Hearts Mark Stibbe Blog Tour

  

KING OF HEARTS BY MARK STIBBE 

PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY MALCOLM DOWN PUBLISHING 

King of Hearts tells the gripping story of Jake Graystone, a struggling teacher, husband, and father, who looks for easy money playing poker. When his wife Sally exposes his secret addiction on Christmas Eve, he walks out and heads north for Casino City, leaving his family for a dark world of gambling, prostitution and murder.
How will the cards fall for Jake in this brutal, urban wasteland? And, as the stakes get higher and higher, will this modern Desperado ever come to his senses?
King of Hearts is a winter, festive story to sit alongside It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. Raw yet redemptive, it is a Christmas tale you’ll not be able to put down.
At the end of each chapter, you will want to twist, not fold.  

To Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/340M7qO

@markstibbe 

@malcolmdown

@LoveBooksGroup  

MY REVIEW 

One of my favourite books

King of Hearts by Mark Stibbe took me on an intense ride. Jake is an fascinating character, one to adore and willing him to do the right thing.  I believe this story of Jake Greystone who starts poker, is a warning sign not to pay poker and gamble as it can go horribly wrong.  

Sally, Jake’s wife is heartbroken when she finds out about Jake’s secret addiction into playing poker, in an argument, he leaves his wife and children.  

Jake sets of to the north to Casino City, at first Jake becomes rich, but as quick as he has won lots of money playing poker, he swiftly looses it all. 

We follow Jake’s journey, with his every heartbreaking movement with no money and nowhere to live.

 I loved reading King of Hearts with each chapter twists and turns. I didn’t want this story to end. I can put my hand on my heart and recommend King of Hearts from the talented author Mark Stibbe. This book is one of the best fiction/ Regligious that I have read. I hope you all enjoy reading King of Hearts as much as what I did.

ABOUT AUTHOR MARK STIBBE 

Mark Stibbe is an award winning author of over 50 books. He runs BookLab, a service for emerging writers, and is a popular speaker st writing conferences and workshops. He regularly posts blogs for budding authors at        www.advice4authors.com
 

Mark Stibbe, “An acclaimed Christian author,” New York Times.

 

Mark started writing when he was very young, publishing his first book – an anthology of poetry entitled The Drawing out of Days – when he was just 17. Since then, he has been a prolific author and professional writer, with over 50 books published, and countless articles in broadsheet newspapers, journals and magazines. One of his most successful recent books has been Home at Last, offering a faith-based journey of recovery for those who were deeply affected by the trauma of being sent away to boarding school. He has also ghostwritten over thirty books, of many different genres.

 

In 2013, Mark migrated from writing nonfiction to fiction and this resulted in the co-authored historical spy thriller The Fate of Kings and now his debut, single-authored novel, King of Hearts, a raw but redemptive Christmas tale in the tradition of A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. In early 2020, as the official storyteller for the award-winning Arokah Puzzle Game, he and Steve Brazier, the inventor of the puzzle, will publish the first in a series of Sci Fi Fantasy novels based around Arokah and starring Khali, an autistic, mixed-race hero. These are aimed at the 9-13 age group. 

 

Mark runs BookLab with his wife Cherith, a company dedicated to equipping aspiring writers to become great authors. He is a frequent and much in-demand speaker at workshops for writers and conferences in which the subjects of his books are featured. He has often been interviewed on BBC (Radio and TV), Channel 4 and other media, and writes articles for The Times. Having been brought up by an adoptive father who dined fortnightly with CS Lewis, his whole life has been devoted to books and to writing. He lives in Kent with his wife Cherith and their Black Labrador, Bella.


The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony Libby Lake Blog Tour 


The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony by Libby Lake

Illustrations by Nick Roberts


Paperback published by Clink Street 

@fayerogerspr

  

The tiddliest of ponies with wonder some wings was buzzing around examining things.

What would you do if a tenny weeny, flying pony busily bustled into your house?


This hilarious, heart-warming story shows how being inquisitive can be a good thing!

I would like to thank @fayerogerspr for inviting me to take part in this wonderful children’s book blog tour.

My Review 

I found this story of a flying pony with wings a lot of fun to read about. My favourite picture is of a ginger cat, Tomask, with quick as a flash jumping into his water bowl, when something kicked Tomask in the ear. The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony by Libby Lake must be a very tempting book to buy a young child. 

Biography of Libby Lake 

 Libby was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire. She studied law at Aberystwyth University prior to qualifying as a solicitor. Since then Libby has worked in the City in headhunting & coaching, set up a charity and helps build tech start-ups.  

 

Her writing career began in 2010 when she wrote her first play, ‘Trial by Ego’ which was first produced in 2011. ‘The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony’ is Libby’s first children’s book.

 

Libby and her two teenage children live on the South Coast.

FAIRY ROCK  STEPHEN WATT  BLOG TOUR 

  


Fairy Rock by Stephen Watt

@StephenWattSpit

Paperback published by Red Squirrel Press

@RedSquirrelPress

Info

In 2017 Andrew Smith, then Director, now Chair of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, came up with a dynamic idea to run a Twitter campaign inviting poets to pitch an idea and the winner would have a poetry pamphlet published by the SWC’s publisher partner, Red Squirrel Press. Poet, critic, essayist, editor, designer and typesetter Gerry Cambridge, poet Sheila Templeton, writer, musician and Editor of both Postbox Press (the literary fiction imprint of Red Squirrel Press) and Postbox International Short Story Magazine, Colin Will, and myself took part in a panel at the SWC, ‘How to get published’ in October 2017. Andrew received many entries, a shortlist was drawn up, Stephen Watt subsequently won and persuaded me to publish a full-length collection.

 
MY REVIEW 

What’s to look forward to with Fairy Rock . 

Fairy Rock is a raw crime fiction novel, with a rare difference, it’s absolutely superb and the first ever crime novel entirely in verses of crime scenes. Everyone who loves poetry, will adore at least one or more of these crime verses. I personally loved the whole idea of a crime novel turned into verses. It’s quite difficult for me to pick out my favourite crimes verses. I think I would have to choose TIPP-OFF page 28, CYBERSTALKING page 38.  HUNT page 40 and BAIL on page 52, but honestly there was so many more crime verses that I adored reading. I want to highly recommend Fairy Rock by Stephen Watt as I’ve never ever read any crime poetry/ verses in this way before and that’s simply because Stephen Watt has created some fresh and original work of his own, that no one has ever done before. 

I would like to first of all thank @LoveBooksGroup for sending me Fairy Rock to read and review.


Glasgow is correctly lauded for its wonderful characters and hospitality but at the turn of the Millennium it was dubbed the ‘Murder Capital of Europe’ with sectarian divisions and organised crime rife in the city. Four of its natives have been raised around the city’s Bridgeton area, cultivated by its ill-omened beliefs, and now have to separately find a way to subsist. But one crime family firmly believes in the tradition of torture and a novel way of disposing of its detractors. Who will emerge smelling of roses—or end up pushing the roses up from the earth below?

 About Stephen Watt

Stephen Watt was born in the Vale of Leven in 1979. His awards include first prize in the Poetry Rivals Slam, the StAnza International Digital Poetry Slam, and the Tartan Treasures award. Notable collections which he has curated include the Joe Strummer Foundation collection Ashes To Activists (2018) and the James Watt bicentenary booklet Horsepower (2019). He is Dumbarton Football Club’s Poet-in-Residence and was appointed the Makar for the Federation of Writers (Scotland) in 2019. He lives in Dumbarton with his wife Keriann and pug Beanz.
To Buy Link 

https://www.redsquirrelpress.com/product-page/fairy-rock-stephen-watt  

@StephenWattSpit 
 @RedSquirrelPres

@LoveBooksGroup  

THE DEATH OF MUNGO BLACKWELL  LAUREN H. BRANDENBURG BLOG TOUR 


THE DEATH OF MUNGO BLACKWELL BY LAUREN H. BRANDENBURG 

Paperback published by Lion Fiction 

‘We all need to know what’s missing in our lives. At a funeral someone stands and describes everything a person has accomplished in their life. But what if they missed something? What if there was one thing they never got to do? And what if they had a chance to go back and do it?’ 


The Blackwells are a family with an extraordinary history and astounding traditions, which include attending their own funerals before they die! Their ways are questionable and their stories about deceased relatives are as bold as their red hair, but it is their eclectic wares that keep tourists coming back to their market in the town of Coraloo. 



Charlie Price, whose world has come crumbling down after a lapse in judgement leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a ‘picker’, reselling under-priced items he picks up at the market. 


Some of the Blackwells welcome him with open arms, but others resent pickers and want him thrown out of the market. Charlie soon finds this new way of life under threat and his quest for simplicity seems to be crumbling. Perhaps it’s time for Charlie to have a funeral of his own! 

MY REVIEW 

I couldn’t agree more The Death of Mungo Blackwell is a charming story of hope that will warm your heart and make your imagination soar. 

For Charlie Price he is going through a dark place in his life he has just lost his job with this blow, it could start to cause some havoc for the Price family.  In a nutshell,  Charlie and his wife Velveteen could lose everything . 

With Velveteen’s  Christmas party planning is in full swing with a night of glitz and glamour, poor Charlie couldn’t have it within his heart to stop the Christmas party even though they were drowning in debt. 

The luxury things that they had,  was slowly disappearing. Velveteen’s  car gets repossessed and their dream home served with foreclosure. 

This part of the story sees the hurt that as a man Charlie Price has to swallow his pride and joy to part with his belongings and his wife’s things and list everything that he thinks might make him a profit.

 The Death of Mungo Blackwell is a story where Charlie Price has important things to say, and do with much more things to come to welcome readers. 




ABOUT AUTHOR LAUREN H. BRANDENBURG 

Lauren H Brandenburg is an inspirational speaker, mentor, and author . Her fourth book in The Books of the Gardener series, Orlo The Created, was a 2017 finalist for the Selah Middle Grade Novel of the Year. As a former English teacher, she currently teaches creative writing in her home school community and to young writers nationwide. Lauren holds a Batchelor of Arts in English from Georgetown College, site president of the Middle Tennesee chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and an active participant with writers of Realm Makers. She lives in Nashville, Tennesee with her husband Jamie and with their children Kensington and Jackson. The Death of Mungo Blackwell is published 26th November 2019.

You can find author Lauren H Brandenburg on her website 

http://www.LaurenHBrandenburg.com

HANDS UP STEPHEN CLARK 

  
HANDS UP BY STEPHEN CLARK 

Paperback published by wiDo Publishing 28th September 2019
http://www.widopublishing.com

Officer Ryan Quinn, a rookie raised in a family of cops, is on the fast track to detective until he shoots an unarmed black male. Now, with his career, reputation and freedom on the line, he embarks on a quest for redemption that forces him to confront his fears and biases and choose between conscience or silence.

Jade Wakefield is an emotionally damaged college student living in one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods. She knows the chances of getting an indictment against the cop who killed her brother are slim. When she learns there’s more to the story than the official police account, Jade is determined, even desperate, to find out what really happened. She plans to get revenge by any means necessary.

Kelly Randolph, who returns to Philadelphia broke and broken after abandoning his family ten years earlier, seeks forgiveness while mourning the death of his son. But after he’s thrust into the spotlight as the face of the protest movement, his disavowed criminal past resurfaces and threatens to derail the family’s pursuit of justice.

Ryan, Jade, and Kelly–three people from different worlds—are on a collision course after the shooting, as their lives interconnect and then spiral into chaos

MY REVIEW 

I’m confirming to all you suspense crime readers, Stephen Clark is your man as a new crime writer I’m introducing to you, Hands Up that is a crime story based around two policemen. 

One policeman Ryan Quinn says I’m not a murderder. When policemen Ryan and his partner Sgt Greg Byrnes, stop a black man for driving with no lights on, they order nineteen year old Tyrell out of his car. When Ryan shoots dead Tyrell, it could lead Ryan and Greg in trouble. They both must take action between them and sum up what they both going to say when questioned, knowing full well that there will be a huge dispute or just a simple investigation about this incident. 

Ryan’s confession is that Tyrell refused to show Greg his identification and he punched officer Greg knocking his gun loose, so the officer Ryan shot the suspect as the suspect reached for the gun. 
From ambitious policemen, to the other side of this fatal shooting. Tyrell’s family are grieving over their lost of him. The family are in full support of Tyrell, they know full well that Tyrell isn’t the type of young man to want to grab a gun and believe that being black the cops shot him. 

What is the truth here? And what will the outcome be? 

What I most particularly liked about this police drama is that we don’t only get to see what the police incident, but we go through inside to the lives of the family that are not only grieving for Tyrell, but the fight they have, arguing that the cops must have been wrong shooting Tyrell to death.


ABOUT AUTHOR STEPHEN CLARK 

http://www.stephenclarkbooks.com

Twitter @stephcwrites

Stephen Clark is a former award-winning journalist who served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and as a politics editor for the Washington, D.C. bureau of FoxNews.com. As a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch, he won a New York Newspaper Publishers Association Award of Distinguished Community Service for his investigation into the financial struggles of nonprofit services.

He also won a Society of Professional Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting at the Stamford Advocate for his series exposing an elderly grifter’s charity organization. Stephen grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in North Jersey with his wife and son. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Arcadia University and a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.