#CoverReveal: THE FIRST LIE by AJ Park @AJParkauthor @orionbooks @rararesources

The weekend is finally here and I am celebrating with a fantastic cover reveal (thank you so much Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part). THE FIRST LIE is the new novel by AJ Parks and it’s published by Orion on June 13, 2019 in eBook.

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We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
You’re home alone. Someone breaks in.
In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder.
Now you’re the one the police want.

That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find.
His wife Alice stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand.

“What have you done, Alice?”
“I didn’t have a choice…”

We would all believe the person we love most.
But would we all make the same choice Paul and Alice make next…?


Pre-order Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Lie-addictive-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07NLCMD44/




Karl Vadaszffy HeadshotAfter studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years.

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#BlogTour: DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly @Connellybooks @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Dark Sacred NightPublication: 16th May 2019 – Orion

Daisy Clayton’s killer was never caught. In over ten years, there has been no breakthrough in her murder case.

Detective Renée Ballard has faced everything the LAPD’s notorious dusk-till-dawn graveyard shift has thrown at her. But, until tonight, she’d never met Harry Bosch – an ex-homicide detective consumed by this case.

Soon, she too will become obsessed by the murder of Daisy Clayton.

Because Ballard and Bosch both know: every murder tells a story. And Daisy’s case file reads like the first chapter in an untold tragedy that is still being written – one that could end with Ballard herself, if she cannot bring the truth to light…


Michael Connelly is famous for his series of novels featuring LAPD detective Harry Bosch. However, my first novel by this author wasn’t one featuring the famous detective, but it was The Poet (featuring reporter Jack McEvoy) which I randomly picked at a bookstore a few years ago. I found the blurb intriguing, I bought it, and then I devoured in two days. Since then, I am a big fan. I love the writing style, the pace, and the suspense. The author’s detailed knowledge of the police procedural makes it more real and gripping and he created some relatable, well-developed, and engaging characters that make me addicted to his novels. DARK SACRED NIGHT sees two of Michael Connelly’s creations come together for the first time: LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch, now a reserve detective at SFPD.

Ballard and Bosch are similar characters: they follow their instincts, they are willing to bend the rules, and they don’t stop until they find out the truth, even if doing so gets them in danger. They partner up to solve a cold case, the murder of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton nine years earlier. For Bosch the case is personal because of his close relationship with Elizabeth, the mother’s victim, while, at the same time he is working on a gang case. Ballard has her own cases to solve, but she finds herself more and more involved in Daisy’s murder.

I was surprised how well the pair Ballard-Bosch works: they quickly fall into a routine, trusting and complementing each other. I loved seeing these two characters getting together and I am already looking forward to read their next story and how their relationship evolves.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of the book.


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#BlogTour: GONE IN THE NIGHT (Alex Devlin #4) by Mary-Jane Riley #GoneintheNight @mrsmjriley @KillerReads @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Gone in the Night7 (1)Publication: 3rd May 2019 (eBook); 11th July 2019 (paperback) – Killer Reads

Some secrets are deadly…
When the victim of a car crash begs journalist Alex Devlin for help before disappearing without trace, Alex finds herself caught up in a mystery that won’t let her go.
Determined to find the missing man, she is soon investigating a conspiracy that threatens some of the most vulnerable members of society.
But will Alex be prepared to put her own life on the line to help those who can’t help themselves?



I took advantage of a few days off work to relax and immerse myself in some great stories and one of them was GONE IN THE NIGHT, the fourth novel in the Alex Devlin series created by Mary-Jane Riley. I’d like to thank Emma Welton for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this thrilling novel.

Although I had heard of this series and the character of Alex Devlin before, I never had the pleasure to read any of the novels, but I am definetely going to catch up now because I loved the characters who I found well-developed and realistic, I liked the suspenseful atmosphere, and I was captivated by the author’s beautiful writing style and her carefully-plotted story that keeps the reader completely glued to the page.

Alex Devlin is a journalist. Following the publication of her book, she is looking for her next big story, so she finds herself mixed-up with a powerful and wealthy family who is clearly hiding something and with a nurse looking for her missing brother. While Alex chases clues, she interviews people, and she tries not to get herself killed, we also get a glimpse into her personal life, with a son away at college who she barely sees and a sister with a troubled past.

Mary-Jane Riley writes in a way that makes the readers feel like they are inside the story. I could imagine most of the scenes and the settings she describes in detail and I could feel the tension rise page after page as Alex digs deeper and deeper into the case of the disappearance of homeless people. The dark atmosphere, the different perspectives, a thought-provoking and gripping plot, likable characters, and a dramatic and twisty ending are the elements that make GONE IN THE NIGHT an absolute page-turner!


MJ Current picMary-Jane wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote about the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Mary-Jane has three grown-up children and lives in Suffolk with her husband and two golden retrievers.

GONE IN THE NIGHT is the fourth book in the crime thriller series set in East Anglia and featuring investigative journalist, Alex Devlin.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrsmjriley @mrsmjriley

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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gone-Night-exciting-psychological-thriller-ebook/dp/B07KX8RXN2/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=gone+in+the+night&qid=1556096683&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/gone-in-the-night/mary-jane-riley/9780008340261

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Gone-in-the-Night-Mary-Jane-Riley/9780008340261

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/gone-in-the-night-alex-devlin

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Mary-Jane-Riley/Gone-in-the-Night/23451944

Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Gone_in_the_Night_Alex_Devlin.html?id=VwN8DwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

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#BlogTour: WORST CASE SCENARIO by Helen Fitzgerald @FitzHelen ‏@OrendaBooks @annecater #RamdomThingsTours

Worst Case Scenario CoverPublication: 16th May 2019 – Orenda Books

Mary Shields is a moody, acerbic probation offer, dealing with some of Glasgow’s worst cases, and her job is on the line.

Imprisoned for murdering his wife, Liam Macdowall has published a series of letters to the dead woman, in a book that has made him an unlikely hero – a poster boy for Men’s Rights Activists.

Liam is released on licence into Mary’s care, but things are far from simple. Mary develops a poisonous obsession with Liam and his world, and when her son and Liam’s daughter form a relationship, Mary will stop at nothing to impose her own brand
of justice … with devastating consequences.

A heart-pounding, relentless and chilling psychological thriller, rich with deliciously dark and unapologetic humour, Worst Case Scenario is also a perceptive, tragic and hugely relevant book by one of the most exciting names in crime fiction.


WORST CASE SCENARIO is my first novel by Helen Fitzgerald and I was amazed by how much I liked. When I first read the blurb, I thought it sounded intriguing and interesting, but I didn’t expect it to be so dark, suspenseful, shocking, and it took me by surprise page after page.

It is the story of Mary Shields, a middle-aged probation officer on her last days on the job. She deals with some of the worst and lowest of humanity and one of her last cases is Liam Macdowall a man who, years before, killed his wife and he is now being released after having published a book. The book is a collection of letters Liam wrote to this wife in prison and it’s an instant bestseller. Mary is convinced that Liam shouldn’t be released and she makes it her own personal mission to make life impossible for him. In the meantime, she has to deal with her other cases, a complicated relationship with her son who she tries to protect against his wishes, and the effects of menopause that created many entertaining and funny moments.

I loved the author’s dark humour, the captivating plot with an ending that was completely unexpected and twisty, the well-developed and corrupted characters, and the flawed, funny, and relatable protagonist. Helen Fitzgerald carefully and masterfully mixes suspense that slowly rises and humour that made me laugh out loud page after page.

Character-driven, remarkable, and addictive, WORST CASE SCENARIO will keep you glued to the pages and wishing for more and I’d like to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of this compelling novel.

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Helen Fitzgerald Author PicHelen FitzGerald is the bestselling author of ten adult and young adult thrillers, including The Donor (2011) and The Cry (2013), which was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and is now a major drama for BBC1. Helen worked as a criminal justice social worker for over fifteen years. She grew up in Victoria, Australia. She now lives in Glasgow with her husband.

#CoverReveal: THE SINGLE MUMS MOVE ON by Janet Hoggarth @Janethauthor @aria_fiction

THE SINGLE MUMS MOVE ON is the fantastic new novel by Janet Hoggarth and it’s published in eBook by Aria on 18th July 2019 and, today, I am super delighted today to reveal its cover.

Isn’t it beautiful???


Can neighbours become more than good friends…

After her husband left her, Ali and her daughter Grace enjoyed living in what became known as ‘the Single Mums’ Mansion’. However, with her best friends Amanda and Jacqui moving on, it’s time for Ali and Grace to make their own way. Thankfully, a chance conversation leads to them moving into the infamous South London gated community known only as ‘The Mews’.

In ‘The Mews’ everyone lives in each other’s pockets and curtain twitching is an Olympic sport. The neighbours are an eclectic bunch – from Nick the alleged spy, Carl the gorgeous but clearly troubled Idris Elba lookalike, to Debbie who is about to face the hardest fight of her life, and TV agent Samantha who is not as in control as she likes to pretend.

Each day brings another drama, but along with the tears, real friendships grow. And her neighbours’ problems might unlock the key to something Ali has yearned for all along…

Based on a true story – you’ll never be able to look at your neighbours quite the same way again… 

Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes, Mhairi McFarlane and Helen Fielding.



Janet Hoggarth has worked on a chicken farm, as a bookseller, children’s book editor and DJ with her best friend (under the name of Whitney and Britney). She has published several children’s books, the most recent ones written under the pseudonym of Jess Bright. Her first adult novel The Single Mums’ Mansion, a huge bestseller, was based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.

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Twitter: @Janethauthor

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iBooks: https://apple.co/2XYgIlB

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#BookReview: IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE by Paige Toon @PaigeToonAuthor @simonschusterUK @jessbarratt88 @TeamBATC @BookMinxSJV

If You Could Go AnywherePublication: 16th May 2019 – Simon & Schuster UK


Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself.

When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy.
As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?


The month of May means nice weather, summer not far away, and the publication of a new novel by my all-time favourite Paige Toon. Her new novel features a fantastic and lovable protagonist, a handsome and dark bad boy, an engaging and emotional story, and beautiful and evocative settings that allow the reader to travel from the dry and remote Australian outback to the noisy Italian capital of Rome and to the suggestive Norwegian fjords.

Coober Pedy is a mining town in the Australian outback.  Angie, the protagonist of this novel, has lived here her whole life taking care of her grandmother and her neighbours. After her grandmother passes away, Angie is finally free to travel around the world as she’s always dreamed. And when she discovers more about her family and the father she never knew, she leaves her dugout and her remote hometown and travels to Rome where she meets Alessandro, Giulio, Cristina, Stefano, and more.

20190417_185040 (1)Paige Toon knows how to bring her characters to life and make them realistic and likable. It’s really easy to like Angie. She is funny and engaging, she is selfless, generous, honest, and relatable. She’s always put other people’s needs before hers and now she goes on a journey of discovery of herself and her origins that take her to Italy and Norway. Another character I liked is Alessandro. He is Angie’s guide when she arrives in Italy, helping her settling down and meeting the family she never knew she had. He is charming and handsome, but he is also mysterious and with a troubled past that complicates his relationship with Angie. The rest of the characters in the novel are all lovable and entertaining, from Angie’s neighbours and friends in Australia to her Italian new family and friends.

The author’s writing is detailed and accurate. Her descriptions of delicious Italian food made my mouth water and, as someone who works in Rome, I can tell you that her potrayal of Italian drivers is very true (and scary). Through Angie’s eyes, the reader goes on a fantastic journey exploring Rome, Tivoli, Pompeii, Venice, Bologna, Florence, and Norway.

IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE is a beautiful story of love, friendship, family, and forgiveness. It is addictive, romantic, and inspiring and I was completely engrossed in it and I fell in love with the characters which I really hope will feature in future novels.

#BlogTour: DEATH AT THE DAKOTA by M.K. Graff (A Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery #2) #DeathattheDakota #TrudyGenovaMysteries @GraffMarni @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Dakota_cover reveal_FINALPublication: 1st April 2019 – Bridle Path Press

Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O’Malley to the next level, when she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she can’t even survive?

Readers of Death Unscripted, the first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural.


I am delighted to kick off the blog tour for DEATH AT THE DAKOTA, the new book by M. K. Graff, the second novel in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery. I’d like to thank Emma Welton for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

Trudy Genova is a nurse with the best job in the world: working on a TV set, taking care of the star Monica Kiley. On her personal life, Trudy’s relationship with NYPD detective Ned O’Malley is going well, even though work and family engagements make it difficult to spend time alone together.

When Ned calls her “Miss Marple”, he is not wrong as Trudy, against her wishes, finds herself involved in Monica’s sudden disappearance and a murder. With a few twists that took me by surprise, Trudy tries to find out the truth before it’s too late, even for her.

I loved the characters, all very engaging, especially Trudy who is smart, strong-willed, and entertaining and I look forward to reading more of her adventures. I also liked the character of Ned. He and Trudy are an adorable couple and I enjoyed reading about his strong relationship not only with Trudy, but with his partner Tony Borelli and with his family.

Set in the beautiful setting of the Dakota building in New York, famous for being the place of John Lennon’s murder, for its rich occupants, and the high security, DEATH AT THE DAKOTA is a fast-paced, fun, and engrossing novel. There are mysteries that keep the reader on edge, there is more than one romance to keep the reader entertained, and there are friendships and family ties that made me love this novel even more. I still haven’t had the pleasure to read Death Unscripted, the first book in this fantastic series, but I am definitely going to do it soon.

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MKGHdshotMarni Graff writes The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, featuring an American writer living in England with a nose for murder, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, based on Graff’s real work as a medical consultant for a movie studio. She is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, a member of Sisters in Crime, the NC Writers Network, and The International Association of Crime Writers, and writes crime book reviews at Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.

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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Dakota-Manhattan-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1732163049/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=death+at+the+dakota&qid=1556186378&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Dakota-Manhattan-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/1732163049/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=death+at+the+dakota+m.k.+graff&qid=1556186480&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

BookDepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Death-at-the-Dakota-M-K-Graff/9781732163041

GoogleBooks: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=iKPXwQEACAAJ&dq=death+at+the+dakota+M.K.+Graff&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwitvJmV_-rhAhXLUBUIHTlyD10Q6AEIKjAA

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