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The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke – review

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Title: The Holiday Cruise

Author: Victoria Cooke

Genre: Chick lit, Women’s Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Pages: 384 (I’ve read Kindle edition)

 

My review:

Hannah’s husband leaves her for another woman after ten years in marriage. The misfortune doesn’t stop there she is unhappy for too long. So long that she loses her business too, two employees desert to the competing company. Although Hannah determines to get the business back it is hard. Her sister wants to help but Hannah doesn’t think that she wants to accept it. Attempting to be independent and to find herself again Hannah applies to the job on a cruise ship. Will she find what she wants? Read this book to find out.

I fell for this book immediately from the first page it was an easy page-turner. I liked how fast things went on, and like emotions even maybe unpleasant in the first place but I felt like I was there with Hannah and shared all her feelings. Then when she decided to go I was jumping from happiness and also was concerned as she was, how it would be, would she succeed every possible question crossed through my mind.

Those Mediterranean places described in this book drove all the thoughts and desires for cruises which were slept deep down in me.  I have never been on a cruise ever. Hannah took me with her everywhere she went.

“The Requiescence was too big to dock in Kotor’s port, so I caught a tender to the shore. I’d managed to get a seat up on top in the open air and was rewarded by wonderful views of the fortress on the approach. As we neared the harbor we sailed past the super yachts that shimmered and glittered in the cobalt water…

As I shuffled through with the crowds, I caught sight of the winged lion of St Mark’s…”

You see, I was thrilled by those descriptions like that above. I picked up this one because it is the nearest place to me; we used to be one country in the eighties. It was all Yugoslavia which doesn’t exist anymore. Oh, come on, I am getting nostalgic!

This book is one of those books which you read it and want more.

The synopsis:

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

Purchase Linksmybook.to/TheHolidayCruise

Author Bio –

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016

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The Not So Perfect Plan To Save Friendship House by Lilly Bartlet – review

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Title: The Not So Perfect Plan To Save Friendship House

Author: Lilly Bartlet

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick lit, Fiction

Pages: 327 (I’ve read Kindle edition)

 

 

 

 

My review:

Phoebe works in the senior living house. There are living few senior women all of them have charm and power to spin around the reader who only could feel compassion reading about them and their community.

This book warms my heart, all those incredible women, and handsome Nick, and there is also the owner, the good Max.

The book starts with an unpleasant event, but the author cheering voice made me cross it easily.

Phoebe is that kind of character that can’t don’t like it. I like her sense of humor and her ability to be adorable and kind.

“When I got to Mum’s room the next morning, all I saw was a lump in her bed with a sheet pulled over it. Exactly like they did in films when the paramedics had done all they could to save the patient.

She was dead! ‘Mum!’

“What!’ snapped the voice under the bedding.

“What are you doing?”

Mum appeared with an angry yank of the sheet. She had her phone to her ear.”

 

“My unprofessionalism was boundless from day one.”

I feel the same and I also suffer from the thoughts that I am not good enough for the job I do because of some of my colleagues.

“Plus look at him, I’d thought.

You know those adverts where the tanned, shirtless guy tantalizingly licks the yogurt pot lid and makes you want to eat Bifidus activertium…”

This description is very clever and funny. LOL, I spit out the milk which I was drinking reading this paragraph.

Phoebe looks at Nick as a god, I must admit I was in love with him too:

They love Nick, though. Who wouldn’t? He’s fifty per cent Greek and one hundred per cent Greek god. He is well over six feet tall and built like a swimmer, and somehow his features combine into the most beautiful face I’ve ever seen in real life.”

 

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Go on, Girl by Hilary Grossman- review

40807170Title: Go on, Girl

Author: Hillary Grossman

Genre: Woman’s fiction, Fiction

Pages: 240

buy it: Amazon

publication day: September 10th 2018

 

My review:

Sidney is a wife and mother of the first grader, Amanda.  She thought that only managing between her work and free time for her family is only concern that she gets until she does an ultimatum “be part of Forest River PTA or your daughter will be banned from the social top ten girls”.  While Sydney considering how to deal with the new situation in the town with the mothers she gets a call from the most “important” mother, Jackie.

I was captured from the first sentence of this book:

“Whoever had the idiotic idea to invent text messages? If I could, I’d strangle them. Back in the day, when people had to rely on the telephone, they were forced to hold back their insecurity and issue, even if only a bit. But now, with the ease of a few keystrokes, everyone was able to share their thoughts and opinions at breakneck speed, without any consideration for their reputations. Not to mention how it made other people feel.”

I agree who was that who invented those things I hate typing especially when the check spelling is on and can control it on my phone, so when I get a text message I call the sender immediately. I keep reading even if I think what could be so interesting with Sydney, she is married, has a child, good job, but I was surprised. I couldn’t put the Kindle down till the end.

Sydney is an assiduous worker, dedicated mother, and careful wife.

“I kissed the top of Amanda’s head; she was growing so fast. She was such a confident little girl. I prayed she’d remain that way forever.”

She is that kind of character that felt so real; with her husband, they look so compatible so cute together that is hard not to think of them as real people. They built their homemaking effort to be cozy and special to raise their only daughter and at the moment they were proud of how it looked.

“It was impossible to take my eyes off the two women who were huddled together, conspiring. Neither was making a move to leave my front yard. I was probably paranoid, but it looked like they were concocting a plan to take over the world, well, at least my world.”

I felt irritation and hate while I read about Jackie. She was controlling and such a drama queen, everything should be just how she said.

I like very much Sydney’s sister Bethany particularly the description of her as a believer in this quote:

“She was a big believer that everything happened for a reason and the universe gave us hints about what was coming up next.”

This was one of the most genuine, family fiction I ever read, so I recommend it to everyone who likes to read a warm and PTA drama, family story.

About Hilary Grossman:

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island.

To find out more of what Hilary is up to check out her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor or find her on Twitter https://twitter.com/feelingbeachie

 

 

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Dating Down by Diane Louise – review

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Title: Dating Down

Author: Diane Louise

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fiction

Pages: 222

Published: 30th September

 

 

My review:

Life sucks sometimes. Alexis’ life is a mess she was wealthy and happy, but she isn’t anymore.  Everything is twisted, she is poor and single but she is intent on to be rich again. Although that decision is easy to make but is tough to do, Alexis will do anything to get to what she wants.

Alexis never considers that taxi drivers are humans neither that they could be attractive young men then she meets Bob. But he is a poor taxi driver, what he could do for her?

I feel joy and happiness reading this book. It’s easy and entertaining page-turner filled with humor and witty remarks.

LOL, this so funny:

“Oh, Alexis you are the epitome of female power; look at you.” She holds me at arm’s length, her strong fingers digging deep into my shoulder like a witch testing my nutritional value.”

Alexis is very funny, mannerly and snobby woman, despite her downsides I like it so much and enjoy reading her ventures, either she is doing it or jump in it.

Candy Alexis’ sister, she is far away from the meaning of her name.  She is Alexis’ opposite sassy, anti-elitist and messy woman.

“Having the thing from the spot where it has stood for years, I dive towards Candy but am too late. Like something from a Stephen King book, she hurls up a gallon of liquid that splatters all over my bare feet.”

Yes, what is wrong? I totally agree with the quote:

“What is wrong with a bath and a good book? That’s what any normal thirty-three years old woman would do.”

From the scenes that I like and could describe as sizzling and sensuous, I would emphasize this one:

“His hair is disheveled again from the cute habit he has of running his hands through it. His bow tie, long since undone, is hanging loosely around his neck and I still have drool on the back of my hand from wiping it away when he flicked open a couple of buttons on his dress shirt.”

I recommend this book to everyone, who likes short, easy turning page romantic comedy.

 

 

Dating Down

Suddenly single and unexpectedly poor, it’s definitely safe to say that Alexis Harland is not living the life of her dreams.

Although she’s determined that nothing, not one little thing, will stop her return from poverty. Well, almost nothing. Her pride might get in the way a little. And possibly her family. And maybe the fact that she hasn’t got a clue where to start.

Many years ago, Alexis was swept away from life on a caravan park and introduced to a world of riches and glamour. All thanks to a wealthy man who married her, reinvented her… and then dumped her for a younger model at the first sign of cellulite.

Now Alexis is stranded, struggling to keep her head above water and her history a secret from her highbrow friends.

As if that isn’t enough for a woman to deal with, one night she comes home to find a sexy man has landed, quite literally, on her doorstep. A man hell-bent on testing everything Alexis thinks she knows about true happiness.

Caught between the life she knows and her blossoming love, can Alexis afford to let go of her unwavering pride, kiss her social status goodbye and accept that stepping back to square one is sometimes a huge leap forward?

Publication Date 30th August

Author Bio –

Diane Louise is a dairy farmer’s wife from the UK who doesn’t know a Holstein from a Hereford.

But what she does know is how to write a funny story. Three years ago she tried to write steamy romance and sucked at it. Honestly, her stiff upper lip made her heroes more wet blankets than wet dreams. With a steely determination to avoid milking the cows, she turned her hand to Romantic Comedy and a star was born. Well, in her mind at least.

Fancy getting to know the woman behind the words?

She hangs around Facebook daily, desperately avoiding housework, and loves nothing more than chatting to fellow lovers of Romantic Comedy over at Di’s Romantic Comedy Club. Or, if you don’t do Facebook, that’s cool, because she also sends a monthly email to her readers, making sure they never miss a new release and sharing behind the scene info about her books. You can join The Monthly Club here.

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Even At Your Darkest by AJ Love -release day

 

 •.☆.•Even At Your Darkest by AJ Love Release Day•.☆.•

AJ Love brings you a contemporary romance with a dark twist. This shady romance will take you on a rollercoaster as Layton and Kane fight their way through the bad, the tragedy, to find each other as well as their own peace.

Check out the synopsis below and get that one clicking finger ready!

Synopsis

Life being Layton Parks isn’t easy. Everything she touches seems to just fall apart at her fingertips – the air conditioning, the coffee maker, her ability to say no. A push over at heart, Layton does what she’s told, when she’s told. With two jobs bleeding her dry, she barely has time to register the rut she seems to have fallen in. Despite this, she’s okay with her life. It’s simple and uncomplicated.



Until it isn’t.

Kane Thatcher doesn’t need any help in being broken because he’s already a walking mass of shattered shards. Unlike Layton, Kane is no one’s Yes Man. After a split decision three years previous turned his world upside down, he’s finally living independent, with no one to worry about but himself.

Until he isn’t.

He’s curious about her, and determined to make her stand up for herself and be who she wants to be.

She’s a little scared of him, yet knows there’s a softer side of him hiding behind all the hate.

Will they bring out the best in each other, or will outside obstacles force out the worst? Will hate win over love, or will they be able to navigate their way through it together?



Click here to buy it now. 


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The Odyssey in a Teacup by Paula Houseman – review

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Title: The Odyssey in a Teacup

Author: Paula Houseman

Genre: Fiction, Chick lit, Romance

Pages: 320

 

 

 

 

My review:

Growing up with a mother who can’t stop telling her that she is a disappointment is difficult for Ruth. Odyssey in a Teacup is Ruth’s journey through life from her birth to her thirties. Everything in Ruth surroundings is driving her crazy.

“My well-meaning, heavily accented Yougoslav, lot-of-syllables aunt, Miroslava (Miri), pronounced “th” as “t”. So to her, I was “Root”.

‘Hullaw, Root. How arrr too, Root? Vot did yoo doo et school dis veek, Root?”

Crazy and funny, isn’t it? But, to little Ruth it isn’t funny. Her mother and father didn’t help her at all.

“ ‘Oeuf! You’re never satisfied, pest!’

I might have been satisfied if I didn’t feel like a gatecrasher. Sylvia had fallen pregnant with me when Myron was only two months old. It was not exactly a dream come true. No woman in her right mind would want to get pregnant on the back of giving birth.  In made sense then that I was accidental, not incidental, but they (she and Joe) told me I was mistake.”

OMG, that is so awful. No child should hear that no matter if it is true or not. While I was reading this I wanted to slap Sylvia, Ruth’s mother.

I like this quote “Our primal responses to threatening situations are ancient and universal, and fear eventually gives way to anger. What was about to take place could have inspired a particularly hunting scene from THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS.”

Synopsis:

Encounters with a pair of supersized Y-fronts; a humourless schoolmarm with an unfortunate name and monstrous yellow incisors; and a tut-tutting, big-breasted, modern-day gorgon are the norm for Ruth Roth. She’s used to crazy.

Her mum squawks like a harpy and her dad has a dodgy moral compass. Add in daily face-offs with a relentlessly bitchy mirror, and Ruth’s home life feels like a Greek tragicomedy.

She hankers for the ordinary. But blah is not a good fit for someone who doesn’t fit in. And isn’t meant to.

Ruth’s vanilla existence is an issue for her besties—her hot-looking, obsessive-compulsive cousin and soul mate (who needs to do everything twice-twice), and her two closest girlfriends.

With their encouragement and a good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology, Ruth embarks on an odyssey to retrieve her spirit. She’s confronted with her biggest challenge ever, though, when one of these friends sends her spiralling back into a dark place.

The decision she must make can either bring her out or launch the mother of all wars in her world.

 

About Paula Houseman

Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing.

She found she was a natural with the double entendres—God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay!

As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender).

Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?

Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of.

Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.

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Definition of Craving by Lia Peele – release day blitz

 

 

Definition of Craving by Lia Peele
Definition Series Book 2
Published August 21, 2018
Contemporary/Erotica
Synopsis:
They could have it all … if the others let him go. 



Scarlett Trent is a woman who is in control. She’s a successful business owner, a contender for the North East Businesswoman of the Year Award, and a woman of means. She knows who she is, what she wants, and where she’s headed. That is, until one extremely handsome distraction… someone from her past … throws her heart and mind into a tailspin. 



Dev Jackson is the embodiment of alpha male. He’s got nothing to prove; it’s there in his smile, his attitude, his swagger. He sees life through a rainbow coloured lens and that’s just fine with Scarlett. Life wasn’t always easy for him. He’s known hardship and experienced bigotry at close hand. The creator of three identities, managing three successful careers, he’s making sure he’ll never return to those days. 



When they reconnect, Scarlett shows him how to be simply Dev, and they soon become each other’s favourite pastime. 



Together they’re stamping their souls into a relationship that fits. Their obsession with each other grows stronger every day but Dev’s past constantly tests them, especially when the mysterious Demeter won’t leave him alone. 



He wants to move on with Scarlett. His past won’t let him.



The people he left in his wake? They can’t let him go. Don’t want to let him go. 



And these people? They’ll go to any length to persuade him to stay. 



Will his past indiscretions drive a wedge between them or will their undeniable passion keep them together?
 
 
 

Demeter Green

I’m so disappointed. Gutted, would be the more appropriate word but it’s so uncouth and I don’t know … colloquial? I don’t know how or when they reunited, but they did. After lunch on Easter Sunday, I paid him a visit and heard them rutting like animals in the shower.
 
How could he? Why go back to her? Why does she have what I want, and with such little effort? It’s not fair. I was certain they’d ended it a couple of weeks ago and when he didn’t turn up at the airport, it confirmed it. That’s when I started to make plans to share a future with him.
Scarlett’s intrusion causes problems I hadn’t anticipated but it adds a frisson of excitement I’m addicted to. I get a thrill out of knowing I’m right next to them, but they have no idea.
I’m the beanie-hat-wearing person sitting close by in the restaurant.
I’m the glasses-wearing shadow slinking behind them as they visit the gym.
I’m the anonymous nobody watching their every move.
My disguises make me invisible. They’re the tools of my trade.
I think I’ve always been invisible to him.
Unfortunately, thanks to her, it looks as though I’ve got a little longer to wait. It doesn’t matter because I’ve been hiding in plain sight since watching him perform at Taboo in December.
What they don’t know is I’ve been here before with Carl Atkinson so I’ve got the willpower and the knowledge. They won’t find me until I want them to.
Following Carl wasn’t as much fun as I thought it’d be. I was smitten by him the first time he appeared on Geordie Bay but he threatened legal action if I insisted on contacting him.
I mean, really? Legal action? He’s a reality TV celeb. Surely any attention is better than no attention. As soon as I saw Adrian, I knew it was over with Carl and made the switch.
Now that I’m gone, I wonder if he misses me.
 
 
About the Author:
 
Lia Peele is a British author from the North East of England. 



She’s my alter ego; a creation of my imagination. I resigned from my job so she can write steamy adult contemporary romance. This means I can hide behind her, and she’s given free rein to set my smutty thoughts free.

 
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Hard Sell by Lauren Layne – review

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Title: Hard Sell

Author: Lauren Layne

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Pages: 252 (I’ve read Kindle copy)

Publication date:(Expected publication:) September 4th 2018 by Montlake Romance

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My review:

Matt Canon the youngest broker in the Wolfe Investments and Wall Street too is in trouble. After a wild bachelor party night in Vegas, he is qualified as a wicked and he starts to lose his clients one by one. So, his bosses the “Sems” give him final demand he must find a girlfriend or he will be fired.

Only one person could help him? But, will she do it?

Hard Sell is the second book from a Wall Street series and I love it so much. I like when the minor character from the first book Matt and Sabrina become the main characters in this one, it’s like I know all of them Lara, Ian, Kate, and Kennedy. After reading this installment I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

Matt is a wonder kid as everyone called him; he is very good with the numbers and the women.

He looks mostly the same as always. Impeccably styled blond hair. Blue eyes that can go from playful to guard in the span of the single breath. His suit’s a dark navy today, the slim silver tie keeping the look modern and sharp…

Sabrina is a strong independent woman who succeeded by herself.

I know. You’re thinking I’m someone who thrives on the other people’s problems.

Sort of.

But I offer them solutions. For a price, yes, but I don’t deal in extortion. I’m upfront with how I work and what they can expect from me from the very beginning. There are no “gotchas” at least from me.

Matt and Sabrina are enemies they hate each other, is it possible that they could be a “thing”.

“It’s not like we’re holding hands and having a sing-along in the street. We’re merely tolerating each other.”

“Sure, she wants me dead. And there were a handful of times I’d have happily strangled her. But counter-intuitively, there was a strange easiness between us, too. Almost as though our mutual wariness of the other person and romantic entanglements frees us up to be our true selves. With each other.”

I like to laugh out loud scenes and phrases like this:

“Where did that phrase come from? Kennedy muses. “Marie Antoinette?”

“No, that’s let them eat cake,” Kate says.” I think have your cake and eat it, too is in reference –“

“Guys,” I interrupt.” A little help here?”

I recommend this book to everyone who wants easy summer read and series fulfilled with romance and from enemies to lover stories.

 

 

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The Last Lie She Told by K.J. Mcgillick – guest post

The Last Lie Told Full Blitz Banner.jpgThe Last Lie She Told

Lies and misdirection rule the game.


To some, Fiona O’Dell is clever and manipulative. To others, she is a dangerous sociopath. One thing is certain – she’s trouble wherever she goes. Now she has vanished from her job, but not before being seen leaving a motel room where one man is found dead, another on the edge of death. Is this grizzly crime scene a BDSM encounter gone wrong? Or is it related to a company data breach where all three are employed? 

Private security expert Lee Stone and NYPD Detective Belle Hughes are assigned to the case. In a race to find Fiona, they track her across four states and shocked to find men from her past are being murdered. With little information and even less evidence, each new crime scene brings more questions than answers.

While secrets are revealed, there is only one conclusion: Fiona controls the game, the players, even the course of the investigation. The danger escalates, and the game must be mastered, or all fall victim to it. As Lee and Belle struggle to put all the pieces together, the two investigators find their relationship heats up as they are drawn to each other. Looking for a murder mystery with a feisty female detective that’s filled with twists and turns? Explore The Last Lie She Told for a thrill ride that leaves you guessing until the end.

Purchase Links

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FBSY51Y

Amazon UK  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FBSY51Y

The Last Lie She Told is 99p/c for until the 14th August.

Author Bio –

The Last Lie She Told - head shotK. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right?

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

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Guest post:

What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?

What I want my readers to take away from my books is new knowledge.

My books are for the most part psychological thrillers. But each book involves information that most people would not encounter in their daily lives. How many people care about art forgery and how money is laundered using art. Few people think about refuges coming from another country illegally except because of the twenty-four-hour news cycle. Does anyone really know or care that many refuges must give a kidney as their payment for a new life? Or does it go through anyone’s mind that there are human organ brokers who make millions harvesting black market organ sales. People depend on our government to keep us safe. But in reality how safe are we from bioterrorism? What is a terrorist started an outbreak of smallpox or unleashed a virulent virus in airports where people could be infected worldwide? My books involve issues that face us every day and most we are not even are aware are one threat away from each of us.

I enjoy the teaching aspects I infuse in my books. Money laundering occurs every day. It’s a nebulous concept. But who would think eBay, Etsy and PayPal are money laundering sites? Would it even sit in your mind that someone can use job sites to launder money? Who needs complicated smurfing and funneling to move money when all you have to is offer a Beanie Baby for sale for a quarter of a million dollars and pay through PayPal to launder money?  Why wrap money in cellophane and truck it across countries when you can purchase art for a quarter of a million and move it in a container and resell it. Or better yet move the art to a freeport and not pay taxes on it and it stays hidden as long as it is needed to be hidden. I want my readers to learn about how criminals work and yet entertained with a story around it.

Let’s face it at the end of the story everyone wants a happily ever after and the villain to be punish. But in real life that doesn’t always happen. Criminal slip through the system on a technicality or the criminal is smart and the evidence trail goes cold. In my books I want my readers to have a whiff of reality yet a closure that will satisfy them.

My newest book The Last Lie She Told is a slight departure from my psychological thrillers and more of a romantic suspense. I hope that the readers will see that the villain has terrible flaws but those flaws may be the product of the hand life dealt her. That not everyone is born a bad seed and sometimes their psych has developed from the struggles in life.

What I enjoy most is that my readers get to put the pieces together and struggle to determine how they actually feel about the bad guys. It’s not always black and white.  

Thank you, K.J.Mcgillick for the wonderful guest post here on Books are my life.

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The Haunting Hattie Hastings I, II, III by Audrey Davis- review

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3One late night Hattie and Gary come home and tragedy hits them. Gary is dead Hattie is heartbroken and devastated maybe he was driving her crazy still she loves him very much. Cat Hattie’s best friend is near Hattie in the difficult time supporting and consoling her. Only the showing of the spirit of Gary could find the way to back Hattie in the right path however she has another problem to convince the others that Gary is back.

My first impression of the first pages of this book was Come on! It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy how death gets into it but after a few pages and many tears, I understood. Gary past away and I was sad and felt like Hattie because I know how it is to lose someone close.  The pages turned away I laugh so many times. The story went perfectly smooth I liked Hattie and Cat’s friendship also when Gary was showing up the situations were humorous.

When the first part ended I couldn’t hardly wait to read the second part and then the third one. How pages went on the whole situation become interesting and fun with all the characters Hattie, Cat, Gary’s spirit and Hattie’s mother. Every one of them had something to deal with.

This book is for this summer relaxing days fast, fun with emotional edging, when you read it, make sure that you have enough tissues for crying.

 

Synopsis part three:

Nothing lasts forever … Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end. His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But he still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message.

Best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …

Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

Purchase from Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Hattie-Hastings-Part-Three-ebook/dp/B07DT2P5Q3

About Audrey Davis

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Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …

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