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Moondance by Diane Chandler @Dchandlerauthor @Blackbird_Bks

#BookReview #Blog Tour #Giveaway Moondance by Diane Chandler @Dchandlerauthor @Blackbird_BksTitle: Moondance

Author: Diane Chandler

Published by Blackbird Digital Books on October 31, 2016

Genres: General Fiction, Women's Fiction

Pages: 352

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Blackbird Digital Books

Book Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

IVF could create a baby but could it also destroy a marriage?

Cat has always been in control of her life. Happily married to Dom, but flying high as a political lobbyist, she dismisses his desire to start a family … until she herself is ready.

But what if it is then too late?

Complex and selfish, intelligent and open, if she is to succeed in having that elusive child, Cat must battle through gruelling fertility treatment and the emotional strain it places on her marriage. By her side, Dom, easygoing and ever the optimist, finds that he too risks being run ragged by their journey.

Both are forced to come to terms with their longing for a baby against the blitz on a relationship tested like never before.

Bittersweet, at times funny, and always emotionally raw, this is by far the most moving and honest novel you’ll ever read about IVF and its impact on a marriage.


Review:

Insightful, poignant, and profoundly touching!

This is an incredibly intriguing novel that delves into the emotional, physical and mental anguish experienced by those suffering infertility and the hardships and struggles involved in the process of IVF. 

The prose is clear and precise. The characters are consumed, self-involved, troubled, and real. And the plot is written in a back and forth, past/present, style that gives a wonderful depth and appreciation to all the relationships and personalities in it.

Overall, this, ultimately, is a thought-provoking, moving novel about familial relationships, friendship, love, loss, jealousy, guilt, and the importance of support and communication.

 

This novel is due to be published on November 1, 2016. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

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Thank you to Blackbird Books and Diane Chandler for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. It was a real honour and pleasure to read.

 

About Diane Chandler

Diane Chandler worked first as a political lobbyist in Brussels, and then at the European Commission for several years, where she managed overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Ukraine became the subject for her first novel The Road To Donetsk. Moondance, her second novel, about a high-flying career woman battling with gruelling fertility treatment, was informed by her personal experience of the emotional and physical impact of IVF. Diane lives in west London and is available for interviews, events and feature-writing commissions.

 

And for more information on other titles available from Blackbird Books visit them at:

blackbird-books.com or on Twitter at: @Blackbird_Bks

 

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Only You by Denise Grover Swank

#BookReview  #BlogTour  #Giveaway Only You by Denise Grover SwankTitle: Only You

Author: Denise Grover Swank

Series: Bachelor Brotherhood #1

Published by Forever on October 25, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 368

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Grand Central Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

**NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT**

The first book in a spin-off from Denise Grover Swank’s New York Times bestselling Wedding Pact series (The Wedding Pact, The Player, The Gambler, The Valentine)

“Warm and funny, the first book in the Bachelor Brotherhood series reads like a great Hollywood rom-com.” –iBooks Best Books of June

Never say never…Romance isn’t an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor…

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world’s craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn’t play by the rules…


Review:                                       

Charming, flirty, and incredibly romantic!

This is a classic contemporary romance story full of heart, humour, and emotion.

The writing is clear and fluid. The characters, which includes some of our all-time favourites from the Wedding Pact series, are quirky, endearing, lovable, and deliciously sexy. And the plot is a good mix of familial relationships, friendship, steamy chemistry, witty dialogue, and true love.

Overall, this is a clever, fun, easy read that will leave a smile on your face and have you wishing for your very own new swoon-worthy neighbour.

This is the first novel in “The Bachelor Brotherhood Series”, and I can’t wait to read the next installment, “Until You”, Tyler’s story, due out in spring 2017.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy of this story from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

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Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

 

And for more information on other titles available from Forever visit them at:

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I Kill (André Warner, Manhunter #2)
by Lex Lander

#BookReview I Kill (André Warner, Manhunter #2) by Lex LanderTitle: I Kill

Author: Lex Lander

Series: André Warner Manhunter #2

Published by Kaybec Publishing on May 1, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 400

Format: eBook

Source: Authoright

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

Synopsis:

WHEN SHE WAS TAKEN FROM HIM HE WENT AFTER HER AND SEALED HER FATE – HIS TOO

Racked by guilt over his accidental killing of a young Italian girl, contract killer André Warner has effectively retired himself from his ‘profession’ and taken to drink and other palliatives, while sinking slowly into a mire of depression.

A contract in Tangier to assassinate an Arab drug trafficker lures him out of retirement and self-pity. Soon after his arrival he encounters attractive American widow, Clair Power, and her precocious sixteen year-old daughter, Lizzy, who bears such a striking resemblance to the girl Warner killed that his waning anguish is instantly rekindled. He attempts to assuage it by embarking on a fling with Clair which brings him into conflict with a mysterious Dutchman named Rik de Bruin, who also appears to have designs on her.

The contract on the drug merchant is cancelled with no explanation given, but Warner, now seriously involved with Clair, is more relieved than disappointed. Their budding romance is not destined to blossom however. Clair disappears and Warner is landed with the role of de facto guardian to Lizzy.

In tracking down Clair, Warner crosses a line that brings him into conflict with the local police and he is deported from Tangier with a distraught Lizzy in tow. Back at his Andorra villa she slowly recovers from her mother’s disappearance and launches an assault on Warner’s good intentions. Her increasingly provocative behavior disturbs yet excites him, and when Rik de Bruin pitches up in Andorra and begins to take an interest in Lizzy too, Warner gets possessive the only way he knows.

Too late, alas, to save Lizzy from an unspeakable fate.


Review:

Incredibly disturbing, faced-paced, and highly suspenseful!

This a dark and gritty thriller full of murder, power, violence, drug abuse, child pornography, manipulation, dominance, corruption, and sexual exploitation.

The writing, itself, is well done, well plotted, and exceptionally shocking, chilling, and creepy. However, I found the characters really hard to like. The main character, André, is a hitman with loose morals and very few redeeming qualities, and the supporting characters are dangerous, vulnerable, and cunning.

Overall, this story is not for the squeamish, but if you like seedy, macabre page turners this is definitely the novel for you. 

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy of this novel from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

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Thank you to Authoright, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Lex Lander

Lex Lander is a British-born thriller writer who was raised in France, earned his degree in French and Italian in New Zealand and currently lives in Montreal. Lander is the author of the first volume in the André Warner series, END AS AN ASSASSIN, published by Kaybec on May 1, 2016, as well as the thriller, ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER JACKAL, published by Kaybec in 2013. And Vol III in the André Warner series, THE MAN WHO HUNTED HIMSELF, will be published by Kaybec in the autumn.

 

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Book Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

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BOOK 3

A HOT IN CHICAGO NOVEL

KATE MEADER

Pocket Books

September 27, 2016

ISBN 9781476785936

$7.99

 

Praise for Sparking the Fire, Book 3:

“The tale of hot firefighters and the women—and one man—who love them has come to an end. Meader ends this series with role playing, fierce family loyalty and multiple orgasms. The male protagonist goes through a transformation that showcases his vulnerability, insecurities, possessiveness and protectiveness. The many instances of a family sticking together through it all are more than enough to tug on the heart strings, but the steamy sex and sentimental pillow talk make this book a must-read.”

RT Book Reviews Four Star Review, Scorcher

“Can a firefighter and a movie star really make it work? Meader (Rekindle the Flame, 2015) immerses you in Wyatt’s tight-knit family of foster siblings that she’s built throughout the Hot in Chicago series, and readers will feel like part of the family in no time. Her descriptions of Chicago will leave fans wanting to travel to the Windy City and fall in love with their own firefighters.”

—Booklist

 About Sparking the Fire, Book 3:

Heating up reading lists this Fall will be Kate Meader’s highly anticipated Sparking the Fire, the “sexy and sassy” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux) steamy third novel in the Hot in Chicago series, where former lovers unexpectedly reunite for a sizzling affair that will have the director yelling, “Quiet on the set!”

 AN OLD FLAME STILL SIMMERS…

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Company 6, needs a low key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. But then in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

BUT WILL A NEW SHOT AT LOVE LEAVE HER BURNED?

Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back into the big time. And she’s not going to let anything stand in her way—even a certain brooding, blue-eyed firefighter she’s never quite been able to forget…Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

My Review: 8.5/10

Deliciously steamy, smoulderingly sexy, and incredibly hot!

This is a good mix of heart, family, emotion, sass, and sex.

It is an entertaining story that combines a brooding, swoon-worthy, marine turned firefighter (that’s two-for-one right there), and a beautiful, strong-willed, wary actress, in a plot filled with saucy innuendos, delicious chemistry, sizzling tension, and second-chance love.

What more can I say. It’s a well written little bit of guilty pleasure that definitely lives up to its cover.

About the Author:

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Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, Kate lives on the web at katemeader.com.

 

Fire Giveaway:

We are excited to do a Fire Giveaway to celebrate the third in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series, Sparking the Fire. This giveaway will include Flirting with Fire (Book 1) and Playing with Fire (Book 2). You can visit all sites on the blog tour to enter the Fire Giveaways – but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.

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Blog Tour:

September 14: RT Book Reviews – Excerpt

September 20: Heroes and Heartbreakers – Excerpt

September 23: USA Today’s Happy Ever After – Excerpt

September 26: Harlequin Junkie – Interview; Under the Covers – Interview; A Midlife WifeMrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It

September 27: Collector of Book BoyfriendsLiterary GossipThe Romance ReviewsOnce Upon a TwilightStraight Shootin’ Book Reviews

September 28: Four Chicks Flipping PagesIn Between the PagesReviews by CrystalRead Love Blog

September 29: Abigail Books AddictionRead Your WritesBooklovers for LifeDirty and Thirty

September 30: Lush Book ReviewsArt, Books & CoffeeJack of All Trades, Master of NoneThe Lovely Books

October 3: The Romance DishMargie’s Must ReadsGirl Meets BooksDirty Girl RomanceJen’s Reading ObsessionJackie’s Books ‘n BagsWhat’s Better Than Books?TJ Loves to ReadCurvy and NerdyHot Guys in BooksKT Book ReviewsFour Chicks Flipping Pages

October 4: About That StoryLove is a State of MindCloset Geeks and Slow MoBook JunkiezBooks Are My Friends, Come See WhyOff-Grid-Momma’s BookshelfFire and Ice Book ReviewsPolished Book WormIngrid’s Book BlogThoughts of a BlondeE-Reading After Midnight

October 5: Cocktails and BooksWTF Are You Reading?Alathia Paris MorganThe Reading CaféThose Crazy Book ChicksAnonymissesThe Sassy BooksterAlways BookingI Love RomanceGuilty Pleasures Book ReviewsKitty’s Book Spot!Pretty Sassy Cool

October 6: Bea’s Book NookKricket’s Chirps Romance BlogEver After Book ReviewsMarie’s Tempting ReadsJenerated ReviewsI’m A Sweet And Sassy Book WhoreEbookobsessed.comA Fortress of BooksAuthor LiaisonsSexy BibliophilesThe Librarian – Blog Talk Radio Author’s on the Air – Interview Only – Listen Live at 7:30 pm ET!; Amy’s Books Obsession

October 7: Once Upon a PageRamblings from this ChickSouthern Yankee Book ReviewsDog-Eared DaydreamsOh My Growing TBRBujoijoi22After Dark Book LoversLiterary, Etc.Misty’s Book Bin And MoreFiction FangirlsThe Book QuarryRed Cheek Reads

Sparking the Fire buy links:

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HOT TIP: Kate is also offering a $25 Amazon gift card during the Sparking the Fire release tour. It will run Monday September 26 to Friday October 7. Enter here.

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Dark Water by Sara Bailey
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#BookReview & #BlogTour Dark Water by Sara Bailey @baileysaraTitle: Dark Water

Author: Sara Bailey

Published by Nightingale Editions on October 3, 2016

Genres: General Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 288

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Nightingale Editions

Book Rating: 9/10

 

 

Synopsis:

A deeply poignant coming-of-age thriller

When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney to care for her father after a heart attack, she is forced to face memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from. Still haunted by the disappearance of her blood-sister, Anastasia – who vanished during a daredevil swimming incident – Helena must carefully navigate the island that made her, and the old faces that still ask: what really happened that night by the wrecks?

An intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession, from debut novelist Sara Bailey.


Review:

Chilling, haunting, and deeply moving!

This is a gripping novel that demonstrates the enduring mental and emotional anguish that can be caused by friendship, familial dynamics, loss, guilt, grief, jealousy, and loneliness, and emphasizes the importance of closure and forgiveness.

The prose is beautiful and clear. The characters are consumed, damaged, troubled, and real. The setting is vividly described, with the island of Orkney being a character itself with its dreariness and isolation. And the plot is meticulous, clever, mysterious, melancholic, and exceptionally riveting.

This truly is a gripping, thought-provoking, emotional novel that is incredibly captivating and intriguing from the very start. It would definitely be a wonderful addition to book clubs everywhere and I highly recommend it.

 

This novel is due to be published on October 3, 2016. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

Amazon UKAmazon USAmazon CanadaChapters/IndigoBook Depository

 

 

Thank you to Nightingale Editions for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sara Bailey

Dr Sara Bailey is a writer, consultant and lecturer who has been working with authors and screenwriters for many years, in Richmond-upon-Thames, Winchester and Southampton. She has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University.

Her first book was published by Bloomsbury in 2013, Writing the Horror Movie, which she co-authored whilst hiding behind a cushion. Recently she has returned to her home of Orkney, the setting of her debut novel, Dark Water.

 

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Ganga Jamuna by Sunita Lad Bhamray

#BookReview Ganga Jamuna by Sunita Lad BhamrayTitle: Ganga Jamuna

Author: Sunita Lad Bhamray

Published by Kitaab International Pte Ltd on 2016

Genres: General Fiction

Pages: 150

Format: eBook

Source: Authoright

Book Rating: 7/10

 

 

Synopsis:

A zealous single mother must travel from her home in Nepal to Singapore in order to access an experimental surgery that could save her conjoined twins in this empowering novel of love and survival. 

Abani has so far lived a life of quiet resolve. Admired by strangers for her striking beauty and soft-spoken demeanour, she has pressed on without complaint through the challenges life has thrown at her growing up in a poor family. After she learns she is pregnant with conjoined twins, Abani faces an even greater trial: the only hope she has of saving the lives of both her children is a revolutionary new surgery performed exclusively in Singapore. With only the few supplies she can carry – and the advice and support of her friends – Abani begins the impossible passage across the Indian continent: a mother’s mission to save her unborn children.


 Review:

“The young paediatric assistant, who was around, moved closer and within minutes he removed the blankets that covered the infants. Once the blankets were removed, they awakened and began to move their limbs about peculiarly. Their heads remained fastened to each other and the spectacle before her was devoid of normalcy. As she watched, she could hear Dr. Prasad’s voice in the background that slowly began to fade. “They are doing well. What I wanted to tell you the other day is that conjoined twins are rare.”

This is a poignant story that takes us on a journey of Abani’s life, from her first love as a young girl, through loss, heartbreak, single motherhood, and raising conjoined twins.

The characters are strong, courageous and resilient. The plot is unique and interesting. And the writing is atmospheric and descriptive, although I did find there were some instances when the syntax slightly disrupted the fluidity.

Overall, however, this is a bittersweet novel that introduces us to the emotional, physical, and medical difficulties involved with the birth of conjoined twins, and it certainly reminds us that life is truly a blessing.

 

This novel is available now.

To purchase this novel, please visit your favourite retailer or the following link.

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Thank you to Authoright for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sunita Lad Bhamray

Sunita Lad Bhamray is an author and educator living in Singapore with her husband and two children. After earning her graduate degree and enjoying a long and rewarding career teaching internationally, Lad Bhamray now devotes her time to writing. Ganga Jamuna is her third book; her first, Triumphs on the Turf, released in 2011, was about horse racing in India. It was followed by Grandma Lim’s Persimmons, a storybook for children, in 2013.

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Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen
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#BookReview Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowenTitle: Rookie Move

Author: Sarina Bowen

Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1

Published by Berkley Publishing on September 6, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 336

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Berkley Publishing, NetGalley

Book Rating: 9/10

 

Synopsis:

The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… 

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….


Review:

Romantic, captivating, and wonderfully provocative!

This is a sizzling, easy read that mixes, a handsome, hard-bodied, hockey player, and a beautiful, intelligent publicist, with a heartwarming, second-chance storyline.

The writing is spot on. The characters are real, charming, and unforgettable. And the plot is intoxicating with its racy intimations, scorching tension, feisty chemistry, witty banter, emotional drama, and thrilling hockey!

Once again, Sarina Bowen has written a sweet, funny, hard-to-put-down story that will have you rooting for the underdog and wishing for a few more pages.

This is the first book in the “Brooklyn Bruisers” series, and I can’t wait to read Ari and O’Doul’s story in the next novel, Hard Hitter, due out in early 2017.

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway for your very own copy of “Rookie Move” HERE, before you go.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy of this book from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

Amazon UKAmazon USAmazon CanadaChapters/Indigo

 

 

Thank you to NetGalley, especially Berkley Publishing Group, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry
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#BlogTour #BookReview Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry @GirdharryAnnTitle: Good Girl Bad Girl

Author: Ann Girdharry

Series: Kal Medi #1

Published by Chassagnard Publishing on July 7, 2016

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 338

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Ann Girdharry

Book Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Mother missing, the discovery of a powerful and corrupt syndicate and dark secrets about her father revealed leaves 28-year old Kal determined to pursue her own investigations, no matter what sinister truths she uncovers, in this intense psychological thriller.

Kal is convinced her investigative journalist mother must have been working on a controversial, and top level, news story, it is the only explanation for her sudden and suspicious disappearance. Although mistrustful of the police, Kal allows Detective Inspector Spinks, the officer assigned to her mother’s case, to accompany her when she visits her grandmother to break the news. What they don’t expect is to uncover a file of shocking research cataloguing the deviant activities of seven members of London’s political and business elite. Back on the streets of London, the survival instincts and specialist expertise she learned from her late father, kick into overdrive, as Kal resolves to not only find her mother but continue her work and unveil the conspiracy hidden amongst those in power.


Review:

Incredibly dark, disturbingly clever, and exceptionally creepy!

This is a spine-chilling thriller that transports you into a gritty world full of secrets, lies, corruption, malfeasance, sadism, torture, psychological manipulation, and deviant ideologies.

The prose is precise, original, and exceptionally detailed. The characters are dynamic and complex, especially the heroine, Kal, who is tenacious, brave, strong, yet vulnerable. And although the plot seems to get a little bogged down at the beginning of the story, it quickly turns into a faced-paced, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that’s hard to put down.

This is the first novel in the Kal Medi series, and I look forward to reading about all the suspense-filled drama she gets mixed up in next.

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a paperback or ebook copy of this novel from your favourite retailer or from the following Amazon links.

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Thank you to Ann Girdharry, the author, for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has been a pleasure.

 

About Ann Girdharry

Ann Girdharry is a British crime suspense thriller author.

A trained psychotherapist, she worked for many years as a manager in the not-for-profit sector, for agencies working with carers, vulnerable older people, survivors of abuse, and victims of racial attacks.

She currently lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children.

Her debut novel, GOOD GIRL BAD GIRL, is an ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD Finalist 2017. Her second crime suspense thriller, LONDON NOIR, will be published October 2017. She is also author of Chilling Tales of the Unexpected Short Reads.

Blog Tour: Q & A with Elli Lewis

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I am delighted and thrilled to welcome the gracious Elli Lewis to my blog today.

Recently Elli contacted me to see whether I would be interested in reading and reviewing her debut novel, Trophy Life, and I have to say, as a lover of unique, fun, contemporary romance stories, once I read the synopsis I was sold.

Elli is a lawyer, turned novelist, who drew on her experiences as a lawyer to the stars to write an intelligent, heartwarming tale about high society, happiness, family, fulfillment, and love. It is an entertaining, captivating story that’s got a great mix of drama, humour, and romance. I can’t say enough about this novel. It’s definitely one of my favourite reads so far this year. And if you haven’t had a chance already, please check out my full review HERE

And now it is a great honour to introduce you to Elli Lewis and her debut novel, Trophy Life, through a little Q&A.


ELLI, DESCRIBE TROPHY LIFE IN A NUTSHELL?

Amy is an accidental trophy wife who must survive the very peak of London high society. It’s tongue in cheek, unapologetically glamorous chick lit choc full of strong characters, but it’s also about lost love and learning to cope with whatever life throws at you.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE A STORY SET IN LONDON’S ARISTOCRACY?

Quite frankly, I couldn’t resist. To me, reading is an escape and I wanted to create a world filled with luxury and glamour. It’s something I’ve thought about ever since my time as a lawyer in the City, when my clients had the kind of wealth and fame that’s usually restricted to films or magazines. Having seen that world, having been on the inside of it, I wanted to bring the reader down the rabbit hole with me.

TALK ABOUT YOUR MAIN CHARACTER, AMY. HOW DOES SHE BECOME AN ACCIDENTAL TROPHY WIFE?

Amy has so much potential, but she allows life to happen to her. She doesn’t take control or make decisions. I think we can all be guilty of that sometimes, just falling into this or that. I wanted to explore what could happen if you took that to an extreme and poor Amy was my guinea pig.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER IN THE BOOK?

It has to be Amy’s sister-in-law, Giselle. She’s beautiful and enviable, but she’s also smart, funny and kind. I like that she’s not what she seems, nor what society wants her to be.

DO YOU BASE YOUR CHARACTERS ON REAL PEOPLE AND ARE ANY OF THEM YOU?

I would be absolutely terrified of basing the casts of my stories on real people. I even avoid using the names of people I know. But I definitely mash up elements of friends, family and celebrity personas in bringing characters to life. As for me, I use my characters to voice a lot of my thoughts and there are echoes of my story in Amy’s, but we are very different. The only exception to any of this is that my husband always makes an appearance in my books and he can always tell where.

THE BOOK DOESN’T TAKE A LINEAR CHRONOLOGICAL APPROACH. WHAT INSPIRED THE STRUCTURE?

One of my favourite authors is Paul Torday and his works, particularly The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce, taught me that we mustn’t take the structure of a book for granted. Without giving too much away, I felt that writing the book in this way allowed the reader to see what led Amy to make the decisions she did and that it didn’t happen overnight.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

I have always loved writing and I am an avid reader so I think the answer has to be yes; being an author was always my dream job. But for a long time it seemed out of my reach; something akin to being a popstar or a premiership footballer. What’s more, it definitely didn’t happen overnight. After my time in law, I worked as a copywriter and ran my own agency for a while, writing marketing copy and occasionally ghost or feature writing. The books were a natural progression. I already wrote for a living, but I started writing creatively, for myself, in my own time.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Lots and lots more books. I’ve written another two and I’m working on getting the next one – The Lottery Club – ready for publication.

AND NOW MORE ABOUT ELLI LEWIS, HERSELF!

elli-lewis-home-feature-1raxov5xm1lc5kcoj7ro3e5wqps1a0jcds2ax30rcbd0Elli grew up in North London, the second of three sisters and, consequently, in a home that was bursting at the seams with shoes. As a teenager in the 90s, she experimented with Sun In, wore a standard uniform of combat trousers and vest top and shed tears over the breakup of Take That.

She soon recovered and went on to study law at university and qualify as a solicitor. In the course of her career, Elli has worked for some of the UK’s most prestigious law firms, representing a host of A-list clients. Her time in the City gave her a unique insight into the depths of high society, the height of fame and the biggest of fortunes. It was a world where multi-million pound mansions housed pampered pooches and ruthless spouses determined to wreak revenge, experiences that would later inspire her literary career.

In 2008, she went on to found a successful copywriting agency, with clients including national newspapers and media brands, including the BBC.

The books came later. If you ask Elli why she started writing novels, she will glaze over and look thoughtfully into the middle distance. This is not because she doesn’t like you – well, probably – but because Elli has literally no clue how it happened. Suffice to say that, one day she started typing and then never stopped. In fact, Elli wrote Trophy Life, The Lottery Club and The Anti-Natals in the same year and published the first of them in 2016.

Elli can now be found back in North London in the house she shares with one tired husband, two boisterous boys and a colossal Siberian cat. She relies on coffee and chocolate to keep her awake and has a mild addiction to pitta chips.

Thank you, Elli Lewis. It has been a real pleasure. And I can honestly say I am now a huge fan and I can’t wait to read your next novel, The Lottery Club, once it’s ready for publication.

For those of you looking for a great summer read, pick up a copy of Trophy Life, available July 26, 2016, from your favourite retailer or from the following Amazon links. I guarantee you’ll love it!

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For more information on Elli Lewis, visit her website at: http://www.ellilewis.com

or follow her on Twitter at: @ElliLewisTweets

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