Blog Tour: If You Only Knew (Cynthia Clark) @Aria_Fiction

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 6.43.51 AM.pngGood morning and welcome to my stop on the Aria Fiction blog tour for If You Only Knew by Cynthia Clark!

I am thrilled to be able to kick off this tour with an extract from the novel, but, first, let’s take a look at the synopsis!

A wife, a mother, a killer.

One wrong decision, one terrifying night, leaves student Elizabeth with a stark choice – kill or be killed. And the consequences of that choice will shape her whole life.

Now a wife, a mother, and a lawyer, she must find a way to out run her past, protect her family and live with her secret. But is it really possible to live a happy life with such a huge shadow cast by the past? And as it becomes clear that someone else knows her secret and is hunting her down, time is running out for Elizabeth to keep her family safe.

In the bestselling tradition of Clare Mackintosh and Jenny Blackhurst, Cynthia Clark has written a heart-stopping story about the choices we make and how far we’d go to protect our families. Even if it means deceiving the people we love most…

Anything that runs a comparison to Clare Mackintosh instantly has my attention!  Keep reading to check out an extract from If You Only Knew!

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Blog Tour: The Man Who Died (Antti Tuomainen) @OrendaBooks @antti_tuomainen

Screen Shot 2017-10-14 at 12.01.18 PM.pngLast year, I read The Mine by Antii Tuomainen and I loved it. I was blown away by the atmospheric style of the writing and the spell bounding descriptions of the Finnish landscape.   This is why I am especially thrilled to be able to be a part of the Orenda blog tour for The Man Who Died, another novel, by Antti Tuomainen.

This one is completely different from The Mine.   Following a successful man in the mushroom business, Jaakko, who is shocked when his doctor tells him he is dying.   Having a few mere days or weeks to leave, Jaakko is further shocked to learn that his cause of his pending passing is prolonged exposure to toxins. Someone has been poisoning him. Desperate to find out who is responsible, Jaakko digging into his own life and finds himself thrust into a suspenseful rollercoaster. Filled with heart-pounding emotions and deliciously dark humour, this book stood out from the moment I turned the first page.

One of the biggest features of the text that stood out for me was the paranoia within the prose. Jaakko is completely paranoid and on edge in regards to who has been trying to slowly kill him (and rightfully so!). Tuomainen brilliantly captures this feeling throughout the pages and I found myself worked up during my reading. I was looking over my own shoulder and second-guessing what food was in front of me. His emotions throughout the course of the text felt so realistic.

This book is certainly one of the most unique that I have read. Needless to say, I sat down to read this one and was not able to put it down.  Without saying much to spoil the plot, I must say, a particular moment at the end, during a speech was one of my favourite parts of the text. Just brilliant!

Thanks to Orenda books and the author for a copy of this book.  It was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

Blog Tour: The Second Son (Andy Blackman)

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Good morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Second Son by Andy Blackman.

I am so thrilled to be able to bring you a character spotlight on my stop, but first, let’s take a look at the synopsis for The Second Son!

As the second son of the Duke of Hampshire, Grenville St John Hampton isn’t likely to inherit his family’s title or estate, leaving him pondering an empty, aimless future. During the summer break from university, he impulsively decides to go backpacking with one of his oldest friends, Johnathan; their destination is Belize.

One sultry night on the Central American coastline, Grenville and Johnathan meet Tom. A game of darts takes a vicious turn. Realising he has nothing to look forward to back at home, Grenville decides to stay on in Belize with Tom, in pursuit of adventure. Together, the new friends establish an import business, and for the rest time in his life, Grenville has a sense of purpose.

But back in England all is not well. The sudden death of his brother leaves Grenville with an unexpected – and now unwanted – inheritance, with new consequences and responsibilities. He will return to claim the family’s seat with a dark secret in tow.

Keep reading to check out a character spotlight on Grenville St John Hampton!

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Blog Tour: The Accident (Dawn Goodwin) @Aria_Fiction @DGoodwinAuthor

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Good Afternoon (and Happy Thanksgiving to all those Canadians who are reading this!) and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Accident by Dawn Goodwin.  I am thrilled to be kicking off the tour with a guest post by the author discussing the inspiration behind the novel.

First, let’s take a look at the synopsis of this debut psychological thriller that is perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and S.J Watson.

Veronica Pullman’s comfortable suburban life comes to a shuddering halt when her young daughter, Grace, tragically dies in a car accident.

Months later, unable to come to terms with her daughter’s death, detached from her husband and alienated from her friends and family, a chance encounter on a rainy street pushes her into an unlikely new friendship.

Scarlet is everything Veronica could’ve been: feisty, adventurous, unpredictable.  But as she approaches what would have been Grace’s 10th birthday, it becomes clear to Veronica that the friendship she thought was saving her life could be costing her everything.

Consumed by grief and left questioning her own sanity, is there anyone she can really trust or is someone out to torment her as part of their twisted game?

Sounds pretty stellar, doesn’t it?  Keep reading to see what Dawn Goodwin, the author of The Accident, had to say when discussing the inspiration behind the novel. 

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Blog Tour: The Good Mother (Karen Osman) @Aria_Fiction @KarenAuthor

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Good morning and welcome to my stop on the Aria Publishing blog tour for the psychological suspense novel, The Good Mother, by Karen Osman!

I am thrilled to be hosting and to be able to bring you a guest post by the author herself.

Before we get to that, let’s check out a synopsis of this book, shall we?

How far would you go to protect your children? A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling…

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…  

Kate has no time for herself.  Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…  

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…  

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.

Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it?  Keep reading to read how Karen Osman, the author of The Good Mother, wrote her novel!

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Blog Tour: Anything You Do Say (Gillian McAllister) @GillianMAuthor @MichaelJBooks

Screen Shot 2017-10-03 at 6.03.27 AM.pngEarlier this year, I read (and LOVED!) Everything but the Truth, the debut novel by Gillian McAllister.   I was more than thrilled to find out that McAllister’s sophomore novel, Anything You Do Say, would be publishing in early 2018. That being said, I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister.

McAllister breathes new life into the psychological thriller genre by adding in a thick layer of morality and human emotion. This novel was extremely through provoking. It opens with Joanna, out at a bar, with her friends. After being accosted, Joanna and her girlfriends leave the bar and Joanna heads home. She hears footsteps. She is being followed. It has to be the man from the bar. She turns around. Pushes the threat. He falls and tumbles down a flight of stairs. He does not get up. Now, Joanna is faced with a decision. Fight or flight.

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Blog Tour: The Kindred Killers (Graham Smith) @Bloodhoundbook @GrahamSmith1972

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.17.14 AM.pngGood morning and welcome to my stop on the The Kindred Killers blog tour!

The second book in the Jake Boulder series by Graham Smith and published by Bloodhound Books, I was so excited to crack into this one! I had read the previous novel in the series, Watching the Bodies, earlier this year and I loved it.   A fast paced, suspenseful, action packed story led by brooding protagonist, Jake Boulder; this one read like a police procedural novel…but better! I am not going to lie; I was expecting to be completely blown away by the second book in the series, especially since I loved the first one so much. I am glad to say that this book lived up to my expectations. Graham Smith blew me away with his intricate plot and non-stop action. I couldn’t read this one fast enough.  Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Kindred Killers (Graham Smith) @Bloodhoundbook @GrahamSmith1972”

Blog Blitz: The Winter Wedding Plan (Olivia Miles) @MSOLIVIAMILES @FOREVERROMANCE

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Earlier this year, I read One Week to the Wedding, the intro to a new series by Olivia Miles, featuring a recently jilted wedding planner (Kate) and her family.   Fun and endearing, I was able to devour it in an afternoon so, as soon as I saw the second book in the series, The Winter Wedding Plan, I knew I had to add to my TBR.

Similar to the first book, this one gave me that Elin Hilderbrand vibe; heartwarming and endearing.   I ended up sitting down to start this book and finished it within a few hours. Featuring Kate’s sister, Charlotte, recently back from some time away from home (reasons are explained in the previous book, so I don’t want to ruin anything!) is trying to redeem herself and ends up smack dab in the middle of a plan that she doesn’t know if she can handle.  Greg is a high profile client with a lot on the line.  As he and Charlotte become closer, will he risk it all for a chance at true happiness?  That being said, I do think the book could be difficult to read as a standalone.  The characters build from the first book, as does the plot.

I think I liked this book even better than the first, Miles truly gets into her stride and further develops these characters. I loved it.  There are some truly heartfelt moments and some hilarious ones too as Charlotte tries to navigate motherhood and her family. If you are looking for a fun, romance novel to get you into the holiday spirit, I would recommend this one!  It’s a great winter read!

As part of the blog blitz for release week, Olivia Miles, the book’s author, curated a list of her top five favourite books, especially for Clues and Reviews!

Top 5 Favorite Novels

Oh, so hard to narrow it to just five! I read across all genres, but I’m sticking with romance for this one.

  • A Lady Awakened, by Cecilia Grant
  • The Trouble with Christmas, by Debbie Mason
  • Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
  • If You Only Knew, by Kristen Higgins
  • Marry – Me Christmas, by Shirley Jump
Thanks so much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel.

Blog Tour: House of Spines (Michael J. Malone) @OrendaBooks @michaelJmalone1

Screen Shot 2017-09-23 at 8.58.20 AM.pngGood morning and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for House of Spines by Michael J Malone.

I am thrilled to be taking part in the tour and providing a review.

Michael J Malone is an author that I have admired from afar.   Numerous book bloggers sing his praises and his book, A Suitable Lie, has been on my TBR pile anxiously awaiting me. From what I have been told, his writing is completely addictive and captivating. Now that I have finished House of Spines, I would have to say, I totally agree.   Malone had me hooked from the moment I turned the first page and I was completely drawn into this dark, gothic world within the pages. I could not put it down.  Continue reading “Blog Tour: House of Spines (Michael J. Malone) @OrendaBooks @michaelJmalone1”