Monday, 18 March 2019


The Girl in Red- John Nicholl-Psychological
(Previously released as Bullly Boy Blue)

Kathy is terrified of her husband. Her abuses her both mentally and physically and she
struggles to do anything right for him. He is an inspector in the police force and used to
be a detective (we don’t know what out him back in uniform). He has told others that
since having a miscarriage Kathy has been seeing a psychiatrist and has been making
things up, so that if she says anything about him beating her no-one believes her.
She has tried calling the police and even neighbours have called them having heard
her screams but of course with his position she is not taken seriously. The only person
that does is her sister. She plots against him as he is really a bully. A powerful bully
that everyone believes rather than his victim. This is a hard hitting story from the
outset. A wife whom others believe is ill. A respected professional looked up to.
A liar and a bully. This novella pulls no punches and makes you think of what some
people have gone or are going through. We take things on face value. “I’m fine”-
really? You know what is likely to happen but still it enthrals and captivates you
to keep reading. I won’t say too much about the plot as it is a novella and I don’t
want to spoil it. A difficult emotive subject handled extremely well.
Short and snappy, well thought out and well described. A book to remember,
a book to read in one sitting.

Kathy thought she’d met her soulmate. But Police Inspector Michael Conner’s behaviour changes on the day of their wedding.

Showing his true colours for the first time, Conner becomes increasingly manipulative, controlling and cruel as the months' pass.

When Kathy tries to escape, Connor does his best to convince everyone that she is mentally ill. But Anna, Kathy’s identical twin sister, doesn’t believe it.

After a tragic event, Kathy decides enough is enough and elicits Anna’s help to rid herself of Connor for good.

But will Connor simply let Kathy walk away or have the sisters bitten off more than they can chew? 

Sunday, 17 March 2019

The Truth about Love and Dogs- Lilly Bartlett Cover reveal ************

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it.

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”
So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs. What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US.

For the US cover – the basket of pups – we wanted something fun and eye-catching that conveys the book’s tone rather than the story exactly. Publishers go for the look and feel more than an image that literally tells you what the story is about (that’s the job of the title and the description). There are pugs in the book, by the way!

The UK cover might have a very different look, but its tone is the same. There, we wanted to project a cover the reader can fall into, with intriguing groupings of people that provoke curiosity.

I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the US readers mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better?

Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!
Happy reading!
Lilly xo

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Author Bio:
Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit... readers and reviewers call them "feel good", "thought-provoking" and "laugh out loud". She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Saturday, 16 March 2019


She Lies in Wait- Gytha Lodge-Crime/Police procedural  
Thirty years ago a group of six teenagers from 14-18 went on a camping trip. One of
them never came home. Present day and remains are found which reopens the case of the
missing girl which made headline news at the time. One of the distant friends of the
group had just joined the police force and is now on the investigation team.
The books runs in two threads of the time of the murder and present day. The group
had a secret stash and this is where the remains have been found. Thirty years later
they are all different people and as adults remember things they didn’t admit to at the
time, however time has a way of making you think you remember something when
you may well have imagined it. This slowly but surely drew me in. It is told from
the viewpoint of the police in a procedural way and done very well.  I liked DCI
Jonah Sheens and his new recruit Juliette Hanson. There are a lot of characters to
deal with and they are written and comes across well. A thirty year old murder
and modern day interventions. This kept me within the pages and I didn’t see
how the perpetrator was until the reveal. A highly enjoyable read.
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In 1983, six school friends escape to the woods for a night of drink, drugs and sex. Bright and brilliant, this tight knit group are the envy of their peers and have surrounded themselves with an exclusive status. But one of them doesn’t belong; Aurora Jackson will never come home. 30 years later, a body is found in the same woods, and now the lies that were told all that time ago have finally been unearthed and this group that has remained as close as ever will be forced to consider, did they ever know each other at all?
“What a marvel! A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller — yet it doubles as a tender ode to loss and longing. Prepare to be haunted.” A.J. Finn, no.1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“This enjoyably chilling suspense tale by Gytha Lodge conveys both the thrills and the dangers of being a teenager on the brink of adult independence… The obvious questions of how she died and at whose hand are properly dealt with. But the fascination of this story is in the character studies of the surviving children, all grown up now and participants in a dark mystery that they all wish had never seen the light of day” New York Times

Friday, 15 March 2019

He will Kill you- Charlie Gallagher-Crime

A woman is being savagely treated by her husband but is far, far too afraid to say anything
even when the police arrive on the doorstep having been called by neighbours having heard screams. She has a plan to try and get away however each time someone reaches out to
her she is too afraid to even take the first step. A mother is in her car when a vehicle in
front explodes. Having seen a man kneel by her own car she hurriedly gets out with her
child. A young man is known to be breaking and entering but this time rather than the
cocky assertive boy he is desperate to be locked away, as if he is afraid of something or
someone. A wealthy business man is being subjected to fraud through his own stupid
error. His reputation could be shattered. Oh boy! A tangle of events that you can’t see
to start with  however these are going to be tied up, let alone if one has anything to
do with another. I loved Maddie. One determined, tenacious young lady that you
would want on your side and as a friend. This is a tense read and difficult to read in
parts about what Grace has been subjected to- a brave subject handled well.
The more this is out there the more people are aware that many are suffering
in silence, perhaps unable as Grace, to make that first step.
A truly page turning read.
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HE WILL KILL YOU (Maddie Ives #2) by Charlie Gallagher



Grace Hughes is effectively a prisoner in her own home. Tortured and controlled by her horrifically violent partner, she dreams of freedom, of safety — even happiness.



Detective Maddie Ives now works with a team specialising in getting abused women to safety. She tells Grace to keep a diary, to write everything down so it forms part of the compelling evidence needed to send her abuser to prison. 

But Maddie also faces a car bomber who threatens to strike again. DI Harry Blaker returns from injury. Can he and Maddie stop the bomber, find a killer and get Grace safe — whether she helps herself or not?


HE WILL KILL YOU: The new unputdownable thriller from Charlie Gallagher. Maddie Ives’ toughest case yet.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.



Book 4: END GAME


Author Bio
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences. 

Twitter:     @gloriouscharlie

Thursday, 14 March 2019

One Minute Later- Susan Lewis- Literary fiction
Prepare for a beautiful, emotional, wonderful read that will leave you in a different
place from where you began. Vivi has a high flying position as a lawyer and loves the
life she leads. She is 27 and has lots of friends celebrating her birthday when she
suddenly feels rather odd. She moves back home whilst her condition is sorted out.
Years earlier in the 1980’s and a young couple have been left a farmhouse by an
Uncle and are thrilled. It needs work but is the perfect place to bring up their young
family of three children and an ever growing population of animals. Two timelines
and two very different stories. I liked Vivi and felt for her predicament. Josh even
as a child comes across as a loveable rascal and a wonderful character as an adult.
I thought I could see where this was going - and it was still an enchanting story.
The determination of Vivi despite her thoughts to herself of how life could be
changed in a heartbeat. Oh wow! A difficult subject handled in a brilliant way.
There is very much a need for more awareness of organ donation and should be
“Opt out” rather than Opt in as it is now. Save9lives is real (google it) as is one of
the characters in the book- I won’t spoil anything. This moved me beyond words
and left me with tears in my eyes and many many thoughts.
A stunning, beautiful read that you will keep in your heart.
I have my own special 5** category for those very extra special books that have
that Je ne sais quoi. This one deserves it in spades.
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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

-The Serial Dater's Shopping List by Morgen Bailey -Rom com
Izzy works for the local paper usually doing a tech column which involves her testing
things and then reviewing them which she loves. Gadgets and technology are her thing,
so when she is asked to date 31 men in 31 days via a local website this is a huge
stray from the norm. Being single herself it’s not such an issue and she decides
there are do’s and don’ts to be gained from each date- hence the shopping list.
She throws herself into the challenge and gets more, oh so much more than she
initially bargained for. We all know that there are the ones who don’t look like
their pictures (Izzy decides to go mostly with the ones who haven’t posted a
picture of themselves on the basis that they may not want their friends to
know what is happening). The ones who are so full of themselves that anyone
else just has to listed- or not! I got into this very quickly and it really made
me smile each time. Quite how someone can think of 31 types of date is
beyond me- but they all came across as realistic and you can picture
the scene each and every time.
A wonderful tonic of read, I smiled all the way through. Brilliant!
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Are you looking for the perfect summer holiday read? Then you'll love this laugh-out-loud comedy about the highs and lows of dating.
Izzy is a journalist who usually writes a technology column for a local newspaper. Her somewhat-intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.
Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna, Izzy knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts and starts ticking them off as she meets the men.
Follow the ups and downs of the dating process including Tim ‘the Weeble’, whose date leads Izzy to see banoffee pie in a whole new light, Lawrence the super-skinny social worker, Felix with his bizarre penchant for Persian Piranhas, and ‘the music maestro but don’t talk about dead pets’ Jake.
By the end of the month, will Izzy have met Mr Right?

Author Bio:

Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is, and email address 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019


Book Description:

A washed up reporter, an escaped convict, a sociopathic gangster. All are hunting The Nudge Man…

“There’s only one of me. I’m not a hitman. I’m unique, one of a kind. I’m The Nudge Man.”

Wheelchair bound, born again, ex-gangster, Eric Hennessey offers down on his luck reporter, Harrison Vaughan, a job. Find The Nudge Man, a mysterious vigilante who’s stolen most of Hennessey’s money, ill-gotten gains which now Hennessey wants to use to do God’s work. Trouble is, Harry has no desire to work for a sociopathic murderer, even if he is an apparently changed man.

Harry is estranged from his family, he hasn’t seen or heard from them in over five years, since a fabricated scandal destroyed his career. Harry believes his wife walked out on him and took the children. However, Hennessey tells Vaughan it was The Nudge Man who set him up for the fall. Find The Nudge Man and Harry has the chance for redemption and maybe even his family back.

However, Hennessey has another objective in mind. Unknown to Harry his family were taken into witness protection and had to cut ties with everyone after Harry’s son saw a murder – carried out by Eric Hennessey. But the witness protection programme was compromised and the Vaughans had to go off the grid, they couldn’t contact anybody. Hennessey has been looking for them ever since and now may have a way in – Harry himself.

Harry’s search begins in prison, visiting violent criminal Pomfrey Lavender – apparently Lavender has information which will help. But Lavender is suffering various medical problems, including a psychological condition whereby he believes he’s already dead. Harry’s mention of The Nudge Man sends Lavender into a rage and he threatens to kill Harry should he pursue his objective. Harry is relieved Lavender is behind bars. Trouble is, two days later Lavender breaks out.

And others are on the trail of The Nudge Man, including the British government and an American secret service agent. Then there’s the lawyer who offers Harry £1m. All Harry has to do is stay away from The Nudge Man...

With more questions than answers and hapless guard dog, Bonzo at his side who’s bark is definitely worse than his bite, Harry begins his search.

Can Harry find The Nudge Man and save his family? Or will Hennessey exact his revenge?

"Packed with the author’s trademark wit, The Nudge Man is a seriously good, mind-bendingly twisty novel, and cements Nixon’s place among the upper echelon of British crime writers."
M.W. Craven, author of the Washington Poe Novels.
Author Bio:
Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained as a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.
 Readers can connect with Keith on various social media platforms:

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