Thursday, 31 May 2018


If Fear Wins- Tony J Forder 5* Crime
DI Bliss is back! A body has been found by two rather lax security guards. It appears that
this has been a rather unusual type of murder and one that the team would not wish to
see again for  a very long time. A young airman has gone AWOL from the local airbase
with no apparent reason. Could the two be connected? One of bliss’s ex flames also
has an issue and Bliss wants to help but it is outside of his jurisdiction. Threads that
weave and keep you interested the whole way through. Tony has a way with characters
that brings them to life on the pages. Bliss is one of those characters that you either
love or hate, warts and all. He has a sense of humour- not always appreciated by some
, a tenacious attitude to his work and his team love him at the helm even if sometimes
they don’t quite know what to make of him. This is a book that you can sit down with
and be sure of a good read, an excellent, very cleverly thought out plot and a smile
along the way.
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f Fear Wins blurb

When a torched body is found in a country lane, DI Bliss and Chandler are called in to investigate.

The detectives are drawn towards recent missing person reports, and believe their victim will prove to be one of them. Bliss thinks he knows which, and fears the outcome if he is proven right.

Soon the body is identified, and Bliss and Chandler discover evidence suggesting this murder might be a terrorist attack.

Meanwhile, someone from Bliss’s past needs his help, and soon he is juggling his personal life with the demanding case. To make matters more complicated, MI5 and the Counter-Terrorist Unit are called in to help solve the case. But are they on the right track?

Bliss and Chandler soon find themselves in a race against time, and this might just be their most challenging case yet…


Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first two books, Bad to the Bone and The Scent of Guilt, will be joined in the series on 29 May 2018 by If Fear Wins.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK.

Twitter: @TonyJForder

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Hi, I am Jennifer Gilmour and I am an advocate for women in abusive relationships, I am an author and a mum of three. I have personally experienced domestic abuse and wanted to bring awareness to what happens behind closed doors. 

A bit about my journey:
My debut novel, ‘Isolation Junction’ was published in 2016 which follows the story of Rose who is trying to flee her abusive partner. The book is based on true events of my own and has been fictionalised. 
Since this publication I have continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through my blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed.
My second publication was released in October 2017; I put together stories told to me by survivors of domestic abuse. In this way, I hope to give a voice to their experiences and to raise awareness of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse. Thankfully the law has changed to incorporate this kind of insidious behaviour but still far too many people are trapped, isolated and afraid or unaware of how to escape. I hope that this anthology will give them the courage to take that first step and will raise awareness for those who can help them.
I opened #AbuseTalk in October in 2017 and haven’t looked back, its opened many doors, its connected many people, its supported lots of individuals and it has created an community. 
I was a finalist for Inspirational Mum Award in the BizMums Awards 2017. 
I started writing for Coercive Control Chat Magazine (CCChat Magazine) in October 2017, I have my own column for #AbuseTalk and an Online Book Club with a difference. 
In May 2018 I won Most Informative Blog 2018 in the Blogger Bash Awards, something I am most thrilled about.  

Why have I opened a forum?
I have always felt a forum was needed but couldn’t find its place and so I decided a Twitter Chat was the direction to go. After a few months of hosting #AbuseTalk I realised that tweeting was great but it wasn’t for those who don’t want to publicly discuss domestic abuse. It is also restrictive with the character limitations. Thats when I realised that a forum can work alongside the Twitter Chat and offering a register only forum.
I am also delighted to have the forum sponsored by a solicitor which will be announced in the grand opening, our solicitor has agreed to answer questions within the forum on their own thread ‘Ask a solicitor’. This is priceless, to have the opportunity to ask a solicitor when perhaps someone may not have had the ability to do so.

How do I access the new forum?
You can head there right now… 

PLEASE NOTE: You will only see the news and updates forum until you are registered, once you are registered you will see the main Abuse Talk Forum appear with all the topics and discussions. 

Who is the forum for?
Anyone! Anyone with an interest or passion surrounding domestic abuse. 

It can also be for those in the sector like charities, organisations, advocates, bloggers, businesses and more. 

Or it can be individuals that want to help, offer guidance, who have gone through abuse or are going through it now. 

How much does it cost to be a member?
Its FREE! All you have to do is register at: 

There will be a VIP Membership area but that is opening later on, updates will be given and this will be just £10 a year with a bag full of offers, discounts and more. This is you really need that extra security and community. 
Sign up for notification of this service here: 

I would like to sponsor the forum, how do I do this? 
The forum is open for sponsorship to cover the maintenance and time it takes to moderate the posts.

Anyone can be a silent sponsor for £1 or £3, scroll to the bottom of this page: 

For businesses/charities/organisations/advocates etc please contact me for availability - 

Sponsors will receive a unique badge to place on their website and social media to show that they support the forum. 

Tell me more about #AbuseTalk…
#AbuseTalk is a Twitter Chat that runs every Wednesday evening 8-9pm GMT. It is open to anyone who wants to discuss domestic abuse.

Each week we have a theme which is there to help the conversation flow through the one hour. You can at any point ask your own questions, reply to others and join in.
Not in the UK? Thats not a problem either, we have people joining in around the world and have adapted the cover photo to display the times in the timezones most used.

Find out more here: 

Need to know more? 
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor at 

Thank you for your time and if the forum isn’t for you - it may be for one of your friends. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. 

Video on how to register and see how the visibility of the forum is altered with the registration- 

Jennifer Gilmour

Jennifer Gilmour
Advocate for women in abusive relationships
Author of Isolation Junction & Clipped Wings
Columnist for CCChat Magazine

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


The Good Mother- Karen Osman 4*
Caroline has a husband and daughter living at home. Unknown to them she is writing
to a prison inmate(as part of a rehab programme) who is serving time for murder.
Alison is at University and has fallen for one of her lecturers. However certain things
about him don’t quite add up. Kate is a wife and mother and to escape her tedium
she has started a creative writing course- which brings her out of her shell more
than she ever thought. Three women, three lives and three secrets- a good recipe
for an intriguing read. I took to this early on and to each of the main characters
which to me always helps. Each chapter deals with a different woman and how
their lives are changing. You wonder how this can come together and it may just
surprise you. A clever plot an interesting read.
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Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café- Rosie Green

Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a
 brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right
decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some
dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond
 Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country
house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.
Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps
popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s
skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the
relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.
But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock
encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.
Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so
fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up
to the nightmares of the past?

This novella is part of a trilogy:
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café
Pre-order on Amazon UK -
Author Bio
Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip
-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or
being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now
much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile,
 with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine
losing her heart in love.
Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café.
 Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows
 the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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Friday, 25 May 2018


Amy Cole Has Lost Her Mind- Elizabeth McGivern 5*
Amy is a mother of two boys Arthur and Adam and wife to Ben. She feels at times that she
has three children to deal with as Ben is seen as the “fun”parent whilst she is left to deal
with the rest- the bad stuff, the mess and the “proper” parenting in her own way.
Amy is also a realist as refuses to wrap her children in cotton wool. When she goes to
the S.M.U.G nursery group (don’t ask!!) she is horrified when she is almost thrown out
but she does meet a like minded friend. I don’t usually read parent/children centric books
but because Amy is so grounded I found myself smiling and even laughing at this one.
Someone who deals with what life throws at us in their own way- not always as others
think we should. We are all human -something that can be forgotten by others when we
are trudging through stressful times. For parents and non parents. This book was a breath
of fresh air. A real feelgood, laugh out loud read.
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Amy Cole has lost her mind  Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge. After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to
make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.Elle De Bruyn is a
force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not. After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change
them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom
is just the beginning. Purchase from Amazon UK -
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_B07B4HV9B6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519837964&sr=1-1 About Elizabeth McGivern ​ Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded
by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.  In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her
first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.  In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with
parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health
issues and parenting. It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her
children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born.  Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a
daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on:  Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Picture credited to Jess Lowe 

Wednesday, 23 May 2018


Murder never Retires- Faith Martin-
DI Hillary Greene is back, or rather should I say Hillary is as she has now retired.
Well, sort of. Having spent 18 months on the Mollern she is tempted back to work
in the Crime review team as a civilian consultant,  looking at old cases. Hillary
being famed for her detective work is soon given a twenty year old murder to look
at and along with a new, small team she is soon back at what she is good at.
She has a secret admirer- one who is breaking into her locker to take mementos.
Who is stalking her and why? Can she revive her old work ethic and find what a
previous investigation couldn’t- who killed a mother with a rolling pin in her
own home, leaving no clues behind? Faith as ever writes an easy read which you
always feel comfortable with. Characters that you take to (or not!) and nothing
to put you off your dinner. An excellent plot, a wonderful read.
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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Lead me home- CS Savage- 5*
OMG! Prepare for the ride!!  Clancy is an overworked Psychiatrist working in the
community. Her daughter Rowan  has a rather wayward boyfriend and of course
won’t be told anything by her mother and although she is aware of him being
abusive she doesn’t want to be on her own.  A stalker is on the prowl. Who is
he watching and why? Clancy is worried about a couple of her patients, one is
hearing voices and another thinks they are being watched.Is it real or is it her
illness? This book grabs you from the start. I took to Clancy early on and felt
for her being pulled in every direction. CS Savage’s background shows in this
well researched book. Rather dark at times, rather sinister and eerily chilling.
Occasional chapters give the perpetrators perspective which leaves you a little
cold to say the least.If you love psychological thrillers that keep you on a thread
then this could be the read to do it. I was left holding my breath…..
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CS Savage is a psychiatrist, and a life long fan of mystery/suspense and crime
 fiction.She works and lives in South London with her family and two dogs, but spends
 as much time as she can in her Lake District retreat.She followed her life long ambition

 to write two years ago, and is an alumni of the Faber academy.Lead Me Home is her
 debut novel, and she is currently working on the sequel.

Twitter @sarahsavage26 

His perfect woman will be his forever.

As an overworked NHS psychiatrist, Dr Clancy Mclean 
is used to dealing with mental illness.  But she is
 stressed –  trying to balance her career and the
 needs of her only child, Rowan.  And she has her 
work cut out trying to keep her patients well. She 
knows two of them are psychotic, and becoming 
overwhelmed by their voices. If they act on them 
it could prove disastrous.Rowan is troubled. Her
 boyfriend is abusive but she doesn’t want to end 
the relationship – she’s too scared of being lonely.
 Can she find someone else to keep her company?

And, as if Clancy doesn’t have enough to worry about,
 another of her patients is paranoid
 and convinced she is being stalked. Is it just a 
symptom of her mental illness?

Because there is a stalker on the prowl and he is 
getting closer to his victim with each passing day.

The Note

The Note- Andrew Barrett- 5* A short story written in the first person by CSI Eddie Collins. Eddie is the sort of bloke who calls a s...