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C.L Taylor Reveals New Book – The Escape

The EscapeC.L Taylor is back with a cracking new book called ‘The Escape’.

The story of ‘The Escape’ is –

“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

For fans of this thrilling author, ‘The Escape’ will be available to buy from 23rd March 2017.

Book Tour – The Affair By Amanda Brooke

The AffairToday on the book tour for Amanda Brooke’s new book, ‘The Affair’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the book.

After placing their orders, it was Sarah who kept the conversation flowing. And while she was busy telling Bryn how her company supplied the hummus he had ordered for starters, Nina let her mind wander. She looked at her children in turn and wondered how the next critical years in their lives would play out. She was hoping that her marriage would add some stability to their lives; although they weren’t quite there yet, Scarlett appeared more comfort- able in Bryn’s company of late, possibly because she had worked out that she had a chauffeur at her beck and call. Except she didn’t look comfortable now, Nina realized when she saw a deep blush rising in her daughter’s cheeks.

‘What’s wrong, Scarlett?’ Nina asked quietly. ‘Nothing.’

Scarlett pressed her chin to her chest. Her sleek blonde hair fell over her shoulders and partially obscured her face while she played with her hands.

Liam was first to locate the source of her embarrassment. ‘It’s Mr Swift,’ he said, tipping his head to the far side of the restaurant.

Scarlett’s form tutor was even more handsome than Nina remembered and, in contradiction to his students’ teasing, his thick dark hair showed no signs of thinning. On the few occasions she had spoken to him at parents’ evening, she had been almost tongue-tied, but it was Mr Swift who looked lost for words at present. He was with a small group consisting of two women and a young child, and was as yet unaware of the attention he had drawn from their table, being fully preoccupied with the two helium balloons that had been tied to the back of his chair. A large silver number three and a matching zero.

‘I remember him, he was one of Charlotte’s teachers,’ Sarah said. ‘Why didn’t we have teachers like that in our day, Nina?’

‘Maybe we should go and say hello,’ she suggested.Scarlett snapped her head towards her mum. ‘Don’t you dare!’

‘She’s only teasing,’ Bryn said. ‘Even your mum wouldn’t embarrass you that much.’

‘I think the embarrassment is all his,’ Miles said. ‘I spent my thirtieth in New York having a whale of a time.’
‘Would that be the business trip you were forced to take while I was at home caring for our baby girl?’

‘Ah, yes,’ Miles said and cleared his throat. ‘When I said a whale of a time, what I meant was because I was working so hard, dearest.’

Nina bit her tongue. Unlike her oldest friend, who would jump at the opportunity to scrutinize the cracks in someone else’s relationship, Nina preferred to focus on the positives. Sarah’s marriage might have its faults, but it had been strong enough to endure an affair, and if Miles had strayed since, he was a brave man indeed. By contrast, Nina’s first marriage had disintegrated at the first hint of a problem, and Nina would be eternally grateful to Sarah, who had stopped her falling apart by convincing her she could go it alone.

‘Thirty is so old,’ Scarlett was saying.

Sarah choked on the sip of wine she had been taking. ‘God knows what she makes of you then, Miles.’

‘Fifty is the new forty.’

‘And twenty years more than thirty,’ remarked Scarlett. When the starters arrived, the English teacher and his family were all but forgotten as the grown-ups focused their attention back on their own table.

‘So what are you up to, Liam?’ Sarah asked. ‘Not much.’

‘Have you picked a university yet? I’m sure it was around this time that Charlotte dragged us all around the country for countless open days. Typical of Charlotte, she opted for the first one we’d seen.’

‘She’s at Liverpool, isn’t she?’ Bryn asked.

‘Yes. I can’t believe it’s her final year so soon, and now the little madam has her mind set on a career in advertising. If I’d known she wouldn’t be coming home to work for me, I might have thought twice about paying for all that extra tuition that got her into uni in the first place.’

‘It’s a different generation,’ Nina offered.

‘Maybe, maybe not,’ Sarah told them. ‘By hook or by crook, I’ll rope Charlotte in eventually. I know I take advan- tage of Miles, but we can’t go on as we are. It’s only going to get busier in the next year.’

‘I can’t imagine convincing any of mine to become florists,’ Nina said, confirmed by the expressions on her children’s faces. ‘And I wouldn’t want them to. I’d like them to go off and explore the world. Liam came up with a long-list of possible unis over the summer, but I suppose we do need to whittle it down. Isn’t January the deadline for getting applications into UCAS?’

‘It doesn’t matter any more,’ Liam said. ‘I’ve changed my mind.’

‘Pardon? What do you mean, you’ve changed your mind?’ ‘Not everyone has to go to uni.’

‘I know,’ Nina said slowly to keep her temper in check, ‘but up until now, it was what you wanted. And if you don’t go, can you please tell me what you do have planned?’ ‘My company has a very good apprenticeship programme,’ Miles offered. ‘Or failing that, there could be opportunities with Sarah’s new housing development. It’s still going through planning, but once we get the green light, I’m sure we could persuade one of the contractors to take you on. What kind of career were you thinking about?’

Nina was struggling to keep up with the pace of the conversation. ‘Hold on, can we rewind for a minute. We haven’t ruled out university yet.’

Rather than answer, Liam returned his attention to his phone. The argument was closed, for now at least, and perhaps that was for the best. She didn’t want Miles mapping out her son’s life for him, she had managed well enough on her own so far.

‘I’ll be out this evening and, by the sounds of it, so will Scarlett,’ Bryn said. ‘Maybe you two could have a chat about it later?’

‘Good idea,’ Nina said, admonishing herself for forgetting she was in a partnership now. The conversation she needed to have with Liam might be better alone, but it felt good knowing she had backup.

While everyone had been concentrating on Liam, Scarlett became disengaged from the conversation. She had finished her starter and was looking absent-mindedly around the restaurant. Taking her lip gloss from her purse, her mouth open in a pout, she stroked the wand across her lips in soft, sensual strokes.

‘A word of advice, my lovely,’ Sarah said, her note of caution laced with a hint of envy. ‘Don’t do that in public unless you want to attract the attention of every hot-blooded male in the room.’

Bryn and Miles remembered themselves and looked away from the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl.

You can pre-order The Affair from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 12th January 2017.

Jane Costello Returns With A New Book And New Name

Jane CostelloWhen you think of Jane Costello, you think of fun and romantic stories with humour throughout, but after ten years of writing as Jane Costello, the Sunday Times bestselling author has decided to release a new book under the pseudonym of Catherine Isaac.

In 2017, Catherine Isaac will be coming to our bookshelves with her debut book,’You Me Everything’.

The story of ‘You Me Everything’ is –

Sick of her boyfriend Adam’s lying and cheating, Laura throws him out only months after giving birth to their son. While she brings up William with the help of her mum Susan, Adam moves to France to follow his dreams.

But ten years on, Susan is battling a debilitating disease, aged just 53, and she convinces her daughter that William needs his father in his life. So, in their first trip abroad in years, Laura and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, in the sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam now lives.

Laura is determined is to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But the problem isn’t only that he’s an unwilling participant in this game. It’s that Laura is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

In a statement revealed on her website, Jane aka Catherine wrote about the exciting times surrounding the book, as it will be released around the world and even Holywood is interested in bringing it to the big screen.

For more updates on Catherine Isaac, check out www.janecostello.com

Ragdoll By Daniel Cole

Ragdoll ‘Ragdoll’ is the first book by Daniel P Cole in a new exciting series and is hailed as one of the exciting debuts to look forward to in 2017 and I wholeheartedly agree with this as I’ve spent the last couple of nights sitting up into the early hours reading this grisly tale.

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?

The story starts off by introducing us to crime from a number of years ago, when a man who has apparently killed children by setting them on fire has been found not guilty, much to the disgust of the detective in the case William Wolf Fawkes, who goes mad at the court case and is distraught that this killer is getting away with it all. Haunted by his failings with the legal system, Wolf then launches into a deep depression. Fast forward years later and a body has turned up, disturbingly the body is made up body parts from other bodies and the hunt is on to find the other victims. In the midst of trying to solve the missing body parts, a list has been released to the press, to Andrea, who is Wolf’s ex wife giving the names and the dates of the upcoming victims and Wolf’s name is the last victim. As Wolf investigates the Ragdoll murder, he is also trying to stay alive and keep one step ahead of the murderer.

I absolutely loved this story, the beginning of the book has such a great introduction setting the scene perfectly for this fast paced and thrilling story. The story is seen through many perspectives from the team investigating the murders to the next victim and these many insights to the story and these all made for fascinating reading. The main character, Wolf is reminiscent of Jo Nesbo’s popular’s crime detective Harry Hole, minus the alcohol problem, he’s a dark and troubled man who gets emotionally involved in the cases he works on. As he counts down he on his last days, he reflects on what he would have done differently. Other supporting characters is Baxter, his sidekick, an excitable young woman who’s in awe of the grisly murders, she’s sharp with quick wit and despairs of her new partner Edmunds who has just moved from fraud. He’s a quiet, determined young man, who’s lack of expertise in murder cases make him an easy target for bullying but he’s determined to prove his worth.

The story is so cleverly written that it’s impossible to put it down, with many twists and potential suspects, there’s never a dark moment in this gruesome tale. With every grim discovery, there’s a light hearted injection to soften the blow, ‘Ragdoll’ is a monstrously addictive tale, with a shocking ending that is most definitely one of the big debuts of 2017. I loved it!

You can pre-order Ragdoll from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 23rd February 2017.

Jane Fallon Reveals New Book – My Sweet Revenge

My Sweet RevengeI’m delighted to see that Jane Fallon is kicking off the new year with a new book called ‘My Sweet Revenge’.

The story of ‘My Sweet Revenge’ is –

I want to make my husband fall back in love with me.

Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I haven’t been reading articles in old women’s magazines.’Twenty ways to keep your man’. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care. He won’t just think, ‘Oh good’.

I want it to hurt.

Paula has had Robert’s back since they got together as drama students.
She gave up her dreams so he could make it.
Now he’s one of the nation’s most popular actors.
And Paula’s just discovered he’s having an affair.

She’s going to remind Robert just what he’s sacrificing.
And then she’s going to break his heart like he broke hers.
It will be her greatest acting role ever.

Revenge is sweet.
Isn’t it?

After loving her last book, ‘Strictly Between Us’, I can’t wait to read ‘My Sweet Revenge’.

You can pre-order My Sweet Revenge from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 12th January 2017.