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Book News – The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I KnowOne of my favourite British authors, Mike Gayle is back with a new book in 2018 called ‘The Man I Think I Know’.

What the back cover says –

Whatever happens to those kids at school who are always being tipped to be stars in adult life?

Danny Morgan and James McManus – rivals for top honours in everything throughout their school years in Birmingham.

Whatever their friends and teachers might have expected, neither Danny nor James is currently running the country.

Depressed and unemployed, Danny is facing an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn’t get out and get a job, she’s leaving.

It was an accident that changed James’s life and now he is looked after affectionately by his parents. But his sister Martha believes that the role of full-time carers is destroying their lives – and infantilising her brother.

She suggests that James should go into a respite home while her parents take a break.

The respite home, as it turns out, where Danny has just got a job.

What is the path that has brought these two people to this unexpected place, and where will it take them next?

I’ve been so lucky to have received a proof copy of the book and I have spent the last couple of days reading this warm hearted story and I have to say that I am truly loving it so far.

You can pre-order The Man I Think I Know from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

Stand By Me Book Tour – Extract

Stand By MeOn today’s book tour, sit back and enjoy an extract from chapter four of S.D Robertson’s latest heartbreaking book called ‘Stand By Me’.

‘Next door’s on fire,’ she said. ‘I got Elliot out, but he’s in a state. There’s flames and smoke and I don’t know what to do. Please get help.’

As she said this, in one long garbled breath, the man dashed to the phone to call the fire brigade.

His wide-eyed wife started asking Lisa questions, but it was too much for her to handle. Her legs gave way and she crumbled on to the doorstep, erupting into a coughing fit.

Kneeling down and helping her into a sitting position against the door, the woman said: ‘You poor thing. You’re shattered. Come on, we need to get you inside.’

‘No,’ Lisa panted, trying but failing to stand up again. ‘First Elliot.’

In desperation, she pointed at her friend’s body slumped in the garden; the woman, noticing him for the first time, held her hand up to her mouth and gasped.

‘Don’t panic. I think . . . he’s just drunk,’ Lisa said, hoping she was right. And then, without warning, the tears started to flow. ‘I couldn’t wake him up,’ she sobbed. ‘I was so scared, I—’

‘The fire brigade’s on the way,’ the husband said. ‘Any idea how it started?’

‘I’m not sure,’ Lisa replied. ‘I just turned up, saw all the smoke and ran in there to get my friend out.’ She remembered seeing the kitchen bin well ablaze and had a bad feeling it might have been something to do with El smoking and leaving a fag butt in there, but the last thing she wanted to do was point the finger of blame.

All of a sudden, Lisa felt dizzy and nauseous. ‘I think I’m going to . . .’

Everything went black.

You can buy Stand By Me from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

If you would like to me hear my thoughts on ‘Stand By Me’, then read my review.

Book News – A Year At Meadowbrook Manor By Faith Bleasdale

A Year At Meadowbrook ManorAvon Books released the name of their first name book of 2018 called ‘A Year At Meadowbrook Manor’ by Faith Bleasdale.

What the back cover says –

Harriet Singer hasn’t been home in ten years. When her beloved dad dies suddenly, she races to be there for her estranged siblings, despite the memories it brings back.

Then Harriet learns that all four Singer siblings must live together for one year, caring for their dad’s Animal Sanctuary, or forfeit their inheritance.

Living under the same roof could make or break the family, but it’s time Harriet stopped running and faced her past. Especially when her first love turns up…

A heart-warming story about love, hope and family, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Heidi Swain.

You can pre-order A Year at Meadowbrook Manor from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 25th January 2018.

Win A Copy of Letters From Lighthouse Cottage By Ali McNamara

Letters From Lighthouse CottageToday I’m giving away a copy of ‘Letters from Lighthouse Cottage’, a lovely tale written by Ali McNamara.

What the back cover says –

The sun is shining in the quiet little seaside town of Sandybridge

Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it’s home to Grace – although right now, she’s not too happy about it.

Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she’d long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?

It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home – after all, they do say that’s where the heart is…

To be in with a chance of winning the book, simply answer the following question by leaving your answer in the comment box below by Monday 22nd January.

Where did the main character Grace grow up?

Good luck!

Games With The Dead Book Tour – Extract

Games With The DeadA new year brings a new book tour and today, I’m featuring an extract from James Nally’s brand new book called ‘Games With The Dead’.

If he’s going to kill Julie Draper, there’s no reason why he won’t kill you . . .

Christ, poor Matt. My sweet, adorable stepson. The single best thing ever to happen in my life. Why am I taking this risk?

None of this is Matt’s fault. Stupid selfish grown-ups. I’m sure Zoe and I will be okay. We’re just in bit of a rut right now. Living together but not really living at all. It’s all work, childcare and sleep deprivation. I know I’m doing this for her. I’m just not sure why. To impress her? To prove myself? To make her worry about me? In place of an answer, I’ve coined a mantra: If I get through this, everything will be better. I’ll have proven myself, to her, to me. We’ll get back to how it was. She’ll look at me in that way again, eyes soft and warm. Smile at my corny gags. Sleep facing me.

But doubt, like night, has swallowed the last of the half-light.

A ghostly white sign shimmers in the gusty, malcontent air. I squint it into focus: ‘Brighton 8 miles’.

I slow to 40 and strain my eyes. The A273 slip road loops around so that I’m now heading north again; Brighton-bound A23 traffic pounds past to my left, headlights mercilessly fanning the lay-by like ravenous searchlights. The phone boxes command centre stage, spotlit by an amber streetlight. Good visibility brings mixed tidings; easier to see, harder to flee.

My car creeps into the lay-by, past the phone boxes. I perform a laboured three-point turn, helping myself to a 180-degree, headlight-illuminated view of the lay-by and the A273 beyond. I’m expecting the glint of hidden back-up cars, the outlines of poised police Ninjas. I see neither. Dread claws at my insides like a trapped rat. Surveillance are in front and behind. But they’re not here. It’s just me and him.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You can buy Games with the Dead from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.