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Perfect Death Book Tour – Extract

Perfect DeathOn the book tour for Helen Fields’ latest chilling book, sit back and enjoy an extract from ‘Perfect Death’, the third book in her DI Callanach series.

Taking lives was more complicated than people imagined. You didn’t just blunder in unprepared. He had to know he was capable of carrying Sean. A daily work out with dumbbells ensured that would be possible, and the exercise had the added effect of keeping his body toned and desirable. He wasn’t vain, but there was no point in false modesty. Good looks and taut muscles made life easier. Then there was fight or flight. Life was unpredictable. Better to imagine potential conflicts and prepare for them. He liked a fight though. Dominance. Exertion. But he knew when to run. The first lessons of his childhood – when to run, when to hide, when to remain silent. Staying in shape reduced the chances of capture.

Watching Sean warm up, he saw a man who prided himself on being jovial. There was a smile for everyone around him, one of those ‘what a wonderful world’ smiles too, nothing fake about it. Sean wanted to like and to be liked. That would make approaching him much easier. Manipulating him would be almost no challenge at all. A shame, really. Sean’s height and weight were the key to knowing how much sedative he would need for incapacitation. He didn’t want to kill him too quickly. That would give no satisfaction at all. Grief was best enjoyed slowly, a drip-drip-drip of emotion, and he wanted to be there to lick every tear from the face of Sean’s best beloved. There was more to do yet. Trust to be built. A fire to kindle. That made him think of Lily. He shut his eyes, willing himself not to be distracted by the memory. He studied Sean instead. There was something vital about him. Utterly intoxicating. His hands itched to hold him.

You can buy Perfect Death from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling By Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling’ is written by Irish writer duo Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen and came about after a successful Facebook page.

Aisling is twenty-eight and she’s a complete … Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year – Aisling has never lost a phone(. They love hoofing into the Coors Light if they’re ‘Out’, or the vodka and Diet Cokes if they re ‘Out Out’. Ais spends two nights a week at her boyfriend John’s. He’s from down home and was kiss number seventeen at her twenty-first. But Aisling wants more. She wants the ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants out of her parents’ house, although she’d miss Mammy turning on the electric blanket like clockwork and Daddy taking her car ‘out for a spin’ and bringing it back full of petrol. When a week in Tenerife with John doesn’t end with the expected engagement, Aisling calls a halt to things and soon she has surprised herself and everyone else by agreeing to move into a three-bed in Portobello with stylish Sadhbh from HR and her friend, the mysterious Elaine. Newly single and relocated to the big city, life is about to change utterly for this wonderful, strong, surprising and funny girl, who just happens to be a complete Aisling.

This book came out towards the end of last year and I was curious about it as it was getting a lot of hype on social media as well being nominated for the ‘Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year’ at the Irish book awards 2017 and once I started to read the book, I found it impossible to put down, as I’d found a kindred spirit in Aisling.

Aisling is a country girl working in the big city, she organised and likes everything to go to plan, her idea of a mad night out would be having a coffee before bed instead of tea. Having been with her boyfriend, John for seven years, she’s dying for him to propose to her, as everyone around her are announcing their engagements. Finding the last minute holiday to Tenerife, she’s convinced that he’ll propose and when he doesn’t, she calls everything off and decides to reevaluate her life and make some big decisions. Living the countryside for the city and make new friends and new experiences.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It’s filled with wit,charm and is unexpectedly quite sad in parts as Aisling deals with some big changes in her life. The story is seen through Aisling’s narrative and this is very funny, she’s got a dry humour and is very frank about things in life which entertains all those around her. She’s a kind soul and like every other woman her age, wishes she was further on in her life.

The story flows at a nice pace with regular jokes and anecdotes that show the Irish really are the best country for dry humour and sarcasm. Another thing that was great about the story, is that Aisling was a relatable character, she wasn’t glamorous or high maintenance, she was down to earth with real first world problems and for me, really drew me into the story. It also made me realise that there’s an Aisling in all of us, as I pack pumps for the walk home after a night out!

A witty and warm hearted story about the problems of a small town girl, ‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling’ is a stunning coming of age story that will have you giggling throughout at all the dramatic scenarios.

You can buy Oh My God What a Complete Aisling from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Lindsey Kelk Reveals New Book – One In A Million

One In A MillionI’m delighted to see that Lindsey Kelk is back with a new book called ‘One In A Million’.

What the back cover says –

Annie Higgins has 30 days to make Sam famous. But when the time’s up, will she choose followers and likes – or real relationships and love?

Tired of the advertising idiots across the hallway making fun of her business, social media specialist Annie Higgins (iPhone in one hand, glass of wine in the other) accepts a bet that she can make anyone famous in thirty days. Even when the advertising idiots choose the office weirdo, Sam, as her target, she’s determined to win – whether he likes it or not.

Annie soon discovers that getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself – and before the thirty days are out, has a difficult decision to make about what’s really important.

Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is Bridget Jones meets My Fair Lady for the social media set, and the perfect summer romcom.

You can pre-order One in a Million from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th June 2018.

The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I Know‘The Man I Think I Know’ is the latest book by Mike Gayle.

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?

When it comes to stories of new beginnings, friendship and starting over, Mike Gayle is an absolute pro at this and in his latest book ‘The Man I Think I Know’, we meet two very different men who share an exceptional bond.

Danny Allen is a gifted man who excelled at school, from a poor background, his family were so proud of him and thought he was going to make something of his life. But, tragically things don’t work out and Danny finds himself, unemployed, single and alone. Like Danny, James has an exciting future ahead of him but an accident rips him off of his independence and mentality and he finds himself struggling in life, wanting much more but unable to achieve it. Tried of his mother cutting up his dinner, he runs into Danny and remembers him from school and asks him to become his carer and help him take some of his life back.

I loved this story, it’s a tender tale of friendship between two men trying to make better lives for each other but faced with struggles along the way.

The story is cleverly seen through the narrative of both men and gives a great insight into their thoughts. Danny is a lovely man, he’s kind with a heart of gold but has faced so many problems, he’s become accustomed to failure and feels like he’s useless. But when he meets James, he gives him responsibility and a purpose. James is a smart and frustrated man, with once a bright future, he struggles to communicate with people and longs for the life that was cruelly taken away from him.

Between the two of them, they form a strong bond, a need and a responsibility to help each other lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Their moments together are delightfully funny and tender as they share moments and help each other along.

This is a beautifully written story about friendship and independence. Riddled with frustation, dermination and humour along the way, this book is a story of two broken souls who find solace and comfort in each other’s pain, but manage to come out the other side stronger and happier. A thoughtful and reflective tale about male friendships, their insecurities and heartbreak along the way. A wonderful story from start to finish.

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.

Sam Carrington Writers Tip

Sam Carrington By James HuntleyAuthor of ‘Bad Sister’, Sam Carrington shares her writers tips for aspiring authors.

I think that’s going to be personal and specific to each individual writer. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. For example, one thing I need to develop is my description – I often leave out details in favour of faster pace, however for my reader to build up a picture and visualise the place and characters, this needs to be weaved in. I do have several ‘how to’ books on writing and there are plenty of writing courses to help develop your skills. Ultimately, I feel the more you write, the better you’ll become and if you take on board feedback and constructive criticism, then the process might be quicker!