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Giveaway – The Picture Of Innocence

The Picture Of InnocenceI’m giving away a copy of TJ Stimson’s new book called ‘The Picture Of Innocence’ to one lucky reader.

What the back cover says –

You love your family. You’d never let anything happen to them… would you?

With three children under ten, Maddie is struggling. On the outside, she’s a happy young mother, running a charity as well as a household. But inside, she’s exhausted. She knows she’s lucky to have to have a support network around her. Not just her loving husband, but her family and friends too.

But is Maddie putting her trust in the right people? Because when tragedy strikes, she is certain someone has hurt her child – and everyone is a suspect, including Maddie herself…

The characters in this book are about to discover that looks can be deceiving… because anyone is capable of terrible things. Even the most innocent, even you.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question in the comment box below.

How many children does Maddie have?

Winner will be revealed on Monday 20th May. Good luck!

Check out my review of ‘The Picture of Innocence’ to see my thoughts on the book.

Amanda Brooke’s Writers Tips

Amanda BrookeAmanda lives in Liverpool with her daughter Jessica and writing was most definitely a late discovery for her. She didn’t really begin to explore creative writing until she was almost 40, at which point her young son Nathan was fighting for his life. Poetry and keeping a journal helped me through those difficult times and the darker times to come when he died in 2006. He was three years old. She continued to write and in 2010, she found an agent. Shortly afterwards in 2011 she was offered a book deal with HarperCollins. Her first novel ‘Yesterday’s Sun’ was published in January 2012 and she was absolutely thrilled when it was selected for the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club List. ‘Don’t Turn Around’ is her latest book.

Today Amanda shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

To be a writer you have to put in the hours and write, so the best advice I can give is not to talk yourself out of it. Don’t tell yourself it’s too late to start writing, or that the opportunity has passed you by. If you want to write, write and if that isn’t enough to get you filling that first page with words then ask yourself if you’ve found the right story. The story, when it comes, has to be one you’re desperate to get down on paper because you’re going to be spending a lot more hours than you think bringing it to life. And if a full length novel is too daunting, start off small to hone your skills. Writing competitions are a great way to develop discipline as they come with a theme and a deadline, and who knows, you might win the odd prize or two.

Read more about Amanda and her writing journey here

Tick Tock Book Tour – Extract

Tick TockOn the book tour for Mel Sherratt’s exciting new book called ‘Tick Tock’, enjoy an extract from the thrilling tale.

Grace, Nick and Perry presented their warrant cards to another uniformed officer with a clipboard and, once he’d noted them down, began the sombre walk to the body. The school was at the end of a road that led to a single access lane.

With hedges on both sides, and knowing what she was about to look at, Grace couldn’t help feeling claustrophobic. It was eerily quiet too, once they’d left behind the noise of the school. Grace shivered, even though the April day was mild.

After a steep incline, the entrance to the field loomed at them. There was another police car parked, its tailgate open. Inside were the items they were required to put on before going to the crime scene, to avoid contamination and help them catch only their killer’s DNA and vital evidence – forensic white suits and shoe covers, latex gloves and masks to cover their mouths.
They each dressed in the appropriate gear and turned off the lane, through a gap in the hedge. Grace looked in front of her; there were a few bushes scattered across the grassy landscape and a large hedge around the perimeter. To her left, she had a clear view across some of the city, seeing rows of houses and gardens, and a large football playing field with a changing hut.

If this death was suspicious, Grace mused, it would be the second murder investigation in Stoke-on-Trent since she’d arrived. Back in September, she had helped to catch a serial killer. The timing couldn’t have been more poignant, but then again, the killer was someone she had known, so it was no coincidence that their rampage coincided with her return to her birth town.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You can buy ‘Tick Tock’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Perfect Crime By Helen Fields

Perfect Crime‘Perfect Crime’ is the latest book Helen Fields’ DI Luc Callanach series.

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until a suicide prevention counsellor stops him. A week later, Stephen is dead. Found at the bottom of a cliff, DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner are drafted in to investigate whether he jumped or whether he was pushed. As they dig deeper, more would-be suicides roll in: a woman found dead in a bath; a man violently electrocuted. But these are carefully curated deaths – nothing like the impulsive suicide attempts they’ve been made out to be. Little do Callanach and Turner know how close their perpetrator is as, across Edinburgh, a violent and psychopathic killer gains more confidence with every life he takes…
For me, I found this to be a sad tale as vulnerable people are preyed upon by an evil killer. People who thought they had finally found peace with life are tragically killed.

It’s a great return to DC Callanch and his partner Ava and in this book, we see a shift in the dynamics of the relationship which makes for interesting and humorous reading as the two detectives deal with new, unexpected feelings as well as stay professional.

The brutal killings of the people does make for unsettling reading, especially with knowing the earlier suffering that the victims have already dealt with. As per Helen’s previous, she has delivered another cleverly written and fast paced story that is riddled with drama and suspicious characters, that really keeps the reader on their toes.

With nail biting twists and turns throughout, ‘Perfect Crime’ sees the return of the dramatic duo who are on the countdown to finding the killer before another life is taken. Undoubtedly, one of the best crime series in a while, I can’t wait to see more cases with DI Callanch.

You can buy ‘Perfect Crime’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

If Only I Could Tell You By Hannah Beckerman

If Only I Could Tell You’If Only I Could Tell You’ is the latest book by Hannah Beckerman

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

A few years ago, Hannah released a book called ‘The Dead Wife’s Handbook’ and now she’s returned to our bookshelves with a new publisher and new story, that has left its readers in bits.

The story is seen through the perspective of mother and her two daughters. Once Audrey, receives the news that she’s dying, she’s determined to get her two daughters, Jess and Lily talking again after over 20 years of falling out. Only, Jess knows the truth of the falling out and this has impacted the whole family, relationships, past and future.

As Audrey’s health deteriorates, we see a strong and independent woman adamant that her daughters reconcile and finally be the family that she has always wanted. Her youngest daughter Jess is an angry and stubborn, who can’t stand her older sister and has prevented her daughter and niece from having a relationship as well. Whilst older daughter, Lily has spent the last number of years wondering why her sister suddenly took against her and trying to keep the peace for her mother’s sake. All three women are struggling with life as well as harbouring secrets that have tore the family apart.

This story is quite the heartbreaker and really should come with a warning. A rollercoaster from the first page, we meet a determined woman willing to put her illness aside for the sake of rescuing her family. The story is written in the past and present tense and really sets the scene for the broken family, that once doted on each other, but now can’t stand to be in the same room as each other.

The compelling story is quite the tearjerker that really pulls the reader in, ‘If Only I Could Tell You’ is a tender and poignant story about family, secrets and loss and is perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

You can buy If Only I Could Tell You from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.