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Her Last Breath Book Tour – Extract

Her Last BreathOn the book tour for Tracy Buchanan’s new book ‘Her Last Breath’, enjoy an extract from the story.

Estelle’s doorbell went, shattering the memory.

‘Do you mind just waiting a moment while I answer the door?’ she said, wondering who it might be.

Louis nodded. ‘Of course.’

She skipped down the hallway, adrenaline buzzing from her interview. It made it all feel even more real, having a national newspaper journalist in her kitchen, talking about her life. Maybe she wasn’t such a fraud after all.

She opened the front door, surprised to see the son of her local butcher on the doorstep. Then she remembered she had a delivery due that day. ‘Of course! Come in, William,’ she said, leading the young red-cheeked teenager to her vast kitchen. He smiled shyly as he carried in the large wooden crate, various meats wrapped in white crinkly paper inside it. ‘Just here will be great,’ she said, gesturing to the kitchen top closest to the fridge. He placed it down and Estelle pulled out a five-pound note, handing it to him as a tip.

Louis smiled. ‘You get your meat delivered?’

‘They don’t usually do deliveries, but it’s impossible to lug around all the meat on the back of my pedal bike,’ she said. ‘So I sweet-talked the owner of the local butcher to do a weekly delivery. I think it’s important to support independent businesses whenever possible, and I’m lucky enough to be able to do so. Plus, it’s mega cheap,’ she added with a wink.

Louis turned to the butcher’s son. ‘How does it feel delivering meat to a soon-to-be published chef?’

‘Cool,’ William replied as he took the money. ‘Dad’s going to the book launch too, he’s really looking forward to it. Even got a new suit and everything.’

Estelle smiled, hiding the slight note of worry she felt. Her publicist Kim had been the one to come up with the idea of inviting her local suppliers to the launch. What better way to highlight just how clean and local Estelle was by having her butcher and greengrocer at her launch party to mingle with journalists? But now she was wondering if it would seem a bit contrived. Would people see through it?

Would they see through her?

You can buy Her Last Breath from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

If Ever I Fall Book Tour – Extract

If Ever I FallToday, I’m hosting the book tour for S.D Robertson’s, emotional new book called ‘If Ever I Fall’ and I’ve got an extract for you lucky people to enjoy.

Dan stood at the lounge window of his crappy flat and watched the snow overwhelm the communal garden. It was coming down thick and fast: a torrent of fat flakes racing each other to the ground.

Getting into the office tomorrow – deadline day, of course – would be a nightmare, although better from here in the suburbs than it would have been from out at the house. Then, once he got to work, he’d have to squeeze in all those weather-related stories: the sledging snaps; the inevitable school closures; the traffic chaos.

Perfect weather for Valentine’s Day. How romantic for all those lovebirds, he thought, envious of their happiness. There was a time, long ago, when he and Maria used to be like that: a happy young couple out on a date to celebrate Valentine’s. He could even remember the two of them walking home through falling snow one year, early on in their relationship, arm in arm and stuffed with expensive restaurant food.

Back then, they had been utterly content in each other’s company. It made Dan’s head hurt to think how great they used to be together. It gave him hope that they could still fix things, while also frustrating the hell out of him that they’d drifted so far apart. Once upon a time people used to call them the perfect couple. With hindsight, Dan could see why: they’d had that magic combination of being in love as well as best friends. They’d enjoyed a lot of the same books, films, pubs, clubs and restaurants. They’d largely liked and disliked the same people – and realised they didn’t need or want a big social group, since they were both happiest when it was just the two of them. And when their views had differed, such as on the topic of religion, each had respected the other’s opinion rather than trying to change it.

That was a million miles away from where they’d ended up. And whether it was snowing or not, Dan knew for sure that neither of them would ever again view Valentine’s Day the way they once had.

February the fourteenth was Sam’s birthday. Everything else paled into insignificance. She should have been turning sixteen. They should have been celebrating her milestone as a family. Instead, she was gone.

Absent again on her special day. Frozen in time. Fourteen forever, like the date.

Dan walked over to the coffee table and poured himself another drink from the open bottle of vodka. He’d not even bothered to replace the lid. What was the point? He’d be drinking it all tonight. And whatever else it took.

The pain was always there. It never left him. But days like this tore at the wound; they poked and prodded at it, allowing no respite.

He’d barely done a thing at work. Even Maurice hadn’t been able to keep up with all his cigarette breaks. Several people had asked if he was all right, sensing that something was wrong; he’d said he was fine, which couldn’t have been further from the truth. And then at 2 p.m., unable to bear it any more, he’d left for a fictional hospital appointment.

It was 6.30 p.m. now. He’d been drinking for four hours: first in a quiet corner of a local pub and then, once the after-work crowd arrived, he’d returned here. Not home. He couldn’t bring himself to call it that. He still held out hope that he’d be able to reconcile with Maria and move back to his real home. He had to believe that was possible for the sake of his own sanity.

If only Maria was on the same page. Last week she’d flown off the handle because he’d not found time to call in and fix a leaking tap in the downstairs bathroom.

You can buy If Ever I Fall from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Fiona Gibson Reveals New Book – The Woman Who Met Her Match

The Woman Who Met Her MatchFiona Gibson has revealed her new book and it’s called ‘The Woman Who Met Her Match’.

What the back cover says

What if your first love came back on the scene . . . 30 years later?

After yet another disaster, Lorrie is calling time on online dating. She might be single in her forties, but she’s got a good job, wonderful children and she’s happy. This, Lorrie decides, is going to have to be enough.

That is, until she receives a very unexpected request from France. Antoine Rousseau, who had once turned a lonely French exchange trip into a summer of romance, wants to see her – after thirty years.

But Lorrie is a responsible woman. She can’t exactly run off to Nice with the man who broke her teenage heart . . . can she?

I absolutely loved Fiona’s previous books, so I can’t wait to get reading this fun tale!

You can pre-order The Woman Who Met Her Match from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th April 2017.

Time To Say Goodbye Book Tour

Katie EllisToday on the book tour for S.D. Robertson’s debut novel, ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, a story about Will Curtis and his six-year-old daughter, Ella who knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he’s going to do everything he can to keep his word. What Will doesn’t know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he’s faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one. But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together.

To mark the release of this story, Avon Books Editor, Kate Ellis share her thoughts and reactions on this heartbreaking story.

  1. What was your initial reaction after finishing this book?
    OMG I need to talk to someone now!!!! No one else had read it, apart form the author and his agent, so I excitedly tweeted him because I couldn’t take not saying anything at all! I shared it with the rest of the team instantly and urged them to read it. The poor team has had to listen to me bang on about it for absolute months!
  2. What would you compare this book to?
    The first name that popped into my head was Jojo Moyes. She has a way of writing heartbreaking, but truly beautiful, stories and characters that stay with you, and that’s exactly how I feel about ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. I’d also say that it has a touch of John Green in it, too. If you love beautiful, touching stories that will make you shed a tear or two, then this is definitely for you!
    Time To Say Goodbye
  3. How did decide on the gorgeous final cover?
    It was a challenge! We were going in a slightly different direction at first and we all agreed that it just didn’t feel right. So I did some research into what was working in the market for that genre, and we came up with a direction we wanted to go in. We really talked in depth with the designer and it seemed to work, because look what she created, it’s perfect! We all knew it was the one as soon as we saw it. We literally stood around a computer screen and all pointed at it. She absolutely nailed it!
  4. What was the Editorial process like?
    I sadly didn’t get to work through the entire editorial process, but Stuart’s first editor did a fantastic job! I barely had to do anything by the time I got my hands on it. It’s a truly stunning, well polished book. The process for the next one has been a joy so far, you’re all in for a real treat, again…!
  5. Why should everyone read this book?
    BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO INCREDIBLE!! But actual reasons instead of my biasness? Because it’s so memorable. I think no matter what age you are or what your interests are, there’s something in this book for absolutely everyone. It’s a touching family story that tells the people left behind what they need to know. It’s also a fresh take on the popular weepy, looking at family relationships rather than romantic relationships. Think Ben Sherwood’s The Life and Death of Charlie St Cloud. I promise you, it’s a well worth read.
  6. How many tissues did you get through?
    The first time? A full pack of my lovely Disney Princess tissues. The next few times? Kleenex’s mansized tissues. The tears get worse when you know what’s going to happen…!

    You can pre-order Time to Say Goodbye from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 11th February 2016.

The Lie By C.L. Taylor

The Lie‘The Lie’ is the latest book by C.L. Taylor.

Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist. Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women. Jane has tried to put the past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves.

Cally Taylor is an author I heard about last year when her first book, ‘The Accident’ was released and she received a lot of praise. So when I was sent a copy of ‘The Lie’, I was eager to see what type of author she was.

‘The Lie’ is a cleverly written story that spans over many years and is completely seen through the narrative of Jane, who is infact really called Emma and begins right at the point when Jane receives her first letter from someone claiming to know that her real name isn’t Jane.

The story then flicks back between the past and present when Emma and her then three best friends travel to Nepal and end up on the top of mountain embroiled in a cult where they all become enemies and the trust between the friendship is gone. Emma’s oldest friend is Daisy, but she has a new friend now called Leanne and the pair of them prefer to bully and tease Emma, leaving her out of activities. I found the scenes with the three girls uncomfortable as they are grown women, straight out of university but they resort to play school bully tactics, whispering rumours and generally making Emma feel uncomfortable. Thankfully Emma has another friend called Al, who is the reason they are all on this holiday, after her recent breakup. She is caught in the middle and doesn’t like to take sides, but she believes Emma when she begins to doubt the ethics of the group. With being the outsider of the girls, Emma is seen as a challenge by the leader of the cult Issac and this annoys Daisy as she wants Isaac’s attention. The longer Emma spends being the outsider and discovering things along the way, the more she realises that they have to get out of this place for their own safety and this is how tragically only two of the four of girls return to England.

As the story is written in the past and present, it gives an great insight into the friendship and as to why Emma has changed her name. Both tenses are equally gripping and I found this book a compelling read. In the present tense, Emma now Jane, thought she was finally free from her past, having moved on with a good job and a new love but her past has caught up with her and it seems that old ghosts don’t want her to be happy. As the lead character, Emma comes across as quite weak, as she puts up with her alleged friends behaviour and ridicule, but as time passes over the year, we see her become stronger, even though she is still paranoid after how their trip turned out.

Cleverly written and where everyone is a suspect, ‘The Lie’ is a suspenseful and gruesome story that draws into the deep, dark world of cults, jealousy and shows no matter how hard you try to hide, your past always catches up with you.

You can buy The Lie from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.