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A Random Act Of Kindness Book Tour – Extract

A Random Act Of KindnessOn the book tour for Sophie Jenkins’ sweet new book called ‘A Random Act Of Kindness’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the story.

I’ve never had to shop for clothes for Enid; she’s not the kind of woman who needs a second opinion. Enid’s taste in clothes is conservative but feminine. One thing we both agree on is that trousers on a woman over seventy are invariably unflattering and unnecessary – unless, of course, one is a farmer; we’re not unreasonable people.

She knows what she likes. Her clothes are well-made. They’ll ‘see her out’. I listened to her saying that phrase in dismay. I wanted to buy her something worth living for, but it’s a tall order, to buy something to raise the spirits of a woman who’s unwell.

When I arranged the appointment with Fern Banks, I began by looking at everything through Enid’s eyes, by getting into Enid’s head. I can’t say I started out with a vision of what I wanted; it just gradually formed in my mind by a process of the elimination of what wasn’t suitable. It had to be special! Exciting! Evocative of a time when life was full of expectation. Oh, that frock was elusive!

Meeting Fern Banks in Carluccio’s meant leaving Enid for a second time and telling her more lies. I said I was going to the golf club and although I don’t go there much since Stan died, Enid didn’t question it.

When Fern showed me that blue dress, I knew immediately that it was the one! I felt alive again. I was tingling with excitement that I hadn’t felt in a long time! It turned the clock back!

You can buy ‘A Random Act Of Kindness’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sinner Book Tour – Extract

SinnerToday I’m hosting the book tour for Jacqui Rose’s new book called ‘Sinner’ and I’ve an extract from the book for you to enjoy.

It was a joke. He was a joke, and the shame of it all sat on his shoulders like a weighted barbell. And besides, even if he wanted to tell Franny, what would he actually say to her? How would he say it? And how could she look at him afterwards with any kind of respect when he told her he was afraid? Afraid of the calls. Afraid of a letter. A flipping four-line letter. It was pathetic because after all when it came down to it, he was the great Alfie Jennings, the same Alfie Jennings who’d put fear into so many men over the years and the same Alfie Jennings who’d taken on gangs and notorious crime families to become one of the biggest faces there was. Yet here he was trembling like a girl over a poxy note, which this time had been left on the window of his car. But then, it wasn’t just any note, was it? Because the note wasn’t from just anybody, was it? No, because he was certain he knew exactly who the note was from.

Shaking and with his thick, dark hair stuck to his sweating forehead, Alfie glanced down again at the letter.

Screwing it up tightly and throwing it into the flames, Alfie rested his head against the fireplace.

The letters had been one of the reasons he’d moved back up to Soho from Essex; it made him feel safe, or rather he’d hoped it would’ve done. He’d thought the familiarity of the place, seeing the people he’d grown up with and throwing himself back into his old ways would make him feel better, make him forget. But he hadn’t. Not one little bit. He was still looking over his shoulder, still drinking more than he should to stay as sharp as he would’ve liked to, and still taking too much coke, all behind Franny’s back.

If you liked what you read, you can buy ‘Sinner’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

Forget Me Not By Claire Allan

Forget Me Not‘Forget Me Not’ is the latest book by Claire Allan.

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road. Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth. When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything. But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?

‘Forget Me Not’ is the latest chilling thriller from Claire Allan and definitely leaves you double checking the doors before you go to bed.

In this story we meet Elizabeth, an elderly woman who when out walking her dog comes across a woman assaulted on the road, just as Elizabeth phones for help, the woman dies in her arms. Rachel is heartbroken that her best friend has been murdered, but it seems that the killer wasn’t only after Clare. Rachel, her other friend Julie and even Elizabeth is now being hunted, with threatening notes and bunches of Forget Me Notes left at their doors.

The story is fast paced and is written over a short period of time and in that time a lot happens! Rachel is unhappy in her marriage and finds herself in the middle of a nightmare when her best friend is brutally killed and herself and her family are being terrorised. I felt myself sympathising with Rachel, she seems a kind woman, but her marriage is feeling unsatisfied and she finds herself looking elsewhere for attention.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth has never fully recovered from the sudden death of her only daughter and finds the days long without company.

I used to read Claire’s romantic novels and even though I enjoyed them, she has really found her voice in thrillers. Her writing is clever and her characters are flawed, relatable and that really pull the reader in. In this story, we meet two women who are fundamentally quite lonely in life and struggling, whether it’s a death of a child or an unhappy marriage and for me this made for poignant and gripping reading. As both women find themselves battling against time to save their lives and figure out why they have become the attention of a killer.

Throughout the story, we meet suspicious characters, that puts doubt into the readers’ minds, but nothing prepares the reader for the revelation at the end.

Another thing that I love about Claire’s writing is the colloquialisms and for me, coming from Northern Ireland this adds an element of charm to the dark story.

Suspenseful from the first page, ‘Forget Me Not’ is an exciting and menacing story that will have the reader bursting to reach the final page.

You can buy ‘Forget Me Not’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Stolen Book Tour – Extract

StolenOn the book tour from the latest chilling book from Paul Finch called ‘Stolen’, the latest in the ‘Lucy Clayburn series’. Sit back and enjoy an extract from the story.

The men and dogs scrambled for their cars, and there were gut-thumping collisions as the officers piled into them. Despite this, several vehicles started up, but as they all sought to rev away up the track at the same time, they slid into each other, clunking and shunting, grinding to a chaotic halt. The couple that managed to get ahead of this tangle only made it a few dozen yards, before the sight of a police troop-carrier blocking the gate and a whole phalanx of TAU men, as well armed and armoured as the divisional lads and yet somehow looking more menacing, more military as they advanced down the dirt track, brought them to a halt. The next thing, doors were being yanked open and burly policemen dragging out the drivers and their passengers.

Lucy lowered her loudhailer as she entered the farmyard.

Arrests were being made on all sides. There was no serious violence, but there were struggles as brutish, swearing men were wrestled to the floor and clapped into cuffs. One was struck across the back of the knee with a baton to help him comply. The dogs would have been a problem, especially as several had got loose and were darting back and forth, but they were all still muzzled, and now, at Lucy’s direction, the RSPCA handlers came forward to take charge of them.

‘Prisoner transports move in,’ Lucy told her radio. ‘We’ve got a large number detained.’

One suspect, a younger guy with longish, fair hair, wearing what looked like a wolf-fur doublet, made a semi-successful break for it, shaking off a lone PC and racing onto the open ground of the pony paddock, veering towards Wellspring Lane – only to stop at the sight of several more police vans pulling up behind the troop-carriers. He didn’t know they were divisional vans coming to take prisoners, and, thinking they were yet more police reinforcements, slowed to a trudging halt before dropping to his knees and raising his hands, allowing the pursuing officers to take him into custody.

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

Phoebe Morgan Writers Tips

Phoebe MorganPhoebe Morgan is an author and editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings.

Today Phoebe shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

I think it’s very important to read a lot, get to know your genre, find out what works and what doesn’t work. I’d also suggest getting your work read by beta readers or joining a writing group that might help critique your manuscript – it’s always good to get other opinions and find out if what’s in your head makes sense on the page! Don’t be afraid of editing your book, either – get your first draft down and then go back through it, again and again, moving chapters around or making cuts where necessary. No one ever writes a perfect first draft so the editing process is something you need to get used to.

Read more about Phoebe and her writing journey