The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton – Review

Picador Publication date – 3 July 2014 “On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met…

Blog Tour – The Bookshop on the Corner – Q&A with Rebecca Raisin

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Bookshop on the Corner and author Rebecca Raisin, who also writes the Gingerbread Cafe series of books, kindly took some time out of her manic writing schedule to answer some questions. Thanks so much for having me here, Janet! What’s the Bookshop on the Corner…

Who is Sam Alexander?

Carnal Acts by Sam Alexander was published by Arcadia on 15 June 2014. Here’s the blurb: “The northern English borderlands play host to crime noir at its darkest and most terrifying.DI Joni Pax, a London homicide detective, wounded in a disastrous raid, has been transferred to the newly formed Police Force of North East England….

Blog Tour – Crazy, Undercover, Love – Nikki Moore Q&A

Today is my stop on the Crazy Undercover Love blog tour and author Nikki Moore has kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us about Crazy, Undercover, Love. Crazy,Undercover, Love is my debut novel – the first of many, hopefully! So far it’s had some great reviews and is averaging 4.4 stars on…

Blog Tour – That Dark Remembered Day – Tom Vowler

Today is my stop on the That Dark Remembered Day blog tour. Author Tom Vowler discusses the merits and difficulties of writing from a female perspective. At a recent reading an audience member asked me about writing from a female perspective (my first novel, What Lies Within, being narrated largely this way). At the time…

One Hundred Proposals – Holly Martin – Extract

Today we have a sneak peek at the new novel by Holly Martin One Hundred Proposals published by  Carina on 25th June 2014 Prologue ‘Ok, you can open your eyes now,’ Harry said. I blinked in the gloom of the cave. Moonlight tumbled through the opening above us, reflecting off the waterfall as it cascaded…

Season to Taste – Natalie Young – review

Tinder Press “The most subversive and gloriously unexpected novel you’ll ever read about the end of a marriage and its aftermath. Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving… Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids…

Dying for Murder – Suzanne F. Kingsmill – review

Dundurn Press “Zoologist Cordi O’Callaghan thinks she’s in for a relaxing birdsong study at a research station on Spaniel Island, off the coast of South Carolina. But, as usual, she can’t escape the chaos that follows her everywhere she goes. As a hurricane rages, trapping her and the rest of the researchers, the director of…

Blog tour – The Long Fall – Julia Crouch

Today is my stop on The Long Fall blog tour and we find out all about the cover of the book from the design team at Headline.   Designing THE LONG FALL With Julia Crouch’s new novel THE LONG FALL out this month, cover designer Patrick Insole explains how her stunning new cover look came…

The Axeman’s Jazz – Ray Celestin – review

Mantle   “New Orleans, 1919. As music fills the city, a serial killer strikes . . . New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him . . . Though every citizen of the ‘Big Easy’ thinks they know who could be…

Fan week – Reviews

Today is the final day of Fan week and for something a little different I thought I would provide links to reviews of Fan written by fellow bloggers. Many thanks to them, Danny Rhodes and Arcadia for all the great posts and signed copies. Random Things Through My Letterbox Book Addict Shaun Liz Loves Books…

Fan week – Guest Post by Danny Rhodes

Today in a slight departure from the normal Q&A Danny discusses writing whilst working.   A novel born of the dark hours   When I run writer workshops I often get asked the same question from new writers who are struggling to write their first novel (and complete it). How do I find time to…