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Sunday, November 19, 2017

BOOK MAIL: Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford @stmartinspress @btbnovelist

Secrets of Cavendon
(Cavendon Hall #4)
by Barbara Taylor Bradford
St. Martin's Press

πŸŽ• AVAILABLE 11/21/17 πŸŽ•

Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press for this gorgeous copy!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a stunning, epic novel featuring the characters of the beloved Cavendon series

For years things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets among the Inghams and the Swanns. But since the end of World War II, things have changed. The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with the new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.

About the Author:

Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the BrontΓ« sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.

Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 88 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.

She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated.

BOOK MAIL: They Know Not What They Do by Jussi Valtonen @oneworldnews

They Know Not What They Do
by Jussi Valtonen
ONEWorld Publications

πŸ”₯ AVAILABLE 12/12/17 πŸ”₯

Thanks so much to ONEWorld Publications for this advanced copy! 

Joe Chayefski has got what he always wanted: a reputation as one of America's top neuroscientists, a beautiful wife and two perfect daughters. But his carefully created idyll is threatened when his lab is targeted by animal rights activists. The attack is followed by a phone call from Joe's ex-wife in Finland. Two decades have passed since he abandoned Alina and their young son, Samuel, returning to America to advance his career. Now Samuel is somewhere in the States, and Alina fears he is looking for revenge. As Joe struggles to protect his new family from the increasing threat of violence - and to save his eldest daughter from the clutches of an unscrupulous tech company - he is forced to reconsider his priorities and take drastic action to save those he loves.

BOOK MAIL: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker @kathleenatucker @atriabooks

Keep Her Safe
by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books

πŸ”₯ PUBLISHING 1/23/18 πŸ”₯

Thanks so much to Atria Books for this copy - one of the most anticipated reads of January!

Noah Marshall has had a privileged life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that’s been rattling in her closet for years: she doesn’t deserve her commendations or her medals—in fact, she deserves to be locked behind bars for what she did to a fellow officer to save her own reputation. When she finally succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family’s life, she leaves Noah alone to carry the burden of this shocking secret, which she makes him vow never to share.

Gracie Reynolds wasn’t born into trailer park life, but after ten years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it’s all she knows anymore. At least here people don’t care that she is a byproduct of a white mother and a black father. And they certainly don’t care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop. Here, she and her mother can almost forget the shame he brought upon them…until a man who clearly doesn’t belong shows up on her doorstep one night, asking questions.

Together, Noah and Gracie set out to uncover the truth about the Austin police department’s dark and messy past­—but the scandal they uncover is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

About the Author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. 

She is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 books, including Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water, and her latest Adult Suspense novel, He Will Be My Ruin. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publisher's Weekly.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.

BOOK MAIL: In A Time Never Known by Kat Michels @fictionoftruth

In a Time Never Known
by Kat Michels


Thanks so much to the author for this beautiful copy!

Wife, mother, spy. Anna is hiding a dangerous secret from her family, especially her Confederate General husband. However, it is not her covert work for the Union that she finds the most daunting, it is dealing with her spoiled Southern belle daughter. When Kady discovers that her mother has been leading a carefully constructed double life, she must choose whether to work by her mother’s side in the shadows or return to the pampered life of a Southern planter’s daughter.

Cast into the bloody fray of one of the deadliest wars in our history, In a Time Never Known is the story of women who courageously defy the expectations of the era to do unprecedented things, altering the course of American history and their own lives.

About the Author:

Kat Michels lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her two puggles. She is the author of a historical fiction novel, three children's book, and a series of mini-biographies about extraordinary American women. Kat has received multiple awards for her writing, including two regional Emmys for her work on short-form documentaries.

Want an insiders look at her work and support the writing of women's history at the same time? Become a patron on Patreon!

BOOK MAIL: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas @littlebrown @lenizumas

Red Clocks
by Leni Zumas
Little, Brown and Company

⏰ PUBLISHING 1/16/18 ⏰

Big thank you to Little, Brown and Company for this copy!

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?
In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

Ro, a single high-school teacher, is trying to have a baby on her own, while also writing a biography of EivΓΈr, a little-known 19th-century female polar explorer. Susan is a frustrated mother of two, trapped in a crumbling marriage. Mattie is the adopted daughter of doting parents and one of Ro's best students, who finds herself pregnant with nowhere to turn. And Gin is the gifted, forest-dwelling homeopath, or "mender," who brings all their fates together when she's arrested and put on trial in a frenzied modern-day witch hunt.

About the Author:

Leni Zumas is the author of RED CLOCKS (forthcoming from Little, Brown and The Borough Press/HarperCollins UK); FAREWELL NAVIGATOR: STORIES (Open City); and THE LISTENERS (Tin House), which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches writing at Portland State University.

BOOK MAIL: Found in Time by J.K. Kelly @jkkellybooks @smithpublicity

Found in Time
by J.K. Kelly
Smith Publicity

Thanks to Smith Publicity for this copy! AVAILABLE NOW!

Two extraordinary warriors lead the challenge of battling their country’s enemies in today’s complex world. Why do they believe they will succeed where others have failed? They possess a new top-secret weapon, invented by the brilliant Dr. Andrea Moretti, the ability to travel back in time.

Major J.J. Jackson, a highly decorated Marine whose focus in life is to seek & destroy terrorists, is tasked by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test the revolutionary technology that promises the U.S. a military and political edge over foreign and domestic threats. When JJ goes rogue and kneels before a higher power to save the woman he loves everyone’s lives will be changed forever.

General Dick Stewart, Chairman of JCS, oversees the program they are hiding from a contentious White House and the CIA. As a supporter of JJ’s career since the death of the younger man’s parents, Stewart must watch his own back as he tries to look after the Major and his eclectic group of patriots.

For JJ’s team of six men and women, time travel may become their magic bullet. But when a new American President comes under siege in back to back attacks, those who were FOUND IN TIME must lock and load. The team will need to ratchet up their aggression to defeat the most dangerous enemies the country has ever seen and this time it will be on American soil.

About the Author:

I was born in Philadelphia and was nicknamed “JK” by my friends. I got my first writing credit in grade school when Highlights Magazine published my Letter to the Editor. While studying Law Enforcement and Journalism at Penn State’s main campus, I put my passion for photography to work. I’d travel to auto races across the country on weekends and got lucky when magazines started to buy my action and feature photos. It seemed only natural to write the stories to go with them and before long “J.K.” had writing credits in Car Craft and in Super Stock & Drag Illustrated.

From there I got my dream job and moved to Charlotte to work with driver Darrell Waltrip as the Public Relations Director for the Gatorade 88 NASCAR team. After that I worked for 28 years at VP Racing Fuels as their Regional Manager for Europe and an extensive part of North America. In 2015 I took an early retirement to spend much more time with my growing family and get back into my writing full time. FOUND IN TIME is my debut novel and I’m deep into a sequel. I’m also putting the finishing touches on FUELIN AROUND, an intriguing, action packed work of non-fiction set in the fast paced world of international motorsport.

I’m very happily married to my dear Lisa and have three adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. I love travel, coffee, beer, a great steak, and a book I can’t put down. My favorite cities are Philly, Jackson Hole, Quebec, and Rome. My favorite movies are the original True Grit and Cinderella Man. Favorite television programs are The West Wing and Survivor. Feeling very blessed and appreciating life every day!

BOOK MAIL: Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride @harpercollins @stuartmacbride

Now We Are Dead
(Logan McRae #10.5)
by Stuart MacBride

Thanks so much to HarperCollins for this copy!

From the No. 1 bestselling author of the Logan McRae series, comes a standalone spinoff featuring DS Roberta Steel
Sergeant Roberta Steel has recently been demoted after being caught fitting up a suspect. The trouble is, the man she got sent down has had his sentence quashed now he’s back on the streets. And women are being attacked again. But if DS Steel goes anywhere near him his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good.

The Powers That Be won’t listen to her not after what happened last time. Besides, she’s got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy perhaps she should focus on solving them instead of harassing an innocent man?

But Steel knows he’s guilty and the longer he gets away with it, the more women will suffer. The question is: how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop him?

About the Author:

The life and times of a bearded write-ist.

Stuart MacBride (that's me) was born in Dumbarton -- which is Glasgow as far as I'm concerned -- moving up to Aberdeen at the tender age of two, when fashions were questionable. Nothing much happened for years and years and years: learned to play the recorder, then forgot how when they changed from little coloured dots to proper musical notes (why the hell couldn't they have taught us the notes in the first bloody place? I could have been performing my earth-shattering rendition of 'Three Blind Mice' at the Albert Hall by now!); appeared in some bizarre World War Two musical production; did my best to avoid eating haggis and generally ran about the place a lot.

Next up was an elongated spell in Westhill -- a small suburb seven miles west of Aberdeen -- where I embarked upon a mediocre academic career, hindered by a complete inability to spell and an attention span the length of a gnat's doodad.

And so to UNIVERSITY, far too young, naive and stupid to be away from the family home, sharing a subterranean flat in one of the seedier bits of Edinburgh with a mad Irishman, and four other bizarre individuals. The highlight of walking to the art school in the mornings (yes: we were students, but we still did mornings) was trying not to tread in the fresh bloodstains outside our front door, and dodging the undercover CID officers trying to buy drugs. Lovely place.

But university and I did not see eye to eye, so off I went to work offshore. Like many all-male environments, working offshore was the intellectual equivalent of Animal House, only without the clever bits. Swearing, smoking, eating, more swearing, pornography, swearing, drinking endless plastic cups of tea... and did I mention the swearing? But it was more money than I'd seen in my life! There's something about being handed a wadge of cash as you clamber off the minibus from the heliport, having spent the last two weeks offshore and the last two hours in an orange, rubber romper suit / body bag, then blowing most of it in the pubs and clubs of Aberdeen. And being young enough to get away without a hangover.

Then came a spell of working for myself as a graphic designer, which went the way of all flesh and into the heady world of studio management for a nation-wide marketing company. Then some more freelance design work, a handful of voiceovers for local radio and video production companies and a bash at being an actor (with a small 'a'), giving it up when it became clear there was no way I was ever going to be good enough to earn a decent living.

It was about this time I fell into bad company -- a blonde from Fife who conned me into marrying her -- and started producing websites for a friend's fledgling Internet company. From there it was a roller coaster ride (in that it made a lot of people feel decidedly unwell) from web designer to web manager, lead programmer, team lead and other assorted technical bollocks with three different companies, eventually ending up as a project manager for a global IT company.

But there was always the writing (well, that's not true, the writing only started two chapters above this one). I fell victim to that most dreadful of things: peer pressure. Two friends were writing novels and I thought, 'why not? I could do that'.

Took a few years though...

REVIEW: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @ajfinnbooks @wmmorrowbooks

The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
William Morrow Books

πŸ”₯ AVAILABLE 1/2/18 πŸ”₯

Thanks so much to William Morrow books for this copy in return for my honest review.  Already in development for film, this is that subtle psychological thriller you've been waiting for.

What did she see?
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
My Review:

An agoraphobic, Anna is an alcoholic and pill popper who hasn't left her home in ten months. She fills her time looking into the windows of the homes across the street from her, playing chess on her computer and being an online therapist to those with similar issues that she has. The best therapists are those who have been through it themselves as patients can relate better and see that there is hope to get better. Not sure that if you're still going through the motions, it's the best thing to be doing. Unfortunately this does happen and while the empathy can be there, it could be disastrous for both sides.

This story is told strictly through Anna's eyes. She lives home alone, pining for her family with her only outside contact for the most part being her tenant downstairs and her therapist that comes by once in a while. Each section of the book is split per day starting on October 24th through November 15th. Each chapter within these sections are short making it a fast read .. and you WANT to keep turning the pages. Although a fast read, I felt it is moderately paced as we really get inside Anna's mind. I can't tell if she's crazy or if what's really happening IS happening or just in her mind. The beginning may feel a little slow but it's a testament to how the author builds the story from day to day.

The author gives you slight clues throughout the book, really building the suspense. I caught onto the clues so when things came to light I wasn't all that shocked. However, I LOVED the subtle way the author took to get you there. Nothing felt rushed or done as shock value. This book is proof that a psychological thriller doesn't need to be out of left field twisty to keep your attention.

I am not surprised in the slightest that this is already slated for motion picture development. I will certainly be on the look out for his next book.

BLOG TOUR: Lay Me To Rest by E. A. Clark @rararesources @eaclarkauthor @hqdigitaluk

Lay Me To Rest
by E. A. Clark
HQ Digital
Rachel's Random Resources


Happy to be today's stop on the blog tour for E. A. Clark's Lay Me To Rest.  This suspenseful ghost story will have you wondering about the shadows surround you.... 

Some secrets never stay buried for long…

Devastated by the death of her husband, Annie Philips is shocked to discover she is pregnant with his unborn child. Hoping for a fresh start, she travels to a remote stone cottage in Anglesey, amidst the white-capped mountains of North Wales.
She settles in quickly, helped by her mysterious new neighbour, Peter. But everything changes when Annie discovers a small wooden box, inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl. A box she was never supposed to find…
Annie soon realises that she isn’t alone in the cottage. And now she’s trapped. Can she escape the nightmare that she has awoken, or will the dark forces surrounding the house claim her life – and that of her baby?
A gripping thriller from E. A. Clark, perfect for fans of Kerri Wilkinson, Sarah Wray and Stella Duffy. You won’t be able to put it down!
Purchase from Amazon
Purchase from Amazon
About the Author:

E. A. Clark lives in the Midlands with her husband and son, plus a rather temperamental cat, a rabbit and a chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that …) and cake – and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions.
She has a penchant for visiting old graveyards and speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal has culminated in her first novel for adults, Lay Me to Rest. The setting is inspired by her love of Wales, owing to her father’s Celtic roots.
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My Review:
This debut adult novel from E. A. Clark is ominous from the start.  We enter into a story of grief as Annie's husband has died and made her a widow at an early age... just to find out she's pregnant with their child.  This is also a story about secrets coming to light and a ghost that needs to be heard.  A fast paced book, the writing takes a little getting used to but doesn't take away from the read once you have conquered it. 
The author does a fantastic job with providing you an eerie setting.  Weirdly I had just talked about how I had woken up thinking I had heard a whispery, ghostly voice saying my name right in my ear.  To see this happening in this book just made my own experience all too real and now I feel weird being home by myself late at night. 😬
I think the readers will be surprised at the paranormal aspect of the book going in as it isn't clear in the blurb.  I do think that once you are aware of it (which is pretty obvious from the start) then your mind will start to wrap around the story and really feel for Annie and what she's going through. A proper atmospheric ghostly read and those who like this subtle genre won't be disappointed.

Follow along the blog tour for other thoughts!!