#CoverReveal : The Seagull’s Laughter by Holly Bidgood @Wildpressed @HollyBidgood #LoveBooksTours

Hello Readers! I’m delighted to be part of cover reveal for The Seagull’s Laughter by Holly Bidgood, organized by Love Books Group . Check out this interesting blurb and cover below.

Synopsis:

Born in 1973 to a Greenlandic mother and an English-Explorer father, Malik has always been something of a misfit. He has one black eye and one blue. As a child his mother’s people refused to touch him and now his own baby daughter’s family feel the same way.            

On his own now, Malik’s only companion is a guiding spirit no-one else can see, but one day a white man with a nose like a beak and a shadow like a seagull appears on his doorstep and invites him to England.

Martha has had enough of living with domestic abuse. She compares bruises with her friend Neil, who regularly suffers homophobic attacks. With Martha’s baby, they go on the run to Shetland, where Martha has happy childhood memories of summers spent with her aunt.

On their way up north in a camper van, they come across a dejected Malik, alone again after a brief reconciliation with his father’s family.      

They arrive safely together in the Shetland Isles, but Malik still needs answers to the identity of the beak-nosed man who casts a shadow over his life, and must now embark on a further journey of his own.

About the Author:

Holly grew up in Derbyshire but has always been drawn to the sea. She has written from a young age. Her love affair with island landscapes was kick-started on a brief visit to the Faroe Islands at the age of eighteen, en route to Iceland. She was immediately captivated by the landscape, weather, and way of life and it was here that she conceived the idea for her first novel, The Eagle and The Oystercatcher.

Holly studied Icelandic, Norwegian and Old Norse at University College London. She also studied as an exchange student at The University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) and spent a memorable summer working in a museum in South Greenland.

She decided to start a family young, and now has three small children. Holly helps run Life & Loom, a social and therapeutic weaving studio in Hull.  She likes to escape from the busyness of her life by working on her novels and knitting Icelandic wool jumpers.

The Seagull’s Laughter will be published in November 2019.

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#BlogTour #Excerpt : An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @rararesources @FreddieJoJo1

Hello Readers! I’m excited to be part of blog tour for An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details and excerpt in this post. I hope you enjoy it.

An Extra Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton​
Publication Date: 28th July 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Love Story
An Extra Shot is the second book in a trilogy. Can be read as standalone

Synopsis:

‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

An Extra Shot is the second book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. I am currently working on the final book.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.’

Excerpt:

This is the moment Jo-Jo meets Freddie for the first time.

‘Jo-Jo – November 1979

Max’s nightclub. Blondie’s ‘Dreaming’ started up. I took a deep breath and walked across the dance floor towards him. I’d noticed him at the bar earlier, pointed him out to my best-friend, Karen. ‘Him?’ she said. ‘Why? Look at his hair.’

‘Jet black, gypsy hair. What’s your point?’

‘He needs it cut, and his front tooth’s chipped.’

‘He’s cute. Look at that smile.’

I’d tried to meet his eyes as he’d walked past us clutching a Bacardi and Coke, but he was looking at the floor. ‘There’s no way he’s going to ask you,’ said Karen. ‘Not in his wildest dreams would he think that was possible.’

I reached him as Debbie Harry was telling everyone that dreaming is free. His mouth fell open when I asked him to dance. He looked at his mate, stared at me for a few seconds and, just as I was about to turn and walk away, he said yes. We walked under the mirror balls to the dance floor. He made a nervous joke about gangly men and disco dancing. The music changed to Dr Hook, ‘More Like the Movies’, followed by the Commodores, ‘Still’ and Exile, ‘Kiss you all Over’. I could feel his concentration, his hands barely touching my back, as though he was frightened of the intimacy, of overstepping the mark. I felt like I was made of glass. The lights came up, he waved goodbye to his mate and then walked me home, held my hand all the way, didn’t try to kiss me, waited for me to kiss him on the cheek. He watched me walk up my path and into my house, making sure I was safe. Sweet. 

I closed the front door behind me and peeped through the rippled pane of glass. He was still standing under the oak tree, looking at the house. After a few seconds, he turned up his jacket collar and walked around the corner. I smiled at the collar. I’d told him it was too cold, not to walk me all the way, but he’d insisted. Lower Farm. He’d have to walk back on himself to get home. I smiled again. Really sweet.’

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Extra-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton/dp/1912881446

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Extra-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton/dp/1912881446

Author Bio:

‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

An Extra Shot is the second book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. I am currently working on the final book.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them. ‘

Social Media Links – Instagram @freddiejojoreunited

Twitter – https://twitter.com/FreddieJoJo1

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading (68)

So it’s Monday! Who like Monday?! Well I don’t, but let’s just wrap up the previous week and see what I’m going to read this week.

Last Week I Read –

This was both okay and good. Okay in terms of plot and writing. Good in terms of characters and setting. Review

This was lovely. I finished it in a day. Review will be up on Friday this week, last day during the blog tour for Willow.

Currently Reading –

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In Megan Goldin’s unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge.

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.

Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.

Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?

I just started it today. I’ve been told this is amazing thriller so I just can’t wait to finish it. This is also Blog tour read that I’m finishing this week but review will be up next month on 8th.

Next This week-

The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2)

New York, 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder. He stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Tom has little choice but to accept his assurance of a lighter sentence. After Tom is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence would be to reveal his true identity – something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.

Meanwhile, the young woman in question travels to New York, leaving their only son behind in England, having decided she’ll do whatever it takes to find the man she was to marry – unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter. A letter that has remained unopened on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year.

In Jeffrey Archer’s epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan. Join the great storyteller on a journey where there are no stop signs, no cul-de-sacs and no dead ends. 

Before I forget what happened in first book, I should start next in series. I’m going to read each book in series every month.

So that’s all for the week…

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#Review : KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara

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KA-E-RO-U Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara
Publication Date : October 13th 2018
Genre : Cultural Historical Fiction
Pages : 286
Stars : ★★★☆☆

In Japan…everywhere…red strings tie all people we meet together. Some strings are weak. Some have tangles. Some strong.

Meryl—Vietnam War widow—misses her grown son, feels left out after her father’s recent marriage. A WWII Japanese flag falls into her hands. The gentle push of a love-struck professor starts her adventure—take the flag home. From the neon of Osaka, to the ancient capital Nara, to the forests of Akita, the trail follows a newspaper reporter, factory manager, ikebana teacher, a Matagi hunter and winds through Japanese culture, past and present. A story of shared humanity and love “in the simplest things.

*** Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Kaerou, revolved around Meryl’s journey to Japan, delivering the flag she discovered to family of fallen soldier. It’s a journey of self-discovery and love, letting go of past, making peace with what was lost in war, and embracing life.

Meryl was a widow who lost her husband in war. Her son moved to Japan and didn’t keep in touch, in fact, he did not inform her about his actual whereabouts and eloped with his girlfriend. Her father has remarried and was going on holiday with new wife. She felt low and unwanted and by little persuasion from her father and cousin she decided to take her Japanese flag of fallen soldier to his family in Japan.

Writing was lyrical and poetic, some descriptions were beautiful and the character’s story was wonderfully narrated in third person voice but it was not wow.

Setting was good. We are introduced to Japan, their culture, people, and importance of foreign language in 1995. What I loved was the tradition and nature of Japanese, description of picturesque places that want you to visit Japan once in life.

The book was more character driven than plot. Side characters were quirky. All characters were introduced in first few chapters which made it hard to get into book but as book progressed, we know them more closely. Each characters had their limelight.

The story of characters who came to Japan to teach English at Namba School was intriguing. Fiona, Jo, Darryl, Elliot helped Meryl once she arrived Japan. Some of the Japanese students at school had their own story as well. It was amazing to see different people coming from different background and culture at one place bonding with the strong red thread.

Book slowly turned from Meryl and teachers at the school to Japanese characters and their life which was gripping. Mr. Ono, Ms. Kawanishi, Mr. Baba, Sato and Ayako were impressive and their story felt so realistic and touching. They had charm that wanted me to keep reading even though there were some things that made me to put the book down.

Ms. Kawanishi’s backstory was most impressive of all. She really steal the show. I was more interested in her story than Meryl’s. Her childhood, dreams, love and married life, her exquisite kimonos were enchanting. If book has focused on just her with some more spices and drama, I would have given this book full star.

Meryl was nice character. I liked her loyalty to her husband. She loved him and yet didn’t fail to see imperfection. Her guilt was realistic. As the novel progressed she developed, learned to live, gave voice to her inner feelings, found freedom and confidence, and made friends who helped her in her journey and stayed with her throughout the book.

Best moments in the story were, the cornbread story, Matagi hunters, tale of hunger and how characters survived, effect of Vietnam war, WWII on Japan and its culture, people, how their life changed because of war and how they all found their way to come out of it.

End was good. I liked that mystery woman mystery. I was surprised to find out who it was. All characters got their happy ending.

Writing was okay, at some point, it was confusing. I didn’t enjoy that chapter in hotel with other teachers. Like its title it didn’t make sense. Conversations were hard to follow at some places. Sometimes it felt disconnected and incomprehensible.

Plot was okay. It was more character driven and characters only made it impressive.

Romance was not the strong part. I wouldn’t have mind if there wasn’t any love stories, except Ms. Kawanishi’s.

Pace was bumpy and Meryl didn’t make an everlasting impression. I didn’t feel connected to her.

Overall, it was nice, exceptional with strong culture, history, characters and insights. If you like character driven cultural and historical stories, this is for you.

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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#BlogTour #Excerpt #Giveaway (UK): Missing In Wales by Jenny O’Brien @rararesources @ScribblerJB

Hello Readers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out the book details, excerpt, and giveaway in this post. And The Stepsister, Jenny O’Brien’s first thriller, will be free worldwide from  22 to 26th July. The links are below.

Missing in Wales by Jenny O’Brien
Publication Date: 20th July 2019
Genre: Crime Thriller
Potential Trigger Warning: Missing young baby

Synopsis:

Alys is fine – don’t try to find us

Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?

DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago.

Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon. 

Excerpt:

Gaby

December 24th

‘You wanted to see me, Guv?’

‘Ah, yes, DI Walker, come in and shut the door,’ DCI Brazil-North said, lifting a hand and waving it in the direction of the only spare chair.

Rhys threw a brief smile in Gaby’s direction before taking a seat and crossing his legs at the ankles.

So, this is my new boss. Not bad looking if you like square, rugby types… There are cogs there, many and complex – it would be foolish to underestimate him. Gaby frowned at the thought before returning her attention back to the woman behind the desk.

 The DCI placed her pen down before lifting her head, her face an expressionless mask. ‘I know it’s Christmas Eve but I’ve asked DC Darin to drop in so I can introduce you. She’ll be joining us from the Swansea office in a couple of days and, with her arrival, I think a little reshuffle is in order. After the sterling effort you made inducting DC Abraham, I’ve decided to reward you with a new partner.’ She leant forward, her elbows on the desk, her eyes flint. ‘I don’t want to hear a murmur of negativity towards our latest officer and I will hold you personally responsible if I do,’ her smile widening briefly to include Gaby. ‘I hope you’ll be very happy with us, DC Darin. The DI will keep a close eye and ensure you receive a warm welcome from all members of the team.

Leaning back in her chair, she picked up her pen, again focusing on the document in front of her.

‘Ma’am, if I could have a brief word in private?’

There was an awkward silence where Gaby took to examining her nails, her attention now on the man at her side and just what he was about to say. Surely he wouldn’t refuse to mentor her but, after what had happened in Swansea, she wouldn’t put anything past her esteemed fellow colleagues. She sat and waited, the silence lengthening, her clear nail polish not man enough to hold her attention for more than about five seconds.

‘An officer of your experience should know that there are no secrets between partners. Say your piece. I’m sure DC Darin will keep your confidence,’ she finally replied, still staring down at the document in front of her.

‘It’s about the Baby Grant case, Ma’am.’

 ‘Oh God, really?’ She placed her pen down carefully before raising her head. ‘This had better be good, Walker. The force spent millions the first time round scouring the globe and we didn’t come up with anything other than censure from the public and politicians alike. You know as well as I do that the possibility of her still being alive is non-existent?’

‘That’s as may be, ma’am. But I bumped into the mother in the supermarket yesterday – she’s adamant she’s in possession of new evidence that will make a huge difference to the case.’

‘What new evidence?’ her gaze pinned to his.

‘Grace Madden seems to have appeared back on the scene. Miss Grant’s convinced of it. It was actually quite sad seeing her like that with her meal for one,’ he said with a little shake of his head. ‘She can’t move on with her life until she gets some news, one way or the other. You might remember that both the baby and boyfriend disappeared around the same time as the friend – it was all highly suspicious.’

‘I know all that,’ her tone as glacial as her look. ‘I also know to the pound just how much it cost the branch in terms of man hours searching for Madden and the boyfriend. So, she’s turned up, has she?’ She picked up her pen and scribbled something in the margin of her notebook.

‘Well, not quite but the mother seems to think that she spotted her yesterday.’

‘I don’t need to hear anymore, Rhys. There’s not a lot we can do until after all the festivities are over. When you get back tell the team to have a sniff around but don’t spend long on it and be discrete. The very last thing we want is to alert the media. It was like a circus last time.’

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RGCDT75
US- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RGCDT75

The Stepsister, Jenny O’Brien’s first thriller, will be free worldwide from  22 to 26th July, 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stepsister-gripping-psychological-thriller-wicked-ebook/dp/B07H3TH4HT
US –  https://www.amazon.com/Stepsister-gripping-psychological-thriller-wicked-ebook/dp/B07H3TH4HT

Author Bio:

Jenny O’Brien was abandoned in Dublin at the tender age of 17 by her parents when they decided to move to Wales. It was only on the completion of her studies that she was finally able to join them. 
She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a RoNA book judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. 
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time. 

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Missing In Wales  and the chance to be a character in the next book STABBED IN WALES. (UK only)

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