My #Review of #NewRelease The Innocent Wife by @AmyLloydWrites 4* @PenguinUKBooks #CrimeFiction #Psychological by @annebonnybook

*I received a proof copy via the publisher in return for an honest review*

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The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd 
Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all …

My review:

I was immediately drawn to this novel, after reading the online hype surrounding the release. The novel has an instantly eye-catching synopsis. The women who write to death row inmates, is an issue that has always fascinated me. Why do they do it? What do they gain? And what sort of woman pens the letters?

The novel centres around the relationship between Sam and Dennis Danson. Sam is an insecure, naïve and mousy school teacher from England. Whilst Dennis is the convicted murderer of an 11-year-old girl. He awaits his execution on death row, whiling away the hours by writing to his pen pals.
But what do this pair have in common?
What do they hope to achieve with this friendship?

This is when the novel takes an unusual but thoroughly relevant twist. Dennis is the star of a recent Netflix series; many people believe him to be innocent of the crime. Sam is one of many ‘fans’ who dissect the case piece by piece online. There are a wealth of theories and forums. Sam quickly becomes obsessed by them. Between their exchange of letters, a friendship/romance develops. When Sam is introduced to Carrie, the producer of the Netflix show, she decides to visit the US and Dennis in prison.

‘When she left, no one seemed to notice she was gone’

The novel is told by alternate chapters and book extracts. Which works well to give the reader Sam’s story, but also the facts surrounding Dennis’s case. I initially felt quite sorry for Sam, considering her to be a lonely woman, desperate for friendship. But as I grew to learn more of the criminal case and the missing young girls from Red River Florida. My sympathy for her waned. That is not to say, I wasn’t absolutely HOOKED because I completely and utterly was. I read the novel in one afternoon. I just felt there was something about her, I was not very keen to trust.

When Sam arrives in the US and the Altoona prison. She is swept away with the media attention, celebrities endorsing Dennis’s release and their first meeting. When we see her trust begin to waver, Dennis is quick to propose marriage.
Does he love her? Or is he manipulating her vulnerabilities?

The book extracts tell us about Dennis’s childhood. His alcoholic father and depressed mother, make for a painfully bleak upbringing. He had known poverty, violence and the foster care system, all before he reached 18 years old.
It is at this point I began to feel quite sorry for Dennis. This novel had me questioning myself. Why was I so keen to extend empathy/sympathy to Dennis?

Is the novel so cleverly written that Dennis begins to manipulate the reader?

The full details of ‘the girls of Red River’ is explored. The extracts offer an insight into Dennis’s arrest and trial. It is at this point, I vowed not to trust either of them! Finding both of the character’s behaviour strange. Yet I could NOT put this book down!
When new evidence comes to light and Dennis is exonerated. He is forced to adjust to a modern life, he left behind 21yr ago. Freedom does not come easy to Dennis. With Sam now playing the dutiful ‘wife’ to Dennis and his new-found freedom, the novel gets stranger and stranger.

A marriage of three: Sam, Dennis and suspicion…….

As Sam becomes more and more insecure. Dennis becomes cold, distant and dismissive of her. She is then the victim of online abuse and is left walking on eggshells around his moods. When Dennis doesn’t talk to her about his past. Sam fills in the blanks herself, creating her own narrative of their lives together.

The constant theme of suspicion, will keep you glued to the page! It makes you the reader, become obsessed with Sam and Dennis’s story. 4*

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Amy Lloyd
Authors Links:
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#PublicationDay Q&A with @StuartJames73 #Author of, The House On Rectory Lane #Indie #Thriller

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The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James
Synopsis:
Jake and Kate live in Camden, London and have had enough of the hassle with parking, overbooked restaurants and burglaries.
After an altercation with a stranger who pulls a knife on Jake, they take their son Sean, and move to a house in the woods.
It’s their dream home, or so they think.
People in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come.
Neighbours are over friendly and who was the face at the window Kate saw late at night?
They find a tape hidden in the loft of their new house, a home made video recording of the previous family, the Prescotts.
What they view, chills them to the bone.
They realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and now, they could be next……

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) Ok, so I have always been a little creative. I played traditional Irish music from a young age, starting on the wooden flute and then the piano accordion. It was a difficult instrument to carry around and had wished I learned the guitar earlier. When I was around 19, I started writing songs and sang in a band for around 20 years, playing everything from rock and roll to chart music. As I wrote songs, I found it also easy enough to adapt and write my first book.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) I first told my kids that I was going to write a book and they both laughed. That made me more determined ha ha.
I came up with the idea and jotted down the major parts etc. As I started writing, I  are up with more plot twists and more ideas.
It’s hard work. You have to write everyday so you don’t lose track of the story and the goal is to get to the end. That’s when the hard work starts. i.e., editing, changing parts, re-writing etc.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favourite author is Linwood Barclay. I would recommend too close to home or no time for goodbye.
I also love Stephen King and I love B A Paris. My favourite book this year has to be the couple next door or behind closed doors.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I remember one book in particular called the demon bike rider. I couldn’t find it as I wanted my kids to read it, and my daughter came home one day from school telling me the librarian managed to get a copy for me as a gift as she knew I was trying to get it. I thought that was a lovely thought.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) I do really enjoy the blogs but I also enjoy the reviews that I get and the buzz I try and create on social media.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) I would say my wife, kids and friends. They are the backbone and keep me going.

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.

SJ: Thank you so much for asking me to feature on your blog and I am also very grateful.

SJ
Stuart James
Author links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17131046.Stuart_James
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stuart-James-Author-798982316950555/
Instagram: http://ipovi.com/stuartjamesauthor-5956096407
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stuartjames73?lang=en-gb

#BlogTour Q&A with @AmyHeydenrych #Author of, Shame On You #CrimeFiction #Thriller #NewRelease

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Shame On You by Amy Heydenrych
Synopsis:

Have you ever lied about who you are to get more likes?
Have you ever followed someone online who you think is perfect?
Have you ever reached the New Year and thought it’s time to reinvent yourself?

Meet Holly.

Social media sensation. The face of clean eating.

Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her.

But when Holly is attacked by a man she’s only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. He seemed to know her – but she doesn’t know him.

What if Holly isn’t who she seems to be? What if Holly’s living a lie?

But surely we all lie a bit online, don’t we . . .?

YOU THINK YOU KNOW HER . . .

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) My novel is set in London, and is about social media star Holly who seems to have it all. Her Instagram and blog – a personal platform to document how she brought on her remission from cancer through a healthy diet – now has millions of loyal followers. So when she meets a striking young surgeon in Starbucks, it feels like yet another win in her wildly successful life. However, at the end of their dream date, the surgeon takes out his scalpel and viciously attacks her, claiming to be giving her what she deserves. Her followers are stunned, and cry for justice, but as their investigation deepens, they get closer to an ugly truth that Holly wants nobody to see. As her fans swing from adoration to hatred, the surgeon circles in on her, promising to leave her more than disfigured this time around. A final devastating discovery gives her a chance to tell her followers her side of the story.
My background is slightly different! I am South African and based the setting of the story on the years I spent living and working in London. I am trained as a journalist and in political science, but fiction writing has always been my first love.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Shame on You came to me as a fully-formed idea. I had been speaking to a well-known fashion blogger and was surprised to hear how different her life was in reality compared to the image she portrayed. It seemed like the perfect start for a chilling story. I have a personal interest in clean-eating and have always wondered how much deception goes on among clean-eaters on social media – surely one cannot be that healthy all the time! I sketched out the plot and treated the book like a full time job – I was able to do this because I work as a freelance corporate writer. In a couple of months, I had a first draft, which I sent to my writing group and a few other trusted readers for comment. After a few rounds of revisions, I started with the pitching process.
I came very close to signing a few agents, and eventually I was signed by the wonderful Jenny Bent and Sarah Manning of The Bent Agency. Together, we polished the manuscript further until it was ready to go out to pitch. Sarah sold the rights to Bonnier Zaffre in the UK and, in a hilarious turn of events, the offer came through as I was going into labour with my little son, Zach!

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) I read very widely – most of all, I enjoy a mix of literary and thriller novels. My favourite authors are Tana French, Jennifer Egan, Anne Patchett, Margaret Atwood and Louise O Neil. My favourite psychological thrillers this year were Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land and Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Other books I loved were: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, and The Mothers by Brit Bennett.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I was a massive book nerd as a child and read everything in my library! I was the ultimate Nancy Drew fangirl as a young girl. As a teen, the book High Fidelity by Nick Hornby stands out – I was just discovering a whole lot of new music and that book tapped into the deep emotions I felt for certain songs and infatuations I felt for certain boys.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) Having other people engage with my story and form opinions about my characters! There is no greater thrill than having something you have written come to life in the imagination of another.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My family have been there from the start, and have never doubted that I could make writing my career.

My husband has been an incredible support, and has been my unfailing source of encouragement when it felt like every week brought on a new rejection in my writing career.

My writing group – Blaize Kaye and Catherine Jarvis – have been amazing first readers and provided consolation during all the highs and lows that a writer’s life brings.

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Amy Heydenrych
Authors links:
My personal website: http://www.bookish.co.za
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyHeydenrych
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amyheydenrych/

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.

 

#BlogTour Q&A with @Author_KSHunter #Author of, Just One Time #PublicationDay @rararesources

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Just One Time by KS Hunter
Synopsis:
The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I’ve written three novels before Just One Time, but not as K.S. Hunter. One of them was a top ten bestseller in the UK and it also reached number one in Australia. Just One Time is a different type of genre from what I am typically known for, so K.S. Hunter was born.
Just One Time begins with David Madden, whose marriage is on the verge of collapse because of a ‘mistake’ he made two years earlier, arriving at a theatre in London. There, in the dark, he loses his phone, and the woman next to him offers to ring it to help him find it. He gives her his number and unwittingly invites her into his life. Once she’s in it, she won’t go away, not until he sleeps with her, just one time.
So it’s a steamy psychological thriller, very much a modern-day Fatal Attraction, which explores the idea of desire, seduction, obsession and revenge, and I hope it offers readers the kind of final act they have never seen before.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) I love the theatre and what I described above happening to David happened to me. Well, the first part did. But when I gave my mobile number to a stranger, it got my imagination stirring and I really wondered what it would be like if she got in touch, found out where I lived, found out all about me and wouldn’t go away. Of course, I’m glad that didn’t happen, but without that chance encounter Just One Time and K.S. Hunter wouldn’t exist.
I parted company with my literary agent after my third novel. When I started Just One Time, I spoke with a number of agents and editors. They liked what I was writing, but I was surprised to learn that although erotic fiction is popular with readers, publishers are still very cautious about it – despite Fifty Shades….
It was during that time that another conversation with an agent led me to the idea of writing under a pseudonym and then that made me think about self-publishing: controlling the whole process and really trying to see what kind of impact something I write could have if I didn’t follow the traditional route. It’s been an interesting journey and so far, so good.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) K.S. Hunter would have to go for the steam and thrillers, so let’s say Gillian Flynn, E.L. James, John Lutz and Harrold Robins. But if I stop pretending for a moment, I would say Ian McEwan, Sophie Hannah, Tennessee Williams and Wilkie Collins.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I remember having lots of books in my room when I was a kid, but I don’t remember reading them. I don’t think I ever read a YA book as a teenager (not even sure if that genre existed then!), but I distinctly remember the moment when I got into reading. My dad was an avid reader, so I asked him for a book. He suggested The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon. And that was where my love of reading began. From that moment on, I read what he recommended and they were always adult novels.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) Seeing my second novel climb the charts the way it did. Now with the internet you can watch chart positions climb by the hour. It’s such a thrilling sensation. 500, then 250, then 100, then 58, then 21, then 9… and finally 6. And when my agent reported sales of 7,000 copies in one day, that was a pretty special moment too.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) As this is my fourth, I’ve just got on with it really. Throughout my time writing, a number of authors have been particularly supportive and encouraging. Top of that list is Sophie Hannah, who I would say really mentored me through my first two books.

Author Bio – K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.
Social Media Links –
https://www.facebook.com/author.kshunter
https://twitter.com/Author_KSHunter
Website: http://www.AuthorKSHunter.com

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.

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Q&A with #Author Louise Mullins @MullinsAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #Psychological #Thriller

Louise Mullins is an accomplished author with eight psychological thrillers  available!
I invited Louise to the blog for a Q&A to tell us more…….

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) To date I’ve written eight psychological thrillers. My next release, Lucky, is the first in a crime thriller series based on the Rio Grande river that separates the US and California from Mexico, known as Death Valley. Inspiration came knocking in the form of an idea when researching a previously published title. It’s a serial killer thriller, but the main themes are human trafficking, drug smuggling, and corruption.

Geraldine Jackson is a homicide detective. She is investigating the death of a Mexican journalist and the suspected suicide of a local escort, when two Hispanic women are found murdered in the South Valley district of New Mexico, US. The connection to the three seemingly unrelated crimes is Lucky.
Lucky is a strong, confident woman, who is addicted to methamphetamine. She supports her habit by working as a prostitute. She leaves California when offered work in a high paid strip club in Mexico, but within weeks she is trafficked, and her dream job soon becomes a nightmare.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Anything can spark an idea, but it’s often the characters that leap out at me first. They springboard the plot basis with their incessant chatter, until I sit down and take note of what they have to say. I write a synopsis first, then a chapter breakdown, but the end arrives once I’m there.

I begin my research as soon as my character has given me a general life story to base my novel on. The research aspect continues until I have a complete first draft, which usually takes four weeks to write, and may only be 50,000 words. The second draft involves a total rewrite, and this is where I add and cut words until I have a complete novel. Editing can take up to three months. I polish the manuscript until it shines, proofread like a reader, making final changes and adjustments as I go until I’m ready to send it to my betas. Only with their approval, will I send the novel to my publisher.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) Chevy Stevens, is by far my top shelf author. All her titles are original, thrilling, and totally believable. There have been some fabulous debut authors this year that are worth mentioning, including: Kristen Lepionka, Amy Gentry, Patricia Gibney, Gemma Metcalf, Alice Feeney, Lucinda Berry, Carol Wyer, Sarah Stovell, JP Delaney, Kate Medina, C. J. Skuse, and L. V. Hay. But the standouts for me were Andrea Mara’s The Other Side of The Wall, and Caz Frear’s Sweet Little Lies. I’ve no doubt they will become big names for 2018.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I devoured books as a child, but my most memorable, well-read novel, was Junk by Melvin Burgess. I guess this book introduced me to crime, and gave me a good foundation for how to plot a book on the growth of characters.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) When my husband asked Alexa who Louise Mullins was, and she told him I was a crime author.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) Without a doubt, my husband. He is my rock. My parents have supported me from the moment I told them I wanted to be published. And my children have given me the strength to keep writing.

LM
Louise Mullins
Authors links:
http://louisemullins2010.wixsite.com/author
https://www.facebook.com/LouiseMullinsAuthor
https://twitter.com/MullinsAuthor

*Huge thanks to Louise for taking part in a Q&A on my blog!

Books on offer:
What I Never Told You- FREE until 5th December.
The Perfect Wife- FREE until 5th December.
One Night Only- FREE until 6th December.
Why She Left- FREE until 6th December.

So let me tell you more about the novels currently available for free!

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What I Never Told You 
Synopsis:

Two women’s lives collide when a husband, father, and son is accused of unspeakable crimes.

Kate thought she’d never have to set eyes on the man she blames for ruining her childhood again, but she was wrong. Teresa has always stood by her son, believing in his innocence, but the evidence is compelling. When a trial date looms a shocking event turns both their worlds upside-down, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.

Can Kate accept the past she’s tried hard to forget and is forgiveness possible for Teresa, the mother of the man painted as a monster?

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The Perfect Wife
Synopsis:

THE STUNNING THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, LOUISE MULLINS, DUBBED THE QUEEN OF DOMESTIC NOIR.

Annette is happily married, living in a beautiful house with her husband. Her two older daughters have left home. She no longer has to work. Life is perfect. But one day changes all that, awakening a sinister past she’d rather forget.

Annette thinks her husband is having an affair. He says she has been living a comfortable delusion for the past ten years. Annette decides to uncover the truth, but doing so might unearth more than she is prepared for.

Who should you believe?

What happened all those years ago to cause such friction in this couples otherwise content life?

And why is their marriage now on the brink of collapse?

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One Night Only
Synopsis:

THE KINDLE BESTSELLER IN PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME THRILLERS.

Claire is an ordinary woman with a son and career. But below the facade of happiness lies the foundations which threaten to shatter the home she’s made for herself and her son. She is in thousands of pounds worth of debt and with nobody to help her out she has no option but to accept an offer from a stranger. One which is far more dangerous than she thought possible.

‘The man I am going to meet is called Ewan. He is a builder. He has green eyes and a kind smile. That is all I know. For One Night Only I am his and then I will be debt free.’

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Why She Left
Synopsis:

THE NEW PULSE-POUNDING THRILLER
FROM AMAZON BESTSELLER, LOUISE MULLINS

What do we really know about the people we love?

When his wife goes missing, Scott attempts to
piece together the fragments of her past
whilst remaining under the watchful eye of the police.
What he discovers though is more shocking than
he could have imagined, forcing him to
question everything he thought he knew about her.

Is it too late to save her?
Have they both fallen victim to their own destruction?