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Review: Full Circle by Regina Timothy

Today I’m posting my review of Full Circle by Regina Timothy – make sure to check back tomorrow for a special Q&A with Ms. Timothy!

4.5/5 ⭐️

If there’s one word I’d use to describe this book, it’s “journey.” The story chronicles relationships and various issues spanning several years and has so many emotional moments, you’ll feel like you’ve been on a rollercoaster when you finish it.

I mean all of this in a good way, of course. I really enjoyed all the characters’ perspectives, seeing their lives and struggles and ultimately witnessing their various choices and how it impacted the lives around them.

The book is told from multiple perspectives, including three women, all of whom have been touched in various ways by the 9/11 attacks. The main character is Samia, an Iraqi immigrant who escaped a terrible situation at home, only to find that the American dream isn’t all she thought it would be. Over the course of the novel, Samia is forced to confront prejudice, her son’s troubles and her harrowing past.

The emotion in the book is palpable, I could feel the characters coming through the pages and I really enjoyed all three main women’s characters, which were diverse and strong in all different ways. I was rooting for each one of them.

The story was so packed with action and suspense, I found myself really turning pages toward the end, excited/anxious to know how it worked out. The stories all came together expertly, which I really appreciated.

I also greatly enjoyed that the novel ends on a positive note, with hope for the future. Today, more than ever, I feel like we need that.

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Blog Tour: Past Echoes by Graham Smith (Jake Boulder series!)

Book Description

Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.

Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.

In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.

Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?

My Review

5/5 ⭐️

O.M.G.

If it’s possible, the Jake Boulder series is getting even better. This book just grabbed me and didn’t let go until the very end (Oh that ending scene!)

But first: This book could be read as a stand-alone, but it might be helpful to read the other books first to understand why Jake feels such an obligation to help with the completion of the will (the character is in the previous books).

Anyway, this book is a little different from the previous two in that it’s more action-focused, like a “Mission Impossible” movie, rather than a traditional mystery. But it’s so good and it retains the signature Boulder style and humor we’ve come to love. There are a few puzzles in there, however, just to keep things interesting.

And the book’s action begins right away and doesn’t let up until the very end. OH that ending scene! I’m so mad at you, Graham! (Just kidding! But really, it did hurt.)

There are actually a couple scenes that will pull at your heartstrings, which just shows how vivid a writer Graham Smith is. You’re really in the middle of everything.

Honestly, just start this series. Or continue it. It’s really worth it, as this is a great addition to the series.

Highly recommended.

Author Bio

Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.<

e is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.<

018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.<

n avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009<

raham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Graham can be found at

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#BlogTour: The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton


Welcome to the book tour for The Dead Whisper by Emma Clapperton! This book will leave you a little breathless and wanting more from this author! Enjoy!

About the Book

D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.

Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?
In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?
My Review

This book is quite a ride from start to finish. It starts off where you sense something is slightly “off,” then that sense of dread grows and grows until things explode in a twist so shocking, I think I literally gasped out loud.

This book was a quick, easy read because it really draws you in with the characters. Like I said, yo can’t quite get a grasp on them at first, then you end up forming some theories and before you know it, you’re sucked in and can’t wait to see where it all goes.
And it certainly goes somewhere. I had a theory about the ending, but there’s a great twist in there that will shock you. It’s really fun.
I also liked the ambiguity of the characters a lot. I couldn’t get a hold on some of them until things were revealed. That’s really the sign of a good author: to keep some things hidden until she WANTS to reveal them. I’m still thinking about some of them, lol.
There’s also a fun supernatural element, which gives the book a creepy edge.
Overall, if you love a good drama/thriller, pick up this book. You’ll spend your weekend/beach day/etc. with a great book that will leave you thinking about it after you’ve turned the last page.
About the Author

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.
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#BlogTour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James


I’m so happy to be sharing this awesome book with y’all today. It’s a great suspenseful drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend! Check out the details below!

Book Description

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

My Review 

If you’re a fan of “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” or any fun, suspenseful, thrilling dram, “Sister, Psychopath” is for you. This book is like a season of one of those shows in book form. It has a great, delicious balance of suspense, romance and twisted characters to keep anyone interested.

I really was sucked in right away by the concept: how do you navigate the world when you know that your sister, who’s life is interwoven with yours, is a mean, possibly criminal, sociopath? And this book does not disappoint: Chloe is a character, all right. She could give Bond villains a run for their money. 

The others characters are all interesting too: very flawed, but trying to do what’s right. It creates some great tension.
There are probably three or four plots that are woven together through the characters and each of them was pretty good. I didn’t lose interest at all as the book went on, which is a risk when you know the villain from the beginning. But trust me, you’ll want to hold on until the very end for this one. There’s a lot going on here.

I would definitely read more from this author. Maybe we’ll see some characters return? I’d read it!
Author Bio


Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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Cover Reveal: Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley 



Welcome to the cover reveal for “Love, Secrets and Absolution” by K.L. Loveley. I’m looking forward to this one – a family psychological drama surrounding a mother and son. Enjoy!

Love, Secrets and Absolution
K.L. Loveley
Publication date: November 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

People in the village gossip and say that Grace’s long-awaited son Alfie is “different”. He is a lonely boy with secrets, lies and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s unconditional love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, England – this gripping psychological drama follows the lives of Grace and her son Alfie, who transforms from a naïve boy to a University student spiralling out of control. A coming-of-age story with a difference.

A family falling apart: deceit, betrayal, teenage angst, love and addiction.

Will anybody find absolution?

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Author Bio:

K.L Loveley is an exciting new author from Nottinghamshire, in England. Her debut novel ‘Alice’ is at times, a gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.

The author’s love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. In addition to writing novels, the author writes poetry and will be sharing some of these on her blog.

She lives with her husband in a quaint village in Nottinghamshire and enjoys walking and cycling in the famous Sherwood Forest. The author and her husband own a narrowboat, and spend time navigating the British waterways. She spends many cosy evenings on her boat writing additional novels which will be released in the future.

To date, the author has enjoyed 40+ years working as a Nurse for the NHS , the latter twenty years as a Practice nurse in Primary care. During this time she has gained valuable knowledge and skills, which she has been able to transfer and use in her writing when related to medical and social issues.

K.L Loveley is a prolific reader, and reads a wide variety of genres. Some of her favourite bestselling authors include, Joanne Harris, Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, John le Carré, Maeve Binchy , Jojo Moyes and Philippa Gregory. She actively reviews the books that she reads on her blog klloveley.com and on GoodReads.

The author uses a pen name, K.L Loveley, aka Katie Lily Loveley. She felt compelled to use these names of her female ancestors, as a unique way of keeping their memory alive. Katie Loveley was the birth name of her maternal great grandmother. Lily, the Christian name of her paternal Grandmother. Alice, the main protagonist of her debut novel, was the name of her maternal grandmother. However, all of the characters in her stories are purely fictional.

She is currently working on a new novel which she hopes to publish in the near future.

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Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Girl in SnowGirl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounded up.

This book really had some great elements: the characters were really well done, and the mystery at the book’s core was enthralling.

But I wasn’t a fan of the ending, which colored my view of the book.

The story begins when a young, beautiful high school student is found murdered. The town begins searching for her killer, and quickly, three odd-balls become overwhelmed by the mystery. These are our narrators: Russ, a cop and the former partner of Cameron’s father; Cameron, who was obsessed with the dead girl and can’t remember what he was doing the night she was killed; and Jade, who hated the dead girl and pretty much everything else.

The story is more of a suspenseful drama than a thriller, and I enjoyed it.

The story is a really great example of a character-driven plot. The three narrators are fascinating and really suck you into their stories, wondering where it’s all going to go. They’re all definitely “odd” and there’s no telling what their stories will reveal. I enjoyed their perspectives a lot.

But like I said, the main part of the story is the mystery and the conclusion to that is extremely anticlimactic. They just reveal it and…..it’s over. I still had a lot of questions. I wish there would have been more of a solid conclusion.

But I still enjoyed the book immensely. It was super easy to get into the story and while I had a guess as to the conclusion, I wasn’t sure.

I would read more from this author.

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#Blog Tour: Death Wish by Linda Huber

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Today, I get to share with you this awesome book – “Death Wish” by Linda Huber! I literally took my Kindle along on the ride to dinner so I could finish it. Enjoy!

Book Description

Death Wish 2Secrets. Lies. Murder.

When Leo decides to go into business with his mother-in-law he soon realises his mistake. Eleanor is the mother-in-law from hell and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Her daughter, Ashley, has her own reasons for hating her mother. The atmosphere is toxic and old wounds refuse to heal.

Next door, eight-year-old Joya has a difficult life. Her parents argue constantly and her grandmother, who lives with them, is approaching death.

Soon these two families will collide and the consequences might just be fatal…

My Review

This book is so packed full of suspense, I found myself using every available minute to read the next chapter. It starts out like a classic horror/thriller movie, where you think everything is normal at first but then slowly, a darker, more sinister picture appears.

The book description only lets you know that there are two families involved, and they somehow become involved in a dark secret together. I love this vagueness because as the story unfolds, there’s so many possibilities your mind is just spinning. The various plot lines lead to so many tense, deep moments it’s hard to predict where things are going to go.

I also liked the main characters. They seemed to have really good intentions, but just got in way over their heads. I was completely involved in these characters’ lives and was rooting for them.

OK, now the ending. Seriously – I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THAT ENDING. It’s amazing and doesn’t let up until the very last sentence. I want to hear other people’s thoughts.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, suspenseful drama. It’s among the best I’ve read this year.

About the Author

71uN0MhnjDL._UX250_Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her seventh novel, Death Wish, will be published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.

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