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28. Blog tour: The No-Hopers Christmas Club by Geraldine Ryan / Hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources


The book

As warming as a mince pie and a glass of sherry, these eighteen festive-themed shorts are just waiting to be unwrapped.

  • A lonely dog shelter volunteer battles to find new homes for her long-time canine residents while realising her own future is just as uncertain. As the new year approaches, can a fellow animal lover give her the fresh start she so wants for her dogs.
  • A widowed grandmother prepares to reunite with her forbidden first love, only to discover the grand country pile from where he’s sent her a Christmas card isn’t quite what it seems.
  • A single woman finally meets a man to couple up with over the festive season, but will the eccentric mistress of her late father destroy her plans?
  • An ambitious 20-something attends a lavish Christmas party with only one aim – to bag a rich husband. But her plans are derailed when a troubling connection with the aristocrat she’s set her sights on is revealed.

Geraldine Ryan is a prolific short-story writer whose work has appeared in Woman’s Weekly and Take a Break’s Fiction Feast magazines. This yuletide collection follows hot on the heels of her first published anthology Riding Pillion with George Clooney. While Christmas comes but once a year, these moving and humorous tales will stay with you for a lifetime.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Hopers-Christmas-Club-Geraldine-Ryan-ebook/dp/B0BMJST5H8/

US – https://www.amazon.com/No-Hopers-Christmas-Club-Geraldine-Ryan-ebook/dp/B0BMJST5H8/


The author

Geraldine Ryan is a proud Northerner who has spent most of her life in Cambridge – the one with the punts. She holds a degree in Scandinavian Studies, but these days only puts it to use when identifying which language is being spoken among the characters of whatever Scandi drama is currently showing on TV. For many years, she worked as a teacher of English and of English as a second or foreign language, in combination with rearing her four children, all of whom are now grown-up, responsible citizens. Her first published story appeared in My Weekly in 1993. Since then, her stories have appeared in Take a Break, Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly, as well as in women’s magazines abroad. She has also written two young adult novels – Model Behaviour (published by Scholastic) and The Lies and Loves of Finn (Channel 4 Books.) She plans for Riding Pillion with George Clooney to be the first of several short story anthologies.

Keep up to date with Geraldine’s news, be the first to hear about her new releases and read exclusive content by signing up to her monthly newsletter Turning the Page. By adding your details, you’ll also receive a free short story. Use this link to subscribe: https://bit.ly/Turningthepage

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/GeraldineRyan

https://www.facebook.com/geraldineryanwriter

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27. Blog tour: For Richer, For Deader by Helen Golden / Hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources


The book

Is the Wedding Between Sir Hewitt Willoughby-Franklin’s Step-Daughter and Billionaire’s Son Off?

Rumours are that the recent death of Kelley Lindsell (29), the personal chef of tycoon Rudy (68) and Sheri Trotman (65) at Sir Hewitt’s Fawstead Manor country estate in Fenshire, has spooked Sybil Bransgrove (36) so badly she’s considering cancelling her nuptials.

Meanwhile the bride and her mother, Lady Grace (61), are being supported by family friend Lady Beatrice (36), the Countess of Rossex, who, alongside her business partner Perry Juke, is currently managing the project to refurbish the Manor House and Lodge on the estate.

Not again! Now that Lady Grace has asked Lady Beatrice to liaise with the police during the investigation into Kelley’s death, she’ll have to cooperate with boorish Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam whether she likes it or not. Her only relief will be solving the murder with the help of her friends Perry and Simon and her dog Daisy to get rid of him faster. But with so many wedding party guests staying on-site, any one of them could be the killer. Can they find out who it is before Sybil calls off the wedding…       

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BF5P3C9N (UK) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BF5P3C9N (US)


Extract exclusive to Avoiding Reality With Books

Intro

Two dead animals with threatening notes attached have been found at Fawstead Manor, the recently purchased country home of TV’s Sir Hewitt Willoughby-Franklin and his wife Lady Grace. Lady Beatrice, the Countess of Rossex, who is seventeenth in line to the British throne, and her business partner Perry Juke are there working on the refurbishment of Fawstead in preparation for the arrival of the wedding party for the marriage of Lady Grace’s daughter Sybil to Otis Trotman, the son and heir of the American billionaire Rudy Trotman.

Local CID have had to tell Protection and Investigation (Royal) Services (PaIRS for short) in case the threats are aimed at Lady Beatrice. But she’s not worried about the threats. What she’s worried about is that they may send Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam to investigate and to say the two of them have had a fractious relationship in the past would be an understatement.

Extract (528 words)

Lady Beatrice halted suddenly as she entered the Old Stable Block courtyard at Francis Court.

“What’s wrong?” Perry cried as he swerved around her to avoid a collision. “Are you okay?”

Am I okay? Her stomach was turning over, and she felt slightly out of breath even though they’d only walked from the top of the main drive where they’d been dropped off. What if it is Fitzwilliam who’s here? Mike’s message had been annoyingly vague — just telling her that PaIRS had arrived and asking if she and Perry would come over when they returned from Fawstead Manor. No, it won’t be him. He’s too important to get involved in such a minor incident, isn’t he?

“It’s unlikely to be Fitzwilliam, isn’t it?” she asked him, still not moving. “He must have better things to do than oversee an investigation into two dead animals, surely?”

She hoped so. The thought of having to see Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam again so soon was sending her mind into a spin. Although it had seemed there had been a cessation of hostilities between them a few months ago when they’d caught Alex Sterling’s killer together, she knew their history meant that any truce between them was likely to be fragile. The man who had been so rude and impertinent for most of the time he’d spend at Francis Court overseeing the murder enquiry earlier this year had changed little from the one who had been part of the investigation into her husband James’s fatal car accident over fourteen years ago. His obvious disapproval both then and now of her and her lifestyle wasn’t something that he did much to hide, and it got her goat. Big time. The best thing they

could do was to keep as far away from each other as possible. She ran her fingers through her long auburn hair and sighed.

Perry shrugged. “I don’t see why you’re so het up about it—”

“I’m not het up about it,” she grumbled.

He tilted his head to one side. “Really?”

Heat rose up her neck. Blast!

As I was saying,” he continued. “I don’t see why it matters. Last time we saw him, he was fine. I think, in the end, he really appreciated our help in solving Alex’s murder. He asked us to call him Fitzwilliam if you remember. He was almost pally.”

Maybe Perry had a point. Was she clinging too hard to her past view of him? And Perry was right. By the time Fitzwilliam had left at the end of the case, she’d felt almost comfortable in his presence. He’d even made a joke about them working together. Maybe I’m worrying about nothing.

“And, as you say, it’s not likely that they will send someone as senior as him. So stop worrying about it and let’s go. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we can get to the cottage. Simon is cooking caprese chicken tonight, and it’s my absolute favourite.” He headed towards the offices on their left, Lady Beatrice rushing to keep up with him.

There was a light on in one office just by the back of the Old Stable Block Cafe, and Lady Beatrice could make out the shape of two people inside. Is one of them Fitzwilliam? Her stomach lurched again. She took a deep breath as they approached the door.

“Just one thing,” Perry said, grabbing her arm as they came to a halt in front of the door. “If it is Fitzwilliam, please don’t call him a dick like you did last time.” His face broke into a huge grin.

Cheeky! She grinned back. “I’ve told you before, his first name is Richard. And as long as he’s not as rude as he was back then, I’ll be perfectly pleasant.”


The author

Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.

I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.

It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes

Social Media Links –

Insta: www.instragram.com/helengolden_author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helengoldenauthor

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@helengoldenauthor

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26. Blog tour: An Ear For Trouble by K.T. Lee / Hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources


The book

Elise Butler is a wildlife biologist who enjoys her stable (if somewhat predictable) job in finance at the World Wildlife Trust. However, when the veterinarian at Riverbend Animal Conservation Center goes missing, Elise offers to help the unlucky wildlife Conservation Center get back on its feet. Not only will the job in Riverbend, Indiana let her get back to her roots of working with animals, but it’s also a short drive from her sister’s workplace at Riverbend K-9 Academy, a training center for some of the FBI’s best explosive detection dogs.

FBI Special Agent Finn Cooper and his canine partner, Sedona, are chasing a well-funded animal trafficking ring. After an injury sidelines Finn from official FBI undercover work, he goes to work at Riverbend K-9 Academy to stay busy while he recovers…and to investigate his only remaining lead in the animal trafficking case.

Just as Elise begins to settle into life in Riverbend, her sister asks her to help the K-9 Academy by fostering one of their puppies. Finn is eager to keep Elise focused on training Zeke, the enthusiastic German shepherd puppy earmarked to become Riverbend’s first wildlife detection K-9, and keep her well away from his quiet animal trafficking investigation. Zeke quickly proves himself an expert both at chewing shoes and sniffing out clouded leopards. When Zeke starts finding scents where they don’t belong, Elise and Finn begin to realize that the Conservation Center may be more criminal than unlucky. And if Elise doesn’t keep her nose out of it, she might be the next target.

An Ear for Trouble is Book 2 in the Riverbend K-9 Series. All books in the Riverbend K-9 Series may be enjoyed as standalone novels or as a series.


My review

I found myself hooked from the first page when I picked up the book.

The story follows Elise, who works for the World Wildlife Trust. Her job is helping the Trust’s partners with their finances and day to day running of their conservation work, but she’s also qualified in wildlife biology, so when the chance comes up to get involved with one of the Trust’s sites, she puts her name forward.

Of course, she doesn’t get to just chill with all the animals during the day and spend time with her sister at night; there’s an FBI investigation going on in the small town of Riverbend where she’s working with the conservation centre, and they suspect that something dodgy is happening there.

I haven’t read anything involving animal conservation before, so I was a little out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it because the story is character-driven, and the author (who clearly knows their stuff when it comes to the wildlife/ conservation themes) didn’t overwhelm the reader with the minute details.

The characters themselves were developed and felt genuine, and combined with the plot, resulted in an addictive, bingable read.

Purchase Links

Amazon

Kobo

Apple Books

Google Play

Barnes and Noble


The author

K.T. Lee is a writer, mom, and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. She’s the author of multiple books, including those in the Riverbend K-9 Series and The Calculated Series.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KTLeeWrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ktleeauthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ktleewrites

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25. Blog tour: Chaos At Carnegie Hall by Kelly Oliver / Hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources


The book

Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in the Fiona Figg and Kitty Lane Mystery series opener.

Can Fiona catch a killer and find a decent cup of tea before her mustache wax melts?

1917. New York.

Notorious spy, Fredrick Fredricks, has invited Fiona to Carnegie Hall to hear a famous soprano. It’s an opportunity the War Office can’t turn down. Fiona and Clifford are soon on their way, but not before Fiona is saddled with chaperon duties for Captain Hall’s niece. Is Fiona a spy or a glorified babysitter?

From the minute Fiona meets the soprano aboard the RMS Adriatic it’s treble on the high C’s. Fiona sees something—or someone—thrown overboard, and then she overhears a chemist plotting in German with one of her own countrymen!

And the trouble doesn’t stop when they disembark. Soon Fiona is doing time with a group of suffragettes and investigating America’s most impressive inventor Thomas Edison.

When her number one suspect turns up dead at the opera and Fredrick Fredricks is caught red-handed, it looks like it’s finally curtains for the notorious spy.

But all the evidence points to his innocence. Will Fiona change her tune and clear her nemesis’ name? Or will she do her duty? And just what is she going to do with the pesky Kitty Lane? Not to mention swoon-worthy Archie Somersby . . .

If Fiona’s going to come out on top, she’s going to have to make the most difficult decision of her life: the choice between her head and her heart.   


My review

I love a good historical detective story, so this sounded right up my street.

The leading lady is Fiona Figg, a British Intelligence agent perfectly capable of doing things on her own, but because she’s a woman and it’s 1917, her male colleagues don’t trust her to work alone, so on this latest mission to catch a spy, they send Fiona on her way with Captain Clifford Douglas as chaperone.

There were several smaller plots and themes running alongside the main story, so I found the book fast-paced, and I enjoyed the exploration of women’s rights and the suffragette movement particularly.

Fiona has appeared in previous books by the author, and if this first solo outing is anything to go by, her next adventure should be just as interesting.

A fun, easy read with a good mystery to keep the pages turning.

Purchase Link –

https://amzn.to/3dMIUoT


The author

Kelly Oliver is the award-winning, bestselling author of three mysteries series: The Jessica James Mysteries, The Pet Detective Mysteries, and the historical cozies The Fiona Figg Mysteries, set in WW1. She is also the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is bringing new titles in the Fiona Figg series to Boldwood, the first of which, Chaos in Carnegie Hall, will be published in November 2022.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellyoliverauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellyoliverbook

Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-oliver

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24. Blog tour: Crazy for you by Domhnall O’Donoghue / Hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources

The book

When Clooney Coyle promises Vonnie Gallagher they’ll be friends for life, he has no idea what he’s letting himself in for. The lonely and eccentric Vonnie quickly becomes obsessed with the kind-hearted but insecure actor, and her misguided crush soon develops into something much more sinister, which leaves Clooney’s career in tatters.  

But when fate takes a strange turn and elevates the pair into an overnight celebrity couple, Clooney must decide whether to embrace the fame he has longed for since childhood or end the ridiculous charade before Vonnie’s jealous – and murderous – inclinations spiral out of control.

What readers are saying

‘Genuinely hilarious, charmingly intelligent’ – The Irish Times​  

‘Assured, astute and wickedly funny’ – Woman’s Way  

‘Witty and charming and very, very funny’ – The Irish Examiner          

Purchase Links

Amazon: Amazon Crazy for You

Mercier Press: Mercier Press Crazy for You

Book Depository: Book Depository Crazy for You

Itunes: ITunes Crazy for You

The author

Hailing from Navan, Co. Meath, Domhnall is a graduate of the Bachelor in Acting Studies Programme, Trinity College Dublin, later completing a Master’s in Screenwriting at Dún Laoghaire IADT. He now works as a journalist, author and actor.

In 2016, Tirgearr Publishing released Domhnall’s first novel, Sister Agatha: The World’s Oldest Serial Killer (‘We loved it’ – Woman’s Way). Pink Spear, an American, Emmy-winning production company, holds the TV and film rights.

Mercier Press, Ireland’s oldest publishing house, released Domhnall’s second and third novels, Colin and the Concubine (‘Hilarious’ – RTE.ie) and Crazy for You (‘Genuinely hilarious, charmingly intelligent’ – The Irish Times).

For four years, Domhnall enjoyed the responsibility of being Assistant Editor at Irish Tatler Man. Thanks to this role, he interviewed high-profile names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Kevin Spacey and Chris Pine. He writes a monthly column for Woman’s Way and is a features writer for Ireland of the Welcomes, the world’s largest Irish-interest magazine.

As an actor, Domhnall appeared as Pádraig in TG4’s award-winning series Ros na Rún for nine seasons.

Social Media Links

FB – Domhnall O’Donoghue (facebook.com)

T – https://twitter.com/Domhnall1982

IGhttps://instagram.com/domhnall82

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23. Blog tour: Julie Shackman Double Cover Reveal / Hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources


A Scottish Country Escape

Escape to the Scottish Highlands with a brand new spring romance from bestselling author, Julie Shackman

*Julie Shackman’s brand new romance The Cottage in the Highlands is exclusively available on First Reads for November*

Determined to overcome a family tragedy, Elle Cassidy decides to reopen her late mother’s ailing newsagent as a stationery shop in the quiet Scottish town of Fir Haven.

But when the arrogant yet handsome crime writer Dexter Grayling almost runs over Elle in his beast of a sports car, the town is thrown into a tailspin – especially when Dexter claims that local resident Linda Carlucci has put a curse on him and he is no longer able to write.

Can Elle put aside her dislike for the self-absorbed writer and help Dexter uncover what is really going on with the Carlucci family? And in the process will Elle realise that there’s a lot more to her beloved Fir Haven than she first thought…

For fans of Donna Ashcroft, Jane Linfoot and Rachael Lucas.

Preorder links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0B9SK1DHM

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B9SK1DHM

Publication Date: 16th March 2023


The Christmas Highland Lodge

The brand new Christmas romance filled with love and second-chances.

Fall in love with the Christmas romance of the year, full of love and second chances!

Lottie Grant loves the festive season so much that she works at the incredibly successful Christmas shop, Christmas Crackers, in her pretty Scottish home town of Craig Brae. But when the shop is sold, her world is turned upside down, leaving her wondering what she will do next.

Just as she’s about to give up hope on finding a new dream job, an offer comes that she can’t refuse, managing a set of luxury wooden cabins… and opening just in time for Christmas!

As she gets to work decorating the cabins, and hanging lights on the fir trees, Lottie can’t believe her luck. That is until the arrival of Blake Dempster, a moody but handsome hiking expert, who threatens to bring down her festive joy. But never one to shy away from a challenge, Lottie is determined to change Blake’s mind about all things festive.

And as the snow falls and the fairy lights sparkle, will work-obsessed Lottie and frozen-hearted Blake make their Christmas wishes come true?

Preorder links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0BDBT59L4

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BDBT59L4

Publication Date: 20th October 2023


The author

Julie Shackman is a former journalist from Scotland, who has always wanted to write feel-good romance. As well as being an author, Julie also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies.

She admits to having an obsession with stationery and handbags and has an impressive pile of gorgeous To Be Read novels she is wading her way through.

She is married, has two sons and a Romanian rescue puppy, Cooper. A Scottish Country Escape and The Christmas Highland Lodge are Julie’s eighth and nineth novels respectively.

Social Media Links –

Website – Julie Shackman Author

Julie Shackman (@G13Julie) / Twitter

Julie Georgina Shackman (@juliegeorginashackman) • Instagram photos and videos

(2) Julie Georgina Shackman | Facebook


Posted in Monthly Wrap Up

22. October wrap up and November plans

I’m a few days late with my review of October. I’ve been a little absent from everything due to work, and with the festive season approaching I’m going to be busier with getting myself organised so I can hopefully avoid a last minute panic.

I also have signed up to even more book tours with Rachel’s Random Resources, which I will share further into this post. Majority are non-review posts, but I have two reviews due in November and then three in December.

Two more authors stopped by in October to talk about writing: Heather Atkinson and Sharon Bairden. You can read their interviews by clicking on their names, or by visiting the handy tab above which mentions authors.

And finally, November is my birthday month, so I have plans to treat myself with lots of books and chocolate. My November wrap-up will include all my bookish purchases which I’m excited to share even though I haven’t bought them yet and don’t know which ones I will end up with.

I have some ideas, though, and a credit for a bookshop, so it’s a perfect combination.


Some books I’ve read:

Not My Problem and An Ear For Trouble were highlights for me this month. Ciara Smyth is a fantastic writer, so I’ll be checking out her backlist.

While I didn’t dislike Find Her First, and The Nothing Man, I found their endings different to what I expected, so I can’t quite bring myself to say I enjoyed them. I didn’t not enjoy them, though, and I can see why they’ve had lots of good reviews.


Currently reading:

I’ve been in a reading slump for a few weeks now, so I haven’t been making much progress with these books. They’re all good in their own way, but I’ve been finding it easier to pick up a whole new book rather than continuing with the ones I’ve already been reading, so I’m hoping to finish them at some point in November.


Still to come

Below are a handful of the books for which I’ll be taking part in blog tours throughout November.

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Seven questions with an author: Sharon Bairden

It’s Saturday again, which means it’s time for another author interview.

Today’s author is Sharon Bairden, whose blog or social media accounts you might have come across, where she shares some insights into her writing and other fiction she’s enjoying. She is on Twitter @ sbairden and Facebook here and you can also find her over on her blog.

Enjoy.


1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to start writing.

Hi Becca, thanks for taking the time to get to know me a little!

I live just outside of Glasgow and have two grown up children, a grandson and a dog. In my day job I manage an Independent Advocacy service where we work alongside individuals to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are upheld when decisions are being made about their lives, their care and their support. I’ve been there for over 20 years now (and that makes me feel very old!) and you could say next to writing and books, social justice is a huge passion of mine.

I’ve always dabbled in writing and as a child loved to write stories, this love of the written word grew as I got older and I’m a bit of a geek but the favourite part of my time at University was the essay writing!

I joined a writing group and took a few creative writing courses but it always felt as though it was a bit of dream to write a real book.

My love of books led me to the world of book festivals and book blogging and it was there I began to connect and get to know other writers, readers and book bloggers which fuelled my desire to write.


2. Did you always know you wanted to get your work published and if not, what inspired you to change your mind?

I always wanted to write a book and have it published, but it always felt like a dream that was somehow out of reach. I had an idea that authors were God like creatures that were far removed from ordinary people like me.

Getting to know and meet other writers, even the really famous ones, made me realise that authors are ordinary people too and that was my inspiration, along with support from fellow bloggers and writers. I attended Crime and Publishment (an amazing writing weekend near Gretna, run by Graham Smith and Michael J Malone and it was after this, I made a determined effort to finish my book and put it out for submission.


3. What has your journey been like from book one to your most recent project? What are some tips you can share with any aspiring authors?

Like most other writers, I think my journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, from rejections to potential interest, it really was a bit of a whirlwind but it has also been the most amazing experience of my life!

Book one was very different, I wasn’t writing to any deadlines and it was simply me following my dream. When Red Dog Press took my debut, Sins of the Father, on, I honestly felt like I’d won the lottery, the day it was publicly announced, I think I cried snotty tears all day and on Publication Day, I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. Nothing beats holding the first copy of your book with your name on front.

Writing book two felt so different, it felt much more nerve wracking, deadlines to consider and also the anxiety about living up to expectations once you have been published. Book three has been a real emotional roller coaster this time around as my day job changed and I had a whole new set of time pressures to deal with, along with the anxiety of thinking “can I actually do this again”, it feels like it’s been a longer and more drawn out experience, but I am slowly getting there!

My tips to aspiring authors would be:

  • to have realistic expectations, very few people become the next JK Rowling or Stephen King
  • don’t give up hope
  • keep writing; you can’t edit a blank page.
  • Read and read and read, explore what it is about the books you read that make you keep turning the pages and try to apply that to your own writing;
  • And most of all enjoy it and don’t get hung up on what might be.

4. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere and anywhere; from people watching, stories in the news; overhearing a snippet of a conversation; from daydreaming and from dreams (and indeed nightmares!)


5. Do you have a genre that’s easier for you to write in than others? Is there a genre you want to try in the future?

Psychological thrillers, that’s my bag, it’s what I love to read and what I love to write. I would like to write a police procedural and perhaps a horror story too!


6. Favourite books of 2022 so far?

Oh my! What a hard question, I have so many! So I’ll give you just five! Douglas Skelton, An Honourable Thief; Gordon Brown, Any Day Now; Noelle Holten, 6 Ripley Avenue; Alan Parks, May God Forgive, and CS Robertson, The Undiscovered Deaths of Grace McGill.


7: Plans for the future?

To finish book three, and I’m also looking forward to my short story being published as part of the Gone Anthology from Red Dog Press out in November 2022. To win the lottery and travel the world attending book festivals!

Well a girl can dream can’t she!


Some of Sharon’s Work So Far


Posted in WWW Wednesday

21. WWW Wednesday: 26/10/22

Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, the three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently, so I’ve ended up with a few books on the go at the same time. I like all of these stories, but can’t seem to get into any of them at the moment, so I’m taking it slowly and only reading a few pages when I’m in the mood for it.


Recently Finished:

Review coming soon for this one. My spot on the blog tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources is the 20th of November. Short version: I enjoyed it.


Reading Next:

More blog tour spots, with Chaos At Carnegie Hall and Wicked Girls.

The School For Good Mothers is a recent purchase, so should be at the bottom of my tbr list, but I think I will get to it soon, if this reading slump goes away.

Posted in Let's Talk Bookish

20. Let’s talk bookish: do book titles matter?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits. Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about.

This week’s topic is Do Book Titles Matter? (Hannah @ Hannah’s Library)


How much do book titles matter?

I’d say book titles matter a lot, because they’re one of the first things a potential reader sees when they come across a book.

The book covers as just as important, but sometimes a good title can make you pick up a book you wouldn’t have otherwise if you didn’t like the cover.


Have you ever read or not read a book based on the title alone?

I’ve done both. Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce made me immedialtely think of an agony-aunt advice column, which would have intrigued me enough to pick up the book if I hadn’t known it was set in the 1940’s during the second world war.

A book I kept putting off because of the title was We Can Be Heroes by Kyrie McCauley because the first thing I thought of was the song of the same name. It’s hardly a happy, upbeat song, so I was expecting tragedy and lots of emotion and just general melancholy, which is exactly what I got when I did eventually read the book.


Do you like long or short book titles better?

I don’t really have a preference for either. Some books just work with long titles and others with short ones.


Do you think the title has to connect to the story in some way?

I think it should, because if the title isn’t related to the story then I feel like it was the real life version of click bait. (Is there a word for that?)

If I pick up a book with a title about summer or romance or secrets, then that’s what I’m expecting the book to be about. One tiny, blink-and-you-miss-it scene that adjacently refers to the title doesn’t count for me.

The title should either give you an idea of the main theme of the book, the world it’s set in (if it’s historical fiction or fantasy, for example) or otherwise be as vague as possible.


What are some of your favorite book titles?

Dears Mrs BIrd, Yours Cheerfully, Hamnet, Vanity Fair, Wolf Hall.