An Extract from Gilding the Lily by Justine John

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It gives me very great pleasure to be part of the tour for Gilding the Lily by Justine John today because if I hadn’t been a blogger I think I might not have found about this thriller and I hate missing out.

Gilding the Lily is available for purchase here.

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A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics. Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger…

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BOOK REVIEW: Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

I have to say, I don’t agree with the statement of the cover being unpretentious. It is absolutely a marketing triumph, as stated, but just like any other book this cover is cunningly designed to draw the eye with it’s alarming loud red, iconic typewriter image and the name of Tom Hanks all over it. It’s far from simplistic! The artwork and title are designed to appeal to all ages, those many thousands of readers and writers who are typewriter obsessed and will be magically drawn to anything linked to vintage typewriters. It also has a sixties look, which is very popular at this time with young and older readers.

So please, don’t be under any illusions this cover is in any way simplistic. It’s like any other cover, it loudly says ‘buy me!’

Despite the clever cover design, I’m still very interested to read this book of Tom Hanks short stories. If it’s as good as described here, I hope he goes on to write a lot more.

Let’s get this out of the way now, so I don’t have to mention it too much during the review of ‘Uncommon Type’. Yes, it’s Tom Hanks. The prolific, award winning, Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks. Yep, the person that voiced Woody in Toy Story, that’s him. You didn’t know he was a writer…well he is, and judging by ‘Uncommon Type’ he has a ‘BIG’ future (Ok I’ll stop dropping in the film titles now before I get carried away).

I wanted this review to focus on the man, the writer the typewriter enthusiast Tom Hanks; for him to be judged solely on his writing credentials and nothing else. I am a huge fan of Tom Hanks and it could be easy for me to float his ego with an outpouring of beautifully constructed sentences that tell you he’s the best writer ever…but I guess acting is a lot like…

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Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech

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I’m just thrilled to be part of the celebrations for Maria In The Moon by Louise Beech on publication day, as Louise is such a lovely person whom I’ve met on several occasions. Here you can read all about an event earlier this year in Nottingham where Louise spoke alongside other inspirational authors. I have also reviewed another of Louise’s wonderful books, How To Be Bravehere.

Maria In The Moon is published by Orenda Books today, 30th September 2017, and is available for purchase here.

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A stunning, beautifully written dark drama by the critically acclaimed author of How To Be Brave and The Mountain in My Shoe.

Thirty-two-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.

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Book review | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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To step on a train to me is going on an adventure, even if it is just for a day. I discovered Sweden and Scotland by train. Both amazing journeys that I would absolutely recommend. A book titled The Girl on the Train is therefore something I had to read.

The Girl on the Train is in short about Rachel who on her daily train journey observes a specific house and makes assumptions about the couple, Scott and Megan, who live in it. After an incident involving Megan, Rachel believes she has seen something worth looking into.

“The train crawls along; it judders past warehouses and water towers, bridges and sheds, past modest Victorian houses, their backs turned squarely to the track. My head leaning against the carriage window, I watch these houses roll past me like a tracking shot in a film. I see them as others do not…

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Accidental Thriller, A Guest Post by Stephen May, Author of Stronger Than Skin

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When you’ve gone to the same university as an author, what could be better than to help celebrate their latest book? I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Stronger Than Skin by Stephen May. I asked Stephen to tell me a bit about how he wrote a story that became both a thriller and a love story and thankfully he agreed to do so!

Stronger Than Skin was published on 16th March 2017 by Sandstone Press and is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.

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Mark Chadwick is cycling home from work, eager to get back to his pregnant wife Katy and two children, when he sees the police calling at his house. He knows exactly why they are there and he knows that the world he has carefully constructed over twenty very deliberately uneventful years is about to fall apart. He…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Other World, It Whispers by Stephanie Victoire

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It is hard to say what makes a good short story collection, assessing the quality of one story is hard enough, let alone many. A short story collection can manage to delight and disappoint at the same time; it can push the boundaries and simultaneously stay safely within them. There are no rules on how to construct a short story collection. One may strive for coherence, a uniting of themes, of sentiment, imagery, then again one may not – the stories may flit between genre, time and space. Also, the length of a short story may stretch the notion of ‘short’ to its very literary limit, essentially constituting a baby novella, or, ‘short’ might seem a little far off the mark, being closer to poetry rather than prose.

So, with these difficulties in mind we turn to Stephanie Victoire’s collection The Other World it Whispers. Here we have nine stories…

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(Book Review) The Edge of the Earth ~ Christina Schwarz

I don’t usually read historical novels, but I was eager to read The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz because I have always had a fascination for lighthouses, and the cover of this book drew me to it immediately. The book tells the story of Trudy, a young woman who abandons the life that […]

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A South African Setting by Miranda Sherry, author of Bone Meal for Roses

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Regular readers of Linda’s Book Bag know how much I love travel and Africa in particular fascinates me. Just over a year ago I visited South Africa so I’m delighted to welcome Miranda Sherry to the blog today as her book, Bone Meal for Roses, is set there.

Bone Meal for Roses was published by Head of Zeus on 8th September 2016 and is available for purchase in e-book and hardback here.

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A bittersweet, gorgeously written novel about a young girl with an abusive past growing up in the majestic landscape of South Africa.

Her mother destroyed her. The garden saved her.

Poppy was six years old when she was rescued from her abusive mother and taken to her grandparents’ farm to recover. There, under a wide South African sky, Poppy succumbs to the magic of their garden. Slowly, her memories fade and her…

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A review of “The End – Fifteen Endings to Fifteen Paintings” (Edited by Ashley Stokes – Unthank Books)

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