The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater

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The House on the Edge of the Cliff

I’m absolutely thrilled to be starting off the launch celebrations for The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater, not least because I shall be interviewing Carol all about the book at my local Deepings Literary Festival in just over a week’s time! My enormous thanks to both Carol and Sriya Varadharajan for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. This was one book I had to break my blog tour sabbatical for!

It has been my pleasure to review Carol’s The Forgotten Summerhere. I also loved her story The Lost Girl which I not only reviewed here, but about which I was delighted to interview Carol on Linda’s Book Baghere.

The House on the Edge of the Cliff is published today, 16th May 2019, by Penguin and is available for purchase through the publisher links here.

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Cover Reveal: Sea Babies by Tracey Scott-Townsend

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Now, I’m breaking my own self-imposed rules here. I’m not supposed to be taking on any new blog posts until I’ve read and reviewed some of the huge mountain of books I have on my TBR but when lovely Kelly at LoveBooksGroup got in touch to ask if I’d like to help with the cover reveal for Tracey Scott-Townsend’s new book I had to participate.

You see, I first met Tracey Scott-Townsend at an event called Oceans of Words, at which she was speaking and you can see my write up here. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tracey properly and she’s so lovely that I had to invite her onto Linda’s Book Bag to tell me about one of her books, Another Rebecca, in a post you can read here. I have also had the pleasure of reviewing some of Tracey’s poetry in…

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Brad Parks – Q&A

From First Page to Last

Today I’m pleased to welcome Brad Parks to the blog. Brad is the author of the Carter Ross series which includes The Good Cop and The Player and the standalone novel Say Nothing. His latest novel, Closer Than You Know was published by Faber and Faber on 15 March 2018.

Brad kindly answered a few of my questions.

1. Tell us a little about Closer Than You Know.

The premise is really quite simple: That no matter where you go in the developed world, there is an agency of government that has the authority to take people’s children from them; and that someone who understands that system could manipulate it to steal someone’s child. So we start with Melanie Barrick, a working mother, rushing away from her job to pick up her son at daycare—only to learn the child has been taken away by social services. And no one will…

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“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”

Art of Quotation

“In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.”

Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Prize lecture, 1980


Book quote from Trumpocracy by author David Frum

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BOOK REVIEW: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

K.M. Creamer, Author

I loved The Rules of Magic!

I was a little cautious to be reading Alice Hoffman, because I sort of remembered finding one of her prior books being, um, kind of dark. Something above about doves, I think. I’m not sure.

I must have blocked it out.

This book, however, is a jewel. It’s a tale of two sisters and a brother, Jet, Franny, and Vincent. As they grow up, they become aware that they have magic in their bloodline, in their blood, but they also have a curse. Light and dark. This is the story of how they grow up and live their lives in the spotlight of, and in the shadow of, both.

I won’t kid you–there are some heartbreaking events in this book, but don’t we all have those in our lives?

I very much felt like I was right there in the story with…

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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.

Gilding the Lily

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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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TOM HANKS – TYPEWRITER ENTHUSIAST

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.

Maria In The Moon

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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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