Brand New #CoverReveal for Walls of Silence

The 15 and 16 September are two very special days for me – one is my husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary, the other is my birthday. We were born only one day apart, in the same year!

To celebrate, I’ve asked my son to create a brand new cover for my first novel, Walls of Silence. Once again, he’s done me proud and designed a cover that’s perfect! The book is also FREE to download today and tomorrow, so grab yourself a copy!

GET YOUR FREE COPY HERE.

I wrote Walls of Silence about 9 years ago, and published it in 2016. It was written during a particularly stressful period of my life, after separating from my ex-husband. Having suffered 23 years of psychological, emotional and economical abuse, I needed a safe place where I could get rid of all the emotions, pain and hurt that had built up over the years.

Walls of Silence was the result. This was the hardest book I’ve ever written, and it holds a special place in my heart. Every emotion Maria feels, every struggle, every setback she overcomes, comes from somewhere deep inside me. It’s not an easy book to read, as many people have told me, but it’s a story that needs to be told.

While this is fiction, many people are going through similar situations, or worse. Domestic abuse isn’t only physical, it comes in many forms, all equally damaging. I hope you will find the strength to read this story, and understand the plight so many people find themselves in all around the world.

Here’s the blurb:

Life is cruel at times. Even if it seems like a fairy tale.

Maria knows that the big bad wolf isn’t real. Then one day she discovers that evil does exist, with all its dark sides.

Living in the mountains of Sicily, Maria has the perfect childhood until the tragic accident that changes her life forever. The events that follow will take her away from her home town to the streets of Milan, in an ever-increasing spiral of abuse and deception. Will she ever be able to trust anyone ever again?

Set in turbulent 1960s Italy, Walls of Silence is the story of a girl who must find the courage and strength to survive her family’s betrayal and the prejudices of her country.

And finally, here’s the cover!

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#BookReview for Into Thin Air by Kristina Beck

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My review for Into Thin Air by Kristina Beck, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Having read and enjoyed the author’s Collide series, I was intrigued to see what this new book would be like. I wasn’t disappointed!

I think this is her best book so far – it’s well written, the two main characters are people you care for, and it has a story line that will take your breath away. (It also has the most gorgeous cover I’ve seen in a long time!)

Ellie and Sam meet are taking some much-needed time out from their lives at an exotic resort when they meet up, and fall in love. But then real life intervenes, with all its hurdles and problems. Will they get their HEA? I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but there are a few surprises along the way that will keep you gripped until the end.

This is a great read for anyone who loves contemporary romance. Highly recommend!

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#BookReview for The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley

My review for The Wonkiest Witch: Wonky Inn Book 1 by Jeannie Wycherley, 5/5 stars.

I loved this book right from the beginning. The writing style is fun and relaxed, and the story draws you in. After reading a lot of dark psychological thrillers lately, this was just what I needed!

The protagonist, Alfhild Daemonne, has denied her witch powers for years. But after inheriting a wonky inn and most of a village in the middle of the countryside, she decides to leave London and start a new, quieter life.

Like most plans, nothing goes as expected and she finds herself in the middle of a battle between good and evil, with her inn at the centre.

This is a wonderful cozy mystery, with great characters, a beautiful setting, and a couple of twists along the way. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series and seeing what Alf gets up to next! Highly recommend.

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#KindleUnlimited promo: thrillers, suspense and mysteries

Thirty-seven authors have got together with a promotion for mysteries and thrillers available in Kindle Unlimited. Clicking on the link below will take you to the BookFunnel page, where you can find each book and click through to Amazon. You’ll find my book, The Lost Girls, in there too!

Even better, there’s no newsletter sign up required – just pick the books you’d like to read! Maybe you’ll find your next favourite author…

To see all the books in the promo, click here.

Happy reading!

#BookReview of The Attic Room by Linda Huber

My review for The Attic Room by Linda Huber, 5/5 stars.

I’ve read a couple of Linda Huber’s books since my husband bought me The Cold, Cold Sea for my birthday, which I loved. Seeing as I’ve got Kindle Unlimited for 3 months, I thought I’d catch up on reading the rest of them.

The Attic Room has a great story line, with plenty of action and twists along the way! When Nina inherits a house, she has no idea what dark secrets are going to be revealed and how much her life will change. Already dealing with her mother’s death, she has to leave the quiet island of Arran and go to Bedford, where a few surprises await her.

The subject matter is dark, and the story is chilling at times, but the author handles it all with great sensitivity and gives her characters the dignity they deserve. Very well done.

I loved the flow of the story, how the tension went up a notch each time something new was revealed – although I wanted to shout at Nina a few times as she made a wrong decision! Great characters and narrative, and a story that pulls you along with it until the thrilling conclusion. Highly recommend.

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#BookReview for The Ultimate Community by Jo Meverington

My review for The Ultimate Community by Jo Meverington, 5/5 stars.

This latest instalment in the series is just as intriguing and quirky as the other two books. We follow the story of Alice, daughter of Damion and Camilla, as she starts a new life in London, away from her horrible past. But as new people come into her life complications set in, and she’s determined to find out the truth from her father.

Several characters from the previous books are back, as well as a couple of new ones, and there are a few twists along the way as secrets are revealed. I love how the author works in the twists to the problems we’re facing today with our planet, and how people can start making it a better place to live in.

Meverington has a style of writing that is perfect for these books – distinct, easy to read, and refreshingly straightforward, just like her characters. I highly recommend the whole series if you’re looking for a great read that’s a bit different.

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#kindlecountdown for The Lost Girls

My latest book, a suspense set in the south of England, is currently on a Kindle Countdown in the US and UK (sorry, Amazon doesn’t allow us to do it anywhere else).

I’m currently writing book #2, Shadows from the Past, which I hope will be published by the end of the year. Investigative journalist Maggie Dupont is back, with a brand new protagonist who’s even darker than the previous one.

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback about Maggie, which I’m really pleased about as she’s partly based on someone I know very well – me! She has an auto-immune illness which prevents her from enjoying life to the full, and has had a traumatic past that she’s still trying to recover from. However, there are some differences – Maggie is in a relationship with Sally, while I’m happily married to my wonderful husband and have two children!

Here’s the prologue to give you a taster of the book:

PROLOGUE

March 2014

He stepped back into the shadows with a curse. Light from the bedroom spilled out onto the back garden, making the leaves on the trees and blades of grass stand out in stark contrast to the darker background. A football lay on the ground near his feet, and he had an absurd urge to kick it hard against the back door, maybe hard enough to break the glass. He clenched his fists, resisting the impulse to make his presence known. She would get to know him soon enough.

Muffled shouts and the slamming of a door reached him, deadened by the glass. He smiled, taking comfort in the familiar. Every night it was the same: first the shouting match with her mother, then the music, blasting out at full volume. The disco beat throbbed through his head, and he winced. She would change her tastes, he’d make sure of that.

His heart quickened as she stepped over to the window and reached up with her arms to pull the curtains across. He could still see her shadow, flitting around the room as she danced off her anger. He imagined her there, tears pouring down her cheeks as she mentally raged against the unfairness of her life, her cruel parents who treated her like a slave. Yes, he’d chosen well this time. Sixteen years ago, he lost his sisters. Now he only had to bide his time, until the day they would be his once more.

You can download The Lost Girls here:

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#BookReview|Walls Of Silence|Helen Pryke

A wonderful review for the first book I published back in 2016!

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What can I say about this authors books and writing style that I haven’t said numerous times before. This is probably the most difficult but yet important book that I have read by Helen. Knowing of Helen’s earlier life I can only imagine how much heartache, tears, frustration and pure love and strength went into this book. Helen has also shared her own personal story in the book Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour and is a sponsor of Jennifer’s tool on Twitter Abuse Talk

Publisher Independently published

Published 8th March 2017

Pages 154

Edition Kindle

Genre Woman’s Fiction

Purchase Link getBook.at/Wallsofsilence

Blurb/Synopsis
Life is cruel at times. Even if it seems like a fairy tale.
Maria knows that the big bad wolf isn’t real. Then one day she discovers that evil does exist, with all its dark sides.

Living in the mountains of Sicily, Maria has the…

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#BookReview for Ward Zero by Linda Huber

My review for Ward Zero by Linda Huber, 4/5 stars.

This is a gritty read that keeps you turning the pages! There are a few suspects early on, which keeps you guessing who the killer is all the way through.

Great characters, realistic settings, and a story line that could so easily happen. And a reluctant killer, who is ‘forced’ to do what he does by the circumstances and people around him, blaming everyone else for the mess he finds himself in.

Another great read from the author, highly recommend!

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