#BookReview for The Runaway by Linda Huber

Pink quill books pick_2020My review for The Runaway by Linda Huber, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What can I say? I’ve read quite a few books by Linda Huber, starting with The Cold Cold Sea, which my husband bought me for my birthday a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve become quite a fan. She kindly gave me an ARC of The Runaway, and I loved it!

Nicola, Ed, and Kelly are such relatable characters, and you immediately feel like you’ve known them forever. Nicola is a stressed-out mum, trying to juggle work and family life in London, Kelly is a teenager, going through a turbulent time and opposed to any change, and Ed is the quiet one, keeping himself to himself. Everything ticks along nicely, until Ed’s mother dies and he inherits her house down in Cornwall.

For a while you don’t know where the story is going to take you, then all of a sudden you’re in the middle of every parent’s deepest fear. The tension pulls you along, keeping you enthralled as the story develops. The scenes where Nicola is trawling the streets of London are heartwrenching, and so well written!

I’m not going to give anything away, but I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. There were so many missed chances, so many “Noooo!” moments, and a scene towards the end that will have your heart in your mouth as you beg her not to do it.

A great psychological thriller I highly recommend!

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#Unicorns, #mermaids, and so much more!

About six months ago, Sarah Northwood and I decided to write a children’s book together. You can see the cover reveal and read about it here.

The book, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales, is now with our beta readers, and initial feedback is wonderful!

“There are so many beautiful passages throughout, life lessons for young children hidden within the stories, and some lovely advice (kindness, courage) as well.”

“I love the short stories, perfect for a bedtime story each night, with lots to spark the imagination of little ones (and grown ups too!)”

We now have a publishing date! The paperback will be available from the 15th March. The ebook will be available to pre-order the same day at the special low price of 99c/99p, and will be published on the 31st March.

We’ve also created a website where you can find lots of fun activities for children, with puzzles, word searches, and beautiful hand-drawn pictures to download and colour in. We’d love to see your children’s creations and show them off on the site!

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Take a look and let me know what you think!

We’re very proud of this book, with its beautiful illustrations, poems, and short stories that we hope children will love and treasure for years to come. I hope we’ll write more books together in the future!

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#BookReview for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier

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My review for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What a wonderfully funny, quirky, sometimes sad, often laugh-out-loud novella. Just the idea of someone carrying out a busnapping is enough to make you pick it up, and the promise is fulfilled with the characters the author has created. People from all walks of life, easily relatable, immediately endearing, they add a rich depth to the story.

Each character is given a nickname, and his or her background is slowly revealed as the story develops. What could have been a macabre tale is instead full of emotion, wit, heartache and joy, as the reader is pulled into the characters’ lives, travelling alongside them on their journey of self-discovery.

A well-written novella whose characters will remain with you long after you finish reading it. Highly recommend!

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#BookReview for Amberflame by Lisa Hofmann

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My review for Amberflame by Lisa Hofmann, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What I loved about this magical short story is that I felt as if I already knew the characters and the setting as soon as I started reading. The narrative pulled me in right away, and kept me hooked until the end.

A secret love that is destined to fail, a dragon terrorising the local villages, a young girl willing to sacrifice everything for the people she loves, and a magical twist at the end – this story has everything a great fantasy needs, and is a fantastic read. Highly recommend!

Blurb:

Willa loves Aberlin, and Aberlin loves Willa, but they can’t be together.
Willa has a secret. She is afraid of monsters. She is not afraid to face them, to stand up and fight – but what if she can’t win? Where would that leave the people she cares about?
Enjoy this magical new tale about dark secrets and the power of love.

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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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#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 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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#BookReview for Time Shifters: Out of Time (Book 3) by Kate Frost

My review for Time Shifters: Out of Time (Time Shifters Book 3) by Kate Frost, 5/5 stars.

Having read the first two books in the series, I was intrigued to see where this one would take us. Danny, Maisie and Lizzie are stuck jumping backwards and forwards in time, trying to find a way to change their future before it’s too late, and finally get home to their families.

All of the characters from the other two books are back, and the hunters are still hot on their trail as they try to work out how to get things back to normal. Adventure after adventure, they get closer to solving the problem, while creating others in the meantime!

This whole series is an entertaining read for middle-grade children, full of action and adventure, together with some historical facts thrown in. From ancient Rome to the great fire of London, plus a well-known historical figure popping up, there’s plenty going on!

A great read that I highly recommend for kids and adults alike!

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