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Blog tour: A Year in the Life

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Welcome to the blog tour for A Year in the Life by Lucy Leonelli! More about the book… In her late twenties and already a partner in her headhunting firm, Lucy Leonelli was seemingly on top of the world, but despite her success she couldn’t shake the feeling she was missing out on life out there. So Lucy did the only reasonable thing she could do: she hung up her suit and set out on a yearlong journey to uncover her most authentic self. Stepping outside her comfort zone, she turned to twenty-six little-understood subcultures of the UK – communities often heard about but very seldom seen. Fortwo weeks each, she lived with battle re-enactors, circus performers, hill baggers, Morris dancers, naturists, trainspotters, yogis, zeitgeist political activists and more, experiencing first-hand their social rituals and customs. A Year in the Life charts Lucy’s adventure as she swam naked with lawyers and vets, cast spells with teachers and IT consultants, dressed in tight latex, drank with sel

Blog tour: A New Dark Age

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Welcome to the blog tour for A New Dark Age by Ross Patrick! Hi Ross! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of A Dark New Age ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Hi and thank you for your interest. So, A New Dark Age is set in 2061 and follows Esme Sedgebrook, a shy seventeen-year-old who flees her claustrophobic provincial life and the unwelcome prospect of an arranged marriage to join a nascent revolutionary movement and become involved in an uprising that is the chaotic and violent climax to the novel. Although A New Dark Age is a dystopia novel that portrays a society in crisis, the novel is as much about Esme’s rite of passage with personal crisis and change reflected in her changing world. Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing the book or did it take an unexpected turn as the characters grew on the page? A: I had a skeletal outline to provide structure and direction, although this changed during the writ

Blog tour: Silver Pebbles

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Welcome to the blog tour for Silver Pebbles by Hansjörg Schneider, translated from the German by Mike Mitchell! More about the book… A Lebanese man carrying diamonds in his bag is on the train from Frankfurt to Basel, a drug mule on the return journey. At the Basel train station Inspector Hunkeler is waiting for him after a tipoff from the German police. The courier manages to flush the stones away in the station WC. Erdogan, a young Turkish sewage worker, finds the diamonds in the pipes under the station. To him they mean wealth and the small hotel he always wanted to buy near his hometown. To his older Swiss girl-friend Erika, the stones signify the end of their life together. She knows that Erdogan has a wife and children in Turkey. For the courier, finding the stones is a matter of life and death. His employers are on their way to “tidy things up”. For Hunkeler the stones are the only way to get to the people behind the drug trade. They turn out to include not only the bottom feed

Blog tour: The Twyford Code

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Welcome to the blog tour for The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett! More about the book… Forty years ago, Steven Smith found a copy of a children's book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, full of strange markings and annotations. He took it to his English teacher Miss Iles, who became convinced that the book was the key to solving a secret code running through all Twyford's novels. But then she disappeared. Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steven decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And if it is as valuable as Miss Iles thought, who else might be trying to solve it? More about the author… Janice Hallett studied English at UCL, and spent several years as a magazine editor,  winning two awards for journalism. Her debut novel, The Appeal , was a Sunday Times  bestseller, a Waterstones Thriller of the Month and Sunday Times Crime Book of the  Month. She lives in West Lond

Blog tour: Other Parents

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Welcome to the blog tour for Other Parents by Sarah Stovell! More about the book… In a small town like West Burntridge, it should be impossible to keep a secret. Rachel Saunders knows gossip is the price you pay for a rural lifestyle and outstanding schools. The latest town scandal is her divorce - and the fact that her new girlfriend has moved into the family home. Laura Spence lives in a poky bedsit on the wrong side of town. She and her son, Max, don’t really belong, and his violent tantrums are threatening to expose the very thing she’s trying to hide. When the local school introduces a new inclusive curriculum, Rachel and Laura find themselves on opposite sides of a fearsome debate. But the problem with having your nose in everyone else’s business is that you often miss what is happening in your own home. More about the author… Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her r

Blog tour: Hotel Portofino

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Welcome to the blog tour for Hotel Portofino by J.P.O'Connell! More about the book… Hotel Portofino has been open for only a few weeks, but already the problems are mounting for its owner Bella Ainsworth. Her high-class guests are demanding and hard to please. And she’s being targeted by a scheming and corrupt local politician, who threatens to drag her into the red-hot cauldron of Mussolini’s Italy. To make matters worse, her marriage is in trouble, and her children are still struggling to recover from the repercussions of the Great War. All eyes are on the arrival of a potential love match for her son Lucian, but events don’t go to plan, which will have far reaching consequences for the whole family. Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Italian Riviera, Hotel Portofino is a story of personal awakening at a time of global upheaval and of the liberating influence of Italy’s enchanting culture, climate and cuisine on British ‘innocents abroad’, perfect for fans of Downton Abbey an

Blog tour: A Nose for Mischief

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Welcome to the blog tour for A Nose for Mischief by K.T. Lee. Intrigued? Hi K.T.! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of A Nose for Mischief ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Thank you so much! I’m so excited to introduce readers to the characters of Riverbend and their K-9 partners! Zoey Butler is a materials engineer whose career implodes after the FBI raids her workplace and arrests the head of development for fraud. Desperate and out of options, she reaches out to the FBI, the only organization that knows without a doubt that Zoey was a victim and not a perpetrator. She soon finds herself the newest trainee at the Riverbend K-9 Academy along with her K-9 partner, Tasha, a mischievous rescue dog in need of her own second chance. When Zoey finds out the trouble at her old company isn’t over, she volunteers to work with the FBI to end it once and for all, with a little help from Tasha and her new colleague, FBI Special Agent, Liam Gra

Blog tour: The Postmistress of Paris

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Welcome to the blog tour for The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton! More about the book… The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Train to London revisits the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger and incomparable courage—about a young American heiress who helps artists hunted by the Nazis escape from war-torn Europe. Wealthy, beautiful Naneé was born with a spirit of adventure that transcends her Midwestern roots. For her, learning to fly is freedom. When German tanks roll across the border and into Paris, this woman with an adorable dog and a generous heart joins the resistance. Known as the Postmistress because she delivers information to those in hiding, Naneé uses her charms and skill to house the hunted and deliver them to safety. Inspired by the real life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with American journalist Varian Fry to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of F

Blog tour: Unfaithful

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Welcome to the blog tour for Unfaithful by J. L. Butler! More about the book… Rachel Reeves has it all. The perfect family, a rich husband, and a gorgeous home. But when her only child flies the nest, Rachel feels lost – and succumbs to a mind-blowing one-night stand. Instantly regretting her infidelity, Rachel cuts ties with Chris. But he won’t let her go that easily. She erases him from her life – until a text changes everything. Someone knows what she did. And they’re ready to destroy her entire life because of it. More about the author… J.L. Butler trained as a lawyer and journalist. J.L. Butler is the pseudonym for international and Sunday Times bestseller, Tasmina Perry. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and sold over two million copies worldwide. My impressions… Was it a page-turner? 100% yes. I couldn’t bear to put this book down. I thought I could guess all the plot twists from early on but I had to keep changing my views every time something else croppe