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Paperless Post

The lovely people at Paperless Post kindly invited me to try out and use this website. It's a fun way to send cards, invitations and greetings for all kinds of events. I sent a cute Birthday card to one friend and a New Home congratulations to another. You can add your own photos and design, mix and match the text and templates to create a design as individual as you are. 

Follow the link here to check out Paperless Post for yourself.

Please note this post was sponsored by Paperless Post

The Burning House by Neil Spring Blog Blast

I'm delighted to be taking pat in a one day blog blast for the release of The Burning Room by Neil Spring. The kindle edition goes on sale tomorrow and the paperback will follow in Spring. If you are looking a spooky, chilling read then The Burning House is the book for you. Following the success of his Ghost Hunters series and the standalone The Watchers, Neil Spring has once again used real events and locations to inspire some dark and mysterious fiction.

Clara is an estate agent desperate to shift the spooky and overpriced Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness. She has made a new life for herself in Scotland and a sale is essential. So Clara makes a decision that will have massive consequences for her and for her future. The new owner of the house is a strange young man who tells Clara he has come to Boleskine to die and that he needs her help. Clara has heard some of the stories that the locals tell about the house, though not all, but she is beginning to believe that th…

Shadow of the Fox by Julia Kagawa Blog Tour

Shadow of The Fox is the first book in a brand new series from New York Times Bestselling YA author Julia Kagawa. An amazing and compelling fantasy tale infused with Japanese Folktale and legend. Blending the tale of a demon hunting samuri; Tatsumi a member of the mysterious and secretive Shadow clan and a young kitsune girl raised by monks. I was enthralled by this page turning tale, with demons, ghosts, warriors and royalty all caught up in the search for an ancient scroll which is hunted down every thousand years, for the holder of the scroll will have the power to call the great Kami Dragon. It is a time of upheaval and change and Yumeko is thrust out of her ordinary life forced to take on a great challenge and to trust a boy she knows to be a killer. Tatsumi is forced to make an alliance with a girl he believes beneath him, but they both have a lot of living and learning to do. I highly recommend this wonderful story and can't wait for book two.

Julie was kind enough to answ…

The Body in the Boat Review and Giveaway

The Body in the Boat is the final book in the Hardcastle and Chaytor mystery series from A. J. McKenzie; the pen name of writing duo and husband and wife team Marilyn Livingstone and Morgan Witzel. The book opens with Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor attending a birthday party thrown by Mr Munro; a respected local banker for his wife. Just days later Mr. Munro is found dead. Of course the Reverend in his position as magistrate must investigate and as always he is assisted by the very capable and unflappable Mrs Chaytor. The mystery involves links to a band of local smugglers as well as rumours that the East Weald and Ashford Bank where Mr. Munro was a partner might be in trouble. This is an intriguing mystery with plenty of twists and turns. The series takes place at the end of the 18th Century during a period of almost constant conflict with France, as well as fears of French invasion. While the Reverend Hardcastle and Mrs. Chaytor may be firm members of the middle class their in…

The Night Raven by Sarah Painter

I have read several of Sarah's previous books and she very kindly sent me a copy of her latest novel The Night Raven which is a bit of a new direction for the author. Sarah's previous work has included magical realism, dual time fiction and romance. The Night Raven is the first book in a brand new urban fantasy series. The setting is much more urban than Sarah's previous novels and helps to give the book a gritty realism. Lydia Crow has taken a break from her job as a Private Investigator in Scotland and returned to London where her family history stretches back generations. Her uncle has given her the use of a flat he owns and asked for her help in finding her teenage cousin; Maddie, who has gone missing. Lydia has always believed that unlike the rest of her family she has no magical ability but when she discovers that she is sharing her new flat with a ghost it becomes obvious that she has some talent. Lydia feels wary of her powers. She knows that The Crow family are o…

The Curious Crime by Julia Golding Blog Tour and Q&A

Julia Golding's latest novel for children is a wonderful fantasy set in an alternative 19th Century in which Science reigns supreme and curiosity is a crime. Philosophy and religion are outlawed and life is rigidly structured. Ree and Henri are both curious children; Ree is a talented sculptor and Henri a scholar and amateur detective. Both children face discrimination and set backs but they must work together to solve a mystery. The setting for their adventures is Museum Island home to a vast museum and school of learning where science is celebrated but questioning authority is a punishable offence. Ree's father is sent away for allowing his daughter to become an apprentice stonemason, Henri's progress as a scientist is hampered by those prejudiced against his dark skin. This is a tale of adventure and mystery with a host of brilliant characters including a number of animals, some of which are sadly now extinct, the story is full of intriguing detail about the museum and …

Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso

I loved this book from the moment I heard about it. For starters it has a gorgeous cover, which gives an intriguing hint about the story (cover design by Jennie Rawlings) and I was also excited because the book was being published by an amazing small publisher Louise Walters Books. Fallible Justice is the first book in the paranormal crime series Wilde Investigations. Yannia Wilde takes on the task of investigating a murder, Ilana Marsh wants Yannia's help to prove her father's innocence, although her father Jonathan has been found guilty by the Heralds who are said to be infallible. With only a few days to find out what really happened Yannia and her assistant Karrion have to work hard travelling through the paranormal world of Old London and beyond. The plot revolves around the investigation and is itself compelling and rewarding but it is the character development that makes this book a truly fascinating read. Yannia suffers from a chronic illness which can leave her tired…

Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye with Rebecca Mascull Blog Tour

I am delighted to be part of the blog tour for Miss Marley, a charming prequel to A Christmas Carol and the final work by Vanessa Lafaye who sadly passed away earlier this year. The book was completed by Vanessa's dear friend and fellow historical novelist Rebecca Mascull. Miss Marley is true to the spirit of Dickens original; opening with the childhood of Jacob and Clara who live in direst poverty scavenging and begging in the streets of London having lost their parents and comfortable home when their uncle forced them out. Jacob is determined to get them out of poverty especially as Clara's health is suffering and when the opportunity comes he seizes it but Jacob's determination to get ahead and to put only himself and Clara's well being above all else will have devastating consequences for them both. This a heartfelt tale which brings alive a truly memorable character that Dickens would have been proud of. Written with the same heart and hope that Vanessa brought t…

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

I am a big fan of Elly Griffiths and I've read every one of her Ruth Galloway series set on the Norfolk coast. Although that series is crime fiction there is in every book a hint of the supernatural so when I  learned that Elly had written a stand alone Gothic mystery novel, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Clare Cassidy teaches literature and she specialises in the work of the Victorian Gothic writer R.M. Holland. The school she teaches in was once R. M. Holland's home. There are rumours that Holland's wife died in the building and that she haunts it still. Clare may be happy to read and to teach thrilling stories but she is shocked to find herself in the middle of one when her friend and colleague Ella is murdered and a note with a quote from one of Holland's stories found by her body. The police seek Clare's help to find the killer as Clare tries to puzzle things out writing in her diary. However she soon feels the killer may be someone she knows far too wel…