#Spotlight Blood and Steel (John Steel #4) by Stuart Field #BloodandSteel #JohnSteel @StuartField14 @NextChapterPB #NextChapterPub @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Blood and Steel by Stuart Field.

Blood and Steel was published in paperback format on 23rd July 2020 and in digital format on 9th August 2020 by Next Chapter Books.

 

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After a young woman is found dead in her apartment, Detective John Steel is brought in. A British cop working with the NYPD, he is a man with unique talent for finding trouble and winding up his partner, Detective Samantha McCall.

Soon, another woman goes missing, and the duo must find out why. But there is a cost: the dead woman is the girlfriend of one their own, and the missing woman may have something the killer wants.

As the clock ticks, the investigation runs deeper and an old enemy shows his face. Will any of them see the end of this alive?

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I think this sounds absolutely brilliant and can’t wait to read the series – in fact I’ve just ordered them!

For anyone else that feels quite like minded, here are the purchase links:-

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3g31KV9

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3fX08vY

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About the Author

Stuart Field

Stuart Field was born in the UK, in the West Midlands.

He spent his early years in the army, seeing service in all the known (and some unknown) hotspots around the world and now lives in Germany with his wife Ani.

When not engaged in highly confidential security work, he writes thrillers which perhaps mimic his life-experience more than the reader would like to believe.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StuartField14

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorstuartfield/

 

 

#BlogTour ~ All The Lonely People by Mike Gayle @MikeGayle @HodderBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for All the Lonely People by Mike Gayle.

All The Lonely People was published on 23rd July 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton.

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In weekly phone calls to his daughter in Australia, widower Hubert Bird paints a picture of the perfect retirement, packed with fun, friendship and fulfilment.

But Hubert Bird is lying.

The truth is day after day drags by without him seeing a single soul.

Until, that is, he receives some good news – good news that in one way turns out to be the worst news ever, news that will force him out again, into a world he has long since turned his back on.

Now Hubert faces a seemingly impossible task: to make his real life resemble his fake life before the truth comes out.
Along the way Hubert stumbles across a second chance at love, renews a cherished friendship and finds himself roped into an audacious community scheme that seeks to end loneliness once and for all . . .

Life is certainly beginning to happen to Hubert Bird. But with the origin of his earlier isolation always lurking in the shadows will he ever get to live the life he’s pretended to have for so long?

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A big thank you to Jenny Platt and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me onto the  blog tour.

Although I have read some of Mike Gayle’s previous books, this one has got to be my new favourite. Days after I had finished, I was still thinking about it and its wonderful characters.

We follow Hubert Bird, an 84 year old widow, as he is telling his beloved daughter Rose about his week and the plans he has with his friends. His daughter is a Professor and currently works in Australia so Hubert  looks forward to their weekly phone call where they keep each other up to date with their busy lives. It is only when he finishes his call that we come to realise that Hubert has been lying. He is fact quite lonely and rarely makes any contact with another human for weeks on end. During one of his calls, his daughter surprises him to tell him she is coming home for 6 weeks to see him. Suddenly Hubert realises his lies are to be exposed and sets about trying to make his lies come to life.

His next door neighbour Ashleigh is a single mum to a young daughter and has recently moved to the block of flats opposite Hubert’s house, from Wales. When she is desperate for childcare so she can attend a job interview, she finds herself on Hubert’s doorstep, asking for help. This is the turning point for Hubert and despite him used to being on his own, he helps.

I absolutely adored this book and felt that Mike Gayle has written the friendship between Hubert and Ashleigh beautifully. They come into each others lives at the perfect time and despite their differences help each other in a time where they felt helpless. Ashleigh’s positivity shines on the pages and you as the reader, as well as Hubert, are swept along for the wonderful ride.

We also come to know Hubert as a young man as he became part of the Windrush generation who came to the UK from Jamaica in the hope of a better life. Despite the horrific racism he experiences on a daily basis he is determined to stay and create a better life despite having doubts if he is strong enough. When he meets Joyce, a white woman, he knows he has made the right choice as he has found the woman who he wants to spend the rest of his life with. Despite the ignorance her family show them both, they marry and have 2 children.

I really enjoyed how the author interweaves the two time lines of Hubert and Joyce and then later on just Hubert as an older man. I felt this really made Hubert seem ‘real’ for me and made me warm to him even more.

I’m so glad I had the chance to read this beautiful book, I’m still thinking about it now and picturing who I would have playing the wonderful characters we come close to if this happened to ever be made into a film! I definitely felt all the emotions possible but glad that I ended the book with a smile…

Highly recommended from me.

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About the Author

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Mike Gayle was born and raised in Birmingham. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Sociology, he moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and worked as a Features Editor and agony uncle. He has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.

Mike became a full time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend, which was hailed by the Independent as ‘Full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations,’ and by The Times as ‘A funny, frank account of a hopeless romantic’. Since then he has written thirteen novels including Mr Commitment, Turning Thirty and The Man I Think I Know. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

You can find him online at mikegayle.co.uk and on Twitter @mikegayle.

#BlogTour – Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage by Liz Hurley @hello_hurley @RaRaResources @HeraBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage by Liz Hurley.

Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage was published on 8th July 2020 by Hera Books.

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Sitting alongside the beach and just up from the gently lapping waves, sat a perfect cottage. She had found where she was going to live. Her own little cockleshell cove.

Ever since the Byrne sisters – Ariana, Aster, Clem, Paddy and Nic – discovered they were heiresses to the vast Hiverton fortune, their lives have never been the same. No longer living in poverty in London, they now own an estate in Norfolk, a castle in Scotland and a picturesque village in Cornwall.

When sensitive Paddy, the baby of the family despite her successful career as a model, swaps the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week for the cobbled lanes of Tregisky on the beautiful Cornish coast, it’s time for her to stand on her own two feet.

Soon, she’s settled in her new home of Cockleshell Cottage overlooking the wild surf, the seals her closest companions.

And when she meets ex-soldier Hal, she’s instantly smitten. Funny, considerate, and not to mention drop dead gorgeous, he’s perfect in every way apart from one – he’s engaged. But after a misunderstanding brings the two together in ways they couldn’t have imagined, it seems like they might just change each other’s lives.

Will Paddy fall in love with more than just the glorious blue skies of Cornwall? Or are there storm clouds gathering ahead?

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A big thank you to Rachel at RaRaResources and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting to take part on the blog tour.

Cornish Dreams is the second book in the series and after thoroughly enjoying A New Life for Ariana Byrne, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!

Liz Hurley has written a brilliant installment and I absolutely loved it. Having glimpsed into the life of Paddy, it was wonderful to hear her story, especially set in beautiful Cornwall. Paddy is the youngest Byrne sister and a successful model, who is now yearning for something else in life, so when the opportunity comes to visit Tregisky, Paddy jumps at the chance.

The village of Tregisky sounds beautiful and along with Paddy, I fell in love with Cockleshell Cottage, set on the beach and set away from the larger property the family own.

Along with Paddy, we also follow Hal who has left the army and attempting to run his family farm despite the clashes he appears to have with his father. Following several misundertandings, Paddy and Hal don’t get off to the best start and we follow their constant sparing despite the obvious sparks that are flying between them.

Cornish Dreams kept me captivated from page one as I was eager to find out how things would turn out, whilst also learning more about the many inhabitants of Tregisky.

I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of this wonderful series!

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Purchase Links

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Kobo: https://bit.ly/3eD1j2x

Apple: https://apple.co/3dpq1Dn

About the Author

When I grew up I wanted to be an underwater archaeologist or an astronaut but I ended up in a library. Everyone laughed as I’m not a naturally quiet person but I loved it. I went on to become a professional librarian for the money and the glamour. Not finding quite enough of either my husband and I set up a bookshop.  We didn’t find much there either so I started writing.

Now I have loads of money and glamour but only in the pages of my books! In the meantime I dive and look at the stars.

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