#BlogTour #Extract ~The River Runs Red by Ally Rose (Hanne Drais #3) #TheRiverRunsRed @AllyRoseAuthor @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The River Runs Red by Ally Rose.

The River Runs Red was published by Fahrenheit Press on 24th July 2018.

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Berlin is in the midst of its worst winter in decades.

Against the backdrop of freezing temperatures, blizzards and snowstorms, the city refuses to grind to a halt. Lurking within the shadows is a Stasi victim, out for revenge against the former East German informants known as ‘The Ears’. Their dark secrets are about to be exposed.

A mix of ice and water and a single gunshot, provides the ultimate payback.

With the Millennium approaching, Hanne Drais, the criminal psychologist working within the Berlin Mitte Police team led by the irascible Oskar Kruger and his laid-back sidekick, Stefan Glockner, are seeking the perpetrator of these violent crimes.

Who is the man they’ve nicknamed Snowflake?

Who is turning the river red?

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A big thank you to Emma Welton for organising the blog tour and for inviting me to participate. I am delighted to be sharing an extract for you today!

Chapter 1

The Journalist waited in the warmth of the prestigious Lang bar at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Berlin. Outside, the city was in the midst of a snow storm. Tall and stocky, with a frame of an athlete, his blue eyes darted restlessly behind the spectacles. Wearing a suit and a tie, he ordered a beer to calm his nerves, intermittently twiddling with his false moustache, beard and wig. On a previous recce to the hotel, he’d noted the position of the CCTV cameras and now, he made sure he was not facing the prying security lenses.

A rendezvous with Paul Steiger, the ex-chief minister of East German Sports throughout the 1980’s, had been meticulously arranged. On the premise of talking about the good old days in the former east, known as Ostalgie, Steiger was unsurprisingly, easily lured by the promise of a reasonable fee; and being the centre of attention appealed to the former ministers’ ego.

It was a ruse; the Journalist had long been planning Steiger’s demise.

The overweight, sixty year-old Paul Steiger, with a brown comb-over hairstyle, dressed in an expensive suit and a tie arrived a little late for the meeting. Later, the security footage of their meeting would clearly show Steiger facing the cameras, warmly greeting the Journalist-who was viewed partially from a side angle, carrying a rucksack. The recording would show the two men after introductions, going to the lift and up to Steiger’s hotel room on the fifth floor.

The room was tastefully decorated and had a lounge with comfy chairs, a flat screen TV and a mini-bar. The bedroom had an en suite that was visible through an open door.
‘Great view,’ complemented the Journalist, looking out over the snow-topped skyline.
Steiger puffed out his chest and strutted like a peacock. ‘I’m used to the best and in my view the Waldorf is one of Berlin’s finest hotels. I used to stay in the Hotel Adlon- when it was our side of the Wall- a nice place to entertain a lady!’ he bragged, adding, ‘Care for a drink?’

‘I had a beer downstairs, and I’m driving, so, perhaps just a bitter lemon. No ice.’
Ice couldn’t be wasted: it would come in use later, thought the Journalist.

‘I guess that’s the wise choice. Well, I’ll have scotch,’ he stated, helping himself to the mini-bar. ‘Make yourself comfortable. So, what do I call you?’
The Journalist sat down. ‘Anders is fine or Juhl if you prefer.’
‘Men of power use surnames,’ stated Steiger, passing Juhl his drink. ‘Well, I’m glad Ostalgie is still a topic of great interest, and for the chance to talk about the good old days, and even pose for a photo,’ he chuckled, sitting down, filling the width of an armchair.

Juhl smiled politely. ‘And thanks for speaking in English. My German isn’t so good.’
‘I thought Danes were real polyglots! Well, I don’t speak any Danish, so, English it is. Now, Juhl, before we start, may I see some I.D? Nothing personal- old habits die hard.’
‘Sure’ he said, confidently, showing his identification.

The Stasi man studied the I.D, exclaiming, ‘The beard makes you look older. Ok, show me the money,’ Steiger announced, his face full of greed, rubbing his hands in anticipation.’
An envelope with 5,000 Deutschmarks was placed on the table.
Steiger quickly checked it. ‘Yes, it’s all there. Ok, Juhl, let’s begin.’
‘I’ll write in shorthand,’ said Juhl, reaching into his bag. The long wait was over. Pulling out a gun with a silencer, he bellowed, ‘Not one word or I’ll shoot your fucking brains out!’

Not expecting this, Steiger almost wet his pants. ‘Whoah!’
‘Take your clothes off,’ demanded Juhl.
Steiger had the look of fear and horror in his eyes. Ushering Steiger into the bathroom, and waving the gun menacingly in his victim’s face, Juhl began running a cold bath.
‘What’s this all about?’ he spluttered.
‘I said… UNDRESS!’
Before long, Steiger was embarrassingly naked, with folds of wrinkly excess skin hiding his nether regions; he instinctively covered his penis with his hands.
‘Genosse; you’re no longer the big shot in the DDR!’
‘Oh, I see; an ex-comrade with a grudge. Did you work for me?’
Juhl felt his heart pumping faster, and he liked the feeling of being in control.
‘No, I never worked for you. I worked against you! And for your crimes at the DDR sports ministry, of implementing State plan 14.25, you should’ve been tried and sentenced.’
‘The DDR beat the world at sports, didn’t we? Besides, we weren’t the only country to take drugs- everyone did, and still does! Communists and capitalist’s alike!’
‘But as a consequence, some female athletes had sex-changes after years of being forced into taking testosterone, and the after effects were passed down to their poor little children. You denied DDR athletes their human rights- whilst you made money in the drug trade!’

The Stasi man didn’t feel any remorse and gave an incredulous look. ‘And you want revenge on their behalf, for that? If it’s money you want…’
‘…Nein! I want you to join your comrades in the River Spree… I killed them.’
Steiger was stupefied. ‘Scheisse!’ he cried, and began urinating on the marble floor.
Juhl’s tone was mocking, ‘Careful you don’t slip.’
‘Why me?’ he bleated, sinking to his knees.
‘Those men- Martin Ebner and Torsten Raskob, they worked for you in the DDR. They told me about your choices; a decision that gravely affected my family and my entire life.’
‘Those men have lied to you!’ cried Steiger, feigning innocence.
The bath water was now half-full. ‘Get in!’ Juhl barked.
Obeying, Steiger quickly began shivering in the cold water. Juhl took off his glasses and deftly slipped into overalls to cover his clothes whilst maintaining control of the situation.
‘Comrade, how many innocent citizens did you send to Hohenschonhausen?’
Steiger’s lies continued. ‘I had nothing to do with that place!’
Juhl’s smile was icy. ‘Don’t treat me like a fool! You, Groth and Taegner, covered up a colossal amount of murders. Your victims simply disappeared. This is your U-boat!’
Steiger couldn’t fathom it. How the hell did this quasi Danish journalist find out about this? ‘Who are you?’ he pleaded. ‘Let me go!’

Switching from English to German, Juhl whispered his real name in Steiger’s ear.

Wow – that was good. I feel tense just reading the first chapter…..

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About the Author

“I’ve always been interested in writing crime stories and with the Cold War era, there is such a rich tapestry to draw from; especially the notorious and quelling Stasi reign in East Germany. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, gives a contrast between the different worlds and any past crimes are held to account in a unified Germany.

Berlin is one of my favourite cities, and I’ve spent time living and discovering this diverse city and its surrounding areas. Seeing my characters in familiar places, they seem to come to life.

Hope you enjoy my Hanne Drais books.”

You can follow Ally on Twitter – @AllyRoseAuthor

Purchase Links:

Fahrenheit Press online book store:

http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/books_the_river_runs_red.html

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/River-Runs-Red-gripping-psychological-ebook/dp/B07FQM4ZJX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537823361&sr=8-1&keywords=the+river+runs+red

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#BlogTour – Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie_Turner @HQDigitalUK

A very big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner.

Lies Between Us is published in eBook on 1st October and in paperback on 13th December 2018 by HQ Digital.

Will they ever learn the truth?

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together – with devastating consequences . . .

John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he can’t have.

They all have something in common, though none of them know it – and the truth won’t stay hidden for long . .

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Thank you to Ronnie and the publishers for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour!

Wow – considering this is Ronnie Turner’s debut novel, it’s one that knocks the socks off you…. After reading the first chapter, I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Ronnie has weaved a fantastic and devious tale, where the reader is confused and misled into thinking one thing only to be taken down a different route later on.

When you read the different chapters told from the points of view of three characters, you are honestly wondering how this is all going to be linked? Nothing stands, out, especially as they all appear to take place in different times……

We follow John Graham, a successful author married to Jules with a lovely 6 year old daughter, Bonnie who is the apple of her parents eye. They are expecting another child and all very excited about it. When horror strikes and Bonnie disappears from their home, they become embroiled in the absolute horror of trying to figure out why this is taking a seemingly personal turn, especially to John. These chapters are quite harrowing to read as the horror John and Jules are experiencing is described in miniscule detail. You share their grief as they try to stay strong but they are slowly falling apart. Ronnie has worked really hard with these chapters, her writing is meticulous in displaying the emotions of all involved.

We also follow Maisie Green who is an ICU nurse. She is looking after a patient who has been very badly beaten and currently not expected to pull through. She becomes close friends and a confidant of his grief stricken wife Heidi. Maisie is very diligent in her job  but we get the sense (along with Maisie) that there is more to the family than meets the eye.

The most intriguing and also probably the most chilling chapters, are told from the point of view of Miller. These chapters are set in the past and during Miller’s childhood in the 1980’s. He is one scary and creepy individual and Ronnie Turner has done a spectacular job in making us feel this. He is manipulative and has obsessive tendencies that do not turn out well for his family and friends. Miller’s chapters are quite hard and harrowing to read but they are essential to the story. I think it’s the sign of a good author when their descriptions of a character can evoke so many emotions in the reader. We definitely get this from Miller.

As you are reading these chapters, you really are baffled at how they are all linked but when they do – WHAM! I had to read the last chapters again as I was completely duped but also amazed at what I had just read. Although there are some clues throughout the book, I didn’t realise just how things were going to turn out.

What a fantastic debut, I’m really excited to read more of what is to come from Ronnie as I loved this book.

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About the Author

Ronnie Turner

Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author.

Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast.

She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

Find her on:

Twitter: @Ronnie_ _Turner

Facebook: @RonnieTurnerAuthor

Instagram: @ronnieturner8702

Website: http://www.ronnieturner.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40169201-lies-between-us

#BlogTour ~ After He Died by Michael J Malone @michaelJmalone1 @OrendaBooks @AnneCater

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for After He Died by Michael Malone.

After He Died was published in eBook on 30th July 2018 by Orenda. The paperback will follow on 20th September 2018.

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You need to know who your husband really was…

When Paula Gadd’s husband of almost thirty years dies, just days away from the seventh anniversary of their son, Christopher’s death, her world falls apart. Grieving and bereft, she is stunned when a young woman approaches her at the funeral service, and slips something into her pocket. A note suggesting that Paula’s husband was not all that he seemed…

When the two women eventually meet, a series of revelations challenges everything Paula thought they knew, and it becomes immediately clear that both women’s lives are in very real danger.

Both a dark, twisty slice of domestic noir and taut, explosive psychological thriller, After He Died is also a chilling reminder that the people we trust the most can harbour the deadliest secrets…

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

This is actually my first book by the author and what a way to introduce yourself! Orenda, to me, are fast becoming a publisher to be reckoned with. They have a knack of picking authors and books that  once you pick, you have to keep reading until the last word has been uttered. Life as you know it stops and you will find any opportunity to keep reading.

After He Died was another fantastic example of a book that you have to read at all opportunities. The story starts with the funeral of Thomas Gadd and we follow this through the eyes of his widow Paula who he was married to for almost 30 years. His death sudden and unexpected and we immediately pick up on the grief and disbelief that Paula is experiencing. The situation is especially bad as the couple had lost their only child some years previously. I must admit that I wasn’t expecting the storyline to pick up the way it did and immediately we get the sense that things are not what they seem when Paula greets Cara, a guest at the funeral and is told that her husband….  ‘was not all that he seemed’.

Straight away your mind starts whirring and you try to second guess the story with ideas of that you think is going to happen! (suffice to say, that I didn’t quite hit the nail on the head and completely missed everything altogether!)

What quickly turns into grief, turns into anger for Paula as she tries to understand that kind of man she was married. How did she miss the signs? Is everything a lie?

The author expertly weaves a brilliant tale as we learn more from the chapters, experienced through Cara and Paula’s eyes. Cara is a social worker and I really warmed to her. Street smart and tough, she has had to be and has a lot in common with the grief stricken Paula (even though they appear to be like chalk and cheese), both having experienced horrible losses that they are still coming to terms with.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed the twists and turns that Michael Malone had in store for us.

I will definitely be catching up with her other books!

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About the Author

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Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, in Ayr. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings.

His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers.

Other published work includes: Carnegie’s Call (a non-fiction work about successful modern-day Scots); A Taste for Malice; The Guillotine Choice; Beyond the Rage and The Bad Samaritan. His psychological thriller, A Suitable Lie, was a number one bestseller on AU/UK ebook charts, and House of Spines soon followed suit.

Michael is a regular reviewer for the hugely popular crime fiction website http://www.crimesquad.com. A former Regional Sales Manager (Faber & Faber) he has also worked as an IFA and a bookseller.

Follow Michael on Twitter @michaelJmalone1