#BlogTour ~ Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood @GreenwoodRoss @CarolineBookBit

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood.

Shadows of Regret is published in eBook on 20 January 2019.

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Katie committed a terrible crime. Sixteen years was the price she had to pay.

Once released from prison, she finds the world has changed. Her chances appear bleak, but Katie is a survivor.

Isolated and alone, she struggles to make sense of her new life. Starting again isn’t easy, especially after what she’s done.

Despite not feeling free or safe, Katie overcomes her fears and confronts the future. But history won’t remain forgotten.

Gradually, memories of the past are revealed. When Katie finally exposes the awful truth and sees there are others who share the blame, she must choose her path.

Will she seek redemption, or will she take revenge?

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Thank you to Caroline Vincent and the publisher and the author for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

To me, I think Shadows of Regret was a wonderful insight into how much a human can take before they question what is right and what is wrong and what action they decide to take when these become blurred.

Katie is a wonderful and raw character that I was rooting for from the start. As the chapters are cleverly written, we dip into aspects of her life as a young child and her experiences growing up, firstly with her aunt and uncle, following the death of her parents and then eventually a variety of foster parents. Although the author could have gone down a different route with her experiences (I’m glad he didn’t), he shows that not all foster children grow up unwanted and I really respected him for this.

The chapters following her childhood were an incredibly interesting insight into her life before she ultimately is jailed for a crime that we don’t really find out again until much later in the story. These were written so well, I was beginning to wonder how she would end up in jail, although eventually we do eventually come to realise what started her down this track and would shape her life. The more I read, I could feel myself tensing up without even realising.

As she is released from prison, we follow her as she tries to make her way in the world again. Things have definitely changed, as has Katie. She is no longer the young girl she was when she entered prison. Prison life has hardened her but also given her a steely determination that shows as she spends longer adapting to her new found freedom.

The author has done a very clever thing in that he doesn’t reveal what crime Katie as committed so the more you read, the more you get to know her, the more you want her to succeed and not be another re-offender statistic.

I was thoroughly gripped during the story and can’t wait to read more from Ross Greenwood.

Highly recommended.

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About the Author

Ross Greenwood

I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.

Fifty Years of Fear book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, i randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.

I’ve now written five further books. My second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by a publisher, and Lazy Blood is also out. All my books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour. Reading the reviews has been great.

The first three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap.

Abel’s Revenge is something a bit different. It’s a modern day love story set against the backdrop of an escalating serial killer. There’s a whodunnit element to it, and some smiles along the way.

Shadows of Regret was inspired by my time on the women’s side of the jail in Peterborough, and analyses the close relationship between victim and villain. You won’t have read a book like it.

I hope you enjoy reading them.

Please feel free to get in touch.

https://www.facebook.com/RossGreenwoodAuthor/

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#BlogTour ~ Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts @LisaCuttsAuthor @SimonSchusterUK @BeckyMcCarthy_

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lost Lives by Lisa Cutts.

Lost Lives was published in eBook on 15 November 2018 with the paperback following on 10 January 2019, by Simon and Schuster.

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SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER LIFE
 
When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined . . .
 
SHE TRUSTED THEM WITH HER DAUGHTER
 
DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.
 
SHE WAS WRONG
 
As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?

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A big thank you to Becky McCarthy and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me onto the blog tour!

This is the first book I have read by Lisa Cutts and WOW – what an introduction. Fantastic and authentic. Although this is the third in the series featuring Harry Powell, I didn’t feel like I was struggling to keep up with any of the back story (although I am going to have to go back and read the first two books!) I became so invested in the characters that I’d hate to not hear from them again!

DI Harry Powell is what you must simply strive to be when you join the police force.. Fair, strong and with enough empathy towards the people that deserve it but drive to punish those that deserve it.

Lost Lives is a highly charged read that stays with you long after you have finished and made me stay up long after my bedtime to finish it. People trafficking is going on all around us in the world and to read about it in this kind of detail breaks your heart. The author has clearly done extensive research and it shows through the often graphic chapters as we read about the conditions that they are forced to live in. Lisa Cutts manages to cut right through the heart of it and provides us with a hard hitting story that involves two young, scared and vulnerable Hungarian women, like countless others, who have been promised a better life. Nothing is sugar coated as you follow them trying to escape their horrible lives.

Although a harrowing book to read at times, it opened my eyes to a different world and I felt emotionally spent when I had turned the last page. I really cannot wait to read more from her.

Highly recommended.

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About the Author

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Lisa Cutts is the author of two police procedural novels, based on her nineteen years of policing experience. She works as a detective constable for Kent Police and has spent ten years in the Serious Crime Directorate dealing mostly with murders and other serious investigations.

She has been on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book with Mariella Frostrup, part of First Fictions festival at West Dean college, Chichester, on the inaugural panel at Brighton’s Dark and Stormy festival and the Chiswick Book Festival 2015.

Her debut novel, Never Forget, won the 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best thriller.

#BlogTour ~ Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone @WriterRachael @DomePress

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone.

Puzzle Girl was originally released in eBook on 2 August 2017 with the new paperback released on 10 January 2019.

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Love is a riddle waiting to be solved…

Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything. When she finds herself stuck in a doctors surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious puzzle-man behind it.

Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin.

Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?

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A big thank you to Emily at Dome Press for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

Puzzle Girl was an absolute joy to read and I loved every page! When Cassy Brookes is dumped by her long-term boyfriend, minutes before an important business dinner (by text to add insult!), little does she know that her life will change completely. Not necessarily for the better but a change all the same! As events spiral against her, she finds herself injured one morning and at a doctor’s surgery feeling a bit sorry for herself. To keep herself occupied, she picks up a puzzle book and this is where her adventure begins!

As she and the ‘Puzzle Man’ exchange puzzles and cryptic clues, she is determined to track him down. How she does this is the real fun story here. Her elaborate schemes to discover who he really is are funny and hilarious and made me laugh loudly on several occasions on the bus to work…!

Cassy is a funny character, she is slightly over the top and does become blinkered quite often and not really picking up on things that are going on around her. That said, she is funny to read about and you do really want to see her getting her happily every after.

Rachael Featherstone has written a brilliant and witty take on the life of a twenty something and I loved delving into the crazy and often chaotic world of Cassy and her friends. I’m really looking forward to her next book!

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About the Author

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Rachael Featherstone was born and raised in Woodford. After reading Mathematics at New College, Oxford university, Rachael went to work in research.

When Rachael’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, Rachael decided to take a chance, quit her job, and fulfil a life time ambition to write a novel.

She went back to university and completed a Masters in English Literature and had several short stories published.

Rachael now lives in Hampshire with her Husband, Tim.

Puzzle Girl is Rachael’s debut novel.