#BlogTour ~ It Was Her by Mark Hill @markhillwriter @millieseaward @LittleBrownUK

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for It Was Her by Mark Hill.

It Was Her was published on 17th May 2018 by Sphere.

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Twenty years ago, Tatia was adopted into a well-off home where she seemed happy, settled. Then the youngest boy in the family dies in an accident, and she gets the blame.

Did she do it?

Tatia is cast out, away from her remaining adopted siblings Joel and Sarah. Now she yearns for a home to call her own. So when she see families going on holiday, leaving their beautiful homes empty, there seems no harm in living their lives while they are gone. But somehow, people keep ending up dead.

Did she kill them?

As bodies start to appear in supposedly safe neighbourhoods, DI Ray Drake and DS Flick Crowley race to find the thinnest of links between the victims. But Drake’s secret past is threatening to destroy everything.

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A big thank you to Millie Seaward at Sphere for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

I found this to be an enjoyable and fast paced pyschological thriller which is just what I was in the mood for reading! I hadn’t read the first book in this series but enough was explained and just made me want to read that one now!

The story is cleverly written and we follow events that had happened to a young adopted girl called Sarah and the accidental death of her adopted brother Will. As the story progresses we learn more and more about what really happens through different characters eyes.

In the present day, DI Ray Drake and DS Flick Crowley are investigating home invasions turned murderous rampages whilst also dealing with the ramnifications of the previous book. I really enjoyed reading about the partnership – although strained, they work well together to try and figure out what the link is between the murders.

Mark Hill writes at a great pace and keeps you fully submerged in the plot with his writing style. He throws in the odd twist that keeps you guessing and makes you question what you suspect is happening – I don’t think I guessed too much! I really enjoyed that there are a few storylines running alongsde each other – they are just as good as the main plot.

I loved the ending although it’s made me absolutely desperate to read the next in the series!

 

About the Author

 

Mark Hill

Mark Hill is a London-based full-time writer of novels and scripts. Formerly he was a journalist and a producer at BBC Radio 2 across a range of major daytime shows and projects.

He has won two Sony Gold Awards.

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#BlogTour #Extract ~ One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

A big welcome to my top on the blog tour for One Summer in Italy by Sue Moorcroft.

One Summer in Italy was published on 17th May 2018 by Avon Books.

One Summer in Italy by [Moorcroft, Sue]

When Sofia Bianchi’s father Aldo dies, it makes her stop and look at things afresh. Having been his carer for so many years, she knows it’s time for her to live her own life – and to fulfil some promises she made to Aldo in his final days.

So there’s nothing for it but to escape to Italy’s Umbrian mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian village, lie plenty of family secrets waiting to be discovered. There, Sofia also finds Amy who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering her dad isn’t her biological father.

Sofia sets about helping Amy through this difficult time, but it’s the handsome Levi who proves to be the biggest distraction for Sofia, as her new life starts to take off…

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A big thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for asking me to participate on the blog tour – Sue Moorcroft’s books are always a big treat and I’m lucky enough to share an extract!

 

The ground fell away from the hotel at the back too, and he paused to drink in the view over the shrubs and lavender of the gardens below the terrace where the valley steepened. Large tracts of the slopes were darkly clothed with trees below the hazy purple peaks, some with other
towns on the summit. He itched to get out the watercolour paints that had provided his major means of relaxation since his school days. Instead, conscious of his rumbling stomach, he returned to the cool indoors to take a shower and make his way downstairs to seek refreshment.

Half an hour later he was seated beneath the shade of one of Il Giardino’s off-white parasols. He had no trouble finding a vacant table. It was now three o’clock so perhaps many tourists had lunched already. Both waitresses were still working and the dark one appeared before him, producing her pad and pen from her apron pocket.

‘Buon giorno,’ she greeted him brightly. ‘Would you like to order?’ Her eyes were brown and her skin golden. If he hadn’t heard her speaking English he would have taken her for Italian.

‘Buon giorno.’ He ordered a large beer and an arancino rice ball stuffed with ragù.

‘Coming right up.’ She returned in a couple of minutes bearing a tall glass of pale beer and deposited it on the table. ‘Your arancino will be ready shortly.’ She shot a swift glance around and then lowered her voice. ‘Thanks for your help earlier. It made things a lot easier.’

‘It felt like the right thing to do.’ He took a long, satisfying draught of his beer, the chill liquid cutting through any remaining journey dust in his throat. As she’d raised the subject he asked, ‘Is the other waitress OK?’

Well this has made me feel slightly hungry and exciting about reading this beautiful story!

To follow the rest of the blog tour….

Sue Moorcroft

 

About the Author

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Award-winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. She’s won a Readers’ Best Romantic Read Award and been nominated for others, including a ‘RoNA’ (Romantic Novel Award). Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.

She also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.

The daughter of two soldiers, Sue was born in Germany and went on to spend much of her childhood in Malta and Cyprus. She likes reading, Zumba, FitStep, yoga, and watching Formula 1.

 

#BlogTour #Extract ~ The TV Detective by Simon Hall @SimonHallNews @FahrenheitPress @damppebbles #TheTVDetective

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The TV Detective by Simon Hall.

The TV Detective was published by Fahrenheit Press.

The TV Detective cover

Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it.

Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.

With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.

As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realise that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.

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Thank you to Emma at Fahrenheit Press for inviting me to participate on the blog tour and for kindly arranging for me to share an extract with you today.

If I had more time in the day, I would have read the book but I will at some point in the future as I think it sounds absolutely brilliant!

‘The pack was already there. A dozen of them, clustered around a woman. They were hunched up in their coats, some sheltering beneath umbrellas, all taking notes. Dan recognized a few. Reporters from local papers, news agencies, websites and radio stations, photographers too.

Everyone knew. Everyone had been tipped off.

Everyone except him.

Dan swore to himself, pulled on a coat and jogged over. Rain splashed up his trousers and into his shoes.

The woman was short and squat, wearing a long mac which almost reached the ground. All the hacks were listening intently.

‘…so, we’re searching the lay by now. Then we’ll start going through everyone who might have had a reason to want him harmed.’

‘That’s a hell of a list,’ an older man grunted, prompting nods of agreement.

‘When do we get the snaps and quotes?’ one of the photographers asked.

‘When Chief Inspector Breen gets here. He won’t be long.’

Dan just had time to glimpse the other reporters’ notebooks. The pages were filled with writing. He’d only managed a title.

Layby murder

He looked around to see if he knew any of the other hacks. One woman was vaguely familiar.

‘Hello there,’ Dan said, above the noise of the rain. ‘It’s Kate, from the Daily Press isn’t it?’

‘Karen, from the Weekly News.’

‘Sorry, yes, of course. So, what did she say? The detective?’

‘Sorry, I can’t talk at the mo. Got to file some copy.’

Dan looked around for someone else to ask, anyone else. But the pack had gone back to their cars to shelter from the rain. He swore again and jogged back to his own car.

The time was coming up to nine. The late news was on air at half past ten. And so far, Dan had no facts and no pictures. Great.

A thumping on the window startled him. The flattened distortion of a chubby, beaming face pressed up against the glass. The door yanked open and a soaking figure tumbled onto the passenger seat.

Ellis Hughes liked his dramatic entrances. The photographer was renowned in the local media as Dirty El, a nickname he had worked hard to win.

Evening, Dan mate. Surprised to see you here. Is there some angle about the local wildlife being frightened off by the shooting?’

‘Not exactly. As of tonight, this is my bag. I’m on crime now.’

‘Yip, yip, yahoo!’ El reached out a dripping hand and shook Dan’s. ‘Welcome to the foul world of filth. Come on in, the dirt’s a delight. You’ll love it. Great to have you along.’

They’d been drinking buddies for years, El living just half a mile from Dan, but they never met on stories. The photographer wasn’t interested in the pretty animal and countryside tales that were Dan’s staple. The snaps that sold were the shockers, so where there was scandal there was El.

Which could now be very useful indeed.

‘What do you know about what’s happened?’ Dan asked.

El’s chipmunk face looked puzzled. ‘Didn’t you get that briefing?’

‘I got here too late.’

‘Didn’t you get a tip off?’

‘No,’ said Dan. ‘I didn’t get a tip off. I didn’t get a briefing. I didn’t get anything. Apart from maybe a cold, given the weather.’

‘So you don’t know zip? Yikes.’ El grabbed one of Dan’s scarves from the back seat and started drying himself off. ‘You got to get up to speed, mate. You’re so way behind you’re not even off the starting blocks. You’re trying to race Formula One in a Robin Reliant.’

Dan freed the scarf from El’s grip. It was his favourite. ‘So, what’s happened?’

‘It’s Bray, Dan mate. Big bad Edward Bray, the bastard businessman. He’s got his comeuppance. Someone’s potted him. Boom, boom, bye bye! It’s a corker of a story. Everyone’s gonna want the piccies. El’s bread’s in oven and it’s baking hot.’

The photographer’s eyes flicked to the darkness of the night, and he reached for the door. ‘Come on, let’s quickstep. I spy the big boss cop man coming.’

To follow the rest of the blog tour…..

TV Detective

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About the Author

Simon Hall

Simon Hall is an author and journalist.

He has been a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television and Radio News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

His books – the tvdetective series – are about a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. Seven have been published.

Simon has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime.

Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, on cruise ships and overseas.

Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.

Now 49 years old, he began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge.

Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.

Simon lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication.

As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – cycling the countryside, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets and studying pop lyrics.

For more on Simon, see his website – www.thetvdetective.com

Simon’s Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimonHallNews

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Simon-Hall/e/B0034Q7NPC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1523989492&sr=1-1

Website: www.thetvdetective.com