Category: Blog Tour

Blog Tour: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two by Audrey Davis!  This is the second in a three part novella series about a ghost that can’t or won’t keep away from his wife. I will be sharing my review today. This is an entertaining series that I can’t wait to find out how it ends!

In case you want to know about Part One before you learn about Part Two, my review for Part One is here.

Novella Description:

The story continues … 

Hattie is used to her deceased husband Gary dropping in and out of her life. His timing might not always be great, but at least he’s still around. Although – when Hattie tentatively tries a spot of dating – his interference isn’t entirely welcome.

Best friend Cat is lapping up her new relationship with teacher Jamie, but ex-husband Stewart isn’t prepared to fade into the background.

Hattie’s mother Rachel faces a daunting battle, one she doesn’t want to burden family and friends with. But there’s someone waiting in the wings who might be more than a shoulder to cry on.

Gary still doesn’t know what his mission on earth is, and spirit guide Clarence isn’t offering any clues? Will an encounter with another provide him with answers, or put Hattie in an impossible situation?

Prepare for more laughs and tears in the second installment of a trilogy which takes a darkly comic look at life … and the afterlife.

***Warning: Cliffhanger Ending***


The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two
Author: Audrey Davis
Published: Today, March 21, 2018
95 pages in Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 12-18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

I enjoyed The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One and was given the opportunity to be on the blog tour for Part Two. I could not wait to see where the story went next, so of course I said yes!

Part Two picks up where Part One left off which was a cliff hanger.  Hattie is trying to move on but Gary just keeps showing up! Gary has helped Hattie in both positive and negative ways.  He’s the ghost that just can’t or won’t stay away. Gary doesn’t know why he hasn’t moved on and what his purpose is, but he might be getting closer. These novellas will leave you laughing, but be prepared as they end with cliffhangers and leave you wanting the next novella now. Bring on Part Three!!

The lightheartedness is counterbalanced with some serious situations. I hope they have satisfying conclusions and I wonder what Hattie will do next.  When the description warns you that it ends in a cliffhanger, be prepared: You will want the third and final part now!

I have enjoyed these first two novellas and look forward to the third and final part. I am attached to all the characters and really care and want to know what will happen next. I can’t wait to see how Davis winds down this story!

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two is recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, less farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …

Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.

It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in May/June. After which she might have a wee lie down …

Contact Audrey:
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Twitter @audbyname

Check out the whole tour: Coming to a blog near you!

Blog Tour: Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl

Today I am on the blog tour for Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom. I will be sharing my review. The publication date for Diary was May 16, 2017. This is a novel every woman should read!

Book Description:

Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.

This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.

The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.

Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.


Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl: The Complete, Full-length Novel: For anyone who’s ever been on a diet (yes – all of us!)
Author:  Bernice Bloom
Published: May 16, 2017
206 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 8-11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is for every woman who has ever been on a diet, tried to be on a diet, has thought about I going on a diet…. Yes, this novel is for every woman out there! She is where Bridget Jones missed the mark: At 130-140 pounds Bridget is NOT actually fat!  That’s the one thing I did not like about those novels.  Mary actually is very obese.  She is also ‘every woman’ out there, relatable and realistic with her imperfections and insecurities that we all have. You can’t help but like Mary!

This novel will make you laugh out loud, and then it has its serious moments. It begins with Mary’s journey to ’fat club’ and takes off from there.  She meets several people who become friends and of course the possible love interest.    There are hilarious events that happen throughout this novel.  You wonder what ‘trouble’ Mary will get into next.

Things take a serious tone towards the end as we find out the events that trigger Mary and what her reasons are for overeating.  Mary went through something that no woman should go through.

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is one I really enjoyed and look forward to more from Bernice Bloom.

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl is highly recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


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About the Author:

Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!

Contact Bernice:
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Twitter @Bernice1Bloom
Instagram bernicebloomwriter

 

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Blog Tour: The Sandman

Today I am on the blog tour for The Sandman by Lars Kepler. The publication date for The Sandman was yesterday, March 6th. I will be sharing an Q&A and having a giveaway courtesy of the publisher, Knopf.  **A special thank you to them for being generous enough to provide a copy!

Book Description:

The #1 internationally best-selling thriller from the author of The Hypnotist tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Late one night, outside Stockholm, Mikael Kohler-Frost is found wandering. Thirteen years earlier, he went missing along with his younger sister. They were long thought to have been victims of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, Jurek Walter, now serving a life sentence in a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Now Mikael tells the police that his sister is still alive and being held by someone he knows only as the Sandman. Years ago, Detective Inspector Joona Linna made an excruciating personal sacrifice to ensure Jurek’s capture. He is keenly aware of what this killer is capable of, and now he is certain that Jurek has an accomplice. He knows that any chance of rescuing Mikael’s sister depends on getting Jurek to talk, and that the only agent capable of this is Inspector Saga Bauer, a twenty-seven-year-old prodigy. She will have to go under deep cover in the psychiatric ward where Jurek is imprisoned, and she will have to find a way to get to the psychopath before it’s too late–and before he gets inside her head.

Buy The Sandman Now!
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Lars Kepler answers some questions:

How did you decide to write together?   

Alexandra: “For eight years we lived in 23 square metres.”

Alexander: “… And we wrote at home,”

Alexandra: “And then we lived in 46 square metres when our first two daughters were born within a year of each other,”

Alexander: “… And we wrote at home,”

Alexandra: “We bought a double bed that could be folded down from the wall in the living room,”

Alexander: “… And we wrote in the hall. We cook together, we refurbished our home together, we take care of the children together.”

Alexandra: “We were always the first to read each other’s writings, but never until the manuscript was actually ready, there was no other way.”

Alexander: “Fundamentally it’s very lonely being a writer. You can’t let anyone else into what you are doing until it is finished, otherwise you risk dispersing the magic.”

Alexandra: “But we just couldn’t accept that isolation of writing.”

 

Why did you become Lars Kepler?

Alexandra: “In 2008 it so happened that we both finished our writing projects at the same time. We decided instead to write something together. We worked on a children’s book but quickly found that it did not work, it was quite impossible for us to agree on anything.”

Alexander: “We just couldn’t get our styles into harmony. Our individual literary voices were too defined. We decided to write a play instead. I had written a great deal of drama, and Alexandra had been an actress for a long period of time. It ought not be too difficult, they thought, but in this they were much mistaken. The collaboration was a disaster. We argued about every possible detail.”

Alexandra: “It’s odd when one respects someone’s writing so much, and yet finds there is no way of collaborating.”

Alexander: “Not being the sort of people who give up easily, we tried again, but give up our individual authorial voices. Together we invented a third author, one who was neither Alexander nor Alexandra, but a person in his own right. Lars Kepler was born.”

 

Why the name “Lars Kepler” ?

Alexandra: “The name Kepler comes from the German scientist Johannes Kepler, who solved one of his time’s greatest mysteries: it was his calculations of the planets’ orbits that paved the way for Newton’s theses about gravity.

Lars is a homage to the Swedish crime fiction author Stieg Larsson as he inspired us to start writing crime fiction. He breathed new life into the Swedish crime writing tradition in a way that sparked our own creativity.”

Lars Kepler was provided with a life story of his own: he had once been a teacher at upper secondary level, who had become a lonely, retiring person after a personal tragedy he did not wish to talk about. Now he works nights at a homeless hostel and writes in the daytime – crime novels.”

Alexander: “We have always loved thrillers, we grew up in the 70’s with Sjöwall & Wahlöö’s ground-breaking police novels.”

Alexandra: “Suddenly we had broken down the wall of loneliness experienced by almost all authors.”

Alexander: “It was so fantastic writing together, almost as if we had fallen in love again.”

 

So the key to your creativity was Lars Kepler. What happened after your identity was revealed?

Alexander: We were worried that they would not be able to write together again. We believed that anonymity, protected by the name of Lars Kepler, was a necessary safeguard of the collaboration.”

Alexandra: “We need not have worried. The obstacles had already been torn down. As long as the writer was Lars Kepler, our creativity kept flowing.”

Alexander: “We have come around to thinking that being uncovered was actually good. Our biggest advantage is that we can meet their readers.”

Alexandra: “We can travel about, meet journalists and readers, and take part in book fairs and festivals.”

 

Many authors who write together split the work into dialogue and prose, or write certain characters. How do you two work together? 

Alexandra: “We share everything, from the first idea to the last line. When we finish a book there is not a single sentence in it that we have written alone.”

Alexander: “And we do all our research together, we visit prisons, we read forensic or post-mortem reports, and we talk to doctors and police officers.”

Alexandra: “We act out fighting scenes together and we go to the shooting range together. Authenticity means everything to us.”

Lars Kepler is touring the US. Look to see if they are coming near you

***Giveaway***

Many thanks again to the Knopf for having a giveaway. If you are interested, you can win a copy of The Sandman. **This will be for US only per the publisher’s request.**  The winner will win a hardback copy of The Sandman. Giveaway runs until Saturday the 10th at midnight Eastern.
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About the Authors:

Lars Kepler is the pseudonym of critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril (b. 1966) and Alexander Ahndoril (b. 1967), authors of the internationally bestselling Joona Linna and Saga Bauer series. With six installments to date, the series has sold ten million copies in 40 languages.

The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler, and have each published several acclaimed novels.

Alexander and Alexandra married in 1994 and have three daughters together. They live in central Stockholm.


ALEXANDRA COELHO AHNDORIL

Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril was born in 1966, and grew up on the south coast of Sweden. In the early 90s, Alexandra moved to Stockholm to pursue a career in acting though she eventually became an author.

In 2003, she published her critically acclaimed debut novel Stjärneborg (Stjerneborg) about the life of astronomer Tycho Brahe which received the Katapult Prize, Birgitta och Katarina (Birgitta and Katarina, 2006) about the life of Saint Birgitta of Sweden, and Mäster (2009), about the radical socialist August Palm.

In addition to her work as an author, Alexandra has also been a literary critic for two of Sweden’s largest newspapers, Göteborgs-Posten and Dagens Nyheter.

ALEXANDER AHNDORIL

Alexander was born in 1967 and grew up twelve miles north of Stockholm. Alexander studied philosophy, religion, and film at university. His first novel was picked up when he was nineteen.

Before he began writing as Lars Kepler, he had already penned twenty theatre plays, one opera libretto, nine novels including Regissören (The Director, 2006) a novel about Ingmar Bergman. Regissören was nominated for several awards, including the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and has been translated into 11 languages.

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