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Monday, 10 May 2021

Feature: PAPARAZZI by Jo Fenton

Today I'm delighted to welcome back a dear friend and fellow-scribe.  Jo Fenton and I started our writing careers at around the same time.  It's hard to believe that was more than eight years ago!


Jo's latest novel, Paparazzi, is published today.  It is the second in her Becky White thriller series, and I had the pleasure of working with her as editor of this amazing story.  Believe me, she's really excelled herself with this one.  Read on to find out more about it, and for news of an exciting giveaway!

Paparazzi

A stalker. A popstar’s family murdered. A terrified photographer. 

It’s thirty years since Becky White joined the police. Now, six months after leaving the force, she is suffering from PTSD, when an old friend turns up with a tempting offer. 

Following the creation of The White Knight Detective Agency, their first client is a press photographer – a member of the Paparazzi – a young woman with a mysterious and troublesome stalker.

But as the case develops, Becky and Joanna find themselves embroiled in murder. When they are unable to prevent further deaths, their investigation takes them down an unexpected path.

But can they trust their instinct? And will they identify the killer in time to save a child’s life?

Paparazzi, the second instalment in the bestselling Becky White Thriller series. takes you on a journey into the deceptive world of superstars – and those who follow them! 


Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08ZCK7S37/

US - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08ZCK7S37/

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire, UK. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled Science Can Be Fun. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much-loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Website www.jofenton137.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jl_fenton

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jofenton137/


Giveaway to win a signed copy of Revelation by Jo Fenton (the first in the Becky White thriller series)

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Huge thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.



Thursday, 6 May 2021

SECRET'S OUT - a guest post by Lizzie Chantree

Today I'm delighted to welcome a very special guest: my friend and fellow-author Lizzie Chantree, who is here to talk about her latest book.  

Welcome, Lizzie!  Please, tell us more!

 


Hi Sue, and thank you for inviting me onto your blog today. I’m thrilled to be sharing details about my latest book, which is called Shh… It’s Our Secret.

Shh… It’s Our Secret is about a very shy woman who is trying to find her voice. Violet has a secret that could change the lives of all of the café bar regulars where she works and effect the greater community around her. Feeling unappreciated by her boyfriend and the sister who raised her, Violet sets out to find inner strength, push her demons aside and show the world what she can really do. This sets off a chain of events that none of them could have predicted and Violets quiet life becomes a thing of the past.

This book is full of friendship, laughter and fun, as well as second chances at love. It is a romantic tale about pushing doubts aside and believing in ourselves, whatever the consequences.


 Shh… It’s Our Secret, by Lizzie Chantree

Violet has a secret that could change the lives of everyone she knows and loves, especially the regulars at the run-down café bar where she works. After losing her parents at a young age, they are the closest thing she has to a family and she feels responsible for them.

Kai is a jaded music producer who has just moved outside of town. Seeking solitude from the stress of his job, he’s looking for seclusion. The only problem is he can’t seem to escape the band members and songwriters who keep showing up at his house.

When Kai wanders into the bar and Violet’s life, he accidently discovers her closely guarded secret. Can Kai help her rediscover her self-confidence or should some secrets remain undiscovered?



International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a popular networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree.

 

Short bio:

 

International bestselling author Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, about women with unusual businesses, who are stronger than they realise.

 

Book links: Lizzie Chantree.

Universal book buy link: The little ice cream shop: viewbook.at/IceCreamShopByTheSea

 

Universal book buy link: Networking for writers: viewbook.at/NetworkingForWriters

Universal book buy link: If you love me, I’m yours: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

Universal book buy link: Ninja School Mum: viewBook.at/NinjaSchoolMum

Universal book buy link: Babe Driven: viewbook.at/BabeDriven

Universal book buy link: Love’s Child: viewBook.at/Amazon-LovesChild

Universal book buy link: Finding Gina: viewbook.at/FindingGina

Universal link: Shh… It’s Our Secret: mybook.to/ItsOurSecret

 

Social media links:

Website: www.lizziechantree.com

Author page: https://www.viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree

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

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Book Review: THE LEGACY by Alison Knight


The Legacy is a spin-off story from Alison Knight’s previous novel Mine, which was first published in November 2020.  Both novels are set in and around London in 1969. The Legacy can be read as a stand-alone story, but it does refer to a significant event in Mine, so if you are also planning to read Mine I recommend that you do that first if you want to avoid spoilers.  In fact, I recommend that you read it anyway – it is an amazing and very moving story.  You can find out more about it here.

The Legacy opens with a scene which also occurs in Mine: a wealthy elderly lady, aware that she does not have long to live, summons a solicitor to her deathbed and issues instructions to change her will.  Her only living relative is her lazy and profligate nephew, James, who had been relying on inheriting his aunt’s money in order to settle his many debts.  But under the terms of her new will she bequeaths him £5,000 (around £70,000 in today’s money) – not by any means a trivial amount, but nowhere near enough to cover everything he owes.  The rest of her estate (money, property, valuables and investments) is left to her god-daughter Charlotte.  Unaware of his aunt’s last-minute change of mind, James quits his dead-end job as soon as he hears of her death – and is horrified to learn that he is to receive only a small proportion of her estate rather than the huge fortune he had been expecting.   

Charlotte, who has always earned her own living and is used to a modest lifestyle, is totally unprepared for the sudden acquisition of a life-changing amount of money, and soon begins to wonder if it is changing her life in a way she hadn't anticipated or even wanted.  Meanwhile, James turns to increasingly desperate measures in his attempts to shake off his many creditors and to get his hands on the money which he still believes is rightly his.

The Legacy is perfectly crafted and beautifully written, with a fast pace, an intriguing plot, and a shocking twist which took me completely by surprise.  It is a wonderful cautionary tale about the perils of living beyond one’s means, of relying on expectations rather than making one’s own way in the world, and of counting one’s chickens before they hatch.  Highly recommended.


The Legacy

An unexpected inheritance.  A web of deceit.  A desperate escape.

London, 1969.

James has his dreams of an easy life shattered when his aunt disinherits him, leaving her fortune to her god-daughter, Charlotte.  He turns to his friend, Percy, to help him reclaim his inheritance - and to pay off his creditors.  But when their plans backfire, James becomes the pawn of Percy and his criminal associates.

Charlotte is stunned when she is told of her windfall.  After an attempt at cheating her out of her inheritance fails, James tries to intimidate her.  But she is stronger than he thinks, having secrets of her own to guard, and sends him away with a bloody nose and no choice but to retreat for now.

Resigned, James and his spoiled pampered girlfriend Fliss (Percy's sister) travel across France on a misison that promises to free James from the criminals for good.  But James isn't convinced he can trust Fliss, so makes his own plans to start a new life.

Will James be able to get away, or will his past catch up with him?  Will Charlotte's secrets turn the legacy into a curse?

Purchase link: mybook.to/legacy 



Alison Knight has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. She has travelled the world – from spending a year as an exchange student in the US in the 1970s and trekking the Great Wall of China to celebrate her fortieth year and lots of other interesting places in between.

In her mid-forties Alison went to university part-time and gained a first-class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University, both while still working full-time. Her first book was published a year after she completed her master’s degree.

The Legacy is a drama set in 1960s London. Like her previous book, Mine, it explores themes of class, ambition and sexual politics, showing how ordinary people can make choices that lead them into extraordinary situations.

Alison teaches creative and life-writing, runs workshops and retreats with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops (www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk) as well as working as a freelance editor. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

She lives in Somerset, within sight of Glastonbury Tor.

 

Social Media Links –

www.facebook.com/alison.knight.942

https://twitter.com/Alison_Knight59  

www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk

www.darkstroke.com/dark-stroke/alison-knight/


Huge thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.