#FridayBookShare ~ In The Blue Hour ~ A Novel by Elizabeth Hall @ShelleyWison72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share game to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72) 

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover of the book.)

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

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First line of the book.

The night waited. She could hear the flakes of snow as they pillowed on the ground, heard the hoot of an owl, hidden in the brush of the pines.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Elise Brooks dreams of a car accident on an icy road. Weeks later, her beloved husband, Michael, is killed in just such a crash. Now, overcome with grief and uncertainty, Elise believes his spirit may be following her in the form of a raven, trying to tell her something from beyond the grave.

Desperate to understand the signs, Elise embraces both the Native American wisdom she grew up with and the world of psychics and seers. So when a tarot-card reader suggests she take a journey to the mysterious address found in Michael’s old jacket, she embarks on a cross-country trek to follow the clues.

Accompanied by Tom Dugan, an engineer and scientist who does not believe in psychics, mediums, or the hoodoo “conjure woman” they encounter on the road, Elise navigates the rituals and omens of the spirit world in an attempt to unravel the mystery of her husband’s message.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Elise ~ confused, sad and on a mission.

Delightful design (add the cover of the book.)

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Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Anyone who likes a novel with vivid imagery, Native American folklore and mysticism. 

Your favourite line/scene.

Then the car dipped and curved slowly to the canyon below. Clouds moved to block her view, but Elise could hear the sound of the vehicle crashing against rocks and trees, metal screeching and crunching in the freezing night. She heard the branches of trees snapping and breaking, the pounding of rock and earth disturbed by the heavy impact. The car settled somewhere near the river, snaking it’s way through the trees at the bottom of the canyon. She heard the sound of the engine, ticking like a heartbeat. She heard the hiss of steam from the smashed radiator. The river murmured, its song soft and muffled by snow and ice. She heard the flap of a bird’s wings, swooping up out of the canyon, and watched as the black bird flew off into the night.

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Book links ~ Amazon UK | US

Spotlight, Q&A by #Author @RachelAmphlett #ScaredtoDeath Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on Rachel’s blog tour for her new crime thriller Scared To Death.

Tell us a little about yourself, Rachel, what you do when not writing. 

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia after emigrating here 11 years ago from the UK. Prior to emigrating, I played guitar in bands, helped run a pub, and worked in local radio as a freelance producer and broadcast assistant. To date, I’ve written eight books with Scared to Death being the latest.

If I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing or sorting out the business and marketing side of the writing in between my part-time job! Continue reading

#Alnwick ~ a #Castle with a Twist #Photography

We were unable to get inside the castle as it was closed for refurbishment, so this photograph from Pixabay shows the scope of the building. I had never seen a castle complete with figures on the turrets before.

This is also a stately home, and has been the seat of the Dukes of Northumberland since the 14th century. The castle has been used as a location in many TV series and movies, including Harry Potter, Downton Abbey Christmas Specials, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Photo sourced on Pixabay

Photo sourced on Pixabay

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Angel by LJ Ross (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 4) #TuesdayBookBlog #Crime #Thriller @LJRoss_author

  • 31131524Author: LJ Ross
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • five-stars

He’ll make you his angel, but first you have to die…

After a turbulent time, DCI Ryan’s life is finally beginning to return to normal and he’s looking forward to spending an uneventful Easter bank holiday weekend with his fiancée. 

A prologue set in 1990 opens the story. A girl is making a bid for freedom and a better future, through a bathroom window sealed with paint which she had been working to loosen for weeks. She needed to cross the roof to the guttering and climb down a drain pipe, but falls to her death before she can reach the ground. Who is she and what connection could she have with events so many years later? Continue reading

Rosie and Friends: Positively Different by Helen Hipp #GuestPost #Giveaway @bookreviewgal @hchipp

Welcome to the book tour for this lovely children’s book. 

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Rosie and Friends is Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.

rosie-and-friends-positively-different-book-cover-photoRosie the Pink Hippo asks readers “What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves” in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children’s book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.

The book was published in August 2016 by Different Kind of Safari, LLC

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#BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh #Children’s Picture Book @BookPubServices @CorineD2

  • 51hfuic6solAuthor and Illustrator: Corine Dehghanpisheh
  • Published: September 2016 by My Art to Inspire
  • Category: Children’s Picture Book
  • five-stars

A curious toddler loves to play…especially with his mommy’s smartphone! When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment. Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention. Her simple reminder: Put down our phones.

This is a lovely book and perfect for adults and children to read together. The rhyming text is easy for children to follow and the bright and colourful illustrations are fun and engaging. Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Abandon by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 #Thriller @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Guest Post by Helene Leuschel ~ #author of Manipulated Lives @HALeuschel ~ What is a Mind?

I’m delighted to welcome Helene to the blog today with a very interesting question – what is a mind and how can it create fictional characters? Over to you, Helene….

The answer to the first part of the question may seem obvious to some, a tricky and complicated puzzle for others or a question best solved by a belief in a soul which somehow separates the mind from the body. 

What all may agree on though is the idea that the mind is what enables us to be conscious of the world we live in and to experience it through feelings and emotions, thoughts which lead us to develop a story of our lives. We think about ourselves within a context, certain personality traits and as a person with a past, present and a future.  Continue reading

The Lady Anne (Above All Others Book 2) #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog #Historical Fiction @TudorTweep

  • 51tttgqmh1lAuthor: G Lawrence
  • Kindle Edition
  • Historical/Fiction
  • five-stars

1522, England. 

Anne Boleyn has lived an adventurous youth in the glittering courts of Europe, now, promised in marriage to a man she knows nothing of, Anne has been called home by her ambitious father.

As with the first book, this one also opens with Anne in the Tower of London awaiting her fate, lost in reminiscences. She recalls arriving in England after her years in France, unhappy and homesick to leave the country and people she loves. And all because her father wants to marry her off to acquire the estates and titles he thinks should rightly belong to his family. Continue reading