#Extract from Mine by @Alison_Knight59 ‘What’s Mine I Keep’ @rararesources Contemporary #CrimeFiction

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mine, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

Today I have an extract from the book…the beginning of Chapter Three, where we first meet Lily’s boss, Leonard. He’s a respectable, married man, yet he’s been attracted to Lily since the moment he saw her. 

On Monday morning, Leonard Warwick was sitting at his desk at the offices of Alder & Powney, Solicitors, waiting for Lily Wickham to arrive. He planned it that way, telling his wife that he needed to be in early to finish up some urgent work before the partners’ meeting. Daphne had complained that she didn’t have time to make his sandwiches, and why hadn’t he said anything last night? He shrugged off her complaints, kissed the children and departed before she could get a loaf out of the bread bin. 

He enjoyed a rush of excitement when he reached the station in time to catch the early train, but was disappointed to discover Lily had yet to arrive at the office. 

Leonard had spent the weekend trying to act normally, when in reality he felt as though his whole world was spinning on a different axis from the rest of the population. Had he imagined the brief but intense look they’d shared on Friday?  

All he could think about was Lily. Beautiful, fragrant Lily. Just the thought of her made him feel quite giddy. 

The building was quiet when he arrived. The old cage elevator groaned and squawked as it slowly carried Leonard up to the fourth-floor offices of Alder & Powney. He unlocked the door and turned lights on as he made his way through the reception area and typing pool to his office, still hoping that he would find Lily there. 

Surely she had felt it too? Surely she would be as eager to see him?  

But her office, just a few feet from his own, was dark and empty. He paused in the doorway, remembering. It had been gone five o’clock. They had been the only ones here – both reluctant, for their own reasons, to pack up and go home. 

He’d gone over their conversation in his head so many times during the past forty-eight hours. It all started so innocently: a polite chat about their respective plans for the weekend – his to take the family to the cinema, hers to attend her youngest sister’s wedding. Her nine-year-old daughter was to be bridesmaid. She’d smiled as she described the child’s excitement. 

From the first time he saw Lily Wickham, he’d been captivated. He remembered feeling crushed when he realised she was a married woman, even as he told himself that of course she would be taken. And it was just as well, because he, too, had a wife. But that realisation never dampened the thrill he felt whenever she smiled at him. Nor did it stop him wanting to touch her…

He looked at his watch. It was a quarter to nine. Lily usually arrived by half past eight. Where was she?

About the Book

London, 1968.

Lily’s dreams of a better life for her family are shattered when her teenage daughter refuses to give up her illegitimate child. It doesn’t help that Lily’s husband, Jack, takes their daughter’s side.

Taking refuge in her work at a law firm in the City, Lily’s growing feelings for her married boss soon provides a dangerous distraction.

Will Lily be able to resist temptation? Or will the decisions made by these ordinary people lead them down an extraordinary path that could destroy them all?

Mine – a powerful story of class, ambition and sexual politics.

Purchase Links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

INVITATION TO AN ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH: On Saturday 28th November 2020, Alison will be joining four other authors for a joint event via Zoom called Darkstroke Defined: The five writers will talk about their new books, read extracts and answer questions. For your free ticket, go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/darkstroke-defined-tickets-125793372363

About the Author

Alison 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.

Mine is a domestic drama set in 1960s London based on real events in her family. She is the only person who can tell this particular story. Exploring themes of class, ambition and sexual politics, Mine shows 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 ~ 

Websites: www.alisonroseknight.com  www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk www.darkstroke.com/dark-stroke/alison-knight/  | Facebook | Twitter

#Extract from Sapphire Morning by @SylvieKnight7 #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

Today I’m pleased to share and extract from Sapphire Morning by Sylvie Knight. But first, here’s what the book is about.

Angie is recovering from disappointment and a broken heart at her grandmother’s country home. Christmas brings get togethers – and Hal Jordan with his blue eyes, gorgeous dimples and a landscaper’s muscled body. The last thing she needs is to get involved again. But when Hal, the house guest is around, some strings are definitely tweaked. It is all too easy to let control slip under his mesmerizing touch. A little fling is in order. She doesn’t want to fall in love, so why does Hal’s unexplained absence drive her crazy with suspicions? Or do her suspicions have a basis, after all?

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Sentinel (Voyager Book2) by Carl Rackman ~ Conspiracy #Thriller #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: Carl Rackman

Independently Published: September 2020

Category: Conspiracy Thriller, Suspense, SciFi, Crime, Book Review

Four years have passed since Voyager One sent back chilling photos of a spaceship from deep in interstellar space.

A shocked world prepared to meet the Visitors, but terrorism, pandemics, and global political turmoil have now consumed it. Discredited as a hoax, the Visitors have faded from public attention.

But the powerful global conspiracy known as the Triumvirate is behind much of the chaos. Creating a screen of subterfuge and misdirection, they prepare a clandestine welcome for the Visitors, whose origins may be more sinister than the aliens of popular fiction.

Although this is the second book in the trilogy, there is enough information included, in a non intrusive way, to understand about the conspiracy, and what happened in the first book, Voyager.

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Belle, Book and Christmas Candle (The Witches of Castle Clair Book 1) by @Sharon_Booth1 #BookReview #FridayReads

Author: Sharon Booth

Published: December 2018 by Green Ginger Publishing

Category: Festive, Romance, Magic, Witches, Book Review

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Do you believe in magic? 

Sky St Clair doesn’t, and growing up in Castle Clair, a small town renowned for its mystical past and magical legends, she never felt she belonged. 

Sky got away from Castle Clair as soon as she could, but when a run of bad luck leaves her homeless and jobless, she has little choice but to accept her sister Star’s invitation to return home for the festive season.

It’s over three years since Sky St Clair left the pretty town of Castle Clair, the ancestral home of her family. She is returning reluctantly, forced to swallow her pride and stay with her two sisters, after losing her job, boyfriend and home in one fell swoop. She loves Star and Celeste, of course she does, it was just…the legend and the family business. She just didn’t—couldn’t—believe in all that magic stuff despite the family legacy. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Christmas at the Gin Shack by Catherine Miller ‘Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…’ #Contemporary #FestiveFiction

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday with a festive read from 2017.

My Thoughts

I hadn’t realised this was a sequel so I had a quick recap of the first book which gave me enough background to become involved with the characters and the story, without actually having read the previous book.

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#GuestPost by Laura Briggs #Author of The Cornish Key to Happiness #PublicationDayPush @rararesources @PaperDollWrites

For this publication day push, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, I’m delighted to welcome Laura Briggs with a guest post.

First of all, here’s what the book is about…

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The Survivors by @janeharperautho #ContemporaryFiction set in Tasmania #MurderMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Jane Harper

Narrated by Stephen Shanahan

Published: September 2020 by Hachette Audio UK

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Audiobook Review

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Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea, that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

The Survivors is a story of family, secrets, lies and friendships and takes place in the small, fictional coastal town of Evelyn Bay in Tasmania. Kieran, along with girlfriend Mia and baby daughter Audrey, have returned to their home town from Sydney, in order to help Kieran’s mother pack up and move his father to a nursing home in Hobart. 

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#BlogTour #BookReview ~ Boomerville at Ballymegille by @CarolineJames12 #Boomervilleisback #BoomervilleatBallymegille @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Boomerville at Ballymegille, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

Boomerville at Ballymegille follows on from the first book, The Best Boomerville Hotel, which tells of Jo and Hattie realising their vision of a holiday retreat in the Lake District. The hotel is aimed specifically at people of a certain age, and offers various courses and treatments for those who want to experience new things and perhaps find inspiration and creativity.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ A Cosy Candlelit Christmas by Tilly Tennant #Contemporary #Romance

I know, it’s only October but I love Christmas themed stories and really enjoyed this book when it was released in 2017.

My Thoughts

Isla McCoy is twenty nine, living at home with her mother and studying psychology. She can’t remember her father as her parents’ marriage broke down when she was five years old and she didn’t see her father again. Being brought up solely by Glory, her mother, who is still bitter and unable to make peace with her father after twenty odd years, has left a long term impression on Isla and influenced the potential for romantic relationships. She finds it difficult to form lasting relationships and tends to keep men at arm’s length, always expecting to be let down.

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#BookReview ~ Being Alert! by @claidlawauthor ~ Timely Contemporary Fiction #Satire #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Kindle Edition

Category: Satire, Humour, Fiction, Book Review

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Being Alert! begins in January 2020 as the British prime minister, Winston Spragg, first learns about a new illness that seems to be centred in a city in China that nobody has heard of.

Following in a long tradition of British satire, the book populates Downing Street and Whitehall with an inept prime minister presiding over a dysfunctional government as it deals with an existential threat that rapidly becomes a national crisis.

Like satires before it, the book uses humour to paint an uncomfortable picture of a government seemingly as concerned about justifying itself as working to protect the country.

The beginning

In late January, two Chinese nationals were the first to test positive for coronavirus in the UK. The first officially-recorded fatality took place in China on January 11th.

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