Cover Reveal: The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien

 

The Stepsister Cover Reveal

The Stepsister written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available to download in ebook from 29th October 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:   https://amzn.to/2pb2TBd

Product Details

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.
Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

Cover Reveal

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogblitz cover reveal for Jenny O’Brien’s forthcoming book: The Stepsister.  Without further ado I’d like to reveal the cover:

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I also have the pleasure to share the prologue of The Stepsister:

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.

Yesterday is the day my life changed but how or why is still a mystery. There are things I know and there are things that they’ve told me but I can’t seem to trust any of it.
I know I’m a woman but I don’t know my age. I know how to hold a cup in the same way I know it’s rude to stick the end of a knife in my mouth. So, somewhere along the way, someone cared enough to drill manners into me. Those are the things I know, the things I can trust but as for the rest…
They tell me I’m in Holland but can I believe them? I don’t remember if I’m Dutch but I also don’t remember if I’m not. I can’t speak Dutch. I’ve been trying all morning but can one lose a language overnight? I seem to have lost everything else. Who knows? Maybe I took the wrong train or something and just rolled up in the wrong city. That would make sense except that it’s not just my sense of place that’s missing. It’s my sense of everything. I have no name, no age and no identity. Yesterday I died and today I’m still here.

They’ve left me alone now while they try to puzzle out what to do and in the meantime I’m going to try to remember stuff. I don’t know how long they’ll leave me alone but I need to take this opportunity to come up with some answers to all the questions they’ve been throwing at me like who the hell I am.
Slipping out of bed I recoil as bare feet meets cold tiles, but that’s not going to stop me. Pulling the back of the hospital gown closed in an effort to retain some degree of dignity, I shuffle over to the bathroom and then the mirror only to stare into the face of a stranger.
It doesn’t matter what I look like or that I’m suffering from the worst case of bed-head known to man. It doesn’t matter that my eyes are green or that my hair is that shade of nondescript mouse that keeps colourists in business. The only thing that matters is my reflection, which holds no clues as to my identity. I’m a stranger to them. I’m a stranger to me.
My body holds a clue though – just one.
I push up my sleeve again to stare at the tattoo on my arm. The tattoo puzzles me. It’s not me, or part of me or who I think I am and yet it’s there, a large indelible letter V.
I have no idea what it stands for. Oh, I’m not stupid or anything or, at least I don’t think I am. I can’t quote which exams I’ve passed or if indeed I’ve ever attended school but I do know V stands for victory. But what does it mean to me? Am I victorious? Am I making a statement about something? It must be important because it’s the only tattoo I have. It’s also the only clue.
I’m tired now. My eyelids collapse over my eyes even as I struggle to shift them upwards as I remember the cocktail the nurse told me to swallow like a good girl. I want everything to go away. I want to hide under the blankets and forget. I’ve already forgotten…

All the best to author Jenny O’Brien for the preparations for the publication of The Stepsister.

About the Author

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog:  https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

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Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge Publication Day blogblitz book review

 

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Forgive Me Not written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

The ebook is available to download on amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and Apple iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Ld2Z8O

Product Details (as per amazon page)

How far would you go to make amends?
When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.
But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.
Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…
Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be able to share my review on the Publication Day blitz for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel:  Forgive Me Not.

Forgive Me Not is Samantha Tonge’s first departure away from her well loved romcoms.  This story sees the author tackling serious subjects and also issues that some areas of society still struggle to talk about.

We all at times draw a conclusion to someone on their first appearances but when you actually sit down and talk openly to that person and understand the reasoning behind their current situation you start to open your eyes and mind and appreciate that their character is far more in depth than their current situation.

Young Emma’s life had been slowly spiralling out of control; disobeying her mum and her sister’s wishes she was constantly out partying, had turned to stealing to fuel her lust for her addiction and believed her wild ways made great insta-feed.  However, one Christmas Eve her foolish ways became too much and Emma was forced to move out of the family home.  Emma thought she’d hit rock bottom then but worse was to come.  Now homeless, shunned from her family Emma sought solace in the streets of the city.  A total contrast to her home on the farm.  She soon adjusted and became accustomed to days rolling into nights and back again looking for her next addictive fix.  Her rock bottom came a little later, when not only her life was at risk but the life of another.  Eventually Emma had no choice but to ask for help.

Nearly a year and a half had lapsed since Emma’s rock bottom and she felt ready to return home.  We follow Emma on her journey back home to seek forgiveness from so many, we also travel back to her dark days when times were tough.  Would Emma’s family, friends and neighbours welcome her back with open arms or would old wounds of the hurt and damage she had caused still be too deep a wound to have healed over?

I was totally absorbed in this story that opened my eyes to situations that people sometimes find themselves, through no fault of their own, in.  It was quite thought provoking at times but the author has woven some lovely inspirational, endearing moments into the story.  However, there a few twists in the tale that shake your emotions in to a tailspin  The story also makes you take a look at yourself in a different light and learning to accept yourself is the first step to any chance of acceptance.

Totally absorbing, thought provoking but filled with a sense of hopefulness.

To learn more about the author Samantha Tonge please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

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

 

Cover Reveal: Watching You by Lynda Renham

I am so pleased to share with you news of Lynda Renham’s latest gripping edge-of-the-seat thriller.  Watching You is now available to pre-order on amazon and will be published on the 5th April 2018.  The ebook will also be included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To pre-order link:  https://goo.gl/Qss7je

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Ewan Galbreith is out of prison.

Libby Owen is scared.

Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun, and now he’s coming for her.

AND NOW THE COVER …

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… A striking cover that stands-out and looks quite chilling.

To learn more about Lynda Renham’s work please visit the following pages:

Website  http://www.renham.co.uk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/Lyndarenham

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

Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee book review

Broken Branches

Broken Branches written by M. Jonathan Lee, publisher Hideaway Fall, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2v8GlWd

Product Details (as per amazon page)

‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

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This was a stunning, poignant story of one families plight coping with tragedy after tragedy.  An inherited farm and cottage held more than memories for the Perkins family.  It held secrets of family torment and battles.  Generations coming and going carrying with them a burden of a legendary curse.  A curse that brought so much despair, anguish and grief.

We follow Ian Perkins in this time slip novel as we learn of his time as a child in the cottage, of the hierarchy in the family and how each member is perceived.  In the present day Ian is obsessively researching his family history with a view of uncovering the facts of the curse.

The author M. Jonathan Lee has cleverly written us a stunning story of a family saga, it’s coping mechanisms with the onslaught of tragedies no family should ever have to face.  There were so many twists and turns the reader was taken on and the storyline took an almost other worldly nature.  Brilliant storytelling that was chilling and heart breaking.

To find out more about M. Jonathan Lee and his books please do visit the following pages:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JonathanLeeAuthor/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/MJonathanLee

Website:  http://jonathanleeauthor.com/