New Author to Joffe Books #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @joffebooks

We are very pleased to welcome ROY LEWIS to Joffe Books Publishing. Roy has been writing Crime Fiction for many years and we are thrilled that Joffe Books is now republishing the brilliant Inspector Crow series. A LOVER TOO MANY will be released on Friday 14th September so watch this space.

Inspector Crow by Roy Lewis

“Life in the fifties! No mobile phones, no laptops, no extensive social media. Life was certainly simpler then, though perhaps not for DI John Crow as he faces puzzling–and sometimes dangerous–criminal cases. Unlike many fictional detectives he has a settled home life, is not handsome and is neither alcoholic nor obsessive. But he is a humane man, principled and dogged and though faced with much professional hostility is persistent in seeking out the truth–while also recognising the human costs of exposing the truth….”

A lover too many cover

A LOVER TOO MANY (Inspector Crow #1) by Roy Lewis

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing.

 

“Builds up to a good climax and keeps you reading.” The Observer

 

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

 

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

 

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

 

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

 

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

 

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

 

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

 

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

 

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

 

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

 

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

 

THE DETECTIVE

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.


About my writing by Roy Lewis 

“After I was called to the Bar at the inner Temple I started writing legal textbooks but when I was appointed  as One of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools I was told that activity had to end, so–happily–I turned to crime fiction (being an obsessive writer). My first novel was A Lover  Too Many, Collins Publishers said they wanted an author not a book, and I was launched! Life was easier those days! That first book was not particularly descriptive of a certain area but as things went on I began to use my own experiences–of life in the Rhondda Valley, the West Midlands and later, Tyneside.
A Lover Too Many proved successful being published in UK and USA, France (in translation) Portugal and over the years has run into several editions, published by different houses. It introduced DI John Crow who appeared in several further novels.”

 


Author photoAuthor Bio:

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

New Author to Joffe Books #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @joffebooks

We are very pleased to welcome ROY LEWIS to Joffe Books Publishing. Roy has been writing Crime Fiction for many years and we are thrilled that Joffe Books is now republishing the brilliant Inspector Crow series. A LOVER TOO MANY will be released on Friday 14th September so watch this space.

Read on to learn a little about Roy’s writing career:

“After I was called to the Bar at the inner Temple I started writing legal textbooks but when I was appointed  as One of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools I was told that activity had to end, so–happily–I turned to crime fiction (being an obsessive writer). My first novel was A Lover  Too Many, Collins Publishers said they wanted an author not a book, and I was launched! Life was easier those days! That first book was not particularly descriptive of a certain area but as things went on I began to use my own experiences–of life in the Rhondda Valley, the West Midlands and later, Tyneside.
A Lover Too Many proved successful being published in UK and USA, France (in translation) Portugal and over the years has run into several editions, published by different houses. It introduced DI John Crow who appeared in several further novels.”

A lover too many cover

A LOVER TOO MANY (Inspector Crow #1) by Roy Lewis

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing.

 

“Builds up to a good climax and keeps you reading.” The Observer

 

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

 

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

 

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

 

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

 

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

 

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

 

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

 

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

 

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

 

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

 

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

 

THE DETECTIVE

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.


Author photoAuthor Bio:

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

New Author to Joffe Books #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @joffebooks

We are very pleased to welcome ROY LEWIS to Joffe Books Publishing. Roy has been writing Crime Fiction for many years and we are thrilled that Joffe Books is now republishing the brilliant Inspector Crow series. A LOVER TOO MANY will be released on Friday 14th September so watch this space.

Read on to learn a little about Roy’s writing career:

“After I was called to the Bar at the inner Temple I started writing legal textbooks but when I was appointed  as One of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools I was told that activity had to end, so–happily–I turned to crime fiction (being an obsessive writer). My first novel was A Lover  Too Many, Collins Publishers said they wanted an author not a book, and I was launched! Life was easier those days! That first book was not particularly descriptive of a certain area but as things went on I began to use my own experiences–of life in the Rhondda Valley, the West Midlands and later, Tyneside.
A Lover Too Many proved successful being published in UK and USA, France (in translation) Portugal and over the years has run into several editions, published by different houses. It introduced DI John Crow who appeared in several further novels.”

A lover too many cover

A LOVER TOO MANY (Inspector Crow #1) by Roy Lewis

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing.

 

“Builds up to a good climax and keeps you reading.” The Observer

 

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

 

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

 

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

 

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

 

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

 

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

 

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

 

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

 

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

 

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

 

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

 

THE DETECTIVE

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.


Author photoAuthor Bio:

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

BLOG TOUR – Deadly Friend by K D Bloodworth @junctionpublish @kdbloodworth

27393332_385530311907013_1842344660_oDEADLY FRIEND by K D Bloodworth

Available from AMAZON

Following the horrific events in MRPERFECT.COM, Dawn thought she would never escape the demons that had haunted her every waking moment. But months of therapy finally freed her from the memories, allowing her and John to start their lives afresh with a new home in a new town. Slowly making new friends and gaining the confidence to take a part-time bar job, life was better than it had been for a long time.

Then, the past Dawn had tried so hard to forget caught up with her.

Awaking to her worst nightmare, beaten, bound and bloody, Dawn dared not move, fearing she would wake the monster in the room.

The man sleeping in the chair looked like her friend. Something was horribly wrong.


Chapter 1

I watched as John packed his overnight bag.

“Are you sure you’ll be alright?”

I nodded. “Jake and I will be fine—promise.”

There comes a time in your life when you think; things are finally working out. It had been almost three years since my ordeal in Montana. Through John’s love, understanding, and a lot of therapy, I’d almost overcome dying at the hands of a serial killer. The crazy man that had raped and tried to kill me didn’t fare as well—a grizzly bear ate him. Still, it took all that time to get over the fear that often ran through me.

The feeling that someone was watching me never completely went away. Sometimes I would make it through the entire day before it crept back into my brain. The way the sun set through the pine trees that grew on the edge of the fields or a particular smell on the air would set my danger sensor off. I knew, of course, that Jake, our faithful black lab who was always by my side, would never allow anyone to harm me.

Jake had stayed with me during my struggle to survive in the backcountry of Montana. After my rescue, I promised to take care of him. In return, the second anyone turned into our driveway; Jake would sound the alarm before the motion sensors even had the chance to beep.

John would call before he turned into the driveway, so I wasn’t freaked out. It had taken almost a full year before I could finally tell him he didn’t need to call to give me prior warning. That didn’t mean, however, that when the alarm sounded, I wasn’t on high alert, anxious to see who was coming down the driveway. But there was a shotgun in the corner by the front door, and three pistols dotted throughout the place—in a drawer by the back door in the mudroom, in my nightstand and in my makeup drawer in the master bathroom.

I no longer needed therapy sessions. John and the family disagreed with me, but they weren’t the ones that had to drag it all up once a week. I was way past talking about what had happened. It was time I got on with my life.

Today would be the real test. John needed to travel back to Richmond for a job interview.

“I could leave in the middle of the night if you’d prefer?” he suggested.

“No, that’s silly. If you go tonight, you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep and arrive rested for the interview.”

“I’m afraid you’ll take a backward step if you have to spend the entire night alone.”

“I’m more than capable. After all, I won’t really be alone. Jake will be with me, as well as my guns. I’ll be in good company. If anyone dares to mess with me, I won’t hesitate to use them.”

I knew he worried about my state of mind and, to be honest, who could blame him? It had been a long struggle for me, far more than I’d ever let on.

Before he left, we checked the locks on the doors and windows and made sure the car had plenty of gas. He also checked to see that my cell phone was fully charged.

Jake followed us through several trips around the house, watching our every move. He watched John put his bag and his briefcase in the truck, wagging his tail in anticipation of going for a ride.

John patted him on the head. “Sorry Jake, you need to stay here and take care of Mom and the house.”

“John, you’re making me nervous! I’m going to be fine. It’s time! Really, it’s time.” I smiled as I reached for him, stepping into his arms. I gave him a reassuring hug.

“Are you absolutely sure?” he whispered.

“I’ll be fine. In fact, when you get back, I think we should take a vacation.”

He pulled away from me, looking into my eyes as if I’d told him I had just won the lottery. “Really?”

“Yes. I want to go to Yellowstone.” Probably the last place on earth John would expect I’d want to go. Granted it was Montana, but only partially. Yellowstone was a long way from Great Falls and the Sun Canyon. I needed to do this. Now I just had to convince him.

“Yellowstone? Why there?” I could see the confusion in his eyes.

“I think a trip there will be my final therapy session. This is my idea, not Doctor Reynolds.”

“Okay, I’ll think about it. We’ll talk about it when I get back tomorrow night.”

Jake and I walked him out to his truck, and I kissed him good-bye. Moments later, we watched as he pulled down the driveway.

I took a deep breath and looked around the open area where our house sat. Everything was silent except for my frantically beating heart. I can do this! I will do this!


Author PhotoAUTHOR BIO

I lived in three different states before I started school, but then lived in the same house with my parents until I was nineteen. The wander lust took over and since then I have lived in nine different states and have lost count of how many different addresses I have owned.

Other than my family and dog, I have two other loves in life, photography and writing. The writing came to me later in life when I decided I could write some good fiction based on real life experiences. Truthfully, many of the things I have done most people would think I was making that stuff up. So, I started changing names and some places, adding a bit of spice, and my writing career began.

People often ask me if something in the story happened to me and all I can do is smile. Some secrets are best well kept.

LINKS

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006979873628

Twitter – @kdbloodworth

Website – http://www.kdbloodworth.com/

BLOG TOUR – Deadly Friend by K D Bloodworth @junctionpublish @kdbloodworth

27393332_385530311907013_1842344660_oDEADLY FRIEND by K D Bloodworth

Available from AMAZON

Following the horrific events in MRPERFECT.COM, Dawn thought she would never escape the demons that had haunted her every waking moment. But months of therapy finally freed her from the memories, allowing her and John to start their lives afresh with a new home in a new town. Slowly making new friends and gaining the confidence to take a part-time bar job, life was better than it had been for a long time.

Then, the past Dawn had tried so hard to forget caught up with her.

Awaking to her worst nightmare, beaten, bound and bloody, Dawn dared not move, fearing she would wake the monster in the room.

The man sleeping in the chair looked like her friend. Something was horribly wrong.


Chapter 1

I watched as John packed his overnight bag.

“Are you sure you’ll be alright?”

I nodded. “Jake and I will be fine—promise.”

There comes a time in your life when you think; things are finally working out. It had been almost three years since my ordeal in Montana. Through John’s love, understanding, and a lot of therapy, I’d almost overcome dying at the hands of a serial killer. The crazy man that had raped and tried to kill me didn’t fare as well—a grizzly bear ate him. Still, it took all that time to get over the fear that often ran through me.

The feeling that someone was watching me never completely went away. Sometimes I would make it through the entire day before it crept back into my brain. The way the sun set through the pine trees that grew on the edge of the fields or a particular smell on the air would set my danger sensor off. I knew, of course, that Jake, our faithful black lab who was always by my side, would never allow anyone to harm me.

Jake had stayed with me during my struggle to survive in the backcountry of Montana. After my rescue, I promised to take care of him. In return, the second anyone turned into our driveway; Jake would sound the alarm before the motion sensors even had the chance to beep.

John would call before he turned into the driveway, so I wasn’t freaked out. It had taken almost a full year before I could finally tell him he didn’t need to call to give me prior warning. That didn’t mean, however, that when the alarm sounded, I wasn’t on high alert, anxious to see who was coming down the driveway. But there was a shotgun in the corner by the front door, and three pistols dotted throughout the place—in a drawer by the back door in the mudroom, in my nightstand and in my makeup drawer in the master bathroom.

I no longer needed therapy sessions. John and the family disagreed with me, but they weren’t the ones that had to drag it all up once a week. I was way past talking about what had happened. It was time I got on with my life.

Today would be the real test. John needed to travel back to Richmond for a job interview.

“I could leave in the middle of the night if you’d prefer?” he suggested.

“No, that’s silly. If you go tonight, you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep and arrive rested for the interview.”

“I’m afraid you’ll take a backward step if you have to spend the entire night alone.”

“I’m more than capable. After all, I won’t really be alone. Jake will be with me, as well as my guns. I’ll be in good company. If anyone dares to mess with me, I won’t hesitate to use them.”

I knew he worried about my state of mind and, to be honest, who could blame him? It had been a long struggle for me, far more than I’d ever let on.

Before he left, we checked the locks on the doors and windows and made sure the car had plenty of gas. He also checked to see that my cell phone was fully charged.

Jake followed us through several trips around the house, watching our every move. He watched John put his bag and his briefcase in the truck, wagging his tail in anticipation of going for a ride.

John patted him on the head. “Sorry Jake, you need to stay here and take care of Mom and the house.”

“John, you’re making me nervous! I’m going to be fine. It’s time! Really, it’s time.” I smiled as I reached for him, stepping into his arms. I gave him a reassuring hug.

“Are you absolutely sure?” he whispered.

“I’ll be fine. In fact, when you get back, I think we should take a vacation.”

He pulled away from me, looking into my eyes as if I’d told him I had just won the lottery. “Really?”

“Yes. I want to go to Yellowstone.” Probably the last place on earth John would expect I’d want to go. Granted it was Montana, but only partially. Yellowstone was a long way from Great Falls and the Sun Canyon. I needed to do this. Now I just had to convince him.

“Yellowstone? Why there?” I could see the confusion in his eyes.

“I think a trip there will be my final therapy session. This is my idea, not Doctor Reynolds.”

“Okay, I’ll think about it. We’ll talk about it when I get back tomorrow night.”

Jake and I walked him out to his truck, and I kissed him good-bye. Moments later, we watched as he pulled down the driveway.

I took a deep breath and looked around the open area where our house sat. Everything was silent except for my frantically beating heart. I can do this! I will do this!


Author PhotoAUTHOR BIO

I lived in three different states before I started school, but then lived in the same house with my parents until I was nineteen. The wander lust took over and since then I have lived in nine different states and have lost count of how many different addresses I have owned.

Other than my family and dog, I have two other loves in life, photography and writing. The writing came to me later in life when I decided I could write some good fiction based on real life experiences. Truthfully, many of the things I have done most people would think I was making that stuff up. So, I started changing names and some places, adding a bit of spice, and my writing career began.

People often ask me if something in the story happened to me and all I can do is smile. Some secrets are best well kept.

LINKS

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006979873628

Twitter – @kdbloodworth

Website – http://www.kdbloodworth.com/

BLOG TOUR – Decree Absolute by WA Cooper @junctionpublish

CoverDecree Absolute by W A Cooper

Available from AMAZON

Jessica Barron no longer believes in love.

Her first husband died tragically and she discovers her second husband in flagrante with their children’s nanny. But with the faithless pair gone, her parents holidaying overseas, and her friend Amy in no state to assist, the Leeds divorce advocate can’t juggle the demands of her job with the care of her children, Luke and Gemmy, who she is emotionally estranged from. Jessica needs a new nanny, and fast.

Renée Arden is over relationships. Reeling from a recent break up, the Home Solution Agency owner is temporarily homeless. When Jessica mistakes her for a staff member, the solution is obvious. Renée will step in as nanny.

On their initial meeting Jessica and Renée clash. But desperate times call for desperate measures and the women put aside their differences. Both women, in their own way, need each other.

Renée’s efficient running of the household, enables Jessica to reconnect with her children and their relationship moves from professional to friendship, with the possibility of so much more.

But circumstances and supposed friends conspire against them.

Further heartbreak, hidden truths and secret desires test their fledgling relationship.

Decree Absolute…the end is a new beginning. Or is it?


#Guestpost

Rationale:

There are many over 35+ women out there that have married, had children and then fallen in love with other women. I wanted a chance to write a novel showcasing their journey in a fictional way and Decree Absolute is that starting point for me.

A British television series that shall remain nameless, heavily influenced me. Two women featured strongly in the storyline only to have the ‘let’s kill off one of the lesbians’ troupe play out yet again. More interesting for me was my reaction to this. I felt as if I’d lost a friend; someone I identified with, and I was angry, upset and downright livid.

But the positive of this was I started writing a story I had tucked away many years ago and I haven’t stopped since. I might put my main characters through hell, but I refuse to kill them off!

Lead character:

Jessica Barron is my main character. She is in her early forties, headstrong, single-minded and supposedly straight. But her world, which includes a cheating husband, two children who she is emotionally estranged from and a crippling mortgage, is turned over by a series of events that will test her to her limit. Decree Absolute is Jessica’s journey through this emotional, period of her life and how love can come out of the blue, with a person you least expect. In Jessica’s case it is Renée Arden, the owner of a home assistant agency.

I force the two of them together, which neither of them really wants, then bury them so deep in problems that they have to work together to get through it all.

It is Jessica who undergoes the most change and when finally they are allowed to live their lives together she is a happier, more loving person because of her love for Renée.


Author Photo - WA CooperAUTHOR BIO

Hi my name is Wendy Cooper. Growing up surrounded by books was a given. Dad was a bookseller back in the day and I worked for a publishing company in England on my big overseas adventure. I couldn’t escape the lure of books if I wanted to. For thirty years I was a flight attendant with our national carrier, and still immersed myself in reading on those long tours of duty away from New Zealand. On retiring from that career I settled on the Volcanic Plateau with my partner and two exotic cats who bring us much joy with their antics.

Travel writing and photography diplomas make up the sum total of my academic background. I prefer to inform those who ask, I graduated from the University of Life and am doing post graduate studies for the rest of my life!

I’ve been mentored by two fantastic writers who have helped my writing get to where it is today. Lee Murray and Eileen Mueller thank you for believing in me.

Women’s fiction with strong romantic themes (mainly gay women, but not exclusively) seems to be where my genre lies. Once I’ve written all the stories I have on my ‘To do’ list, I might try fantasy. There’s a blind dragon who has befriended a fairy who can’t fly. They would like their story told. Amazon Author Page…

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wendy.cooper.54922

BLOG TOUR – Decree Absolute by WA Cooper @junctionpublish

CoverDecree Absolute by W A Cooper

Available from AMAZON

Jessica Barron no longer believes in love.

Her first husband died tragically and she discovers her second husband in flagrante with their children’s nanny. But with the faithless pair gone, her parents holidaying overseas, and her friend Amy in no state to assist, the Leeds divorce advocate can’t juggle the demands of her job with the care of her children, Luke and Gemmy, who she is emotionally estranged from. Jessica needs a new nanny, and fast.

Renée Arden is over relationships. Reeling from a recent break up, the Home Solution Agency owner is temporarily homeless. When Jessica mistakes her for a staff member, the solution is obvious. Renée will step in as nanny.

On their initial meeting Jessica and Renée clash. But desperate times call for desperate measures and the women put aside their differences. Both women, in their own way, need each other.

Renée’s efficient running of the household, enables Jessica to reconnect with her children and their relationship moves from professional to friendship, with the possibility of so much more.

But circumstances and supposed friends conspire against them.

Further heartbreak, hidden truths and secret desires test their fledgling relationship.

Decree Absolute…the end is a new beginning. Or is it?


#Guestpost

Rationale:

There are many over 35+ women out there that have married, had children and then fallen in love with other women. I wanted a chance to write a novel showcasing their journey in a fictional way and Decree Absolute is that starting point for me.

A British television series that shall remain nameless, heavily influenced me. Two women featured strongly in the storyline only to have the ‘let’s kill off one of the lesbians’ troupe play out yet again. More interesting for me was my reaction to this. I felt as if I’d lost a friend; someone I identified with, and I was angry, upset and downright livid.

But the positive of this was I started writing a story I had tucked away many years ago and I haven’t stopped since. I might put my main characters through hell, but I refuse to kill them off!

Lead character:

Jessica Barron is my main character. She is in her early forties, headstrong, single-minded and supposedly straight. But her world, which includes a cheating husband, two children who she is emotionally estranged from and a crippling mortgage, is turned over by a series of events that will test her to her limit. Decree Absolute is Jessica’s journey through this emotional, period of her life and how love can come out of the blue, with a person you least expect. In Jessica’s case it is Renée Arden, the owner of a home assistant agency.

I force the two of them together, which neither of them really wants, then bury them so deep in problems that they have to work together to get through it all.

It is Jessica who undergoes the most change and when finally they are allowed to live their lives together she is a happier, more loving person because of her love for Renée.


Author Photo - WA CooperAUTHOR BIO

Hi my name is Wendy Cooper. Growing up surrounded by books was a given. Dad was a bookseller back in the day and I worked for a publishing company in England on my big overseas adventure. I couldn’t escape the lure of books if I wanted to. For thirty years I was a flight attendant with our national carrier, and still immersed myself in reading on those long tours of duty away from New Zealand. On retiring from that career I settled on the Volcanic Plateau with my partner and two exotic cats who bring us much joy with their antics.

Travel writing and photography diplomas make up the sum total of my academic background. I prefer to inform those who ask, I graduated from the University of Life and am doing post graduate studies for the rest of my life!

I’ve been mentored by two fantastic writers who have helped my writing get to where it is today. Lee Murray and Eileen Mueller thank you for believing in me.

Women’s fiction with strong romantic themes (mainly gay women, but not exclusively) seems to be where my genre lies. Once I’ve written all the stories I have on my ‘To do’ list, I might try fantasy. There’s a blind dragon who has befriended a fairy who can’t fly. They would like their story told. Amazon Author Page…

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BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Boomerang (DS Smith #2) by Stewart Giles #DSSmith #crimefiction #detectivebook #policeprocedural @stewartgiles

As we come to the end of another great Blog Tour we are once again indebted to the absolutely awesome Blogger who make such a big difference by giving their time and expertise to help promote books. From Stewart and I: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You are all brilliant xx

What the readers are saying:

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The action in the book ranges between England, Australia and Vietnam, as each little piece in the puzzle is revealed but it all has a certain sense of inevitability, making it page-turningly fast. I enjoy Stewart Giles’ easy writing style and his portrayal of characters, added to the fact that most of the action takes place in this wonderful County I call home.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

As usual, Smith is at loggerheads with his superiors and at times he comes across as rude and sarcastic. He also has a softer side and the differences make him an interesting character to follow. It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

It is well written and has some fantastic characters.  The writing style is really suited to this genre and I loved the flow.  The storyline had me gripped from the beginning and I loved the ending!!  Read more here


Black Books Blog

This book follows Smith and Witton as they are trying to uncover York’s first serial killer, who is writing dates on the dead people’s feet after he has killed them.  He is very hard to catch as, even though he makes no attempts to hide once he has made his killing, he wears a disguise each time and changes his appearance and accent all the way through the book.


On the Shelf Book Reviews

I feel like this series is getting better and better! Boomerang is a fast paced police procedural that has a whole heap of twists and turns which leads to up an emotional and nail biting ending.


Debbie Hipster

Here I am once again thoroughly gripped and immersed into a fast paced, murder mystery. Following the mystery unfold through the Detective’s eyes. I love the two different timelines and the international aspect of the stories, and that the book kept me guessing right to the last point.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Bloody hell ‘Boomerang’ is certainly one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a read.  I was gripped from the first word on the first page and Smith had me under his spell until I read the last word on the last page.  The story starts in a memorable way and you can’t help but carry on reading to discover how the Vietnam War is connected to what is happening in present day York.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog


Boomerang coverBoomerang (DS Jason Smith #2) by Stewart Giles

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!

Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.
Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.
All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.
As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Boomerang:

It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong
I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah
What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David
‘Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill
Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S


My Review


SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw #byebabybunting @TannisLaidlaw @junctionpublish

Many thanks to all the Bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for Bye Baby Bunting.  Your help in promoting this book is very much appreciated.  Jill, Tannis & Junction Publishing x

Thank you 5

Girl’s Gospel

I love how the book switches between different characters at different points in their lives. My own moral stance was really put through the wringer throughout the book. My opinion of the lead characters changed several times during the course of the story.  Read more here


Jen Med’s Book Reviews

This is certainly a book that could challenge your sense of what is right in the eyes of the law and what is right in the eyes of the birth mother. I am not sure that the events that take place would be able to happen quite so easily these days as there are more checks that have to happen. Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The story is well-written and grabs the reader from the first word. I was unable to put it down and ignored meal times and bed times to read it. I loved the characters and the twist at the end which opens up the possibility of an entirely new story. Brilliant story, brilliant book, highly recommended.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

The story opens with Penny finding her birth certificate which states she was born in New Zealand but her name is completely different. We then journey back to 1963 and meet Jemma who is mourning the lose of her boyfriend Barry after finding out she’s pregnant. Unsure of what to do, having being told she wouldn’t make a good mother by friends and social workers, she gives the baby up to Barry’s parents Mr and Mrs Winchester.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I really felt for the character of Jemma Howell.  She was a university student in a loving relationship with her boyfriend.  Tragedy strikes when her boyfriend dies and Jemma finds out that she is pregnant.  I get the impression that Jemma feels that she wants to bring her child up but at the time that this book is set, attitudes towards and opinions of single mothers were somewhat different to now.  Read more here


Dole Whip and Books

I loved how this story was written in Jemma’s, Tim’s (the detective). Graeme and eventually Penny’s POV. It definitely gave an overall perspective of what was happening.   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

This is quite a complex story that covers some really tough subjects, but those that it does cover, it does very well.  It is a well written story and it has some great characters.  Read more here


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Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a complex story that really makes the reader think about all the legal complications involved when someone gives up their baby. What happens IF.. WHEN … the mother changes her mind? The difference between right and wrong sometimes has blurred lines.  Read more here


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I really enjoyed reading this book. It took a few pages for me to get into it, but once I began reading the story it was hard to put down. Being a child of the 1960’s it was easy to read this book and see where Jemma was coming from and her feelings about being looked down upon due to her pregnancy.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The story is a great and breathtaking story which shows the lengths parents would go to in order to protect their child, even if it is illegal, and also the complications and issues surrounding adoption and what the birth parent can do if they change their mind afterwards.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

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Bye Baby Bunting ebook cover-5Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Available from AMAZON

An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…

University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down: she’s pregnant and her boyfriend has just died.

A lawyer manipulates Jemma to sign away the child to her dead boyfriend’s parents, the wealthy Winchesters.

Six months after giving birth, Jemma is still obsessed with her baby’s welfare. A chance opportunity occurs. She makes a split-second decision.

She is now a kidnapper and on the run. Detective Constable Tim Findlay is assigned to the Winchester kidnapping, his first big case.

In the course of the investigation, he and his partner uncover deeply hidden secrets about the Winchester family.

For Tim, the difference between right and wrong becomes blurred.

BYE BABY BUNTING is a page-turning psychological suspense that explores society’s attitudes to single parenting and adoption and the laws that apply to birth-mother, child and adoptive parents. The story takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, Hawaii and Winnipeg, Canada between 1963 and the present.


Author photo 2Author Bio

Dr Tannis Laidlaw has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist: clinician in private practice, in psychiatric bins and in the prison service; researcher in schizophrenia, anxiety, psychopathy and other personality disorders, mind-body interactions, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis; research manager; writer and lecturer.

She has always been fascinated by the human condition, not only in those with crossed wiring but also when ordinary people are driven to behave in extraordinary ways. Her fiction reflects her psychological background; her non-fiction, her interests as a wife, mother and friend.

Tannis lives with her husband in Auckland, but spends half her time at a deserted beach in Northland, the semi-tropical northern part of New Zealand, and in a remote cabin in the woods on a Canadian lake – all places where she writes and writes and writes.

Website: www.tannislaidlaw.com

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