Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Gina Kirkham @GinaGeeJay @UrbanePub #WTF #LoveBooksGroupTours

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Gina Kirkham.  My thanks go to Kelly at Love Book Tours for my spot on the tour.  

About the Book

The laughter continues to flow in Gina Kirkham's brilliant sequel to the wonderful Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong.

Our hapless heroine Constable Mavis Upton is preparing to step down the aisle with her fiancé Joe, but has to deal with her temperamental teen daughter, as well as investigate a serial flasher on a push bike. Throw a diva drag queen into the mix and readers can expect the usual hilarious Mavis mishaps that made the first book such a hit.

Revel in Gina Kirkham's humorous, poignant and moving stories of an everyday girl who one day followed a dream.


Yet again another fab-u-lous book by Gina Kirkham, a great laugh out loud book and one that brought Mavis Upton to life again and had me fondly remembering the antics she got up to in the previous book.   If you want to refresh yourself with my review for Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong click here.

Whiskey Tango Foxtroxt is about the next stages of Mavis Upton and how she is preparing to get married to Joe whilst still working in the police force.  We follow Mavis through her journey in the force and the cases that she has to deal with.   I am still laughing at the things that happened as I type this review and trying my best not to spoil it for you as this is one book that you really really really need to read.  All I will say is that I will never look at Krispy Kreme’s the same again nor will I ever be able to picture my good blogger friend Neats (AKA The Haphazardous Hippo) the same again after reading this book.  I also can't wait to read her review of this book just so I can talk about it in more detail with her.  

We are dealt with the same laugh out loud moments as we were in the first book and some of the Petey moments that have you cringing but giggling about at the same time. 

Everytime I have tried to go into detail about a section of this book to give a brief overview of my thoughts I have ended up laughing so all I will say is, it is humorous, a great laugh out loud book and also one that I think the author should be able to have prescribed by a medical professional for those feeling very low and need a laugh, I certainly enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what Mavis’s next exploits are.       

About the Author

Gina Kirkham was born on the Wirral in the not-so-swinging 50's. Being the less adventurous of three children, she remains there to this day. Trundling a bicycle along a leafy path one wintry day, a lifelong passion to be a police officer gave her simultaneously an epiphany and fond memories of her favourite author Enid Blyton and moments of solving mysteries. Thus began an enjoyable and fulfilling career with Merseyside Police. On retirement she put pen to paper to write a book based on her experiences as a police officer. And so Mavis Upton was born…

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My thanks to Gina Kirkkham for writing such a fabulous funny book along with the publishers Urbane and also Kelly @ Love Book Tours for my spot on the blog tour.  

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Portraits of the Dead - John Nicholl #BlogTour #Extract

Portraits of the Dead – John Nicholl 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl.  My thanks go to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books. 

About the Book

Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women. 

Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?

He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game… 

 Guest Post

Today on my blog, I am pleased to be joined by John Nicholl who tells me a little bit about all the books that he has wrote. 

I write darkly psychological suspense thrillers, which draw heavily on my experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker. I guess, given my career, the genre chose me. I’ve written five full length novels to date, the most recent of which, Portraits of the Dead, will be published by the brilliant Bloodhound Books in July 2018.

I wrote articles for newspapers and a national social work magazine during my working life, but White is the Coldest Colour was my first novel. I felt driven to complete it once I’d started, although it was a steep learning curve. By far the hardest thing was conveying such a brutal plot line without including any gratuitous or graphic detail. Fortunately, the majority of reviewers seem to like the book, which reached # 10 of all books on Amazon. A re-edited version was published by Bloodhound Books in February 2018 and became a bestseller for a second time.

When Evil Calls Your Name, my second novel, is a sequel, although it can be read as a standalone. The book is written in a very different style to White, as if by Cynthia, the main character, in the form of a journal, whilst serving a prison sentence. It is primarily intended as an interesting and entertaining read, but I hope it also goes some way to communicating the insidious negative effects of psychological and physical domestic violence on its victims. Some reviewers have thought that the book was written by Cynthia herself, one even saying that she was brave to write it given the horrendous things she went through. I find that gratifying. It’s intended to be a raw and realistic book, that while entirely fictional, was inspired by real events. There are far too many real-life Cynthia’s in the world, who suffer violence at the hands of men. I hope that the book plays a small part in bringing attention to what is still largely a taboo subject. A re-edited version was published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

My third book, Portraits of the Dead, is a serial killer thriller full of twists and turns. Like my first two books, it’s set in Wales, which I think makes sense, given that I spent the majority of my career working in my home country. I find it easier to write from experience and I hope it gives the books an authentic air of gritty realism. A re-edited edition will be published by Bloodhound Books in July 2018.

My fourth novel, originally titled A Mind To Kill, is an intense female revenge thriller - A Death Wish for the modern world. The book focusses on the insidious danger posed by predatory criminals who target potential victims via the internet. A re-edited edition, renamed Before I Met Him, will also be published by Bloodhound Books in July 2018.

My fifth novel, A Cold Cold Heart, tells the story of a handsome, charismatic and merciless serial killer, who targets the daughter of the police officer leading the hunt to catch him. It’s a tense, fast-paced tale packed with suspense. An audiobook edition of the book will be published by W.F. Howes in the coming months.

Working with Bloodhound’s excellent editorial, publishing and publicity team has been a very positive experience. I really couldn’t be with a better publisher. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in that sales of my books have been better than I could have hoped.  I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful readers and bloggers who have made it happen. It’s truly appreciated.

Thanks to John Nicholl for joining me on my blog today and sharing the information about the books he has wrote.  I must confess to having a few of these in my TBR list.

About the Author

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John is represented by Toby Mundy - Literary agent at TMA.

You can find out more about John and his books at: http://www.johnnicholl.com

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Goodreads                         https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13795294.John_Nicholl

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Agent                                    http://tma-agency.com

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My thanks to John Nicholl for stopping by my blog today and sharing the fantastic books that he has written. Also Sarah Hardy @ Bloodhound Books for my spot on the blog tour.