Review: My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

This review is part of the blog tour for #MySistersBones by Nuala Ellwood.

My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood (actual cover taken from Penguin.co.uk)

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

Title:My Sister’s Bones
Author: Nuala Ellwood
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Thriller
Source: The publisher
Publisher: Penguin (9th February 2017, 1st November 2016 in ebook)
Blurb:

Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

(Blurb taken from Penguin.co.uk)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 stars)
Review:

My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood (uncorrected proof copy)

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood (uncorrected proof copy)

MY SISTER’S BONES by Nuala Ellwood tells the story of Kate Rafter a war correspondent with a troubled past. Her mother has died recently and Kate returns home to help her sister settle the estate. Once back in her childhood home Kate is woken by a terrifying scream. She convinces herself that it’s just a nightmare. Until she hears it again. Convinced something is wrong Kate tries to investigate, but being a reporter who has visited some of the most dangerous and harrowing places in the world comes at a price. Determined to find out what is going on and to lay the past to rest, Kate struggles not to lose her mind.

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OUR SONG by Ashley Bodette | Release Day

This is a little different to my usual post, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Our Song by Ashley Bodette is published today, May 31st 2016.

Becca:
I broke up with Trip four months ago. But with the exception of my parents, I haven’t told anyone why. Not my friends, not my little sister, not even Asher.

Asher:
I’ve been missing my best friend every day for the last nine months. Even though Becca broke up with Trip months ago, she’s still been distant, even when we’re in the same room.

Trip:
She thinks she can break up with me and then go on a “family” vacation with him? I’m going to prove to both of them that she never should have left me.

Book Links:
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About the Author

Ashley Bodette is a soon-to-be MA publishing graduate from Kingston University London. She started her venture into the book world as a book blogger, never imagining that one day she’d write a book. Now, you couldn’t stop her from writing if you tried.

Along with writing and providing editing and other author services, you also might find Ashley crocheting, watching British television shows on Netflix, playing piano, singing around the house, or, of course, curled up with a good book.

AUTHOR LINKS:
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CLOVEN BLOG TOUR: Review & Giveaway Link

Today I am taking part in the Cloven Blog Tour – you can find the tour schedule here. I got my copy of Cloven courtesy of the Blog Tour, but all opinions in the review below are my own.

Cloven by Georgeann Swiger

Title: Cloven (The Trinity of Souls #2)
Author:
Georgeann Swiger
Category: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace (Self-Published)
Format: Ebook
Published: 21st October 2014
Blurb:

What would you do if the only things standing between you and the angel you love were another angel and the fiery pits of Hell?

When Anya and Micah declare their love for each other, the battle for the souls of the star-crossed angels stretches across the heavens. With Heaven forbidding their love, Micah vows to protect Anya by sentencing himself to Hell.

But Anya won’t let him go without a fight. She goes into Hell after him, only to discover an angel from Micah’s past is willing to do anything to keep Micah in Hell.

With love and lies blinding Micah, Anya fights to get him to face his demons and return to Heaven, even if it means hearts will be broken.

The battle for the angels begins where it left off. Between Heaven and Hell is forbidden love.

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Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

CLOVEN is the second book in Georgeann Swiger’s New Adult THE TRINITY OF SOULS. CLOVEN continues the story of Anya, who we first meet in ADORNED – the first book in the series. CLOVEN deals with the fall-out of the events in ADORNED, and continues Anya’s story.

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Sinéad Moriarty talks about her book This Child of Mine

This is the first author Q&A post I’ve had on the blog, so I’d like to thank Sinéad Moriarty and Penguin Ireland for offering me the chance to pose Sinéad some questions about her book THIS CHILD OF MINE. Please be aware that if you’ve not had the chance to read THIS CHILD OF MINE yet some of the questions and answers may be spoiler-ish, but I’ve tried not to spoil the book for anyone. To make it clear who is talking I’ve got my questions in italics and Sinéad’s responses in bold.

TFR: Hello Sinéad, thank you for stopping by The Flutterby Room. I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to jump straight into the questions.

At its heart THIS CHILD OF MINE deals with the relationship between mothers and daughters. What made you decide to explore this often complex relationship?

SM: I think the relationship between mothers and daughters is very complex generally.  They can be so close to each other and then fall out over one secret or a lie. I wanted to explore unconditional love and the roads it can lead to. Also I wanted to look at the possibility of not bonding with your child, of being too young to be a mother and how the responsibility can weigh you down.

TFR: Parenthood is another theme you explored in the novel. Did you find it hard to write Laura’s struggle to be a good parent to Mandy and to deal with her grief of the loss of her first child?

SM: Yes very. Laura was a very complicated character but someone I really came to care about, and feel for, as the book progressed. Her mistakes lead to such dramatic consequences and she spends half of her life in a state of guilt fuelled regret and sorrow. Her grief for the child she lost really affects her relationship with her other child. It was a moving and interesting storyline to write.

TFR: I really liked the fact that you balanced THIS CHILD OF MINE by including the point of view of the mother, the child, and the child’s abductor. What made you decide to give all three points of view a voice?

SM: I wanted the reader to sympathise with all of the characters. It was vital to me that both mothers are sympathetic and that the reader would understand why they acted the way they did and understands their reasons.

TFR: And as a follow up from that, which character’s voice did you find easiest to write?

SM: Anna’s initially and then Laura’s. It’s funny actually because my own sympathies kept switching from mother to mother as I wrote the book. I saw it as a good sign!

TFR: What (if anything) inspired you to write THIS CHILD OF MINE and deal with such a difficult and contentious subject?

SM: I have always been fascinated about the Nature versus Nurture debate. The book is really about the moral dilemma of: ‘Would you take a child if you thought its life was in danger’.

TFR: THIS CHILD OF MINE is your eighth novel; did you find it easier or more difficult to write than your previous ones?

SM: Every novel is more difficult because you strive to be better with each book. I must say though I really became immersed in this one. It took over my life and all of my head space when I was writing it. I wanted so badly for it to be balanced and for the characters to be sympathetic.

TFR: As you have lived in Dublin, Paris and London at various points in your life, I was wondering what made you place Dublin as the setting at the heart of the novel?

SM: Probably because I’m based here now. But I think the settings are very much just a background to the actual story. I think the plot and characters take up most of the book.

TFR: And finally, because it has to be asked, when you write do you have a specific routine you like to follow, or perhaps a favourite place, or drink that helps you settle into writing?

SM: I write at home in a small office when the children are at school and during any other hours that I can carve out at night (if I’m not falling asleep that is!). I’d love to drink wine while I write, but it just makes me sleepy which is not conducive to productivity!

My thanks again to Sinéad for stopping by, and for Penguin Ireland for offering me the opportunity to talk to her.

Sinéad Moriarty, image from Penguin Books.

Sinéad Moriarty was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinéad says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel (Taken from her official biography on the Penguin Books website). You can find out more about Sinéad by visiting her page on the Penguin Book website, and seeing her booklist. You could also visit her website or Facebook page.

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Anna and Laura, Sophie and Mandy – two mothers, two daughters and a story about the bond of motherly love.Anna is proud of the job she has done raising eighteen-year-old Sophie. It’s always been just the two of them, but that doesn’t matter because Sophie has everything she could ever need.

It’s a miracle that Laura’s daughter Mandy is as happy as she is, considering that Laura remains haunted by the loss of her first child before Mandy was born.

Both women carry painful secrets and can never forget the day their paths crossed. But a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open, and mothers and daughters, love and lies, past and future, will spectacularly collide . . .

THIS CHILD OF MINE is Sinéad’s eighth novel. You can find my thoughts on it here. You can get hold of a copy of this book through the Penguin website, Amazon UK, and the Book Depository – as well as many other sources.

Guest Post: Quick Fire Questions with Gemma Green

I’d like to welcome Kenechi Udogu to The Flutterby Room, who has kindly agreed to ask the main character of her book Aversion (The Mentalist Series #1) some questions. So I now I’ll hand you over to Kenechi Udogu.


Today, we get to throw a few quick fire questions at Gemma Green. Gemma is an Averter and usually doesn’t grant interviews (because she’s so busy trying to alter people’s minds) but she’s agreed to spare a few words.

1. Edward or Jacob?

Who?

2. Dog or cat?

I’ve never owned either because we keep moving so much, but I think I’d be more of a cat person. They’re supposed to be less fussy, right?

3. Takeaway or home-cooked meal?

Dad makes a great steak and kidney pie and I’d settle for that any day. Besides, we don’t really like having people come over to our house.

4. Ice cream or cookies?

Mashed up peanut butter cookies in caramel swirl ice cream, mmmmmm.

5. Ninjas or pirates?

Ninjas. What’s so great about tattooed men with loop earrings, eye makeup and big hats?


A HUGE thank you to both Kenechi Udogu and Gemma Green for stopping by. If you would like to find out more about Gemma then you should check out Aversion (The Mentalist Series #1) by Kenechi Udogu which you can find on Amazon.co.uk

Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Aversion (The Mentalist Series #1)
by Kenechi Udogu

For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?

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You can find Kenechi Udogu on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and her blog.

Double Trouble Cover Reveal!

Mrs. Potter’s Book Publicity Services Presents:

Double Trouble Cover Reveal

Two NEW ADULT authors are revealing their debut novel covers today.

A.J. Bennett & Piper Caleb

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Cover #1

Now or Never
By:  A.J. Bennett

Book Blurb:

Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships – one night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn’t plan of Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never – walk away or make it work.

About A.J. Bennett

 A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and bulldog. She is a self-proclaimed coffee and popcorn addict. A.J. is an avid reader and says that there is nothing better than escaping reality with a good book (and a cup of coffee of course). A.J. has always wanted to put her love of reading into something more, and has always had a passion for writing. She decided to put her two loves together and write her very first book.

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Stalker Links:

Website: http://www.ajbennettauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AJ-Bennett/468583269866772
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5488503.A_J_Bennett
Twitter: @AuthorAJBennett


Cover #2

Shattered Perfection: The Diary of an Eating Disordered Mind
by Piper Caleb

Book Blurb:

How did I end up admitting myself to an eating disorder treatment center?

I wish I could pin point one thing that sent me on this path, but it’s not that simple.
It wasn’t the fact that a boy cheated on me, or that I had a tough time growing up. It wasn’t the fact that I was verbally abused, or the fact that eating disorders run in my genes. It wasn’t me suddenly getting recognition as a ballerina when I got mono and dropped 25 pounds; it wasn’t a cry for help.

It was all of those things combined…and much more.

In my diary entries you will get to see how the mind of this eating disordered girl works.
You will learn a lot more about me as a person—no holding back—and what brought me to rock bottom; and how I slowly fought my way back.

About Piper Caleb

Piper Caleb is a 25 year old aspiring New Adult author from Lubbock, Texas. She started dancing when she was 3 years old and was classically trained as a ballerina. Piper attended Texas A&M University and received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Psychology. She now resides in Amarillo, Texas where she writes and enjoys quiet life writing and spending time with family and friends. Piper also loves spending time with her 5 dogs and horses on the small ranch where she resides.

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Stalker Links:

Website: http://www.pipercaleb.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PiperCaleb
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6965101.Piper_Caleb
Twitter: @piper_caleb


Covers and images were designed by

Eden Crane Design.

 

 

 

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Review: Fae Hunter by Nicolette Reed

Title: Fae Hunter (Soulstealer Trilogy, Book #1)
Author: Nicolette Reed
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Nicolette Reed (23rd June 2012)
Source: Nicolette Reed, the author.
Format: E-book
Blurb:

Who is the enemy when you hunt your own?

Valora Delos is a Hunter, charged with tracking the treacherous Soulstealers and bringing them to justice. Unlike the other fae of her kind, Valora was born with stunted wings that render her flightless, driving her to prove herself in the eyes of King Aric, with whom she has been infatuated since she first set eyes on him as a young prince.

She descends to Earth and finds herself trapped in suburban Seattle after the portal to her world closes. With the help of a sexy half-fae named Dooley, Valora must find her way back to save Dell’Aria. Dooley uses his own brand of magic to help Valora discover memories buried deep within her, which produce more questions than answers- questions about her growing attraction to Dooley and her devotion to her King. Uncovering who the Soulstealers are and who is behind the destruction of Dell’Aria brings Valora a truth she may not be able to handle.

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

Fae Hunter is the first book in Nicolette Reed’s Soulstealer Trilogy. In it we are introduced to Valora Delos who is a Hunter and fae, despite this she doesn’t really fit into her world – and her colleagues are sure to let her know this. By order of her king she ends up in Seattle.

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