Synopsis

Choose Your Parents Wisely

One missing girl and the whole city goes crazy.

It’s been three days, and now everyone in Brighton is looking for her. There is an army of police searching, her picture is on every front page, and the public can’t get enough of it. Gangs of good citizens are going door to door, turning their neighbours’ houses upside down, but still no one can find her.

For Brighton’s No.1 Private Detective, Joe Grabarz, it brings back too many memories of his first case, another missing girl, when he learnt too many lessons the hard way. No one was going door to door then. No one cared. But her mum and dad weren’t nearly as photogenic, nor quite so saintly.

It’s a lesson Joe learnt long ago that has come back to haunt him: choose your parents wisely.

Puchase Link: https://tomtrott.com/cypw

My review

This is the second book in the Brighton’s No. 1 Detective series (‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’ being the first) and it maintains the high standard set by the first book.

There’s a lot happening in this novel. Blink and you might miss it, so the book demands and deserves your full attention. There’s some jumping between storylines, but everything is well explained and it all falls into place as you read. The plot is excellent, as you’d expect from this author, and the novel is thoroughly compelling.

Joe develops as a character as we find out more about his background and what makes him tick. I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s more of an anti-hero than a hero, but that just makes him all the more engaging. He may cut corners legal-wise here and there in his investigations, but he’s upfront with us and straightforward with the people he encounters. There is a heart lurking under that ‘whatever’ exterior!

Very enjoyable.

Just to mention the classy cover too. The author is very professional in every respect and has produced a very impressive looking exterior for a top class story.

Author Bio – Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.

As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.

My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.

Social Media Links – www.twitter.com/tjtrott, www.facebook.com/tomtrottbooks, www.tomtrott.com, an

Synopsis

Betrayal on Every Level

Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha in a drug fueled rage. Only two people know that fact as true. One of those two people, was sitting in a state prison, serving a sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Who was that unfortunate person? Alex Clarke, Samantha Bennington’s husband, the man so buried in circumstantial evidence that he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, rather than face a trial. He was now trapped with no way out.

It all began as sibling rivalry and jealousy, as so many tales of treachery do. Now, that intense jealousy had ended in her sister’s murder. Once Alex was tucked safely away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sister’s blood. But suddenly, two obstacles stood in her way preventing her from quickly obtaining the reward for her well executed plan. One obstacle was her brother, and the other a nosy little old lady. But for Marley, this wasn’t a problem. She had killed twice already and cheated the justice system. What were a few more bodies? 

Justice delayed is justice denied. Can Marley be trapped by the very people she tried to deceive? Will karma finally visit her door? Another gripping, tangled tale from the author of Facing A Twisted Judgment.

Purchase Links

UK – https://amzn.to/2GkM5lG

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MLYZC4L

My review

This is the third book in the excellent Lies and Misdirection series, which just keeps getting better and better. That said, the book works perfectly as a standalone, although I’m sure that once you’ve discovered this author, you’ll want to devour her other books.

What is particularly enjoyable about this complex novel, that twists and turns in ways you simply can’t foresee, is the informed legal background that comes from the author’s professional training. Reasoning is explained and this lends a very methodical, logical element to the story – apart from when Marley is taking her turn as narrator. With her mental and criminal problems, she makes for an utterly fascinating unreliable narrator. Such a narrator is to be found in many thrillers and psychological thrillers these days, but in this author’s hands there seems to be extra, alluring menace about her, and this literary convention is thus handled freshly and uniquely.

The setting involves the art world and it is incredibly interesting to peek behind the scenes. Who’d have guessed so much skulduggery went on!

Other important characters are investigators Tallulah, who’s an attorney, and octogenarian Mary, who as usual quietly steals the show. She’s a fabulous character. My favourite line from the whole book is where Tallulah matter-of-factly reports to the police that ‘Mary felt it necessary to shoot him’! (She was quite right to, by the way!) Throw in some Mafia heavies and we have an intriguing set of people to meet in this novel.

It’s a riveting read and immensely enjoyable. Absolutely to recommend.    

About the author

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/KJMcGillickauthor/

Kathleen McGillick

@KJMcGillickAuth

Synopsis

Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?

Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

Escape the January blues with this sun-drenched, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Italian-Lakes-bestselling-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07HPD2KNV

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Italian-Lakes-bestselling-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07HPD2KNV

My review

This fabulous author has done it again! Here’s yet another wonderfully entertaining novel that shares Lucy Coleman’s hallmark energy, humour, romance and liveliness with her other stories, but that’s all because each of her books is totally original and distinctive. You never know what enjoyable tale she’ll serve up next, or who she’ll create for us to meet.

Here we have Brianna who’s at a personal and creative low. Since she failed to quite fit in with her rock star boyfriend’s  brand image, he dumped her and poor Brie wallowed for a while. She’d still be wallowing if loving friends, family and publisher hadn’t given her a kind but stern talking to and made her grab hold of herself by the scruff of the neck and shake herself back into shape. Part of that process is a season at a writing retreat in Italy. I think it’s fair to say that the healing process goes extremely well… apart from a few little hitches on the way! But the course of true love never did run smooth…

The setting is truly idyllic, and you can feel the warmth and smell the flowers at the villa. Italy is essential to the story as this story simply couldn’t take place anywhere else. The characters we meet are fascinating and intriguing – even the unlikeable ones! – and make for great company for our heroine. She’s utterly sympathetic and charming, and always dignified, even when life serves up lemons. You’d love to have her as your best friend.

I adored this book, and I’m sure you will too. It makes for perfect summer reading, and spring, summer and autumn too!

Author bio

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth

And look, there’s a giveaway!

Giveaway – Win a Chocolate dipping set (UK only)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c69494194/

Synopsis

Blacklisted by the police. Being sued by a client. And broke. Things can’t get any worse for Brighton’s No. 1 Private Detective, Joe Grabarz.

That’s when his best friend’s body washes up on the beach.

Could it really have been ten years? What happened? How could his life have ended like this? He needs answers.

But with the city in the grips of organised crime, and struggling to deal with an influx of legal highs, who cares about just another dead drug dealer?

Joe, that’s who. After all, you can’t make old friends.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2Dohb8j 

My review

This is the first book in the Brighton’s No. 1 Detective series,and it makes for a great start.

Joe is in many ways your typical sardonic, damaged private detective. It goes with the territory that private eyes are hard characters, at least on the outside although usually all the way through, and impervious to pity, sympathy and any other good sort of emotion. Joe does betray the odd glimmer of humanity now and again, and he realises he could and should be more caring, which is what makes him likeable. He’s a loner with no apparent family and scarcely any friends. And he’s constantly hard up.   

This mystery is an intriguing one and introduces us to the low life of Brighton. This story couldn’t have been set anywhere else, since this seaside town, with its screaming gulls and stiff, salty onshore breeze, plays an intrinsic part in the novel. It’s almost a character itself, as are Joe’s assorted demons.

The book makes for a quick but absorbing read. There’s plenty of wry humour in the succinct and pithy imagery and observations. There’s pathos too, but we don’t have time to dwell on it as the action moves at a swift pace. All in all a very intelligent and polished novel.

Author Bio – Born in Brighton, I went to school in here, worked many jobs here, and have never lived anywhere else. I first started writing at school, where I and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for assemblies, much to the amusement of our fellow pupils. The young ones would cheer (and the old ones would groan) as we stepped up onto the stage, the buzz was tangible. It has been with me ever since.

As an adult I have written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel; and won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. I published my first novel, You Can’t Make Old Friends, in 2016; my second, Choose Your Parents Wisely, in 2017, my third, The Benevolent Dictator, in 2018, and now my fourth, It Never Goes Away, in 2019. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing about writing, books, and film on Medium.

My inspirations as a writer come from a diverse range of storytellers, but I have a particular love for the works of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Joel & Ethan Coen, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Bryan Fuller, Ira Levin, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Towne, JRR Tolkien, and many many more books and films beside. If you can’t find me, or I’m not answering my phone, I’m probably at the cinema.

Social Media Links – www.twitter.com/tjtrott, www.facebook.com/tomtrottbooks, www.tomtrott.com,

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.


Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.

Purchase Links

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MJ7PPXP

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MJ7PPXP

My review

This is a book that is both easy and not easy to read. Let me explain. The author writes beautifully and sweeps you away with her story, and that’s why the book is a pleasure to read. However, the story is very moving and our heroine Molly battles through some very tough times. That’s the less easy part. However, do tuck a tissue up your sleeve in readiness and immerse yourself in this compelling but challenging book, which will stay with you for a long time.

Molly is resilient and courageous, and we really feel for her and love her. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s obvious that life is not going to be easy for her in the short term. Yet life goes on, and it carries Molly with it, however unwilling. Slowly, thanks to the support of family and friends, she begins to rebuild her life and gradually the sun starts to shine on her again.

This is part of a series but works well as a standalone. You quickly work out the back story and how the characters interact. Rural village life is charmingly depicted and there’s a wonderful sense of community that is very comforting, for the reader as well as the characters. This is a thoughtful, gripping and rewarding book. dp

Author Bio – Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/ElizaJScott

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott ?-x

Do follow the rest of the tour!

Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, thinks she is going for a carefree stroll on Peckham Rye with her best friend, Katie, and her annoying new puppy, Teddy. But before Beth knows it, she is embroiled in her most perplexing mystery yet.

Strange events from her family’s past, present-day skulduggery in the art world, and the pressures of moving school in south London threaten to overwhelm Beth. Will she be able to piece together the puzzle before her son’s crucial interview at Wyatt’s? Or will Beth’s insatiable curiosity finally drag down all her dreams for the future?

Join Beth, her irascible on-off boyfriend, Detective Inspector Harry York of the Metropolitan Police, and the dog walkers of Peckham Rye in a tale of murder, mayhem – and bloody revenge.

My review

This is the second book by this author that I’ve read, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the pair of them!

Beth is a very sympathetic character, although prone to skiving off work rather more than she should and you can’t help sorry for her boss! However, Beth is genuine, caring, a good friend, a loving mum and all whilst juggling lots of things in her personal life. Yet she still finds time to fit in some sleuthing after stumbling across a body while out on a dog walk!

The London setting comes through very clearly in immense detail. You can hear the sounds and smell the smells. The cast of characters, human and canine, that we encounter are rounded and fascinating, and their interactions are thoroughly enjoyable. Animals play a crucial role in this cozy, which is nice to see since too often they’re merely cute but meaningless appendages to a story.

There’s humour, intrigue, an intricate mystery and lots of excitement. It has all the key ingredients a cozy needs served up in a unique and most delicious way. Do treat yourselves.

Purchase Links –

UK – https://amzn.to/2HMPGdP

US – https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-London-Murder-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B07K6P9X87

Author bio

Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, was published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill following in October 2018. Alice is currently working on the sixth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice is also a top mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website.

Social Media Links – http://www.alicecastleauthor.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

Links to buy books:.

myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich, myBook.to/GirlintheGallery, myBook.to/CiC myBook.to/homicideinhernehill

Giveaway – Win a signed copy of Revenge on the Rye (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c69494189/?

A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

Pre-order Links

UK – https://amzn.to/2Bg5GiO

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Bakery-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07MLF2N6T

Author Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

Return to Lily Pond Lane

Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

EPSON scanner image

Author Bio

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –  https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

ttps://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

Preorder Link

https://amzn.to/2CZCoF5

And now here’s the cover…

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Keith Van Sickle’s second collection of anecdotes about his part-time life in France, ‘Are We Nearly French Yet?’ Like its predecessor it’s wonderfully funny and full of wry observations about his host nation and the idiosyncrasies of its people that make them so very fascinating – and French.

Keith and his wife Val continue to encounter baffling behaviour, vexing vocabulary and French frustrations of various kinds, but with good humour, slight puzzlement and impeccable American manners take it all in their stride.

I have an excerpt to share with you, and you’ll quickly see for yourselves how entertaining and enjoyable this book is.

Going To The Butcher

The first time we stayed in St-Rémy, Madame introduced us to her favorite butcher. She’s known him for decades and put in a good word for us. It helps to have connections.

But there’s one thing to know about a village butcher shop, and it’s that you can’t be in a rush. Everyone gets personal attention and takes as long as they want, which can sometimes be a long time. Val and I might walk into our butcher shop and find, say, two customers ahead of us. She’ll turn to me and say, “Ok, this will take 45 minutes.”

The shop is run by a husband and wife who take great pride in their work. When you order a piece of meat, the butcher asks how you’ll prepare it. He cuts off any extra fat, trims around the bone, and cuts it into the size you want. If you want hamburger, he takes a piece of beef, runs it through his grinder, and forms it for you while you wait. Patty by patty. And he offers homemade goodies like paté, salami, ratatouille, stuffed vegetables and at least four kinds of sausage. The butcher’s wife dishes out these prepared items and runs the cash register while the butcher handles all the cutting.

If you are a local, the butcher and his wife will take the time to chat with you. How’s the family? How are your bunions? How will you prepare the stew? For how many people?  

And then there’s the salt discussion.

“Do you salt your food?” the butcher will ask.

“Yes, but not too much,” the customer will reply.

“My doctor tells me to use less salt,” the butcher will say. “It’s because of my age, you know. But I don’t listen to him.”

“Oh, you’re just like my husband,” the customer will say. “He puts too much salt on his food.”

The butcher’s wife will chime in, “All husbands put too much salt on their food!”

Once we came in to buy a couple of slices of paté en croute (paté in a pastry) but the customer before us had just bought some. The butcher’s wife decided that the remaining log was too small to cut us two nice pieces, so she went to the back room to find a new one. That took a while. Then we decided to order a few other things and that took a while longer. Finally it was our turn to pay, but the customer after us was a very old woman and the butcher had just finished serving her. Of course we let the old lady pay first so she didn’t have to stand too long.

“Please go ahead, Madame,” Val said.

Merci,” the old lady replied. “Now where did I put my wallet…”

She fished around in her purse for a while and finally found her wallet. Then she slowly counted out the exact amount, coin by coin, and all we could do was wait patiently. When the old lady finally finished, we were ready to pay but then the phone rang—someone wanted to place an order for Sunday. 

This led to a long discussion between the person on the phone and the butcher and his wife. How many people did she need to feed? What seasonings would she use? Should she pick it up at 11:00? No, maybe 12:00. No, 11:00 would be better. Finally they settled on 11:30. And you wonder why it takes 45 minutes.

So is Keith nearly French yet? Judging by how he now knows how to correctly interact in a doctor’s surgery and has sussed out what fonctionnaires actually do (or some would say, don’t do) then he’s well on his way!

Are We French Yet?
Keith & Val’s Adventures In Provence

(travel memoir)

Release date: December 15, 2018
at Dresher Publishing

ASIN: B07L6N3JK7
157 pages

Author’s page | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS

Can Two Americans Really Become French?
Val and Keith turned their lives upside down when they quit their jobs and moved to Provence. But they wondered: Can we fit in? And maybe become French ourselves?
Follow their adventures as they slowly unlock the mysteries of France…
– Is it true that French people are like coconuts?
– Can you learn to argue like a French person?
– What books have changed French lives?
– Most important of all, how do you keep your soup from exploding?
There’s more to becoming French than just learning the language. If you want the inside scoop on la belle France, you won’t want to miss this delightful book!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

One Sip at a Time Keith Van Sickle

Keith Van Sickle
is the author of the Amazon best-seller
One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence.
A lifelong traveler who got his first taste of overseas life
as a university student in England,
Keith later backpacked around the world on his own.
But it was the expat assignment to Switzerland
that made him fall in love with Europe.
With his wife Val and their trusty dog Mica,
he now splits his time between California and Provence,
delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.

Find the author on Facebook and Twitter
Visit his website

Subscribe to his mailing list and get information about new releases.

Buy The Book On Amazon.Com

***

GIVEAWAY

You can enter the global giveaway here
or on any other book blogs participating in this tour.
Be sure to follow each participant on Twitter/Facebook,
they are listed in the entry form below

Enter here

Visit each blogger on the tour: tweeting about the giveaway everyday
of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time!

[just follow the directions on the entry-form]

Global giveaway open to all
5 winners

***

CLICK ON THE BANNER TO READ MORE REVIEWS,
EXCERPTS, AND INTERVIEW

Are We French Yet Banner

Synopsis

Digging in the garden, builder and current owner, Bill Maynard, discovers some old bones. He worries that the discovery will upset his plans for renovating and selling the house.
Fortunately, his neighbour tells him the whole area was a burial site at the time of the Black Death and finding bones is commonplace. 
“Well, as they’re so old and the museums have enough bones already, I suppose we can ignore them. It’s not like there’s been a murder and we’ve just found the body,” he justified his decision. 
But had they?
His discovery sets off a chain of unfortunate events.

My review

It turns out those unfortunate events actually started long before he moved in…

We all know the saying “walls have ears”, meaning ‘be careful because someone might overhear you’. Well, in this very original book the walls of Orchard View really do hear what’s going on! Orchard View, the house built in the 1920s on the corner plot of Hazelhurst Avenue, is a character in this story. True, a background character, but none the less very much an active presence in this book. How clever is that!

Orchard View is about to be turned into flats by the new owner Bill Maynard. Etta, the neighbour, isn’t having that, and she’s someone who’s rather good at getting her way. Orchard View pins her hopes on her being successful, because she longs to be the home for a happy family again. She’s had some nice people beneath her roof, but some rather awful ones too, and she hides some very dark secrets. Will these be brought to light?

The author presents us with some wonderful characters, modern-day and from earlier decades, and most certainly an intriguing plot. Some quite dastardly deeds take place in this quiet, suburban spot.

Wonderful descriptive writing, with plenty sharp observation, accompanies punchy dialogue. Throughout there’s plenty of humour – much of it dark – and this makes it a totally enjoyable, engrossing read. I admire the author for daring to be different and pulling it off so triumphantly.

Buy the book here: https://amzn.to/2W2oFq6