The Body in the Marsh Blog Tour

Hey guys, I have an exciting post for you. I am taking part in a blog tour for the Body in the Marsh by Nick Louth. It starts today and I have a guest post by the author that will be in this post. I must say this book looks amazing and I will definitely be picking it up at some point as I am really loving thrillers at the moment. Anyway on to the post!!

Book Spotlight 

Title: The Body in the Marsh

Author Name: Nick Louth

Previous Books (if applicable): Bite, Heatbreaker, Mirror Mirror

Genre: Crime, Police Procedutal

Release Date: 25th September 2017

Publisher: Canelo

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Book Blurb: When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next. 

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin… 

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present? The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

Links to books :

Amazon UK

Kobo UK

Google Books UK 

Apple Books UK

Goodreads

Author Bio: Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an  investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages. The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. Mirror Mirror, subtitled ‘When evil and beauty collide’ was published in June 2016. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, is being published by Canelo in September 2017. Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Author Social Media Links: 

Website: http://www.nicklouth.com/

Twitter: @NickLouthAuthor

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Nick.Louth.Books/
Authors Guest Post:

The inspiration for the Body in the Marsh 

The Body in the Marsh is my first crime thriller. Up until now, my fiction has fallen into the genre of action thrillers. Given that there is lots of illegal activity in any kind of thriller, the distinction can in some respects be subtle. But there is one obvious difference, and that is that in almost all cases in a police procedural, the protagonist, our hero or heroine, is going to be either in the police or somewhat connected to the forces of Law and Order, perhaps a private eye, or a forensic scientist. The reader is generally peering over this trusted shoulder as they poke their way through some kind of crime scene. 

You don’t get too many unreliable narrators in this genre. And though there may be bent coppers or untrustworthy individuals operating beneath the cloak of justice, you are almost always in safe hands with the protagonist themself. Their shortcomings will usually be outside the job – and we all know how clichéd some can be: alcoholics, broken marriages, drug abusers, or those who are simply cold hearted. 

However, it is also self-evident that the power of a thriller is fortified by bringing an emotional connection between the protagonist and someone else involved in the plot. Traditionally, the love interest of the detective has been another officer, or sometimes a witness. But when the victim of a murder is someone the detective has been in love with, you get a very different and intense kind of connection, and perhaps a reason why the officer might step a little over the boundary of the line of duty. That’s what it means when they say – This time it’s personal.

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Lost Boy by Christina Henry Review

Title : Lost Boy 

Author : Christina Henry 

Publisher/Published : Titan Books / July 2017

Genre : Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Retellings 

Goodreads Summary : 

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.


My thoughts :

5 out of 5 stars.

Christina Henry has become one of my favourite authors. I first read Alice which takes the story of Alice in Wonderland and completely twists and warps it plus makes it dark but it is really done in a compelling way.

Lost boy is Christina Henrys latest book. Lost boy is a retelling of Peter Pan and is the origin story of Captain Hook. 

Christina Henry has a really unique writing style and I adore her ability to take a classic story and add such a twist on it. You are simply compelled to read more. This is exactly what happened with Lost boy, parts were dark and twisted I couldn’t stop reading I simply had to know what happened.

I really disliked Peter, he wasn’t a nice character but he was well written because you feel hatred towards him for what he did through out the story. I’ll not go in to detail because I don’t want to spoil the story.

I enjoyed Jamies character and he was definitely my favourite. As I was reading it was like I felt the emotions he was going through and I had to keep reading to find out what happened to him and the other Lost Boys. There were times however I was like Come on Jamie do something, stand up for yourself !!

The ending left me in shock. I couldn’t believe what had happened and I had to re read it to make sure the events had actually happened.

I want to say that I would reccomend this to older readers because of the violence and other brutal events that happen in the book.

Disclaimer : I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. 


July Wrap Up 2017

Well July’s reading did not go to plan at all. I don’t know if I’m in a slump but I only read 3 books this month. I’m hoping August will be a lot better, plus it’s my Birthday month so Yay! On to the books I read:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 4 Stars. 

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – 5 Stars

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – 5 Stars. (I’ll be doing a full review on this in the next couple of days.)

There you have it my very short wrap up. I really hope next month is better as I’m falling behind on my reading goal. 

How did your reading go for July? 

Frozen Charlotte Review


Title: Frozen Charlotte 

Author: Alex Bell

Publisher/Published: Stripes Publishing / October 2014

Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal.

My Thoughts 

5 out of 5 stars

Wow this book was freaking amazing. I don’t normally read horror as I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary stuff. But I must say I loved every moment of this. It’s was just the right about of freaky, add in the mystery/thriller side and it made for a page turning read. I really enjoyed the plot of the the story and I thought the main characters were well written. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen and when I found out the truth I was gobsmacked. This was such a good read and I can’t recommend it highly enough. This is the type of book you do not want to read in the dark. 

June 2017 wrap up

Hey guys, I’m so behind really should have posted this earlier. Sorry for the absence I haven’t really been reading much and haven’t felt like posting but I think I ready to start posting again!

So June was not a good reading month for me at all. I only read 4 books which isn’t a lot compared to my previous months. However I’m planing on reading more this month and getting a lot more posts up. 

Anyway on to what I read this month:

Crog by Amanda Mitchison – 3 Stars 


As Old as Time by Liz Braswell – 5 stars 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 4 Stars 


The Heavenstone Secrets by V.C Andrews – 3.5 Stars.

So there you have the books I read in June. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts. 
 

I don’t know what to say but… Review and Interview with the author.

I don't know what to say but...Grief and Loss

Title – I don’t know what to say but….

Author – Antoinette Koutsomihalis

Publisher/Published – Vivid Publishing / March 2016

Genre – Self Help

Pages – 50

Summary from Goodreands.

A beautiful hardback book of 50 quotes, messages ,advice and photographs to give in sympathy providing the words we wish to express condolences giving hope, comfort and support on the loss of a loved one.
A long lasting gift to give instead of or alongside cards and flowers. It is elegant, easy to read and heartfelt.
Back cover ” I may not know what to say during your time of grief but, in giving you this book, it provides the words I wish to express my deepest condolences and sympathies on the loss of your loved one”

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 Stars.

My review for this will be short and sweet. This book was heart warming read that I think will be able to help many people through a time of grief and loss. I found it beautifully laid out with quote and pictures on each page. it was quite a calming read and I felt comforted the more I read, I felt as though I was drifting through the book and I felt quite contented by the end. I would really recommend this to anyone who is needing to find comfort in what can be a very difficult time. I genuinely believe that this book will help people through that time.

Interview with the Author.

Antoinette is a person I’m glad that I met, she is very kind and lovely and is also a very strong person and I had the privilege of asking a few questions as and interview for this post. I really hope you enjoy the interview, I for one was very moved by the answers Antoinette gave.

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? – I have written since I was a little girl about 8 years old I started writing poetry and I knew since then that I wanted to write.

2.What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?  It is really busy. I am also a therapist and own a property investment company as well as being a self publisher so I am constantly busy. I try and write everyday jotting down notes and poems in between meetings and marketing and promoting my book and work.

3.What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I am a night owl I write between 10pm and 3am as it is when I am most creative and I am usually fuelled on caffeine.

     4.What inspired the book? – I lost my Dad in 2010 and Mum in 2011 and it was during my treatment of Breast Cancer in 2013 I wrote a lot for emotional healing. I found that during those hard times I could count on one hand the people that were truly there for me and I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I had alone because people around them did not know what to say. I wanted to use my hardships and inspire others but in a way that it could be given as a gift to give to someone so they felt more loved and supported.

    5.What made you chose the pictures you did? My good friend Rebekah Taylor is a photographer and I approached her with my book idea and she jumped on board sharing my vision that the photography would be elegant, classy whilst inspiring and calming to people without triggering more grief.

    6. Do you plan to write more self help books?  Yes I do plan on writing more self help books and publishing my poetry.

    7.What is your favourite genre from reading? – My favourite is non fiction biographies and poetry.

     8.Do you have any reading or writing habits that you stick to? –  I journal and write notes, poems and quotes everyday and I try and read as much as I can

     9.What is your favourite book? – Ooh this hard to narrow down it changes with how I am feeling..I have to say my most reread book is The Complete works of William Shakespeare.

 

Bout of books Sunday Update and Wrap up 

Hey Guys. That’s it Bout of Books is over, I’ve had great fun taking part this time around. I didn’t read much for Sunday as I was visiting family. I read 17 pages of The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

There were no daily challenges today. 

My Progress

  • Number of pages read – 17
  • Total pages read – 697
  • Number of books read – 0
  • Total books read – 3

Wrap – up – Books Finished 

  • 202 pages of Black Cat by Virginia Andrews. 
  • 50 pages of I don’t know what to say but… by Antoinette Koutsomihalis 
  • 224 pages of The Magical World of Harry Potter by David Colbert