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White Lies by Lucy Dawson #BlogBlitz #BookReview @lucydawsonbooks @bookouture

Today I am beyond thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this brilliant book!
There are three sides to every story… his side… her side… and the truth….
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White Lies by Lucy Dawson

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Alexandra Inglis is a respected family doctor, trusted by her patients to keep their most intimate secrets. And if sometimes the boundaries between duty and desire blur… well, she’s only human.

But when Alex oversteps a line with Jonathan, one of her patients, she knows she’s gone too far. Jonathan is obsessive, and to get what he wants he will tear Alex’s world apart – threatening not only her career but her marriage and family too.

Soon Alex finds she’s capable of doing almost anything to keep hold of her perfect life, as it begins to spin dangerously out of her control…

A darkly gripping domestic drama of secrets and lies, from the bestselling author of The Daughter. Perfect for fans of Big Little Lies, Louise Jensen and The Couple Next Door.

Review

5 Big Brilliant Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Lucy Dawson did it again! She took me on another crazy emotional rollercoaster ride that I wanted to stay on until the very end…. this book kept me up until 2:00 in the morning and left my head spinning…. and truth be told I still don’t know what really happened, but I think that is the beauty of it…. there are three sides to the story… his side… her side… and the truth….

This is a definite he said she said story…. and the way it was told was simply brilliant…. first we get Alex‘s point of view… Alex really isn’t the most likable of characters…. she was on a girls trip to Ibiza… had a lot too much to drink and woke up in bed with a guy and really no memory of the night…. now the kicker is he is a patient of hers and he is 17…… so even if hubby is OK with this there is going to be fall out…. yes Alex is married and a doctor and the mother of two young daughters…. so in the beginning of this book I’m thinking wow what bad luck, not that I condone cheating, but…..

Then we get Jonathan‘s point of view the 17-year-old…. now I have a 15-year-old and a 21-year-old son so this probably influences how I look at this….ick…. so is Jonathan a crazy stalker or the victim? Things start coming out and I was lead in one direction and then in a different direction and it was quite the journey…. along with Alex and Jonathan‘s point of view we got the points of view of several other characters just to add to the craziness…. i’m not sure if anybody was a very reliable narrator….

Along with all the twists and turns this book touched on a few very relevant issues… of course there is the obvious one… Sexual harassment and people in power abusing it…. but I really thought more interestingly the book really touched on social media and the power of the like…. I have to admit it was a bit disconcerting to see someone achieve fame for being a victim, maybe? For me it made Jonathan story less believable… it’s just quite amazing how much social media has altered and dictates our lives….

Absolutely without a doubt recommend to all fans of psychological thrillers with brilliant twists….

*** thank you so much too Bookouture and Net Galley for a copy of this brilliant book ***

 
Lucy Dawson Author photoAbout me by Lucy Dawson: 
 

I’ve been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when my first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. I write full time (mostly on the playroom sofa) from my home in Devon, where I live with my husband and children. Before that, I used to interview the likes of Steps and SClub7 for a living, making absolutely no use whatsoever of my psychology degree from Warwick University, but it was a lot of fun.

I’m addicted to writing about the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary people – I like stories that jump in at the deep end, with a gasp. When readers take the time out to let me know they’ve stayed up all night because they couldn’t put the book down, it makes my day.

I really enjoy catching up with readers and always reply to emails. You can reach me at lucy@lucydawsonbooks.com. I’m also on Twitter @lucydawsonbooks and have a Facebook page at lucydawsonbooks. Alternatively you can download a free short story of mine at www.lucydawsonbooks.com or if you want to look at a lot of pictures of the beach and books that I’m reading, find me on Instagram at lucydawsonbooks.

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Lies lies lies yeah they’re going to get you! They won’t forget you! Berit 💛

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If I Want You by Rachel Brimble #BlogTour #BookReview @RachelBrimble @rararesources 

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday! Excited to be part of the blog tour for this page turning romantic suspense novel💕

You can find both my review and a giveaway below!

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If I Want You

When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

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Author pic - Dec 2017Author Bio –

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press as well as writing several single titles for the Wild Rose Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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Giveaway to win a PDF of any book from Rachel Brimble’s Back List (Open Internationally)

Rachel Brimble has a rather varied and extensive backlist,  and one lucky winner can win a PDF of a book of their choice from it.  Full back list can be viewed here – https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1 

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Review

4 suspenseful Stars with a Touch of Love 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book was a true romantic suspense novel…. usually in this genre there is either more romance or more suspense… but this was very well-balanced between the two….

Tori is a reporter who witnesses a young girl being abducted when she is picking her niece up from school…. not only does this cause her reporter instincts to kick in…. but something about this is eerily similar to her own abduction ages ago….. Mark is a widowed single father who is also at the school picking up his own daughter when all this occurs…. Mark and Tori decide to work together to help figure out who took Abby Brady…. can love come from tragedy? where is Abby? And is this related to Tori’s abduction years ago?

Those were the questions that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could in this book… I really liked both Tori and Mark…. and I really wanted things to work out for them… but I think even better than them I really liked Mark’s daughter Olivia, the girl had spunk! Another thing I really loved about this book is there were plenty of suspects…. from the very flirtatious school principal to the overly involved dance dad (really appreciated this as a former dance mom)…. and I have to say the who and the Y was quite a surprise but very plausible….

Absolutely recommend to fans of Romance and suspense… this book brings you the best of both worlds….

*** thank you to Rachel brimble and Rachel at Rachel‘s Random Resources for a copy of this book ***

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The Picture by Roger Bray #BlogTour #Q&A @rogerbray22 @rararesources 

It is Monday! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Roger bray for taking the time to answer my questions. Next time I think I’m going to throw in a silly question; such as if you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?🌴

The Picture

The Picture

A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.


Author photoRoger Bray on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roger-Bray/e/B0725KF3NF/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1523285262&sr=1-1 

Author Bio –  I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life. 

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Q & A

1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I have always enjoyed writing.  From short stories to magazine articles.  I wouldn’t say I aspired to be an author mainly due to self doubt of my ability.  When I did try I found wonderful release from those doubts when I realised the self evident; it is my story and I can take it anywhere I desire.   Some early ideas petered out, while others morphed into a different direction and entered my books.

2. Are there any authors you consider inspirations?

My favourite authors are:

Robert Harris – I always find something new in his style.  He isn’t bound by genre so each book is new and different.

Tom Sharpe – A master in satire and comedy who can turn the most mundane in the most absurd.

Sebastian Faulks – I first read Birdsong and was enthralled by his descriptions and the simplicity of the tale and yet.

Louis de Bernières – Like many other people I found Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to be completely entertaining, funny, deep and told a little known story.

3. Where is your favorite place to write your books?

My favourite place to write would be a small Schloß on the edge of the Schwarzwald.  Sitting in the courtyard of an evening before having a couple of local beers while looking across the river valley below

In reality I write in my study of where ever I am living at the time, currently a little south of Brisbane in Queensland.

Actually the Schloß would be rubbish for writing as I would be all over the view and drinking local beer, and very little writing would get done.  My wife would have to lock me in a room with no window and only let me out on the completion of 10,000 words a day, while she slid slices of cold pizza under the door.

4. In your current book The Picture who is your favorite character and why?

The most obvious answer to that is the main character, Ben Davis.  But one of the characters I put a lot of thought into was that of Joe Fleming.  He is a gruff, down to earth Yorkshireman who lives life to his own rules.  He is focussed and determined but also honest and moral.  He believes in being forthright and open in his dealings with people and he is loyal to friends but does not suffer fools gladly.  He doesn’t make a big appearance in the book but his art and determination is a key catalyst in the storyline.  I based the look of Joe on the actor Nic Frost as he appeared in the film Paul.

5. How long did it take you to write this book? How many hours do you spend a day writing?

I find my writing is better if I write in blocks of a few days.  I feel I can immerse myself in the story a little easier that way.  I try to set days aside and then try to write for as many hours as I can before I run out of ideas.  That is not always possible but I still try to spend three or four hours at a time writing on consecutive days as a poor substitute for my preferred method.  The Picture took me about 12 months to write but I could have written it much quicker given the right circumstances.

6. What is your favorite spoiler free scene in this book?

The main character, Ben Davis, has reached a point in his life where he is content but has regrets.  During the arc of the story he is able to remedy some of those regrets.  He also feels he has missed the boat as far as finding love and companionship but a friendship develops into something he had always sought, but for reasons, never achieved.  I put a lot of thought into a chapter where Ben and the lady in question go on a first date and both find a connection they didn’t expect and a growing relationship develops.  Neither expected what happens, but embrace it unreservedly.

I would like to thank you for inviting me on your blog, I had so much fun answering your questions