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Scalpel, Please: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent @lizzienugent @PenguinUKBooks @GeorgiaKTaylor

Oh, I am both delighted and terribly sad to publish my review today. It means I have finished Skin Deep and believe me I would have stayed in Liz Nugent’s dark and sick latest novel forever!

I would like to thank Penguin UK and the delightful Georgia for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for a review during the blog tour!

Screenshot 2018-11-14 at 18.42.50Title: Skin Deep
Author: Liz Nugent
Date of publication: 15 November 2018
Publisher: Penguin UK
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 372

Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly…

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My Kind of Christmas: The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin @FaberBooks @joanna_brl #BlogTour

Miracles happen! I am kicking off the week with a Christmas read! In November. Yep.

Thank you to Joanna at Faber & Faber for this wonderful surprise and for inviting me to be part of the tour.

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Title: The Long Shadow
Author: Celia Fremlin
Date of publication: 1 November 2018
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 242

Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen fumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can’t quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can’t honestly be accusing her of killing her husband. Ivor died in a car crash two months ago – she may not be adjusting to widowhood very well, but Imogen certainly didn’t murder him.

As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected Christmas guests – but they may be looking for more than just holiday cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers? Who left the half-drunk whiskey bottle beside his favourite chair? And why won’t that man stop phoning Imogen, insisting he can prove her guilt?

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Wednesday Light at the End of the Tunnel: Signs You Might Need a Break from Blogging for the Sake of your Sanity!

It’s been two years and eleven months since I launched Chocolate’n’Waffles (applause). During this period, I took two complete breaks; the first in July 2016 after having blogged intensively for six months, and the other earlier this year.

Did I feel guilty? Yes.

Did it do any good? Yes!

Is it okay to put your blog on the side for a while? Why the hell not?

Your blog, your rules! And sometimes, it might be the best decision you can take for you and your corner of the Internet…

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Pick and Choose: She Chose Me by Tracey Emerson @TraceyJEmerson @Legend_Press #SheChoseMe @CBrotherstone

Happy Monday everyone! I am so excited to kick off the week with a wonderful book. I have been lucky recently with my reads but this one is special and I only needed one sitting to finish it! That’s just how good it is!

I received an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is my thank you to the Legend Press team!

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Title: She Chose Me
Author: Tracey Emerson
Date of publication: 15th October 2018
Publisher: Legend Press
Format: e-copy

Not having a child can change your life as much as having one.’ 

Grace has returned to London after twenty years abroad to manage her dying mother’s affairs. When she receives a blank Mother’s Day card in the post, she is confused and unsettled. Who could have sent it to her and why? She isn’t a mother.

Another Mother’s Day card arrives. Then come the silent phone calls. Haunted by disturbing flashbacks, Grace starts to unravel. Someone is out to get her. Someone who knows what she has done. Someone who will make her face the past she has run from for so long.

Emerson creates an intricate web in this intense psychological thriller whose high energy and fast-pace will have you racing towards the climactic conclusion.

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Lazy Saturday Review: And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott @Wildfirebks @ThePigeonholeHQ

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From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

Some author names never leave your timeline and keep you curious. I had been hearing about Rachel Abbott forever but had never taken the leap and check her novels. Silly me!

  Then I got lucky because the wonderful team at The Pigeonhole gave me the opportunity to discover the author and her latest novel!

and so it beginsTitle: And So It Begins
Author: Rachel Abbott
Date of publication: 2018
Publisher: Wildfire
Format: e-copy via The Pigeonhole website

So this is how it ends. It is clear to me now: one of us has to die.

Mark and Evie had a whirlwind romance. Evie brought Mark back to life after the sudden death of his first wife. Cleo, Mark’s sister, knows she should be happy for him. But Cleo doesn’t trust Evie…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As Evie stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?

And So It Begins is a darkly compulsive psychological thriller with all the hallmarks of a Rachel Abbott bestseller – a provocative dilemma, richly-layered mystery, knife-edge tension, and brilliant characterization.

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Hymne au livre à Gradignan: Lire en Poche édition 2018! @ed_lamartiniere @ActesSud @EditionsPoints @ragnarjo @Victordelarbol @anneetarnaud @LireenPoche

Un peu d’histoire…

Un jour d’octobre 2017, j’assistais à ma première édition de Lire en Poche, festival bondé et très intéressant avec ma promotion du pôle Métiers du Livre de L’IUT de Bordeaux… De bons souvenirs, un peu de timidité, et une belle rencontre, Monsieur Stéphane Marsan!

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Il y a quelques semaines, dans un petit pub de Stirling pendant le festival écossais Bloody Scotland, je me suis retrouvée devant un grand nom du polar islandais… Ragnar Jónasson! (ps: merci à mes amies pour cette rencontre!) Petit moment de fangirlism, petite discussion, chanson en islandais, bref, j’étais sous le charme de ses livres depuis longtemps et j’ai découvert un homme gentil et très intelligent!

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Deux auteurs géniaux et une blogueuse après une grosse journée!

Ce soir la, j’ai également découvert que Lire en Poche 2018 réservait de belles surprises…

Oui, parce que je suis coupable. Lectrice invétérée, je nage dans les eaux anglaises depuis si longtemps que j’ai délaissé mon pays et ma langue. On ne m’y reprendra plus!

Quelques jours plus tard, une fabuleuse amie et collègue de la librairie Mollat me proposait un petit panel cosy en companie d’un auteur dont j’avais vendu le livre sans l’avoir encore lu… Víctor del Árbol.

L’Espagne et l’Islande, deux en un, ici chez moi, en Gironde? Je dis OUI!

C’est donc avec excitation que j’ai décidé de faire de Lire en Poche 2018 mon premier festival français en tant que blogueuse et diplômée en édition!

Visitez le site pour savoir ce qu’il s’y passait! Ici!

Et cliquez sur ‘read more’ pour connaître mon aventure 2018 à Gradignan!

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