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Hide and Seek: Death Will Find Me by Vanessa Robertson @Ness_Robertson #LoveBooksGroupTours #GuestPost

Hello Tuesday! Welcome to Vanessa Robertson on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

My thanks to Kelly from Love Books Group for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

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Title: Death Will Find Me
Author: Vanessa Robertson
Publisher: Wild Justice Press
Date of publication: February 2019

Scotland, 1920.
Meet Tessa Kilpatrick; heiress and war-time covert operations agent.

Finding her husband – the feckless James – with another woman at a 1920s country house party, she demands a divorce. But when his body is discovered in a lonely stone bothy the next morning, Inspector Hamish Rasmussen sees Tessa as his only suspect.

Back in Edinburgh, links to another murder convince Rasmussen of her innocence. He enlists her help and together they set off on a pursuit that will bring Tessa once again face to face with the brutality of war as well as revealing to her the lengths that desperate people will go to in order to protect those they love. 

Will Tessa be able to prevent a final murder or will she become the killer’s latest victim?

This book will be perfect for anyone who’s enjoyed the work of Catriona McPherson, Sara Sheridan and Jessica Fellowes. 

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There She Goes: Who Is She by V. Clifford @VicClifford #LoveBooksGroupTours

One day, two reviews! What better than to kick off the week with a coup-de-coeur?

My biggest thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

Who is She by V Clifford
Title: Who Is She?
Author: V. Clifford
Publisher: Inverardoch Press
Date of publication:2018
Format: e-copy
Number of pages: 189

Who is She? No one knows that the past is a strange country more than Scottish sleuth Viv Fraser. In this, the fifth Mystery, Viv is compelled to investigate a series of misadventures that are too close to home. Unravelling a veil of deception she discovers just how much of her past is in the present. No stranger to a challenge, she risks more than her pride hunting down the people who have threatened her family. Mac is on hand to help but will she let him? 

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Tell Me: #MyLastLie by Ella Drummond @HeraBooks @drummondella1 @BOTBSPublicity

Happy new week to you all! Today’s post was supposed to come to you yesterday… I won’t bore you with details because it’s all about the book, but let’s say some things are very frustrating when they don’t go according to plan! (Yes, I’m pointing at you, WP schedule!!!!)

I would like to thank Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this tour!

mylastlieTitle: My Last Lie
Author: Ella Drummond
Publisher: Hera Books
Date of publication: February 2019
Format: e-copy

New beginnings. Old secrets.
Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.

Successful, beautiful and very much in love.
Until a year ago – and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.
When their baby died, a part of them died with him.
Now they’re trying to rebuild themselves, moving to a stunning house in rural Cornwall.
But someone knows all their secrets – and will stop at nothing to disturb their fragile peace.

Theo and Pilar are about to learn that you can try to hide – but you can never outrun your past.

A unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller that will hook you until the final shocking twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Wife Between Us will be captivated.   

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Now and Then: #DeadMemories by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture

Guys!!! This Sunday is one of my favourites! Today, Kim Stone visits Chocolate’n’Waffles! Take out the wine, settle on the couch, read my review, and GO READ THE BOOK!

I can’t find the words to thank Kim Nash and Angela Marsons enough for having invited me to be part of this blog tour. I am utterly happy, absolutely thriller, and totally grateful. This review is unbiased, though, and all opinions are mine.

Dead-Memories-KindleTitle: Dead Memories
Author: Angela Marsons
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication:
Format: NetGalley ecopy
Number of pages: 459

She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.

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Look Up At The Sky: Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @orendabooks

Happy Saturday! Welcome to #SaturdOrenda! Yes, I like to come up with weird names to put in my hashtags, bear with me. It was supposed to be #OrendaFriday but Fridays are busy. Moreover, I NEED to tell you all about Louise Beech’s latest novel because you NEED to read it!

My biggest thanks to Karen Sullivan for providing me with my Louise fix!

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Title: Call Me Star Girl
Author: Louise Beech
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: ebook 18.02.2019 / paperback 18.04.2019 / audiobook available
Format: ebook
Number of pages: 300

Pregnant Victoria Valbon was brutally murdered in an alley three weeks ago – and the killer hasn’t been caught.

Tonight is Stella McKeever’s final radio show. The theme is secrets. She wants yours, and in exchange she will share some of hers. The ones she knows. But she doesn’t know everything.

Why has Stella’s mother, Elizabeth, finally returned fourteen years after leaving her with a neighbour? Is Stella’s new love, Tom, a man who likes to play games, exciting … or dangerous?

And who is the mysterious man calling the radio station to say he knows who killed Victoria? Tonight Stella’s final show may reveal the biggest secret of all…

With echoes of the chilling Play Misty for Me, Call Me Star Girl is a taut, emotive and all-consuming psychological thriller that plays on our deepest fears, providing a stark reminder that stirring up dark secrets from the past can be deadly…

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Rotten to the Core? #AsSickAsOurSecrets by A.B. Whelan @AuthorABWhelan #randomthingstour

Did you miss me? Because I have missed you! This month is turning into a big mess, but let’s smile and keep going!

My biggest thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. My deepest apologies to her and the author for the delay.

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Title: As Sick As Our Secrets
Author: A.B. Whelan
Date of publication: 2019
Format: uncorrected ecopy

Olivia Campbell has the life most women want. A respected husband, beautiful
home, and the freedom that only financial security can provide.
But not all is as it appears…
Olivia has secrets, and after discovering a hidden journal in her husband’s study,
she realizes that she’s not the only one.
As her picture perfect world starts to fall apart around her, Olivia wonders just how
deep the secrets run as she finds herself immersed in the investigation of a young
missing girl.
Some coincidences are just too hard to ignore, but how far is she willing to go to
discover the truth?
Told from multiple perspectives, As Sick as Our Secrets is a dark, fast-paced
thriller that delves into dark subject matters like addiction, murder, sexual violence,
and danger. The story was inspired by an article about college girls soliciting their
bodies to earn money for school. This book is not for the faint-hearted.

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Once Upon A Time: Leo and the Lightning Dragons by @leolightdragons ‏@FledglingPress #Lovebooksgrouptours

This Friday is special to me. Today, I jump into the world of children books. Today, I share my thoughts, gingerly, carefully, and with hope, about a book that opened my eyes, moved me, and made me fall for the bravest knight of them all.

Thank you to Love Books Group, the lovely Kelly, for letting me be part of this journey, and this blog tour. 

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Title: Leo and the Lightning Dragons
Written by: Gill White
Illustrated by:
Gilli B
Publisher: Fledgling Press
Date of hardback publication: OUT NOW
Format: PDF

Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).  

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With A Little Help From My Friends: The Happiness Project by Pippa James @PippaJamesbooks @bookouture

Don’t you think those long and cold days are dull? Well, I have the perfect cure! Welcome to The Happiness Project!

I would like to thank Kim at Bookouture for inviting me to join this blog tour!

the happiness project.jpgTitle: The Happiness Project
Author: Pippa James
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of hardback publication: 12 February 2019
Format: NetGalley uncorrected copy
Number of pages: 343

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

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Watch Your Back: Consent by Leo Benedictus @leobenedictus @portassoph ‏ @LouisaJoyner @FaberBooks #YouNeedToReadIt

A new week, new bookish adventures!

It took me time, but I can finally share my thoughts about what I believe to be one of the best books of the year. I’ve already read 23 novels so I know what I’m talking about! More seriously, I swear that I need to see Consent on all TBRs. Here’s why…

Many thanks to Sophie at Faber & Faber for offering me the chance to discover Leo Benedictus and Consent. This review is my unbiased opinion.

consentTitle: Consent
Author: Leo Benedictus
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of hardback publication: 7th February 2019
Format: paperback
Number of pages: 240

Frances is bright, young and single, enjoying life and her burgeoning career in the big city.
But after attracting the attention of a stranger, her life begins to unravel from the inside out.
A seductive novel of power and complicity. Consent shows us just how vulnerable we are to the will of others – people we may not even know…

An ingeniously nasty exercise reminiscent of Vladimir Nabokov and Patricia Highsmith – John Dugdale, Sunday Times

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