2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Let’s Get Published By Val Penny @valeriepenny @lovebooksgroup

I’ve always been a sucker for a cover reveal and I’m pleased to say that I’m sharing one with you today. It had been a while but I’ve got back into having a steady flow of these here at Hayley Reviews. Once again I would like to thank Kelly @lovebooksgroup for inviting me to this reveal.

So before we get to the good stuff let me tell you a bit about Let’s Get Published by Val Penny.

Blurb: At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! The book was written to assist authors to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors on how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

Without further ado here is the striking cover for Let’s Get Published.

I’ve gotta say I’m a sucker for a post it note. During lockdown I’ve used a few more of my small post it’s on my buddy reading and it’s felt good. That clock also reminds me of my childhood with a smile.

About the author: Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen and read today then head over and purchase it here.

Thank you once again Kelly. There will be a second blog post from me later today so watch this space, and once again I will be doing a Q&A on Friday so feel free to send me over any questions you would love me to answer.

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Déjà Vu Here We Go Again…by Melody Saleh @MelodySaleh @lovebooksgroup

Happy Saturday all and today I’m pleased to share a cover reveal thanks to Kelly @lovebooksgroup. I am bringing you the cover of Deja Vu Here We Go Again By Melody Saleh which is released on 23rd June and you can pre-order it Here.

So what is Deja Vu… Here We Go Again all about.

Here’s the blurb: Happiness is finally within reach for best friends, Amber, Dominque, Debra and Zya.  But fate has other plans…

Pregnant and widowed, Debra is engaged to suave and charming Italian heartthrob Roberto.  So why does her heart race when she thinks about her therapist, Brian?  Has she said yes to the wrong man?

Dominque has found the love and acceptance she always longed for with Tad.  But devastating news soon threatens their future together.

Successful fashion designer Zya has discovered her own unexpected happily ever after with Tina . . . until her daughter, Ashanti is bullied and becomes the focus of a police investigation and the media. Now Zya suddenly stands to lose everything she holds dear.

Finally, together with the only man she’s ever loved, Amber is determined to not let anything come between her and Patrick—not even her jealous and vindictive identical twin sister.  But someone is watching . . . waiting for the right moment to destroy her . . .

Will the women get their happy ending, or is it déjà vu all over again?  Find out in the dramatic and suspenseful second book of the Unbroken series.

Without further ado here is the cover…

About the Author: After 35+ years in operations for various businesses (including her own), Melody pursued her dream of writing a novel. Having written for business publications, local magazines and even publishing a poem, Chemo’s not for Sissies, during treatment after her first cancer diagnosis, it was time to finish the novel that was started many years ago. When she started  writing, “Facade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear,” she had no idea where her characters were going to take her. “The story basically wrote itself. It was like a movie projector playing in my mind,” is how she describes her experience. It soon became apparent, their voices were not to be silenced… “The Unbroken Series” was born. “Deja Vu: Here We Go Again,” Book II, to be released June 23, 2020, followed by C’est la Vie, Book III, in December.

Melody lives with her husband in her native home state Florida. She’s blessed to be alive today after two cancer diagnoses and enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up; something she doesn’t take for granted.

So what do you think of the cover….I think it’s gorgeous looks like a lippy advertisement. Thank you again to Kelly.

Apologies that there was no blog post yesterday but I think that’s the only day so far in May. Will be back later with my weekly update.

2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Fire On the Island By Timothy Jay Smith.

Today at Hayley Reviews I’m happy to be sharing a cover reveal. I do love a vibrant cover that sparks my interest and today’s does exactly that.

Today’s cover is for Fire on the Island and it is published on 7th July and you can pre-order it Here.

Blurb: FIRE ON THE ISLAND is a playful, romantic thriller set in contemporary Greece, with a gay Greek-American FBI agent, who is undercover on the island to investigate a series of mysterious fires. Set against the very real refugee crisis on the beautiful, sun-drenched Greek islands, this novel paints a loving portrait of a community in crisis. As the island residents grapple with declining tourism, poverty, refugees, family feuds, and a perilously damaged church, an arsonist invades their midst.

Nick Damigos, the FBI agent, arrives on the island just in time to witness the latest fire and save a beloved truffle-sniffing dog. Hailed as a hero and embraced by the community, Nick finds himself drawn to Takis, a young bartender who becomes his primary suspect, which is a problem because they’re having an affair. Theirs is not the only complicated romance in the community and Takis isn’t the only suspicious character on the island. The priest is an art forger, a young Albanian waiter harbors a secret, the captain of the coast guard station seems to have his own agenda, and the village itself hides a violent history. Nick has to unravel the truth in time to prevent catastrophe, as he comes to terms with his own past trauma. In saving the village, he will go a long way toward saving himself.

A long time devotee of the Greek islands, Smith paints the setting with gorgeous color and empathy, ushering in a new romantic thriller with the charm of Zorba the Greek while shedding bright light on the very real challenges of life in contemporary Greece.

Without further ado….

It’s pretty vibrant eh?

About the author: Tim has traveled the world collecting stories and characters for his novels and screenplays which have received high praise. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for the Novel. He won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his first book, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as one of the Best Books of 2012. Tim was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, “Stolen Memories.” His recent novel, The Fourth Courier received tremendous reviews. His screenplays have won numerous international competitions. Tim is the founder of the Smith Prize for Political Theater. He lives in France.

Thank you as ever to Kelly at Love Books Group

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Zoe May never fails to deliver….

Ever since I first discovered Zoe May I’ve been hooked and today she announced not her next novel that’s already known and available next month. Today she has shared her cover for her novel that comes out next February. Just ahead of my 37th birthday now that makes me feel old but I know that this will be welcome escapism.

It’s available for pre-order and you can do so Here and this is how Zoe describes it…I have a new book coming out next year!! 🤗💕 Swiped Out is about what happens when a serial online dater quits swiping and seeks love in the real world 😁👨‍❤️‍👨

I still remember devouring When Polly Met Olly when I was at the seaside with my family you can read my thoughts Here

I ended up winning a signed paperback of this one I truly loved it and I was so excited that it was also available in physical form and you can read my thoughts on this one Here.

This one is what brought me to Zoe and I’m so thankful to this book as she’s a go to author for me, so here are my thoughts on her debut Perfect Match Debut thoughts. I have How (Not) to date a Prince but I still haven’t got my teeth into that one and her next novel Flying solo is out next month and I cannot wait.

It’s been a month now since my last working day and to say I miss my daily routine and work is an understatement. In these strange and scary times my blessings are being with most of my family and being able to face time the rest and having time to do those things we keep putting off and shoving my head into a good book.

2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Another Us By Kirsten Hesketh

Following a call out on Twitter I am pleased to share with you a simply gorgeous cover reveal for Kirsten Hesketh’s Another Us. When I received the email with the copy I was intrigued and my how pretty the cover is.

What if Emma isn’t the person she thought she was?
Her younger son has just been diagnosed with autism.

She’s accidentally quit her job.

The marriage she was dedicated to suddenly seems like a sham.

She’s pretty sure that she is going to have an affair with a hot new dad at the school.

The only thing that stays the same is everyone else. Emma realises it’s not them – it’s her. But if she’s not who she thought she was, can her old life fit in with the new Emma?

Compassionate, funny and poignant, Another Us is perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Fiona Gibson.Link to buy:
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What do you think??? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you Canelo for letting me take part in this reveal.
2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Silent Cry By Jenny O’Brien

It’s been a while since I’ve done a cover reveal and this one looks so good.


Blurb: Alys is fine. Don’t try to find us.

Five years ago, Izzy Grant’s boyfriend Charlie took their newborn daughter Alys out for a drive.

They never came back.

After years of waiting, Izzy has almost given up hoping that they’re still alive – until a note is pushed through her door telling her they’re fine, not to look for them. Suddenly the case is top priority again, and Izzy is swarmed with faces from the past: the detective who was first on the scene to help; an old friend who vanished not long after Alys and Charlie.

Izzy doesn’t know who she can trust, who is sending her notes, where Charlie and Alys might be. Her only ally is DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Cardiff and fleeing a painful past of her own.

Gaby knows something doesn’t fit with the case, and she knows Izzy won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to her daughter. Could someone she knew and trusted really have taken Alys from her?

Wherever Alys and Charlie are, Gaby is determined to find them, no matter what it takes. Somewhere in Izzy’s past is a clue, if Gaby can only find it…

If that’s wet your appetite then you can pre-order this thriller Here

2019, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: I Can See The Lights By Russ Litten

Today I am pleased to be sharing a cover courtesy of Kelly @ Love Books Group. I must say I’m intrigued by this cover…

If like me you want to know more about this story…then look no further.

Blurb: The prose poems in I Can See The Lights are earthy and raw, but also incredibly sensitive. It’s pretty much guaranteed that more than one of them will bring you to tears. Characters are vividly brought to life, and stark but warm environments evoked in a down to earth, yet almost painterly manner by Russ Litten’s uncompromising voice.

Tales of home, of un-belonging, of strife at sea – of a northern city’s beating heart. Told in a mesmeric, stripped-down tone, this collection is a work of genius.

Author Bio:

Russ Litten is the author of the novels Scream If You Want To Go Faster, Swear Down, Kingdom and the short story collection We Know What We Are.

As one half of the electronic storytelling duo Cobby and Litten, he has released three spoken word/electronica albums My People Come From The Sea, Boothferry and Pound Shop Communism.

He has written for TV, radio and film and has worked as a writer in residence at various prisons and youth offender units. I Can See The Lights is his first poetry collection. 

2019, Blog Tour, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Final Trail By AA Abbott

It’s always a pleasure to receive an email from Kelly @LoveBooksGroup so when this one pinged through my instant response was yes.

I just love looking at book covers and this deep purple fits the time of year perfectly.

I haven’t read any of this series but I must say I’m left feeling deeply intrigued.

What are your thoughts?

If that isn’t enough to wet your appetite here is a bit more about the book itself.

THE LAST EDITION OF TENSE CRIME THRILLER

SERIES SET IN BIRMINGHAM

RECEIVES CITY CENTRE LAUNCH

Birmingham has well and truly been put on the crime thriller map with the success of the TV series Peaky Blinders but for bookworms amongst us the popular Trail Series has long brought readers into the modern day 21st century with its tense storylines, murder and intrigue set in and around the city.

The Trail series features a vodka business, a cancer cure and obsessive killers. Every book is a good read in its own right – each is a great crime story with terrific twists to keep the tension mounting – but together, they follow the same characters over several years.

The Trail series author AA Abbott also known as Helen Blenkinsop, has been compared with the likes of Ruth Rendell, John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer.  She lived and studied in Birmingham for nearly 20 years and her passion and love for the city became the inspiration for the Trail series.

Now, after four successful editions the last storyline will be revealed in the publication of THE FINAL TRAIL which will be launched in Birmingham on 28th October.

In the last book …”Glamorous Kat White has built a successful craft vodka brand in Birmingham, but she has an uneasy relationship with her business partner, Marty Bridges. Her mother had previously supplied with poisonous vodka. Marty doesn’t trust Kat, resents having to depend on her for commercial success, and isn’t thrilled that his eldest son wants to marry her. That’s not his biggest problem, though. He’s trying to develop a cancer drug with Kat’s brother, Erik, and it’s draining money he doesn’t have. Just as he finds an investor with pockets deep enough to fund their research, Erik is lured to the former Soviet Union and thrown into jail. Meanwhile, Ben Halloran, who killed his father to save Kat’s life, is faced with the twin risks of a murder charge and his brother’s deep-seated desire for revenge. Can Ben escape with his life and liberty? And can Marty save both Erik and his business – and learn to trust Kat?”

Helen said “I’ve been writing about these amazing characters for over 5 years, so you can imagine, they have become a part of my life. It’s been a great journey and they have come through so many storylines that it feels right for them to achieve their dreams at last.”

Most of the action in THE FINAL TRAIL takes place across the city and features the famous Rose Villa Tavern and 1,000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter; The Mailbox, home to the BBC in Birmingham, Holloway Head by the famous Pagoda Island and locations in Harborne and Edgbaston.

Helen added “It’s going to be very sad to launch the last book as the stories and characters have built up such a following but it will give me the opportunity to weave new and exciting tales – I have so many ideas buzzing in my head.”

THE FINALTRAIL is a perfect read for those who like a fast-paced crime thriller combined with suspense, humour and plot twists.  It’s ideal to take away on holiday and provides a great read during the autumn/winter nights.

THE FINALTRAIL will be available to order from Amazon in e-book, paperback and  dyslexia-friendly format from Monday 28th October 2019.

Website:  https://aaabbott.co.uk/   

Twitter:  @AAAbbottstories

Blurb:

Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.

To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.  

Twitter Handles 

@AAAbbottstories

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2BJmoHg

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Cover Reveal: The Vagabond Mother By Tracey Scott – Townsend

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cover reveal. When Kelly @ Love Books Group email pinged through my interest was piqued. Not only is she a fab blogger she’s one of the best blog tour organisers so if I can help I will.

I love a cover reveal so they are always welcome here at Hayley Reviews. So without further ado.

It’s an interesting cover and if that isn’t enough for you here is the blurb…

Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…

Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.

Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.

Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.

Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.

Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Buy The Vagabond Mother

Thank you Kelly for including me in this cover reveal.

 

2019, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Gift Of Happiness By Holly Martin

Today I am pleased to be a part of the reveal of Holly Martin’s latest book. I’ve done a few of these for Holly and I’m always happy and honoured to help her when she sends an email through….so the initial reveals have been happening over on Twitter today at 12pm and at 6pm which is why I’m posting my blog post now.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

I have to admit I feel like a bit of a fraud as I have a few of Holly’s books but I’ve not actually read any of them. Where should I start? Or should I wait for this beauty in October. It’s released on 25th October.

@HollyMAuthor and the Amazon link, https://amzn.to/2Q1WPez