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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT A Brutal Silence by Margaret Dardess #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Babus, she blogs here

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Babus has been reading A Brutal Silence by Margaret Dardess


Alex Harrington had a gruelling experience when she was abducted in Mexico but somehow managed to escape. Since she has devoted time to helping women who need support and healthcare but when an abused woman comes to the clinic where she works Alex is drawn into an organised and dangerous business where grudges are held and the roots of evil go deeper than she could possibly imagine.

This fast paced emotive read was gripping, Alex is from a well to do influential family but any illusion of security she has is shattered by her traumatic experience. Her empathetic nature make her character that I found enjoyable to read.

An entertaining crime thriller with a gripping story.

Book Description

Alex Harrington’s genteel southern world shatters when two strangers drag her…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Where There’s Smoke by @CathyCole66 #TuesdaybookBlog

Rosie Amber

Today’s second team review is from Georgia, she blogs here

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Georgia has been reading Where There’s Smoke by Cathy Cole


I received a copy of this novel as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and in exchange for my honest review, so here it is.

Where There’s Smoke is a story about Jo Woods, a firefighter who, after stirring up trouble for the authorities in her previous town, has been banished to the backwater of Mourne Lough. She is a survivor but the guilt she carries with her is more than just survivor guilt. When it becomes clear the killer has struck again, she starts making waves, much to the displeasure of her seniors, and the killer. Before long she is the target and the pressure is on to reveal the killer’s identity before he/she strikes again.

I do like reading a good mystery but I’m not…

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Local Sadness : Beauty Without Roots

Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!

This could not be much more local: It deals with my precious garden – and, by implication, with the beds and borders of my heart…

I could weep.

But also I could cringe, a worm of embarrassment squirming in my heart.

The beautiful freesias – my favourite flower, their scent so evocative and fine – that I replanted on Saturday did not, as it turned out, have viable roots, and have wilted and died, their delicate heads sunk upon withered chests, their perfume now the rancorous edge to happy memory.

I am subtly ashamed of myself for uprooting and massacring, albeit in innocence, their fragile root system.

I cringe at my blithe expectation that everything I moved from one patch to another would blossom and thrive.

The symbol of this act is as deep as those roots turned out to be shallow.

I cringe.

Tears fall.

But, I shall…

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Why I’ll Never Run Another Goodreads Giveaway Again … Probably … Maybe

Carrie Rubin

I’ve wanted to write about this for a while, so I’m emerging from my blogging peek-a-boo and publishing an actual post.

I could have just as easily titled it “That Time Winners Made Money off My Book but I Didn’t.”

I’m referring to winners of book giveaways who immediately sell the book on Amazon (or some other venue) without reading it first or leaving a review, which, although not required to win, is certainly the hope. Why enter a book giveaway if you’re not interested in the novel?

Of course, not all winners leave reviews. Maybe they never got around to reading the book. Maybe they didn’t like it and want to spare the author a bad review. No problem. Expecting everyone to review the book is unrealistic. I net about a 30% review response from giveaways, and from what I’ve read that tends to be the norm.

Hmm, that…

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Guest author: Jaye Marie – #TheBrokenLifeBlogTour @jaydawes2 #Mystery #Thriller

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In my wildest dreams, I could never have dreamed I would ever be running a Blog Tour for one of my own books. Just goes to show how far you can come if you let yourself dream big.

Way back at the beginning of my blogging career, I can remember wondering if I would ever write a book, and now I have written three, well, five if you count the non-fiction ones. At the time, I was happily editing Anita’s books. I never thought a muse would bother me.

When it did, I was astonished just how addictive writing can become. The most surprising thing was the behaviour of my characters. They became like old friends, and I enjoyed their company so much, the first book turned into a series. Even now, they are nagging me to let them loose again!

It has been an amazing and often terrifying journey…

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Vacation Update

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I skipped my Sunday evening post to honor the guest I hosted. I’m typing this right now with Frankie straddled across one leg. She’s the smaller of the puppies and more into cuddling than Nyx is.

Nyx is crashed out on the floor in a typical bulldog pose. Four feet in the air and snoring away. Otto is restless and uncomfortable. His pain medication seems to be helping, but not enough. I think we need to go back to the vet and see if there’s more that can be done. I miss my happy-go-lucky dog, and he’s more like an old dog that just sleeps all the time.

I’ve been getting things done, despite my little typing handicap. The Enhanced League is with the formatter, and we’ve exchanged a few emails. I’ve been working on blog tour posts, and have four of them roughed out, two as me and two…

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Writing Is MY Way Of Life


Writing is MY way of life—it is my passion and true love. Writing enables me to do what I love doing the most, and that is constructing stories and experiences that give my life meaning and add value to others’ lives.

Writing is my personal journey of being to becoming. Being implies accepting and embracing ALL of me—the noble me and the flawed me, the tolerant me and the smugly moralistic me, the blithesome me and the dispirited me, the celebrated me and the unacknowledged me. Becoming suggests that I am a complete individual while welcoming opportunities to stretch beyond the limits of my creative endurance.

Writing is my teacher. Writing teaches me to regard the inestimability of human connection and relationship. Writing teaches me the value of embracing the mystery of each person’s existence—beyond race, gender, ethnicity or philosophical worldview.  

6358814111864301781095310486_writer1.jpgWriting instructs me on how to live in…

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