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WWW Wednesday logoIt’s WWW Wednesday again: and this week’s reading didn’t go anything like the way I’d planned it.

That’ll teach me to get complacent about the TBR!

Last Wednesday it seemed my weekly read was down to manageable proportions – one book club read and a couple of books I’ve fancied reading for a while and then…

…a friendly message from a Facebook colleague with a reminder that I was a day late with a review for a book I’d agreed to review weeks ago.

Ooops! Completely slipped off the radar – book immediately leaps to the top of the TBR pile and a promise to review by the weekend.

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A Falling Friend, my first novel with Susan Pape

And then an Advanced Reader Copy of A Forsaken Friend, my second novel with writing partner Susan Pape, arrived from the publisher.So that’s gone to the kindle for reading – it’s useful to read our work in the same format that readers read it.

It’s only two extra books but …thank heavens I’m a fast reader.

Thanks heavens too for WWW Wednesday because it’s proved a useful way of organising my reading.

What’s WWW Wednesday? It’s a fun way to share what you’ve been reading and which books on your TBR pile you hope to tackle next.

It’s currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Books and it’s easy to join in.

Simply answer the three questions below, post on your blog and then click here on the link to Taking on a World of Books and leave a comment and a link to your blog post for others to see.

Don’t have a blog? Just leave a comment with your responses.

And the questions are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s what my reading looks like:

Currently reading:

Both The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and The Buried Book by DM Pulley are still on the TBR pile having managed only a couple of pages before I received the review nudge from the Facebook pal. But absolutely MUST read The Buried Book by the end of next week because my Real Life book group meets on Friday.

Also partway through A Forsaken Friend – unfortunately can’t share the cover because we have the official cover reveal next week.

Recently finished:

The First by A. Claire Everward

The FirstI belong to a number of Facebook reading and writing communities: they’re a great way to connect with like-minded people and I’ve made some lovely virtual friends.

One of these groups had a reviewer request sub-group where authors offer review copies of their books to other members.

It’s a good deal all round because readers get early copies of new books and writers attract new readers.

Truthfully, I was a little disappointed with this one: it didn’t quite live up to the blurb which, I thought promised a thriller. In fact, the book is a more moralistic story about the struggle between good and evil that works well on several fronts  and, will, I’m sure, appeal to people who enjoy a slower, more reflective read.

Just not me. You can read my review here.

What the blurb says:

Find Her.

Is the ancient directive that has once again reawakened in the hearts of those who hide.

Kill Her!

Is the frantic command of those who fear their rise.

Aelia returns from a vacation that did not go quite as she expected, to a life she does not feel at home in but that is, at least, hers. Or so she thinks. Within days of returning she is targeted by a hit man and she has no idea why.

But then neither does he. All Kyle Rhys knows is that to protect humanity, this woman must die. At least, he thinks, killing her will be easy. After all, the organization that has raised him has prepared him for her death his entire life.

So why can’t he kill her?

In an impossible turn of events, both killer and target find themselves on the run from those who would stop at nothing to destroy them, to those who hold a truth that would overturn their entire world, taking their very identities from them forever.

Available to buy on Amazon.

Reading next:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor OliphantThis is a carry-over from last week. It’s been on the TBR pile for a while – highly recommended by friends – and I’ve opened it a couple of times but never managed to get properly started.

However, last week I joined a local bookstore book group and this is their February read.

So, MUST read before the next meet up on March 07.

Read what my writing partner Susan Pape thought here.

Available to buy on Amazon.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings: Part Two by Audrey Davis (Published March 21, 2018.)

The Haunting of Hattings Hastings Part TwoThe first instalment of the Hattie Hastings trilogy was on my reading list a couple of weeks ago.

It was delightful so I’m looking forward to reading my Advanced Reader Copy which popped into my inbox this morning.

Expecting another treat.

What the blurb says:

The story continues … Hattie is used to her deceased husband Gary dropping in and out of her life.

His timing might not always be great, but at least he’s still around. Although – when Hattie tentatively tries a spot of dating – his interference isn’t entirely welcome.

​Best friend Cat is lapping up her new relationship with teacher Jamie, but ex-husband Stewart isn’t prepared to fade into the background.

​Hattie’s mother Rachel faces a daunting battle, one she doesn’t want to burden family and friends with. But there’s someone waiting in the wings who might be more than a shoulder to cry on.

​Gary still doesn’t know what his mission on earth is, and spirit guide Clarence isn’t offering any clues. Will an encounter with another provide him with answers, or put Hattie in an impossible situation?

Prepare for more laughs and tears in the second instalment of a trilogy which takes a darkly comic look at life … and the afterlife.

Warning: cliffhanger ending.

Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming

Ravens GatheringJust a quick mention for this one which has been sitting on the TBR pile ever since I met Graeme at a book event 12 months ago.

But a recent review by blogger Anne Williams of Being Anne has prompted a move to nearer the top of the pile.

I doubt it will get read this week but maybe next…

What the blurb says:

As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing.

And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving.

Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it.

She felt him move in behind her. After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recobised the irony of her reaction. His closeness offered security.

‘You know what they are, don’t you?’

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident. For the Gates family, in particular, it’s more than a coincidence, but unease increases following a brutal attack.

As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences.

And only a select few know why the ravens are gathering.

Available to buy on Amazon.

What are you reading?