A day in the life of…Sharon Bairden of chapterinmylife


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Sharon BairdenMy name and website link: Hi all, my name is Sharon and I blog over at chapterinmylife. I blog about crime fiction and psychological thrillers, especially those with a Scottish connection.

I live just outside of Glasgow and books are my passion.

As well as book reviews, I can often be found at crime book festivals, book launches and author events and always write a wee post about them.

I also cover author interviews, I run a feature to coincide with Book Week Scotland every year and I love to post a cover reveal for new books coming out.

My blog name was a little bit random to be honest as I never really intended starting a book blog, my blog was initially going to be some random musings about my life until I thought how dull that would be.  Continue reading

News: An evening with Featherstone Reading Group


With a surname like Featherstone, there’s one stop-off that had to be a priority during the publication week blog tour for A Forsaken Friend – the former mining town of Featherstone where, in 1893, Winston Churchill allegedly ordered troops to fire on striking miners.

He didn’t: the culprit was a local magistrate but the myth persists.

History aside – it was lovely to be invited to join the lovely ladies of Featherstone reading group and to chat books with them.

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Thank you to Kathy Ryan for the invitation and to everyone else for making me so welcome.

Looking forward to catching up again soon.

And you can find out more about the Featherstone massacre, in which two miners died and six others were injured, here.

Review: haunting cliffhanger ending for Hattie Hastings in new novella from Audrey Davis



Hattie Hastings 2It’s appropriate that the blurb for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings: Part Two comes with a warning: Cliffhangar ending.

Nevertheless, I let out a silent scream when I reached the last page…’Noooooooooooooo’.

Because I really, really, really want to know what happens next to Hattie and co.


Thank heavens the final instalment in this delightful trio of novellas by Audrey Davis is due out May/June.

Just in time for the summer holidays and a satisfying sunny afternoon read on the beach.

Because Hattie Hastings is a sunshine read albeit with a slightly bonkers plot – dead Continue reading

A day in the life of…Sarah Hardy of bytheletterbookreviews



Sarah HardyMy name and website link: Hi, I’m Sarah, I’m based in Leeds and I blog at https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/. I read a variety of genres but my firm favourites are crime/psychological thrillers. I mainly post reviews but also do the occasional Q&A as well as guest posts. You can also follow me on Twitter @sarahhardy681 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Bytheletterbookreviews/

I started blogging in April 2015. I love reading and after joining some online Facebook book groups discovered bloggers – and how important reviews are to authors. I also realised there were many writers whose books you, sadly, don’t see in the shops and I wanted to help shout about them. There are so many great authors Continue reading

Viewpoint: publication day memories of another March 21…


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March 21 should have been my eldest daughter’s 34th birthday.

It isn’t because – typically – she turned up eight days late at 8.20pm on March 29 after an emergency Caesarean section.

It was also the first time one of the early James Bond movies was screened on terrestrial television in the UK.

The anaesthetist made no secret about his disappointment at missing the start of the film. Continue reading

Blog tour: A Forsaken Friend


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Blog tourMy eldest daughter was supposed to arrive on March 21 – she didn’t, she was eight days late – so fingers crossed my new baby, also due to put in an appearance on March 21, arrives on time.

Yes, A Forsaken Friend, my second novel with my co-author, Susan Pape, is published tomorrow.


Our blog tour, organised by Anne Cater, of Random Things Tours, is well underway and we’ve already had some fabulous reviews from Being Anne, Kraftireader, and Rambles, Writing and Amusing Musings.

Yorkshire giveawayThe tour runs until March 28.

Finally, our publisher Lakewater Press post is celebrating with a special release price sale and a Yorkshire-themed giveaway.

Find out more and read today’s exclusive extract here.



Review: A monstrously enjoyable crime thriller from Rebecca Bradley



Fighting MonstersFingers crossed we haven’t seen the last of DI Hannah Robbins, who leads the Nottingham-based East Midlands Special Operations Unit, investigating serious crimes across county borders.

Because, though she’s definitely a flawed cop, struggling to accept the new recruit who’s stepped into the shoes of a young protégé killed in the line of duty, she’s also a meticulous and dedicated one.

And it would be a pity if Fighting Monsters by Rebecca Continue reading

News: time to join Lee and Teri for dinner – but what’s on the menu?


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A Forsaken FriendThankfully, after yesterday’s hair-raising encounter Teri has got her clothes back on but nothing is ever straightforward where she and best friend Lee are concerned.

Today’s exclusive extract from A Forsaken Friend, published by Lakerwater Press on March 21, sees the two meet-up over dinner in Teri’s favourite restaurant.

Only this time Teri’s taking the food orders – and she’s not happy to see Lee and her new beau getting their feet under the table.

Described as a warm, funny and entertaining read, full of twists and turn, A Forsaken Friend is more diva lit than chick lit it, and follows the lives of best friends Teri Meyer and Lee Harper as they navigate the ups-and-downs of their friendship whilst also juggling men, careers and family.

A Forsaken Friend is currently available to pre-order on Amazon for just 99p. And you can pick up a copy A Falling Friend, the first novel in our Friends trilogy, free on Amazon  March 21-26.

Don’t forget to visit Lakewater Press here and see why Lee isn’t expecting much in the way of customer service.


Review: Ravens Gathering – genre busting debut from Graeme Cumming keeps the pages turning


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Ravens GatheringIt’s very hard to pigeonhole Ravens Gathering, the debut novel from Graeme Cumming.

Part return of the prodigal son, part murder mystery/crime thriller and part something more akin to sci-fi than anything else.

Certainly not the other world fantasy suggested by the title – although there were elements of other worldness too.

Such a mixed bag shouldn’t work – surely it’s against the rules to blend genres so thoroughly? Continue reading