Night Watcher – Chris Longmuir

Dundee Crime Series – Night Watcher is Book 1; Dead Wood is Book 2

A mysterious stranger arrives in Dundee, Scotland, with a mission to find a new Chosen One to punish. His inner voices guide him to Nicole, a ruthless business woman with a weakness for the husbands of other women.
One of Nicole’s paramours is found hanged and everyone assumes he has committed suicide. However, his estranged wife, Julie, knows better and blames his death on Nicole. Obsessed with the need to punish Nicole, Julie stalks her, unaware that there is another stalker, the deranged and dangerous Night Watcher.

Who will exact punishment on Nicole first?
What price will Nicole have to pay for her misdemeanors?
Will Julie’s mind games drive Nicole over the edge?
And what price will Julie have to pay for her obsession?

Only the Night Watcher knows!

My Thoughts

The creepy Night Watcher sent shivers down my spine! I loved the way we got inside his mind, got to see what he was thinking, how he saw the outside world and why he was doing what he was.  He certainly was a creepy character although, I have to admit, he was quite fascinating.  I even felt a bit sorry for him at one point.

There was insight into the lives of the people involved in the the story, making the characters real, giving them a rounded feel  rather than just standing alone in the main plot line.

It was great the way the watcher was watching another watcher – the way the plot wove together.  I wasn’t entirely sure who was responsible for the going-ons.  Was it the Night Watcher or was it Julie? Maybe the husband or a colleague?  Lots of tension and suspense from the first to the last page.

I don’t like the dark or basements at the best of times, I like them even less now!

Links for Chris Longmuir

Blogs – http://chrislongmuir.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter – @ChrisLongmuir

Love A Happy Ending – Featured Author http://loveahappyending.com/chris-longmuir/

Famous Five Plus – Author http://www.famousfiveplus.com/

Gina Dickerson is having a party …

I am delighted to be part of Gina Dickerson’s book launch today, her debut novel Lies Love Tells is out today – what a fantastic cover!

Gina is hosting a launch party today where you can win a signed copy of her book and other goodies, you can pop over by clicking this link to join in the fun.

Here’s a bit about Lies Love Tells

Saze Monnivan thinks Mr Him is not being completely honest with her. Fingers of suspicion tap at her, telling her that he’s not vanishing night after night to guzzle alcohol with his friend, Mr Dry, who appears to hate Saze. She pours her emotions into her blog diary and her real life takes a sharp turn, spiralling her into unknown territory, giving her the courage to stand up to Mr Him. Unfortunately Mr Him’s not the only person Saze needs to be afraid of. Something awful is happening to young women in the town and their lives are being extinguished frighteningly early.

As Saze’s life peaks and falls spectacularly and her blog attracts interest, comments, and trolls, she can’t help wondering if her followers exist only in the virtual or whether she needs to be looking over her shoulder.

Is Saze foolish to trust new faces, will she ever survive the madness she is inadvertently drawn into, and will she find the love she craves?

And here’s a bit about Gina

Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast with her family and Siberian husky. Besides writing, Gina loves vintage shopping, scoffing crisps with cheese (sometimes accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine), de-fluffing her dog, and buying new shoes. She has had short stories and poetry published in collections. Lies Love Tells is her first novel.

Links for Gina are:-

Blog:             http://ginadickerson.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter:        https://twitter.com/#!/GinaDWriter

Twitter tag: #LiesLoveTells

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/GinaDickerson

Facebook public event: https://www.facebook.com/events/154513681340254/


A busy few weeks coming up …

Just thought I would share a few things that are going on at the moment

Today I’m over at The Famous Five Plus talking about my lifelong love affair with … ????

Pop over and find out

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Friday I’m off to Tetbury with the Love A Happy Ending team to prepare for our Summer Audience day on Saturday. I’m there as an author and as an Associate Reader.

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My book launch on 11 July (more about that soon)

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Received my information pack for the RNA Conference in Penrith next month and I’ve got two 1-2-1 appointments with editors from two publishing houses.  Looking forward to meeting up with six of the Romaniacs where we are sharing a student accommodation block.

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All good fun!

To Turn Full Circle – Linda Mitchelmore

Description : Life in Devon in 1909 is hard and unforgiving, especially for young Emma Le Goff, whose mother and brother die in curious circumstances, leaving her totally alone in the world. While she grieves, her callous landlord Reuben Jago claims her home and belongings.
His son Seth is deeply attracted to Emma and sympathises with her desperate need to find out what really happened, but all his attempts to help only incur his father’s wrath.
When mysterious fisherman Matthew Caunter comes to Emma’s rescue, Seth is jealous at what he sees and seeks solace in another woman. However, he finds that forgetting Emma is not as easy as he hoped.
Matthew is kind and charismatic, but handsome Seth is never far from Emma’s mind. Whatever twists and turns her life takes, it seems there is always something – or someone – missing.

My Thoughts : A very enjoyable read – it didn’t take me long to be hooked into the story.  I really liked Emma, despite being young, she was resilient and fiesty  having to overcome some difficult situations and prejudices against her.  She had to make the most of the circumstances forced upon her and often comply to the wishes of those around her who had her ‘best interests at heart’ – although it could sometimes be argued just whose ‘best interests’ were at the fore.

Seth, Emma’s long time and all time love, didn’t always get it right and their relationship had to endure some pretty tough times – really testing their feelings for each other.  Seth carried a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders, often inflicted on him by his wayward family but he always strove to do the right thing.  He was a good, honest and likeable character.

Matthew, her unofficial guardian, was a great character and I warmed to him immediately.  I would definitely like to know more about him and hope that he reappears in future books of this trilogy.

I enjoyed finding out  how society around this time worked – an era that I haven’t read about until now. I enjoyed Linda Mitchelmore’s easy style of writing and lovely refreshing similes.

I shall certainly look forward to reading more about Emma Le Goff.