The Man Behind Closed Doors by Maria Frankland…..Domestic Abuse @RandomThingsTours@Anne Cater

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What could be so bad that a six-year-old stops talking?
Domestic violence isn’t only perpetrated by men. Ask Paul Jackson who is on remand, accused of stabbing his wife, Michelle. As he reveals his reality behind their troubled marriage, it seems that only his six-year-old knows what really happened. But she’s trapped in her own world of silence

MY THOUGHTS:

This is a book about domestic violence. Domestic violence is always perpetrated by men against women right.

WRONG!!

This is not always the case, women can abuse men, sometimes even worse. Is it because it is the thing you expect least. A man is usually physically stronger and can stand up to anything a woman can push his way. Again wrong!

Maria has written a tale that highlights the fact that abuse is abuse. We are all human after all.

Paul’s caught in a trap that many victims of abuse find themselves in. Trying to appease, leave or stay. He is also fearful for his young daughter. Will he do any of these things or will he simply snap.

This is a book about love gone sour, the fragility of human beings and are we conditioned to act the way we do or is there no excuse.

This a book that makes the reader think and say to themselves, there but for the grace of God go I! An enjoyable and thoughtful book. The story is good and the prose crisp and moves the story along at a pace. I urge you to read it.

THE AUTHOR:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Maria Frankland’s life began at 40 when she escaped an unhappy marriage and began making a living from her own writing and becoming a teacher of creative writing.

The rich tapestry of life with all its turbulent times has enabled her to pour experience, angst and lessons learned into the writing of her novels and poetry.

She recognises that the darkest places can exist within family relationships and this is reflected in the domestic thrillers she writes.

She is a ‘born ‘n’ bred’ Yorkshirewoman, a mother of two and has recently found her own ‘happy ever after’ after marrying again.

Still in her forties, she is now going to dedicate the rest of her working life to writing books and inspiring other writers to also achieve their dreams too!

Twitter @writermaria_f

http://www.mariastephenson.com/

Call Me Joe by Martin Van Es and Andrew Crofts/ Blog TourJoeProject @Anne Cater/RandomThingsTours

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The world is on the brink of disaster.
The environment, society and mankind itself are facing extreme challenges in a world that is both more connected, and yet more divided than ever before. Fear and confusion seep into all parts of everyday life now, more than ever, the world needs one voice, one guide…

One day the Earth is plunged into darkness and when light appears again so does a man – call him Joe – claiming to be the son of God.

Can Joe bring the world’s most creative thinkers and leaders together to tackle the ills of mankind?

Can he convince us all to follow him before it’s too late?

In this compelling and prescient novel, Martin van Es and Andrew Crofts highlight the key concerns of our time and imagines a future where we, at last, all work together to ensure the future of our world and all the life that calls it home.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was a hard book to put into any genre. Some might think it’s Scyfi, New Age or semi factual novel.

What did appeal to me was it was a fast read. Joe had a sense of humour and the vested interests in the status-quo perceived Joe as a threat.

What I did not like, as I none believer what the emphasis on religion.

Overall the story was reasonable, that Joe as he becomes to be known is the second coming and he will save the world from the Armageddon of climate change. A believable idea for some but not others. A book some may like but I didn’t for reasons stated. I guess the only way to find out is if you read it.

THE AUTHORS:

Martin van Es is a Dutch entrepreneur, father and grandfather. Born in 1959, the youngest of three children, he studied clinical psychology in Groningen, but got distracted by partying and a permanent lack of money.

In 1986, he became a father to his daughter, and his son joined the world in 1989, spurring him forward to quit studying, focus on working and start living more seriously.
After graduating in international marketing, Martin took a job as a purchasing director, enabling him to travel the world.
He then became director of a packaging wholesaler in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Over 14 years he developed the company alongside his team to create a leading player in the international packaging industry, working on more sustainable packaging concepts. In 2005, Martin sold the company to the largest distributor in the packaging world, and he ventured into volunteering, investing and advising companies. Martin is particularly proud of father-and-son outdoor events company, MooiWeer, on the beautiful island of Terschelling.

Between 2013 and 2017, Martin was director and co-owner of a large, international group of packaging wholesale companies specialized in environmental issues. The role, as well as the birth of his first two grandchildren, have had a massive influence on Martin.

He started writing Call Me Joe in 2017, and asked Andrew Crofts, as a prolific ghostwriter, to join him as co-writer in 2019 to make the story the best it could possibly be. Martin hopes the book will provoke conversation, challenge the status quo, and encourage people to question more about what is happening in the world, to question their leaders, and to consider their role in the future of the planet.

Safe by S. K. Barnett/Blog Tour @RandomThingsTours @Anne Cater/ Missing Child Are you who you say you are?

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Jenny Kristal was six years old when she was snatched in broad daylight from her quiet suburban neighbourhood.

Twelve years later, she miraculously returns home after escaping her kidnappers – but as her parents and older brother welcome her back, the questions begin to mount.

Where has she been all these years? Why is she back now? And is home really the safest place for her . . . or for any of them?

MY THOUGHTS:

This book preys on every parents nightmare. YOUR CHILD GOES MISSING!

Jenny goes missing and then she turns up. Is she who she says she is? If not why would she lie? And more importantly is she safe.
Jenny went missing at the age of six and turns up twelve years later. Where has she been? How does she remember her childhood home? Is this long wished for family reunion or something much different?
The reader starts of with a feeling of unease, not just because of the subject matter but in the way the story progresses. Can anything be taken at face value or it all a cleverly constructed façade. A tale built on emotions and the shifting sands of falsehood and dishonesty!
The author with their clever weaving of plots, superb prose and gripping narrative has penned a superb novel.
A great story, full of twists and turns. Keeps you guessing and gripped to the very end. My first read by this author and I loved it!






Praise for Safe
 ‘Warning to other readers you will not be able to put it down! I started around 8pm and finished it at 3am because it was so addictive – going to sleep without knowing what happened was not an option!’
‘A fabulous read, lots of twists upon twists. Very compelling, could not put it down.’
‘The storyline flows at a great pace, and the characters are well fleshed out. Highly recommended!’
‘Not a plot you see coming at all…’
‘Totally gripped by this story.  Read it in one sitting.  I never do that

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

About the author
S. K. Barnett is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author whose previous thriller novel Derailed was turned into a major motion picture in 2005 featuring Jennifer Anniston and Clive Owen. He lives in New York State with his family

Unbroken by Madeleine Black @RandomThingsTours/BlogTour Sexual Violence Rape Survior @Forgiveness Project





BLURB For many years after that night, my memories of what happened after he held the blade to my throat and threatened my life were fragmented… difficult to piece together. It was too extreme, too violent for me to understand.
Violently gang-raped when she was thirteen years old, and raped three more times before the age of eighteen, Madeleine has experienced more trauma in her life than most ever will.
Living in a state of shock and self-loathing, it took her years of struggle to confront the buried memories of that first attack and begin to undo the damage it wrought, as men continued to take advantage of her fragility in the worst possible way.
Yet, after growing up with a burden no teenager should ever have to shoulder, she found the heart to carry out the best revenge plan of all: leading a fulfilling and happy life. But the road to piecing her life back together was long and painful. For Madeleine, forgiveness was the key. True forgiveness takes genuine effort. It takes a real desire to understand those who have done us so much harm. It is the ultimate act of courage.
In Unbroken, Madeleine tells her deeply moving and empowering story, as she discovers that life is about how a person chooses to recover from adversity. We are not defined by what knocks us down – we are defined by how we get back up.
 

Unbroken by Madeleine Black

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (4 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786062763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786062765

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unbroken-Journey-Shattered-Violence-Survival/dp/1786062763

MY THOUGHTS:

This is my second time reading this book and it has not lost its power or potency! This book is a testimony to the power of the human spirit. It is the story of how a woman can rise above the violence perpetrated against her person. I have met Madeleine on numerous occasions and I’m always amazed by how pleasant she is. Her story will amaze you.

This was such a privilege to read this book. The story of a woman, who after being raped at thirteen years old, refused to let it define her. She is left traumatised, feeling guilty and believing it to be her fault she was raped. These and a myriad of other feelings leave her traumatised.
This is story of her journey from being Madeleine, raped at thirteen to Madeleine the woman; she is not defined by her rape but is a woman who who learns to accept, process and ultimately forgive her attackers.
This is a searingly honest book of a woman on a journey; a journey that ultimately finds her at peace.
At one with her body and soul.
A story that will have you weeping, cringing and willing Madeleine to complete her journey.
A book I urge everyone to read. A tale that resonates with all.
As a man I feel honoured to have shared her journey.
THE AUTHOR:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The sharing of her story on The Forgiveness Project’s website in September 2014, opened many doors for Madeleine in ways she never imagined and the invitations started to pour in.
She has taken part in both TV and radio interviews and has been invited to share her story at conferences, events and schools.
She recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years, but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many who can’t find theirs yet.
She is married and lives in Glasgow with her husband, three daughters, her cat, Suki, and dog, Alfie.

For more info please see her website madeleineblack.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @madblack65

Three Rivers by David Blake Blog Tour/Book On The Brightside NorfolkBroads/Crime@SarahHardy

BLURB:

A body caught on the end of a mast, another skewered by a rhond hook, and a chain of evidence Tanner cannot accept.

As a twisting gale howls its way over Barton Broad, DS Jenny Evans joins a handsome old friend to help rescue the crew of an overturned boat. But when they discover a body, snagged on the end of the mast, one murder soon follows another, leaving DI John Tanner with a race against time, desperate to prove that the most obvious suspect isn’t who everyone seems to think it is.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

Three Rivers is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the fourth in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.

MY THOUGHTS:

This is the fourth book in the DI. Tanner series. I have been with this series from the beginning and if you haven’t read any of this series you are missing out!

This series and its characters have grown with each succeeding book. All the characters are well rounded and essential to the stories. None more so than DI. Tanner and DS. Evans and their growing relationship.

Another essential character and ingredient to these books are the setting. Norfolk Broads. You can almost smell and see the scenery.

It starts with Jenny going out on a boat with an old friend to rescue the crew of overturned and they discover a dead body. This lands Tanner with a problem, not only to find out who killed the victim but also with his burgeoning jealousy with Jenny and her seeming attraction to this handsome stranger. Is it founded or is it a figment of his overworked imagination.

David not only keeps the lovers of police procedurals happy, but lets his stories and characters develop and relationships. His books are a mixture of dark cosy crime, relationships and laconic humour. I have enjoyed all these books and I’m sure you would if you give them a chance!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR

David is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written seventeen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his eighteenth, Horsey Mere, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings and Three Rivers.

When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.