Book Review: Inside the Whispers by AJ Waines


br1Inside the Whispers (Dr Samantha Willerby [Chilling Thriller] Series Book 1) by [Waines, A J]

Inside the Whispers by A.J. Waines
Release Date: 20th October 2016
Publisher: Amazon Media
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Where the most dangerous place – is inside your own head…

Following a London Tube disaster, three traumatised survivors turn to clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby, for help – but she’s mystified when their stories don’t add up. Her confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they start committing suicide.

When her partner, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what is causing them and a mysterious and chilling crime begins to unravel.

Then the flashbacks begin for Sam…

The first book in the Dr Samantha Willerby Series, INSIDE THE WHISPERS is a tense, haunting Psychological Thriller that will leave your nerves in shreds.

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Searching for a Silver Lining: Meet The Cast

Searching for a Silver Lining by Miranda Dickinson

Meet The Cast – Reenie Silver


Reenie Silver is awesome! An early review of my book called Reenie a ‘badass’ – and this absolutely sums her up. Reenie is totally unique, the former lead singer of 1950s group The Silver Five, whose story and potential reunion form the heart of Searching for a Silver Lining. Quite simply, I adored writing Reenie. She appeared on the page in the first draft as she does in the finished book, in a blaze of scarlet and glory. I completely fell in love with her character as I was writing and to be honest she seemed to write most of her scenes herself.


Reenie is a woman who has worked hard to gain her dream. Born Irene Silverman in the slums of Liverpool, she dreamed of finding stardom in the bright lights of London and her entire life has been the result of her all-encompassing ambition. She’s completely unconventional and fiendishly funny, utterly in denial about being a ‘little old lady’ and still believes herself to be a star. But her brassiness hides a terrible secret and a sadness we only discover as Mattie Bell helps her to make amends for the past…


There’s only one choice for my dream actress to play Reenie Silver in the film ofSearching for a Silver Lining: the wonderful Julie Walters. I wrote Reenie with her in mind, imagining her as an eighty-four-year-old version of Rita in Educating Rita. She is the perfect choice, not only because she’s my favourite actress but also because of the sheer range of her acting skills. As Reenie I think she would have you helpless with laughter at her antics, then in tears at the deep sorrow she’s hidden for sixty years of her life. This film has to happen!


Thanks so much for reading this blog exclusive! For more, follow my Searching for a Silver Lining blog tour. I really hope you enjoy reading the story!



9781447276074It began with a promise . . . 

Matilda Bell is left heartbroken when she falls out with her beloved grandfather just before he dies. Haunted by regret, she makes a promise that will soon change everything . . .

When spirited former singing star Reenie Silver enters her life, Mattie seizes the opportunity to make amends. Together, Mattie and Reenie embark on an incredible journey that will find lost friends, uncover secrets from the glamorous 1950s and put right a sixty-year wrong.

Touchingly funny, warm and life-affirming, this is a sparkling story of second chances. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Searching for a Silver Lining will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

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miranda_047Miranda Dickinson has always had a head full of stories. From an early age she dreamed of writing a book that would make the heady heights of Kingswinford Library and today she is a bestselling author. She began to write in earnest when a friend gave her The World’s Slowest PC, and has subsequently written the bestselling novelsFairytale of New YorkWelcome to My WorldIt Started With a KissWhen I Fall in LoveTake A Look At Me Now,I’ll Take New York and A Parcel for Anna Browne. Miranda lives with her husband Bob and daughter Flo in Dudley.

Extract: Dark Water by Robert Bryndza





It was a cold night in late autumn when they dumped the body in the disused quarry. They knew it was an isolated spot, and the water was very deep. What they didn’t know was that they were being watched.

They arrived under the cover of darkness, just after three o’clock in the morning – driving from the houses at the edge of the village, over the empty patch of gravel where the walkers parked their cars, and onto the vast common. With the headlights off, the car bumped and lurched across the rough ground, joining a footpath, which was soon shrouded on either side by dense woodland. The darkness was thick and clammy, and the only light came over the tops of the trees.

Nothing about the journey felt stealthy. The car engine seemed to roar; the suspension groaned as it lurched from side to side. They slowed to a stop as the trees parted and the water-filled quarry came into view.

What they didn’t know was that a reclusive old man lived by the quarry, squatting in an old abandoned cottage which had almost been reclaimed by the undergrowth. He was outside, staring up at the sky and marvelling at its beauty, when the car appeared over the ridge and came to a halt. Wary, he moved behind a bank of shrubbery and watched. Local kids, junkies, and couples looking for thrills often appeared at night, and he had managed to scare them away.

The moon briefly broke through the clouds as the two figures emerged from the car, and they took something large from the back and carried it towards the rowing boat by the water. The first climbed in, and as the second passed the long package into the boat there was something about the way it bent and flopped that made him realise with horror that it was a body.

The soft splashes of the oars carried across the water. He put a hand to his mouth. He knew he should turn away, but he couldn’t. The splashing oars ceased when the boat reached the middle. A sliver of moon appeared again through a gap in the clouds, illuminating the ripples spreading out from the boat.

He held his breath as he watched the two figures deep in conversation, their voices a low rhythmic murmur. Then there was silence. The boat lurched as they stood, and one of them nearly fell over the edge. When they were steady, they lifted the package and, with a splash and a rattle of chains, they dropped it into the water. The moon sailed out from behind its cloud, shining a bright light on the boat and the spot where the package had been dumped, the ripples spreading violently outwards.

He could now see the two people in the boat, and had a clear view of their faces.

The man exhaled. He’d been holding his breath. His hands shook. He didn’t want trouble; he’d spent his whole life trying to avoid trouble, but it always seemed to find him. A chill breeze stirred up some dry leaves at his feet, and he felt a sharp itching in his nostrils. Before he could stop it a sneeze erupted from his nose; it echoed across the water. In the boat, the heads snapped up, and began to twist and search the banks. And then they saw him. He turned to run, tripped on the root of a tree and fell to the ground, knocking the wind out of his chest.

 Beneath the water in the disused quarry it was still, cold, and very dark. The body sank rapidly, pulled by the weights, down, down, down, finally coming to rest with a nudge in the soft freezing mud.

She would lie still and undisturbed for many years, almost at peace. But above her, on dry land, the nightmare was only just beginning.

Click here to get hold of your copy of Dark Water, released today with Bookouture (Happy Publication Day, Robert!<3) 

darkwaterBeneath the water the body sank rapidly. Above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

Watch out for more from DCI Erika Foster.

She’s fearless. Respected. Unstoppable. Detective Erika Foster will catch a killer, whatever it takes.

Guest Post: Your Best Friends Man by Sue Moorcroft

Your best friend’s man
By Sue Moorcroft


In The Christmas Promise Ava secretly likes Sam from quite early on in the book. But her best friend, Izz, likes him, too. Izz is prone to crushes and Sam is her boss so even if he liked her back he wouldn’t act upon it. Sam doesn’t like Izz back, Sam does like Ava, but still Ava can’t bring herself to accept a date with Sam. She says it’s against her ‘best friend code’.


Do you have a code like that? Here’s mine. If you are one of my best friends here are #MyPromises:


  • I won’t try and move in on someone you romantically like.
  • If you have a partner I will be pleasant to him/her even if I don’t like him/her.
  • But if you want to complain about him/her I will listen sympathetically and always take your side. I won’t go off on a tirade of my own about him/her because you will feel better once you’ve let off steam and be fine with him/her next time I see you. (I’ve been caught like that before!)
  • I will share laughter with you. In fact, to be my friend you’d better have a sense of humour. (Take that any way you want to.)
  • Some of this laughter will be at your expense because your very best friends are those with whom you can exchange the most outrageous friendly insults.
  • I’m well equipped to find the friendly insults you hurl my way equally funny.
  • I understand that your children/partner/parents are more important to your than I am.
  • I will provide a shoulder for you to cry on.
  • I will cry on yours.
  • I will remember your birthday (although I may not remember your card on time. Sorry. I have this terrible habit of writing them but leaving them at home at the vital moment).
  • If I realise we haven’t been in contact for a while I will text/email you to see how things are. This might be awkward if you’ve gone quiet because you’re in a silent huff with me and I haven’t noticed.
  • You can tell me if you’re in a silent huff with me! I’m not perfect and sometimes I don’t notice …
  • I’m not a particularly silent-huff person so you do run the risk of me telling you if you’ve hurt my feelings. (I’m more of a lifelong-grudge person … No, that was a joke! You know I’ve got a funny sense of humour.)
  • Friendship means a lot to me. I hope it does to you.

A huge thank you to Sue and Helena at Avon.

  • The Christmas Promise: The perfect cosy festive treat!For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember …

    On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

    Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

    So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

    Curl up with this gorgeous, festive read – the perfect treat for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.




Click here to get hold of your copy of The Christmas Promise.

Books I Love! by Claudia Carroll

Books I love! 

By Claudia Carroll


Image result for CLAUDIA CARROLLWhat is your favourite book (yours or another’s)?

Absolutely anything by Jane Austen. If you ask me, women’s commercial fiction all began with Jane. To this day, I’m stunned that she wrote Pride and Prejudice at the tender age of twenty one. Can you imagine?!

Who would say is your favourite author / authors?


I love all types of fiction, but am a big fan of the wonderful Jojo Moyes….THE ONE PLUS ONE had me welling up, very embarrassingly, on the bus more than once. And don’t get me started on the movie Me Before You  – I was in bits in the cinema. Loved every minute.


What book are you currently reading?


I’m currently reading THE HOUSE WHERE IT HAPPENED by the wonderful Martina Devlin. It’s about witchcraft and six Irish  women who were hanged for it. Utterly gripping and a perfect spooky read for Autumn. Also, I’ve just finished Clare Mackintosh’s great new thriller I SEE YOU. Fab stuff.


What is your favourite book quote?


Tough one. Though I love Mr. Bennet’s line from Pride and Prejudice; ‘for what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?’


Do you write based on your own experiences?


Sometimes, though not always. Of course, my own experiences colour the prism of any novel, but then the whole joy of fiction is the freedom to do absolutely anything and to go anywhere with a story. Also, if I were to limit writing to just my own experiences, I’d dry up pretty fast!


What books have inspired you the most?


I’m hugely inspired by a lovely coterie of Irish authors who I’m lucky enough to be pals with. So books by authors such as Marion Keyes, Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O’Flanagan, Sinead Moriarty and Cecelia Ahern I find so completely wonderful.


What do you find the most challenging thing about writing?


For me, it’s the best job in the world and I feel so privileged that I get to do something I love every day. The tough part though, is trying to keep the writing day as close to a nine to five job as possible, which is easier said than done! Trouble is, when I’m writing from home, there can just be so many other distractions. Even as I’m typing this, I’m looking at a big mound of ironing, just winking at me to be done.

I constantly have to remind myself  that when I’m writing I’m working, just as if I was based in an office or business setting, so I try my best not to take calls, answer emails from pals or surf the net. Believe me though, this took a long, long time to get used to! Soon enough though, my family and friends slowly copped on not to call during the day.

So I suppose here’s a little tip to would be authors who may be reading this; just ignore the door, put the phone on silent, don’t go online and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll get done. Really.  My mother is by a mile the worst ‘time bandit’ offender, but then she thinks I spend all day every day daydreaming out the window and that books appear on shelves by magic.

Having said all that though, being a full-time author really is the single best job in the world. I’m incredibly lucky and still pinching myself that I can do it full-time now. Imagine a job where you can haul yourself out of bed and bed ‘in work’ five minutes later?  What’s not to love?


A huge thank you to Claudia and Louis at Avon.


Marriage. It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it?

One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…

All She Ever Wished For tells the story of what happens when your dream is about to come true. And what happens when that dream turns into a bit of a nightmare…

Claudia Carroll brings you a Christmas gift filled with second chances, fateful encounters and a lesson in what true love means.

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