Saturday, 20 December 2014

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop 2014! (International)


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Welcome to the 'Midwinter's' Giveaway Hop which is hosted by 'I am a Reader, not a Writer' and 'Mary at Bookhounds'. 

To gain entry to this draw all you have to be is a 'GFC Follower' of my blog. Just complete the 'Rafflecopter Entry Form' that you will find at the end of this post. Extra entries can be obtained by also following this blog through Networked Blogs, Linky, Google+ or by just leaving a comment on this post. Once the form has been completed, you will have been entered into the draw.


As there is such a selection of books available these days, I am offering the main prize winner a $25 (US) / £20 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate, so the winner can choose their own books! I will arrange that the prize is e-mailed to the winner on the completion of the draw!






One first prize of either a $25 (US) or £20 (sterling) Amazon Gift Voucher/Certificate!

There will be one main prize winner from this draw. The gift Voucher/Certificate will only be offered in either US dollars or pounds sterling. No other currencies can be catered for. Each entrant will be allocated a sequential number. After the closing date for this draw (31st December 2014 at 23.59 GMT), the winning number entered for this draw will be chosen by the Rafflecopter random draw winner selection system. This is an International Giveaway Draw! As I am based in the UK, I am about six hours ahead time wise of the majority of other blogs that are taking part in this hop! ;-) Please be patient for the other blogs to come on stream for this hop!! :-)

To visit the rest of the blogs that are taking part in this great hop, just click on the 'Click Here' link below, to be taken to a page of participating blog links.






Good luck Everyone!



If you are not in, you cannot win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

'Day Four' by Sarah Lotz


Release date: 21st May 2015
Published by Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444775365


The extraordinary, unforgettable sequel to THE THREE - perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage and Lost.
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.
That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There's a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer... and maybe something worse.

Copyright: Hodder and Stoughton Synopsis

'When the Night Comes' by Favel Parrett


Release date:7th May 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1848548565


Set in Tasmania and Antarctica, this is the beautifully told new novel from bestselling author Favel Parrett. When the Night Comes tells the story of a young girl, learning what is important in life and who to trust; and of a crewman on the Antarctic supply ship, the Nella Dan, a modern Viking searching to understand his past and find a place in this world for himself.
When their paths cross, he teaches her the gift of stillness, of watching birds and shares tales of sailing south to the ice. She shows him what is missing in his life. Though their time together is cut short when his noble ship is lost, the small gifts have been enough to set her path towards the sea.
And maybe what they give to each other will mean they can both eventually find their way home.

Copyright: Hodder and Stoughton Synopsis

'The Silence of the Sea' by Yrsa Sigurdardottir


Release date: 26th March 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444734485


The most chilling novel yet from Yrsa Sigurdardottir, an international bestseller at the height of her powers.
'Mummy dead.' The child's pure treble was uncomfortably clear. It was the last thing Brynjar - and doubtless the others - wanted to hear at that moment. 'Daddy dead.' It got worse. 'Adda dead. Bygga dead.' The child sighed and clutched her grandmother's leg. 'All dead.'
A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What has happened to the crew, and to the family who were on board when it left Lisbon?
Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by the young father's parents to investigate, and is soon drawn deeper into the mystery. What should she make of the rumours saying that the vessel was cursed, especially given that when she boards the yacht she thinks she sees one of the missing twins? Where is Karitas, the glamorous young wife of the yacht's former owner? And whose is the body that has washed up further along the shore?

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'Inspector of the Dead' by David Morrell


Release date: 26th March 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444781373


The year is 1855. The Crimean war is raging. The British government has fallen. The Empire itself hangs in the balance.
Into this crisis comes Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, he finds himself confronted by an adversary who aims to strike at the heart of the nation.
The murderer is targeting members of the elite, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who had attempted to kill Queen Victoria. De Quincey and his friends must race to protect their monarch, uncovering old conspiracies and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul. All the while, panic in London grows...

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'Where Memories Go' by Sally Magnusson


Release date: 29th January 2015
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444751819


Scottish broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson cared with her two sisters for their mother Mamie during many years of living with dementia. Sad and funny, wise and honest, this deeply intimate account of insidious losses and unexpected joys is also a call to arms that challenges us all to think differently.
This book began as an attempt to hold on to my witty, storytelling mother with the one thing I had to hand. Words. Then, as the enormity of the social crisis my family was part of began to dawn, I wrote with the thought that other forgotten lives might be nudged into the light along with hers. Dementia is one of the greatest social, medical, economic, scientific, philosophical and moral challenges of our times. I am a reporter. It became the biggest story of my life. - Sally Magnusson
Regarded as one of the finest journalists of her generation, Mamie Baird Magnusson's whole life was a celebration of words - words that she fought to retain in the grip of a disease which is fast becoming the scourge of the 21st century. Married to writer and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson, they had five children of whom Sally is the eldest. As well as chronicling the anguish, the frustrations and the unexpected laughs and joys that she and her sisters experienced while accompanying their beloved mother on the long dementia road for eight years until her death in 2012, Sally Magnusson seeks understanding from a range of experts and asks penetrating questions about how we treat older people, how we can face one of the greatest social, medical, economic and moral challenges of our times, and what it means to be human.
An extraordinary and deeply personal memoir, a manifesto and a call to arms, in one searingly beautiful narrative.

Copyright: Hodder and Stoughton Synopsis

'The Silver Link' by Claire Lorrimer


Release date:12th March 2015 
Published by:Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1473616554


Until her father died, Adela Carstairs had lived in a secure and loving home. Then happiness was shattered when her mother remarries a cruel, hard-drinking man. With her younger brother and sister, Adela is forced to flee his drunken rages and they escape to London where they seek refuge in the squalor of the back streets. Addie's desperate hope is that her childhood companions, the Mallory twins, will find and rescue them. When all three find themselves caught up in the danger and terror of revolutionary France, the twins prove invaluable. It was to be an experience which would test their friendship, and love, to the limit.



Copyright: Hodder and Stoughton Synopsis

Thursday, 18 December 2014

'All Fall Down' by Ally Carter


Release date:20th January 2015
Published by:Scholastic Press
ISBN No: 978 0545654746


Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things: 1. She is not crazy. 2. Her mother was murdered. 3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay. As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her -- so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands. Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace -- no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.



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'Welcome Home' by Margaret Dickinson


Release date:12th February 2015 
Published by:Macmillan
ISBN No:978 1447237303


Neighbours Edie Kelsey and Lil Horton have been friends for over twenty years, sharing the joys and sorrows of a tough life as the wives of fishermen in Grimsby. So it was no surprise that their children were close and that Edie's son, Frank, and Lil's daughter, Irene, would fall in love and marry at a young age.
But the declaration of war in 1939 changed everything. Frank went off to fight, and Irene and baby, Tommy, along with Edie's youngest son are sent to the countryside for safety. With Edie's husband, Archie, fishing the dangerous waters in the North Sea and daughter Beth in London doing 'important war work', Edie's family is torn apart.
Friendship sustains Edie and Lil, but tragedy follows and there's also concern that Beth seems to have disappeared. But it is Irene's return, during the VE day celebrations, that sends shock waves through the family and threatens to tear Edie and Lil's friendship apart forever.



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'Never Say Die' by Tess Gerritsen


Release date:27th February 2015 
Published by:Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0727884831


Twenty years after her father's plane crashed in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Willy Jane Maitland was finally tracking his last moves.
She recognised the dangers, but her search for the truth about that fateful flight was the only thing that mattered. Closing in on the events of that night, Willy realises that she is investigating secrets that people would kill to protect. And without knowing who to trust, the truth can be far from clear cut. . .
PRESUMED GUILTY
Guilty – until proven innocent
Miranda Wood arrives home to a dark, cold cottage – and a man, stabbed to death, lying in her bed. Miranda is the obvious suspect, and she looks even guiltier when her bail is paid by an anonymous donor.
As Miranda fights to clear her name, she unearths a murky history of blackmail, corruption and scandal. As she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone else wants to kill Miranda – someone with a personal reason for wanting her out of the way…

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'Taken for Dead' by Graham Masterton


Release date:12th February 2015
Published by:Head of Zeus
ISBN No:978 1781856802


It is a sunny Saturday in county Cork, and an Irish wedding is in full swing. Drunk uncles are toasting the bride. The Ceilidh band have played for hours. But the cutting of the cake will bring the wedding to a horrifying end. For there, grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier, is the severed head of the local baker.
Katie Maguire, of the Irish Garda, does not have any leads - until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. The murders appear to link to The Kings of Erin, a terrifying gang of torturers and extortionists. But these are dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail...



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