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Guest Blog - A Love of Landscape - Suzanne Snow

My writing is inspired by a deep love of landscape, romance and rural life, and these themes are in each of my books. I grew up with horses and I love being outdoors to observe and appreciate the differing elements of the seasons. As a gardener, spring is my favourite time of the year because it’s so fresh and abundant with new life and hope. Seven years ago I retrained as a horticulturist and spent five seasons planting redesigned gardens, which was both challenging and an absolute pleasure. The charity Thrive, which uses social therapeutic horticulture to change lives, highlights five ways gardening can help with wellbeing. These include Connect and Take Notice. Working together in a garden can help reduce social isolation and grow people’s confidence as they spend time in an outdoor environment. The character of Flora in my second book, The Garden of Little Rose, part of the Welcome to Thorndale series, is a garden historian and she’s invited to view a rather dilapidated school gard
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Guest Blog - Debbie Young

I write cozy mysteries rather than psychological thrillers, but my books have more in common with Alex Stone’s than you might expect. Firstly, I have unreliable female narrators, Gemma Lamb and Sophie Sayers. They are new to their environments – a girls’ boarding school for Gemma, and a nearby Cotswold village for Sophie (they meet occasionally in each other’s novels, and I have fun with that!) – and so we see their adoptive communities through their eyes. They arrive with misconceptions and misunderstandings which are only resolved as the stories unravel. We learn as they learn. Although as cozy mysteries, my novels are necessarily light-hearted, feel-good “up-lit”, beneath the surface lie darker themes that one might equally find in psychological thrillers. For example, Gemma and, to a lesser extent Sophie, are starting afresh after leaving controlling boyfriends. Dysfunctional and sociopathic characters crop up in various stories, causing chaos. There are also crimes in every story,

Book Review - Snowfall Over Halesmere House by Suzanne Snow

A heart-warming tale of learning to live despite overwhelming loss and trying to find a space for yourself as an individual, with your own needs and hopes. Rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I love Suzanne's Thorndale series, and couldn't wait to read her latest novel, Snowfall Over Halesmere House. I was particularly intrigued as it is set in the beautiful Lake District, which is somewhere I have always wanted to visit, but haven't managed to get to yet.  The setting is as enticing as I'd imagined, making me long to visit even more. And the characters are so vibrant and relatable. Having packed my bags and relocated to a new place where I had no family and no job, Snowfall Over Halesmere House brought back a lot of memories for my own journey, and whilst our reasons were different, I could totally relate and admire the courage it took for Ella to leave her successful career in search of herself. The difficult topics were handled extremely well, creating an uplifting captivating story.

Book Review - The Rise by Shari Low & Ross King

When childhood friends make it out of the tough streets of Glasgow to the red carpet of LA's Oscars, instead of rejoicing in their sucess the friendship that brought them here instantly dissolves. Rating:  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I found The Rise to be a powerful cautionary tale which shows that getting what you always wanted doesn't guarantee happiness. Trading in their terraced houses for LA mansions and a luxurious lifestyle, the three battle with constantly being in the spotlight and discover that it's a risky place to be. Especially when they have secrets lurking in the shadows.  I was gripped from the start, eager to know the secret that divided these three friends. The setting is spectacular, and having briefly visited LA several years ago, I was instantly transported back there. The Rise deals with some really tough topics in a sensitive and realistic manor and whilst there were some heart-breaking moments, overall, I found it to be an uplifting and inspiring take of resilience and f

Guest Blog - Gemma Rogers

A very warm welcome to my guest author today, fellow Boldwood Books psychological thriller author, Gemma Rogers. My first book Stalker began with Eve, and like many first-time novelists, their main characters are often extensions of themselves. Eve was me and I was her. I poured myself into that character, all my sadness, all my guilt and my rage. Eve Harding, like me was indecently assaulted on the way to a train station at barely nine o’clock in the morning. When it happened I was just twenty-one and looking forward to a day out shopping with my friend in Guildford. The attack, which took around seven minutes, was life-changing. Predictably, unable to contain the emotions I felt, I slipped into a bought of depression. All at once the insurmountable guilt of not putting up more of a fight, for it somehow being my fault hit me. I couldn’t swallow the tidal wave of sadness, then the roller-coaster onwards to rage at my attacker. All of the feelings of helplessness were compounded by the

Book Review - One Hot Summer - Anita Waller

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for One Hot Summer by Anita Waller. This is a new author to me, but wow, after this book I am hooked and will be looking for more from Anita Waller. One Hot Summer is a tense thriller with characters who I felt really connected to and invested in. The ending blew me away. Anita has a skill of writing complex characters who feel so real and their emotions are brilliantly captured.  The ending stayed with me long after I'd finished and that is a sure sign of a skilled author. Definitely a 5 star read.  One Hot Summer A city on fire. A killer who can’t be stopped. Who will be next? When two teenagers are found dead in a fire, DI Laura Henshall and DS Will Peters are called in to investigate. They believe it was a revenge attack gone wrong. But soon fires are cropping up everywhere, and the police suspect they’re dealing with something much bigger . . . something that could bring the city to its knees. With time running out, c

Guest Blog - Emma Davies

I'm chatting to author Emma Davies today about her writing process and inspiration. Why writing? Simply because of my love of reading. I always joke I was born with a book in my hand, and it’s not far off the truth! Some of my fondest early memories feature trips to our local library, or being curled up on a Sunday afternoon with a good book. I’ve always been a very creative person, expressing this in various ways but, as I lost myself in the worlds my favourite authors created, I realised I had just as many worlds in my own head and so I knew from quite an early age I needed to write them down. There is a fascinating alchemy that takes place when you put words on a page, just twenty-six letters, but what magic they can do! Even now, I still marvel at the ability we have to conjure up characters and images so vivid it’s as if they’re in the same room. It’s that magic that continues to draw me in. Who inspires you? People. Ordinary people, who live ordinary lives because, actually,