Blog Tour: Book Review - Because I Was Lonely by Hayley Mitchell

Meet Rachel.
She is caught in a spiral of endless crying, dirty nappies, and sleepless nights. She fears for her sanity and the safety of her children.
She's lonely.
Meet Adam.
Suffering from the pain and trauma of a terrible accident that be blames himself for, he stays at home, unable to bring himself to leave the house.
He's lonely.

So when Rachel and Adam rekindle their long lost friendship online, what starts as a little harmless flirtation, soon becomes an unhealthy obsession, and slowly the threads of their lives unravel before them.
Four lonely people. Two unhappy marriages. One dangerous, but inevitable climax.

Blog Tour: Q&A with Alexandra Burt, author of The Good Daughter.

What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller's childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence travelling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighbouring farm, she'll learn that in her mother's world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered...

Q&A with T.M.E Walsh, author of the DCI Claire Winters series.

An unforgivable crime. A murderous act of revenge. A killer with justice on their side.

Once, the infamous Dahlia Rapist terrorised young women - and their parents alike - with his brutal acts of violence and sinister calling card. Today, Raymond Knox has shunned his former alias and is being released into society.

But someone suspects that a monster still lurks beneath the surface. And when Raymond Knox is found dead, mutilated to match his victims, DCI Claire Winters is called in to catch a killer the public are calling a hero.

It seems like an open-and-shut case of vigilante justice. But when another body is found, with the same shocking scars, Claire knows she must connect the dots - fast. Because she's suddenly facing something much more complicated than she ever imagined: a serial killer, inspired by past crimes - and determined to leave their own bloody trail of destruction.

Q&A with Nicola May, author of Love Me Tinder.

Cali Summers decides that the only way to get over her broken marriage is to hit the world of fast love on a dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating 'lair', she quickly discovers that passion and excitement are mixed with danger, lies and deception.

What a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

Will she choose dull security or risky freedom? Join Cali on her dating adventures and see if a modern Cyber Cupid's arrow is still on aim.

Blog Tour: Q&A with Sam Hepburn, author of Her Perfect Life.

How far would you go to create the perfect life?

Gracie Dwyer has it all: the handsome husband, the adorable child, the beautiful home and the glittering career. The perfect life.

Her new friend Juliet doesn't exactly fit in. She's a down-on-her luck single parent with no money and not much hope.

So just what is it that draws Gracie and Juliet together? And when the cracks start to appear in Gracie's perfect life, can both of them survive?

Q&A with Della Parker, author of The Reading Group series.

Kate has tried to be a good wife to her husband Anton. Ever since he got demoted at work - answering to a woman no less - Anton simply hasn't been the same. Kate wants to help, but as the months pass and Anton pulls away from her both emotionally and physically, Kate can't help but feel a bit abandoned.

Then Kate meets Bob: the handsome, blue-eyed carpenter that Anton has hired to refurbish their kitchen. Kate instantly feels a powerful physical connection between them... but dare she risk her marriage for a man she barely knows?

Meet the Reading Group: six women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss... and don't forget the glass of red! This month the reading group is enjoying Lady Chatterley's Lover... and trying not to giggle too much at the naughty parts!

Book Review: The Damselfly by SJI Holliday

An unsolved murder. A community turned against each other. A killer close to home...
Katie Taylor is the perfect student. She's bright and funny, has a boyfriend who adores her and there are only a few months left of school before she can swap Banktoun for the bright lights of London. Life gets even better when she has an unexpected win on a scratch card. But then Katie's luck runs out...

Her tragic death instead becomes the latest in a series of dark mysteries blighting the small town. The new school counsellor Polly McAllister, who has recently returned to Banktoun to make amends in her own personal life, is thrown in at the deep end as the pupils and staff come to terms with Katie's death. And it's not long before she uncovers a multitude of murky secrets. Did Katie have enemies? Is her boyfriend really so squeaky clean? And who is her brother's mysterious friend?

With Banktoun's insular community inflamed by gossip and a baying mob stirring itself into a frenzy on social media, DS Davie Gray and Louise Jennings must work out who really murdered Katie before someone takes matters into their own hands...

Q&A with Rachel Dove, author of The Chic Boutique on Baker Street.

Winner of the Prima Flirty Fiction Competition.

The perfect escape to the country...
Recently single and tired of the London rat race Amanda is determined to make her dreams of setting up an idyllic countryside boutique come true, and the picturesque village of West-Field is the perfect place to make a fresh start.

Local vet Ben is the golden boy of West-Field, especially to resident gossip Agatha Mayweather, who is determined to help Ben get his life back together after his wife left.

When a chance encounter outside the 'chic boutique' sets sparks flying between Amanda and Ben, Agatha is itching to set them up. But are Amanda and Ben really ready for romance?

Cover Reveal: The Secrets of Ivy Garden by Catherine Ferguson

Today on Hummingbird Reviews, I am thrilled to be teaming up with those fabulous folk over at Avon, to reveal to you the absolutely marvellous cover of Catherine Ferguson's gorgeous new novel The Secrets of Ivy Garden which will be arriving with readers on April 3rd 2017. Just one glance at this cover puts a spring into your step, don't you agree?

Last year, readers were delighted to get their hands on Catherine's summer novel Four Weddings and a Fiasco, and I'm sure that The Secrets of Ivy Garden is going to be just as wonderful to devour beneath the sunshine (when it finally arrives!).

Do you like what you see? Desperate to find out more about the story behind such a beautiful cover? Then keep on reading...

Q&A with A.L. Michael, author of The House on Camden Square series.

Two’s company…

If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.

Three’s a crowd?
But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?

Q&A with Lacey London, author of the Clara Andrews series & Anxiety Girl.

One in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, but it couldn't happen to YOU, could it?

Sadie Valentine is just like you and I, or so she was...
After a series of unfortunate events in her life, Sadie finds herself in a dark hole that seems impossible to crawl out of. Once a normal-ish woman, mental illness wasn't something that she really thought about, but when the three evils, anxiety, panic and depression creep into her life, Sadie wonders if she will ever see the light again.

Set in the glitzy and glamorous Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, Anxiety Girl is a story surrounding the struggles of a beautiful young woman who thought she had it all. Lacey London has spoken publicly about her own struggles with anxiety and hopes that Sadie will help other sufferers realise that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Q&A with Susanna Beard, author of Dare to Remember.

Reeling from a brutal attack that leaves her best friend dead and her badly injured, Lisa Fulbrook flees to the countryside to recuperate. With only vague memories of the event, she isolates herself from her friends and family, content to spend her days wandering the hills with her dog, Riley.

However, Lisa is soon plagued, not only by vivid flashbacks, but questions, too: how did their assailant know them? Why were they attacked? And what really happened that night?
As she desperately tries to piece together the memories, Lisa realises that there's another truth still hidden to her, a truth she can't escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

A clever, sophisticated, psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah.

Cover Reveal: Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain

Today on Hummingbird Reviews, I am absolutely delighted to be revealing the cover of Heidi Swain's forthcoming release with Simon & Schuster UK, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage, which will be arriving with readers on July 13th 2017 in both paperback and eBook.

I don't know about you but I could quite easily step right into this stunning cover, never to return. It's completely dreamy and I know that what's waiting between the pages will be just as delightful as Heidi's previous stories have been.

Eager to know more about Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain? Then keep on reading...

Book Review: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?

It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn't stop to help the woman in the car, and now she's dead. Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she's sure someone is watching her. Consumed by guilt, she's also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is - and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

Bestselling author B.A. Paris is back with a brand new psychological thriller full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Q&A with Liz Fenwick, author of The Returning Tide.

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins - the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever.

Decades later, the effects of one reckless act still echo - but how long will it be until their past returns?

The Returning Tide will sweep you away to the beautiful Cornish coast, full of secrets and mystery, and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.

Q&A with Diane Jeffrey, author of Those Who Lie.

Emily Klein doesn't know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.
At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death - events which led to her own memory loss - she begins to suspect that her husband's death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate...

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily's physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can't possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous questions of all. Can she really trust herself?

Introducing Can't Cook, Will Cook.

Did I ever tell you the story of how I set a jacket potato on fire in the microwave? I was about sixteen (if I remember rightly, don't quote me on that), and the jacket potato incident has pretty much been a signifier for the years that have followed. That poor jacket potato didn't stand a chance. By the time I realised that it was basically a rock-solid, blackened ball of cremated potato, it was far too late to try and rescue it. In the end, it got launched through the front door, landing on the grass in the front garden, only to roll to a standstill, smoking on the lawn like it had shot down from space. It was pretty tragic, for both me and the potato. Once the smoke-alarm stopped, I sort of fell back down to earth with a bump and thought to myself, "So that's cooking, huh?"

Q&A with Sarah Bennett, author of Sunrise at Butterfly Cove.

A year of taking chances…

After a nightmare year, Mia Sutherland is hoping for a fresh start! She’s putting the past behind her and pouring all her savings into renovating a crumbling guesthouse in peaceful Butterfly Cove. Nothing will distract her from achieving her dreams!

That is, until her very first guest, Daniel Fitzwilliam arrives – quite possibly, the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. He’s only here for a week, but already Daniel has turned her world upside-down. And as the tide turns, it’s clear that Butterfly Cove has more than one surprise in store for Mia…

Cover Reveal: The Lost Village by Neil Spring

Today on Hummingbird Reviews, I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for the fantastic new novel by Neil Spring, The Lost Village, which is published on October 19th 2017 by Quercus. In case you weren't aware, Neil Spring is the author of The Ghost Hunters (which was commissioned by ITV, gracing the screens of many) and The Watchers, both of which are darkly fascinating novels based on true events and places. I was one of those many, many readers who were blown away by The Ghost Hunters and I've been following Neil's career ever since.

I guess that goes some way in explaining to you why I am so very excited to bringing this cover reveal to you today. The Lost Village looks to be yet another harrowing novel from Spring and I, for one, cannot wait. So, without further ado, here it is, folks. Feast your eyes!

Book Review: The Follower by Koethi Zan

She'd do anything for her husband...

Julie has the perfect life.

A kind boyfriend, loving parents and good grades. She has everything ahead of her.

Cora's life is a nightmare.

A psychopath for a husband, a violent father and a terrible secret.

But one night their worlds collide.

Locked in an isolated house together, they must work out what has happened - and who they can trust to set them free...

Q&A with Helen Fields, author of Perfect Remains.

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.
In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness…

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.
It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.