Love Pixies_Blog Tour: Excerpt


Love Pixies

By Carol Maloney Scott

About the Book

For three lifelong best


friends, a college graduation trip to Ireland is supposed to be their last
hurrah before starting their jobs, and taking on the stresses and
responsibilities of adult life. Heather, Tiffany, and Amanda are on a mission
to turn the Emerald Isle upside down…or at least wreak a little havoc, drink a
wee bit too much, and kiss hunky Irish boys…before returning to their hometown
of Chicago. 

When Rhiannon, a powerful fairy, pays a surprise visit to
their adorable, thatched-roof rental cottage in County Clare, and persuades
them to sign one-year Love Pixie contracts, their lives are drastically
altered. Newly armed with fantastical superpowers, charmed necklaces, and the ability
to turn ordinary substances into enchanted pixie dust, the girls join together
to fight ‘love crime’ and help assigned couples on the brink of disaster build
bridges back to happiness. It all sounds quite exciting, until they realize
that learning how to use powerful magic is not only time consuming,
overwhelming, and confusing – it’s not easy to hide from their family,
co-workers, and most importantly – potential love interests. 

To complicate matters even more, the trio is repeatedly
tempted by the fairy’s rebellious sister, Aideen, who challenges them to break
the rules. Perhaps if they listen to the ‘bad fairy’ they can finish their
assignment quicker…and get back to work…and play…before anyone is the wiser. 

However, the girls were raised to know that there are
consequences to bad behavior – at least in the non-magical world. Afraid to ask
if there is such a thing as magical jail, the two more sensible Pixies hope to
rein in their most wayward partner – before their contracts are terminated…and
their couple’s relationship implodes into a pile of ordinary dust. 

EXCERPT

The Pixies followed Layla back to the office, where she presented David with his new cup of coffee.

Only all he did was thank her. He still wasn’t drinking it!

“Thanks a lot. That was very nice of you.”

His face brightened, but he still looked awful. His shirt was wrinkled—frankly it looked like he had picked it out of the dirty laundry basket. Maybe Carrie was refusing to do his wash in her current condition, or because of his recent attitude.

Instead of drinking his coffee, David stood up and began pacing the room.

“I shouldn’t drink any more coffee. I’m jittery enough. Maybe we should order lunch. It’s going to take hours to work through these figures.”

Tiffany smacked her forehead and reached for the red dust in her bra.

Now it was Amanda’s turn to take charge. She grabbed Tiffany’s hand and said, “No, you are not throwing red dust on him. What will that do? Just give him some terrible problem that Layla can help him with? Or she’ll just leave him here, and he’ll never get to the party with Carrie.”

Tiffany raked her hands through her hair, ignoring her normal concern for a perfectly styled ‘do.’

“Okay fine. But he needs to drink the fucking coffee.”

Amanda reminded a frantic Tiffany that this cup hadn’t been enchanted yet.

“And he doesn’t seem to want the coffee, anyway. Maybe we’ll have to wait until they order lunch. They’ll have to consume something eventually.”

Amanda was trying to be the voice of reason, but Tiffany was getting past the point of fed up with David Newman.

“No, I’m not waiting for that. This moron is going to get his rumpled, red-eyed ass over to that party with his wife. If I have to…that’s it!”

Amanda blinked hard as Tiffany approached David, but she wasn’t reaching into her bra for the red dust.

Hopefully she wouldn’t accidentally touch him! Layla would think he was ready for the psych ward when he started flinching for no reason, after being grazed by an invisible fairy.

Amanda held her breath as Tiffany sneaked up on him…wait, why was no one moving? The air felt funny…

Holy crap, Amanda thought. Did Tiffany just stop time?!!

Tiffany lunged at David, positioning herself within centimeters of his face, and dropped a few granules of sugar directly into his frozen mouth!

The atmosphere in the room changed again, and all the noises and movements of the office sprang back to life…including the human inhabitants.

David instantly leapt to his feet, and began spitting and swatting at the air.

“What’s wrong?” Layla’s eyes widened.

She had secretly hoped that David was close to a meltdown, but she hadn’t expected him to completely lose his entire…was he having a seizure?

“David! What are you doing?”

Layla shrieked as David danced around the office with his tongue hanging out of his mouth, like a dog on a hot day.

“Do you see it? Is it gone?”

“See what?”

“The bug that crawled in my mouth!”

With that, Tiffany and Amanda fell over laughing.

Amanda was holding her sides and screeching. “I can’t believe you just did that! Holy crap, that was hilarious. His eyes are bugging out!”

Tiffany grabbed Amanda and roared, “Bugs! You said bugs! He thought a bug flew into his mouth…ha, ha, ha…”

Layla wrinkled her nose in disgust. “A bug flew into your mouth?” She hoped there were no bugs in his office. It was more likely that sleep-deprived David was losing his marbles…and going buggy in the brain.

“Yes, and it was a sweet bug!”

As the Pixies laughed and struggled to regain their composure, Amanda said, “I’m dying! But let’s see if this pixie dust is going to do the trick. And holy crap—you stopped time!”

David stopped jumping around and paused, looked at the laptop, his coffee cup, and Layla—as if he was not sure what to make of them. “That’s odd. How long have we been here?”

Layla was relieved that he had calmed down, but didn’t quite understand his bewilderment. “We’ve been here since about ten. Why do you ask?”

“Ten!? What time is it now?”

He didn’t wait for an answer. Instead his mind flooded with visions of Carrie.

Carrie on their wedding day.

When Elyse was born.

Making his breakfast in their first apartment.

On the beach in her bikini on their honeymoon.

And finally, at the party…without him.

“I have to go! My wife needs me.” He gestured to the desk and said, “This needs to wait.”

He walked to the office door, grabbed his jacket off the hook, and ran out.

Tiffany folded her arms across her chest, and Amanda patted her fellow Pixie on the back. “Wow. That was amazing. Now you have another unique and awesome power! This is so great—it’s early in the day and he has about twelve hours of enchantment ahead of him.”

Tiffany smiled and said, “I know. It’s fantastic. Hopefully Heather is shoving enchanted brownies into Carrie’s face.”

“Somehow I think she’s administering her pixie dust a little more subtly. People can actually see her.”

Amanda giggled again, but then noticed Layla. What was she doing now?

Luckily for the Pixies, Layla liked to talk to herself while plotting evil.

“That sonofabitch! How dare he just run out of here? Did he not see my shoulders? And I wasn’t lying—the spreadsheet actually is fucked up. It’s going to take me all fucking weekend to fix it!”

She rubbed her temples and smiled. “No, on second thought…I’m going to make it even worse, and send it to Alfred and the client. Then I’ll step in and fix it…and be the hero.”

She sat down at David’s desk with a smug look on her face.

Tiffany’s mouth fell open as she realized that she hadn’t thought this through. Now Layla was even angrier, while David was off to bond with his wife. The latter was great, but his career was going to be destroyed by this crazy bitch, and how were the Pixies going to prevent it?

 

 

Tour Schedule


August 7 – Brianna Remus Books – Review

August 9 – Chick Lit Goddess – Q&A &
Excerpt

August 9 – Living Life With Joy – Q&A

August 11 – Chick
Lit Plus
– Review

August 14 – Life at 17 – Excerpt

August 14 – Book Lover in Florida – Review 

About the author

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Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater of mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.

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The Way It Hurts_Blog Tour: Excerpt


In Patty Blount’s THE WAY IT HURTS, two teens’ quest for fame goes terribly wrong when a single tweet goes viral and the online backlash follows them into real life. Fans of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay will like how main characters Elijah and Kristen bond over their music in this edgy, real world contemporary young adult read that examines the impact social media has on the lives of today’s youth.

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The Way It Hurts

Author: Patty Blount

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 352 pages

Format: Paperback and Digital

Print ISBN: 978-1-492632-788

Digital ASIN: B06XR172ZD

SYNOPSIS

There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…
Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts to sing.
Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program–and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.
Elijah can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.

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Advanced Praise for The Way It Hurts:


“Blount writes authentically; both protagonists’ voices are distinct. The author explores the rapidly consuming world of social media and how it affects relationships online and in real life. A relevant read and must-have for all YA collections.” – School Library Journal


“THE WAY IT HURTS draws our attention to the joy, heartache and confusing contradictions that arise as we try to find our place in the real world and the virtual one.” – Kimberly Sabatini


“Elijah and Kristen’s personal evolutions through the novel, along with their chemistry, feel as authentic as the conflicts they face. A genuine plot filled with steady tension that will keep readers hooked.” – RT Book Reviews


“This book sensitively covers topics such as sexism, handicapping conditions, communication, and ageism. Agency is also shown when Kristen says she wants to pursue studying in a conservatory rather than continue in the band and the three young men acknowledge her wish. Talking about what bothers us rather than trying to guess another person’s feelings is demonstrated through the actions of the characters. The characters’ issues are eventually resolved through hard work and understanding, making this an interesting and informative read.” – School Library Connection

EXCERPT

Elijah took my hands. “Okay, look. Maybe you’re right. Maybe these people are taking this whole battle thing way too seriously. If you’re scared, then we’ll stop. No more posts except for appearance information.”
“So no more battle of the sexes, no more make Kris scream?”

He held up his hand. “Swear to God.”

“Okay.” I sighed in relief. “You’d really do that?”

He leaned closer and repeated the vow. “I promise, Kris.”

And just like that, I forgot why I was mad at him. I couldn’t talk, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t even blink because I was afraid he’d let go. This was the part of him I adored. I clung to him for a long moment, and when his gaze drifted to my mouth, I wondered if—hoped—prayed—he’d finally kiss me.

And then, Etta’s voice suddenly spoke inside my head. “Well, my God, darling, it’s the twenty-first century. What on earth are you waiting for? You can kiss him.”

I could. Yes. Yes, I could just lift my head and lean in and kiss Elijah Hamilton like it was a normal, ordinary occurrence.

Right. Like kissing Elijah Hamilton would ever be ordinary?

I’d watched him kiss that girl at the mall and was sure I’d memorized all the steps in his routine. He’d move in, grip my face between his hands, run his thumb along my jaw, and finally, glide his arm down around my body, pulling me against his own, all the while, peeking through his lashes to see if I enjoyed it.

I wasn’t sure when I decided—even what made me decide. I just touched my lips to his and waited.

It took a second or two. But then there was a sudden, tiny squeak from him, and I felt the pulse in his wrist leap under my fingertips. 

And then, his hands were in my hair, angling my head just the way he liked it, his tongue brushing against mine, so soft it might have been my imagination…except imaginary kisses were never so intense. He kissed me like I was a song he wrote, lips wrapped around every word until it hummed with hidden meaning and promise, and his hands held me the way they held his guitar—like the music would stop if he let me go.
Copyright © The Way It Hurts by Patty Blount 2017

ABOUT PATTY BLOUNT

Native New Yorker Patty Blount is the award-winning author of several critically acclaimed internet issues novels for teens as well as a few adult contemporary romances. She is inspired to write by such greats as Judy Blume, JK Rowling, and Gayle Forman. In fact, Judy Blume is the reason Patty elected to write under her real name…so she’d appear on shelves next to her idol. Patty adores writing; she’s written everything from technical manuals to song lyrics (see THE WAY IT HURTS, coming August 2017). Patty wants you to know she loves chocolate…really, really loves chocolate.
When not crushing on actors Gilles Marini or Sam Heughan, Patty can be found sitting in traffic somewhere on the Long Island Expressway, listening to audio books or talking wildly to herself about plots and characters. Prone to falling madly in love with fictional characters, Patty suffers frequent broken hearts when they all invariably prefer the heroine to her… go figure. When she’s not writing, Patty loves to watch bad sci-fi movies and live tweet the hilarity, and scour Pinterest for ideas on awesome bookcases. Patty lives on Long Island with her family in a house that, sadly, lacks bookcases.
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Penthouse Player_First Look Celebration

PENTHOUSE PLAYER by Tara Leigh First Look!

Here is your FIRST LOOK at debut author, Tara Leigh’s PENTHOUSE PLAYER. A sizzling inter-office, forbidden romance set on Wall Street.

PENTHOUSE PLAYER

By Tara Leigh

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, SWERVE

Series: Billionaire Bosses #1

Genres: Romance

Word Count: 80K

Format: Digital

ISBN: 9781250138507

Synopsis

Abandoned by her mother and spurned by her father, Reina St. James is tired of being treated like a dirty little secret. It wasn’t easy making her way into the high-risk, high-reward Wall Street world ruled by financial kings and trust fund tyrants. But now that she’s got a

stiletto-clad toe into one of the swankiest firms in Manhattan, Reina is determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face hiding an ugly past.

For Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV, escaping the shadow cast by generations of family fortune has been difficult, and success hasn’t come without sacrifice. Tristan has always put business before pleasure… Until Reina’s curved lips prove an invitation he can’t resist.

Walking away from their explosive night together won’t be easy, even if the heat between them might consume both of their careers. Will Reina and Tristan risk everything by betting on each other?

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Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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Little Gray Dress: Blog Tour_Spotlight

Title: Little Gray Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit
GoodReads: add Little Gray Dress to your to be read list

Book Blurb:

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

AmazonUS: eBook – $2.99 | print – $9.99
AmazonUK: eBook – £1.99| print – £6.99

Barnes & Noble: print – $9.99

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Aimee Brown – author bio:

Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.

She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Website/Blog | GoodReads | Amazon Page | Newsletter

Weds – August 2nd

Blog on the Run – Book Review/Author Guest Post after 2nd
Books and Photographs – Book Review
Judging More Than Just the Cover – Book Review/Author Interview
Nicole Evelina – Book Review/Guest Post
The Novel Girl Reads – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A


Thurs – August 3rd


Chick Lit Central – Author Interview
NovelGossip – Book Review
Hey Said Renee – Author Guest Post
Romantic Reads and Such – Book Excerpt
Steamy Book Mama – Book Review


Fri – August 4th


BrizzleLass Books – Book Review
O.D. Book Reviews – Book Excerpt
He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post
Corinne Desjardins – Book Spotlight
Where Dragons Recide – Book Review/Author Q&A


Sat – August 5th

JenaBooks – Book Review
Sylv.net – Spotlight Post
Got Books, Babe? – Author Guest Post
The Writing Garnet – Book Review

Sun – August 6th


I Read Novels – Book Review
It’s my Life – Book Excerpt
RaeReads – Book Review
Kelee Morris – Author Guest Post
GrassMonster – Book Review


Mon – August 7th


Living Life with Joy – Book Review/Giveaway/Author Q&A
The Belgian Reviewer – Author Guest Post
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt
Haddie’s Heaven – Spotlight Post
Books in my Opinion – Book Review
Literature Goals – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A

Tue – August 8th


Reading to Unwind – Book Review
Kristin’s Novel Café – Book Excerpt & Giveaway/Book Review
Key of Dee – Author Guest Post
FrankyBrown – Book Excerpt
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Book Reviews


Weds – August 9th


Ink, Maps and Macarons – Giveaway/Author Q&A
Heartalefix – Book Review
Tea Party Princess – Author Guest Post/(possible) Review
One Book at a Time – Book Excerpt/Spotlight
TrashyBibloBlog – Book Review/Excerpt

Thurs – August 10th


ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review/Excerpt
Rosa Temple Writes – Author Guest Post
Life at 17 – Spotlight Post
Daily Waffle – Book Excerpt/Author Q&A
Written by Deb – Guest Post

Fri – August 11th


Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review
Sparkly Word – Book Review
Books and Readers – Book Review/Excerpt/Giveaway/Guest Post
Ali the Dragon Slayer – Book Review
Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews – Book Review/Book Excerpt


Sat – August 12th


Life of a Simple Reader – Book Review/Excerpt
KD Reads – Book Review/Giveaway/Guest Post
D.K. Hamilton – Book Review/Author Q&A
20CC Reviews – Book Review

WWW Wednesday

As you all know that I have completed one year of blogging and from this week, the first week of my 2nd year of blogging journey I have decided that each week I will post a bookish meme like WWW Wednesday or Throwback Thursday or something like that depending on the day of the week I would like to post a bookish meme.

This week I am going with WWW Wednesday.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and in this meme you have to answer three questions which are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?


Currently I am reading The Way it Hurts. I received this book from Barclay Publicity for a Virtual book tour. My tour stop is on 11 August and I will be posting a review. Till now I am enjoying the book, lets see how it ends and if I would be able to love it till the end or not.

What did you recently finish reading?


I recently finished reading Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents. It is a thriller and it was pretty gruesome and unsettling at parts. I enjoyed reading it. I posted the review on Monday, here is the link:

https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/porcelain-flesh-of-innocents_blogival-book-review/

What do you think you will read next?


After finishing The Way it Hurts I will read Love Pixies. It is a paranormal chick lit and I am very excited to read it.

1st Blogging Anniversary

So I had my first blogging anniversary on 2nd August and I am very happy to have completed a full one year of blogging. I saw the wordpress notification about my anniversary on 2nd only but due to various reasons I was not able to post this post celebrating my blogging anniversary earlier than today. Sorry for been this late.

First I would like to tell what my blog Life at 17 is all about. In Life at 17 I post poems, stories, book reviews and different bookish stuffs like book blitz and cover reveals.

This one year of blogging journey was awesome, there were ups, there were downs but still the journey was fun and the most important thing is even after one year I have no intention of deleting my blog or leaving blogging.

As I had previously told in one of my tag posts, that I actually started this blog to write beauty product reviews and to share beauty related post but that didn’t not happen, I didn’t become a fashion blogger. If I trace back to that time, I don’t even remember what happened clearly but the thing I think that happened was that I posted one fiction story and that lead to another and then another. Next I started writing both poems and stories. The day I wrote my first poem and received a very nice comment from one of my fellow blogger was a really happy day for me because I always thought that I can’t write poems.

After that I started posting book related stuff. I always wanted books for free because that was one of the obstacle in the path of me becoming an avid book reader. And so one day from one of my fellow blogger Sascha Darlington I discovered a book tour site Xpresso Book Tours. I was a pretty new blogger at that time plus I did not have any social media pages and also didn’t have a very high amount of page views or followers, so I was bit apprehensive about requesting review titles or signing up for blog tours. But then garnering a lot of confidence I signed up for a few tours and review opportunities and ended up getting selected in them and started recieving books for free in return for honest review. So there commenced my book blogging journey along with my poems and stories.


Here is a little information about my blog stats and it only includes the information till 7/9/17 3:11 IST:

I have made 202 posts and have received 6,177 views from 2,833 visitors. Apart from that Life at 17 has 216 followers. I know these are not much but still I feel that it is a lot given that I am not a full time blogger and I had a school to fully focus on and now I will have a college to do so. In one sentence I am pretty proud of myself.

My readers have showed me a lot of love through likes, comments and page views and I am very thankful to them because they are the ones who kept me going. Thank you my lovely readers without whom Life at 17 would not have been where it is today.

Now I will leave some links through which you would be able to explore the favourite parts of my blog-

https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/book-reviews/

Here you will find the link to all my book reviews. Till date I have posted 46 book reviews.

https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/category/poetry/

Above is the link to the category named poetry of my blog. Here you will find all my poems. Poetry is the favourite segment of my readers because my poems get the most likes and comments. My poetries are mostly about life or love.

https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/category/short-stories/

The final link is to the category short stories of my blog. Here you will find all the short stories written by me. This is the place where you will find the most variety because my short stories are from a lot of genres from romance to thriller to sci fi to dystopia and many more.

Finally a few more words before I finish off this post. I wish to continue blogging for many years to come and each year I want to outperform the performance of my previous year. I just hope that I keep on getting more and more love and support from my readers and Life at 17 keeps on growing with each passing day.

Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents_Blogival: Book Review

PORCELAIN: FLESH OF INNOCENTS

By Lee Cockburn

Genres: Crime, Thriller

Published on: 21st February

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Blurb

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

Review

Porcelain is a gripping crime thriller that hooks you in from the very first chapter. Porcelain is an absolute page turner and I was not able to keep the book down until the very last word.

Apart from the plot, the well built characters were also a very big plus point for this book. There were many characters in the book like DS Nicks, Nathan, Amy, Marcus, etc. I will only talk about a few which were my favourite, and also in my opinion the most important.

DS Nicks is fierce and brave police sergeant who has garnered a lot of respect in the police force as she is very good at her work. I think DS Nicks character was really good and with her team she did a great job in solving the gruesome crime.

Now coming to the twins Nathan and Amy. They had a very disturbed childhood, the memories of which still haunt their present. The moments of their childhood which were shown were deeply unsettling, painful and gruesome. And in present when they talk about their childhood you can almost feel the pain from their voice penetrating through the pages into your heart.

I had just one problem with this book. It was the excess of sex scenes(I think there were total 7). Apart from one, others were completely unnecessary for the plot. And I Actually skipped one or two because in middle of the gripping thriller I didn’t want to get distracted.

Porcelain has description of assaults which were carried on. The descriptions are brutal and gruesome and I feel this could be a bit too heavy for some people, so those of you with this problem could give it a miss. Apart from them this chilling read is recommended for all mystery and crime lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 out of 5 stars)

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Author’s Bio:


Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

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