Sea of lies by Rachel McLean #PubDayPush @rararesources

Sea of Lies synopsis

He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

A standalone sequel to Thicker Than Water

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My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

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The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett – Nessa’s Review


Book Blurb:-

Four little words, uttered by her husband…
‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

Nessa’s Review:-

Well this was my first time reading a book by Lilly Bartlett, but it certainly won’t be my last. The Truth About Love and Dogs has been an absolute delight to read.

I absolutely enjoyed and loved this story, it was wonderfully written, there was joyful moments as well as a couple of sad moments thrown in. I found it to be a fast paced story and a real page turner.

If you love dogs, then you really should read this book. It didn’t take long to fall in love with all of the dogs that have a part to play in this story, they all had such unique characters and some of the things that they did had me in right giggles. My favorites were definitely Fred and Ginger the two Westies terriers, I just wanted to cuddle them and take them home with me, which is odd coming from me as I’m more of a cat person than a dog person.

As for the characters, the humans, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Scarlett/Rufus and their best friend Shannon, seeing how close they all were to each other and how each of their stories developed and the difficulties they each encountered from time to time throughout the story. Although there were a couple of times that I wanted to slap Rufus for his stupidity and lack of sensitivity, but thankfully he came to his senses and managed to redeem himself. If you want to know what I’m referring to, you’ll just have to read the book so as to find out.

Lilly certainly has a wonderful way with words, setting the scene and location perfectly, felt like I could just step straight into the story and become involved. I really didn’t want the story to end or say bye bye to the characters or the dogs.

I will definitely be looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

About the Author:-

91MkQkBzc+L._US230_Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

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The Truth About Love And Dogs by Lilly Bartlett #guestpost @MicheleGormanUK

Good morning & a very happy Sunday to you all! Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing a guest post about book covers written by the wonderful Michele Gorman aka Lilly Bartlett. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it. 


So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so muchangst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.


Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.” 

So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs. What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US. 


For the US cover – the basket of pups – we wanted something fun and eye-catching that conveys the book’s tone rather than the story exactly. Publishers go for the look and feel more than an image that literally tells you what the story is about (that’s the job of the title and the description). There are pugs in the book, by the way! 


The UK cover might have a very different look, but its tone is the same. There, we wanted to project a cover the reader can fall into, with intriguing groupings of people that provoke curiosity.


I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the USreaders mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better? 


Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!

Happy reading!

Lilly xo


If you want to connect with me on Facebook or through my newsletter then you can get involved in my next cover choices!



Author Bio:

Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Thank you again to Michele aka Lilly Bartlett for the wonderful guest post on book covers. I think I prefer the UK cover, purely because I have a soft spot for colour especially eye catching colours, just like the green background with the white colour title and I just love that font! But then… those pugs are soooooo cute in the basket. I would still go for the UK cover! That to me says Romantic Comedy/Chick lit and that is just my preferred genre.

If I was standing in ASDA and I had the choice of a dull and plain cover vs bright colours, I would definitely pick up the bright coloured one!

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Nessa thought of the book very soon! It’s at the top of my TBR (once I finish my current book!) and I cannot wait to dive in.

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The Forgotten Secret by Kathleen McGurl #BlogTour #BasicPromo @rararesources

The Forgotten Secret

A country at war

It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.

And a long-buried secret

A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.

For fans of Kate Morton and Gill Paul comes an unforgettable novel about two women fighting for independence. 

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KATHLEEN MCGURL lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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The Pieces Of You And Me by Rachel Burton #PubDayPush #BasicPromo @rararesources

The Pieces of You and Me

They say time can heal all wounds…

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?


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Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. 

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogior follow her blog at She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

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Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield #BlogTour #BasicPromo @rararesources

Strays and Relations

Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found.

Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave.

Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts.

Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.

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I have lived in the West Country all of my life, but never in such a remote place as I do now –  in the middle of the woods with rooks and bats.  It may be remote but it’s never quiet in Dizzyland! When I’m not looking after the dogs, chickens and a six-toed cat, I help run a blacksmith’s forge with my partner.

My ideas come from humorous incidents in my own life, which I fictionalise. Strays and Relations is my first novel.

Before I began writing I had various jobs, including working in a wildlife park and as a youth worker.

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The Woman I Was Before – by Kerry Fisher – Nessa’s Review


Book Blurb:-

A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place…

Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. While she can’t help but envy their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship might help her leave her guilt behind.

Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves.

Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain?

From the bestselling author of The Silent WifeThe Woman I Was Before is a book about the things we hide from those closest to us – and the terrible consequences that keeping those secrets can have. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

Nessa’s Review:-

Having read this author’s previous books The Silent Wife and The Secret Child, both of which I loved. I just knew I had to read this, her new book. Plus the book cover was so appealing and that was all before I’d even read the book blurb.

Well I’m happy to report that it was a great read from start to finish, a really well thought out story that was real and dealt with real life day to day occurrences/events. I was truly captivated throughout and couldn’t wait to see how the story would all play out and ultimately how it would end.

The characters were well written and I loved how the story was told from three very different characters as it gives a real perceptive upon the story.

I have to admit, that the story was a bit of a slow burner to begin with and it didn’t turn out or end how I was expecting it too when I first started reading this book, but that is a good thing as it means that this book is definitely not predictable in any way.

I would highly recommend this book for those that are also fans of Diane Chamberlain, Rachel Hore or Susan Lewis books.

About the Author:-

thumbnail (1)Kerry Fisher is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenage children and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy.

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