Author Archive: Val Penny

Identity Thief by Alex Bryant

I am thrilled to have been asked to support the launch of the new book by Alex Bryant, Identity Thief. Love Book Groups have organised a great tour that you can follow. The Blurb A shape-shifting sorcerer called Cuttlefish unleashes a terrifying wave of magical carnage across London. A strange family known as the River …

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Hybrids by Jennie Dorny

I am delighted to be involved in the blog tour for Jenny Dorny’s new novel Hybrids. Many thanks to the author @jenniedornyauthor and Kelly Lacey of @LoveBooksGroup for including me. Blurb She sought refuge on an ocean-covered planet. She didn’t learn its codes until too late. Now she must leave to survive. Theo’s dreams of exploring …

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Murder in the Dark by Betsy Reavley

I have just finished Murder in the Dark by one of my favourite authors, Betsy Reavley. The story is set in and around Cambridge, England and I did enjoy the descriptions and nods to the area, as well as the tense plot. The story begins when Tilly Edgely arrives to open up the bookshop where …

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Death in Vermillion by Barbara Elle

Exciting Times! Thank you to Love Book Tours for bringing this to my attention. – A fab cover reveal for the new novel, Death in Vermillion (Cape Mysteries Book 1) by Barbara Elle. It sounds a really exciting read, and isn’t it a marvelous cover? Blurb  A psychological thriller about murder among friends and enemies.  Who …

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Heathcliff by Sue Barnard

Sue Barnard is always a safe pair of hands as an editor and an author. So, when I noticed her book, Heathcliff in my TBR pile, I shuffled the pile to get to it faster. To be honest, writing a spin-off novel about a character that appears in a classic novel is not simple. In …

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Coronation by Justin Newlands

It is a great pleasure to be part of the blog tour run by Love Books Group for the fabulous new novel Coronation by Justin Newlands and published by Matador Books. The author has kindly supplied an excerpt from the book. Excerpt This extract is from Chapter 12. It’s from the point of view of …

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The Saracen Storm by J.M. Nunez

I am so grateful to Love Book Group Tors for bringing this new book The Saracen Storm by J.M.Nunez to my attention. It sounds excellent. The Blurb Based on historical figures and events, The Saracen Storm is the sweeping saga of one of Spain’s best-loved heroes and the role he played in the nation’s darkest …

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The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale

My daughter gave me three books for Christmas. They are books she has enjoyed and thought I would too. What a thoughtful present! The first of the books that I read was The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. The Toymakers opens in 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. …

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The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing was a recent book at our village book group. I had never read anything by this author, but recognised her name as a respected author. The book is very short, a novella, rather than a novel. It tells the story of Harriet and David Lovatt, and their family. As …

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Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray

I have found a few of Alex Gray’s more recent books a bit disappointing. However, I know she can write excellent novels, so when I found this earlier book, Never Somewhere Else, on sale, I picked it up, only to discover that this is the first book in the author’s DCI Lorimer series and I …

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