To Catch a Creeper by Ellie Campbell – Excerpt and Giveaway!

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the Fiction Addiction Book Tours promo blitz for To Catch a Creeper by Ellie Campbell.

Published 24th March 2014.

“Cathy is riding high in her brand-new job at a (surprisingly bitchy) top London advertising agency working with best friend Rosa. But when Rosa’s pregnancy goes amiss and enemies sabotage her new career, she finds herself leading a chaotic double life of lies and deception, hiding a shameful secret from all, especially husband Declan who appears in the throes of a nervous breakdown.  

Meanwhile she’s agreed to unmask the notorious Crouch End Creeper, a burglar terrorizing their neighbourhood. Little does she know that her meddling, assisted by fellow mothers (the Wednesday Once Weeklies) and the Neighbourhood Watch, will lead their dangerous opponent to murder.  And that it’s not only the tall elegant transvestite who is placing herself at risk…”


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‘It must have been horrendously frightening, Cathy,’ Holly Willoughby’s sparkling white teeth are shining directly into my eyes causing me to spontaneously blink, ‘finding yourself stalked and then almost strangled to death.’

‘Oh yes,’ I nod and refill my water glass. ‘Terrifying.’

Although, I squirm as three huge cameras circle closer like a cackle of hyenas moving in for the kill, nowhere near as terrifying as being on live TV. All through the interview I keep getting these uncanny impulses to indulge in a touch of Tourette’s, spouting obscenities while intermittently flashing a nipple.

‘And then not only did you capture the culprit but you managed to turn the situation round and through it launched the most talked about advertising campaign this decade.’

‘Not just me…’ I grin bashfully as Camera One’s red light gives a little wink in my direction.

‘So as a woman who’s spent the last eight years as a mother and housewife,’ Holly continues brightly, ‘how are you finding it being back out in the workplace?’

How am I finding it? Fantastic. Sodding-bloody-fantastic, I want to reply but for some reason, ever since the camera did that little wink, my throat simply refuses to co-operate.

‘It’s a…a…’ I cough and reach for the water, ‘case of…’

‘And balancing this brand new exciting career with taking care of two primary-school age children?’ prompts her co-presenter nicely. ‘You must be very organised…’

‘Well, Joseph… I mean Jason… I mean…’

And that’s it. My mouth freezes while I rifle through my memory bank trying to recall his name. Jason or Joseph… But no, it can’t be either. Joseph was the biblical character that this guy portrayed at a West End theatre and Jason…he was the ex-Neighbours actor who also played Joseph as well as dating Kylie Minogue and picking David Guest’s nose on some reality show. So this guy, the one sitting in front of me, all mike-ed up, awaiting an answer while millions look on… God, who is he? Sweat pools under the armpits of my new Vivienne Westwood polka-dot dress with the waist-cinching corset as I scan and rescan his grey speckled hair and cute baby face. ‘The thing is…’

A reassuring hand rests on my arm. For the fifth time this morning, Rosa steps in to save me.

‘Oh she is, Phillip,’ she laughs lightly. ‘Super-organised, that’s our Cath. Packed lunches prepared night before. Uniforms folded neatly on chairs. Dishwasher and washing machine fully loaded. Plants watered. Fish fed. Wonderwoman has nothing on her.’
She slaps me on the back, just as I take another gulp of water. Instead of drowning the giant South American toad now living in my larynx, a fountain shoots out from my mouth and nose.

Holly smiles once more as she smoothly links back to the weather, before the cameras wheel away, allowing her to dab at her water-spotted jacket and mercifully ending the second most scary moment of my entire life.



Ellie Campbell is a pseudonym for sisters, Pam Burks and Lorraine Campbell who collaborate across the mighty Atlantic from their respective homes in Surrey, England and Colorado, USA, finding writing together a great excuse for endless phone conversations.   Together they have written three previous novels How To Survive Your Sisters, When Good Friends Go Bad and Looking For La La.   They love any chance to connect with their readers.

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“In a recent survey 65% of mothers admitted feeling undervalued, over-criticised and constantly tired.

Cathy is no exception. Her dull, uneventful days as a stay at home, mother of two, are radically transformed however with the arrival of a heavily lipsticked postcard addressed to husband, Declan. Who is the mysterious La La? Could Declan really be having an affair? And is Cathy actually being stalked?

Whatever – it will definitely prove riveting gossip for the Tuesday Twice Monthlies, Cathy’s ‘Mothers Restaurant Research’ group where scandal flows as recklessly as the wine. But what starts as a light-hearted investigation with best friend Raz, soon turns into something much more sinister.

With a possible murderer on the scene, a sexy admirer igniting long-forgotten sparks, and all her friends hiding secrets, it’s not only Cathy’s marriage that’s in jeopardy. Add in the scheming antics of Declan’s new assistant, the stress of organising the school Save The Toilet’s dance and the stage is set for a dangerous showdown and some very unsettling, possibly deadly, revelations.” |


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Author Interview with Allison Merritt Including Excerpt!

Today I’m delighted to welcome Allison Merritt to Me, My Books and I:


A love of reading turned Allison Merritt into an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She graduated college with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.

She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

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Hi Allison,

Where did the idea for The Convict and the Cattleman come from?

At the time I came up with the book, I hadn’t written anything in years. I’ve always loved historical romance, so I knew if I was going to get back into writing, that was the genre I wanted. All my best ideas come to me in the shower, which I read an article that said this isn’t unusual, because it’s a relaxing place. I wanted to do something unique, even though I love the Old West. I just moved a bit farther west for the setting. Believe me, it took a ton of research to figure out where I could have a female convict come from, what prison she should be sentenced to, in what part of Australia, what year, and how the hero could get her out of there. I’m actually a little surprised it worked out so well, but I’m glad it did!

Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?

Fiona Jayde is the designer and you can find her at She does beautiful work, doesn’t she? This is the first cover I was presented with and it met my expectations even better than I hoped. My favorite detail is the lace on the woman’s sleeves, because my heroine is a convict and she has scars on her wrists from manacles and adds lace to the sleeves of her dresses to cover them, a detail I didn’t mention when filling out the cover art form, but it’s perfect.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

I love tall, dark and handsome Jonah, the hero, but there’s a secondary character named Rob Langnecker, who loved Jonah’s sister. He’s an ex-convict and very complicated, almost an anti-hero, but I think he has a squishy side we don’t really get to see in the book and I’d love to chat him up.

What do you hope readers will learn from The Convict and the Cattleman?

One of the main themes behind this book is that no matter what your beginnings or what tragedies befall you on the way, you get a second chance and you can make the best of it, or let it carry you away.

What makes it stand out from the crowd?

It’s highly unusual to have a female protagonist who’s a convict. She saw stealing a crime she had to commit to save her starving family, and it wasn’t unusual at the time for any lower class citizens to steal and be transported to the colonies because of overcrowding in prison. Another thing is, I think most non-Australian people think ‘Australia, sheep’. I did a lot of research on the cattle market in Australia because I know absolutely nothing about woolies!

Do you follow a plan when you are writing or do you let the story guide you?

My stories tend to be very character driven, so I usually let them have their heads. Charts and documents and time lines freak me out.

Do you have any writing quirks?

I have to write in linear fashion. I remember writing the last scene of one novel, but I ended rewriting almost a whole different story with those characters. Jinxed it by writing out of turn, lol.

Who are your favourite authors and do you think they have influenced your own writing in any way?

Louis L’Amour was a definite influence. He’s the reason I love the Old West. One of Roseanne Bittner’s historical romance novels was the reason I started writing historical romance. My other greatest influence is Harold Bell Wright, who came from New York to Missouri and wrote about our hills. I think he’s the real reason I wanted to become an author. These days my reading leans toward a lot of paranormal, like Dean Koontz and some Stephen King. Love those guys.

If you could travel anywhere in the world to do research for a book where would it be?

I always dabble with the idea of writing contemporary romance, but for some reason I’m nervous about it. I’d love to write western contemporary. It’s been years since I went to Colorado, but I was so impressed with Estes Park, I would love to go back and write something set there. I’d also love to try British Columbia or Alberta, and write a historical featuring mounties.


Paperback or eBook?

Paperback. I’m a traditionalist, but ereaders come in handy too.

Snow or sun?

Sun! I’d love to never see snow again!

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet. Cake or pie, please!

Listener or talker?

Listener. My husband complains because I can’t think of anything to say, believe it or not.

Dogs or cats?

Either is fine. We currently have inside and outside dogs, but I wouldn’t mind a cat to warm my lap now and then.

Any last words for your readers?

Keep reading! It’s good for your mind and your spirit. I hope if it’s something you love, you never the power to read as much as you want, because reading is such an escape, it takes you away from bad situations and gives you something to hold on to.

Thank you so much for being here today Allison, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about your favourite authors!


Now check out the book:

Published by Lyrical Press in January 2014.

His love is the key to her release.

Sentenced to seven years of servitude in the penal colony of New South Wales, Bridgit Madden is thrust into a world unlike anything she’s known, dangers she never imagined and enemies with their own interests at heart. Certain that the conviction has ruined her chances of ever having a real family, she is fearful of her future.

Despite his reluctance to take in a convict, Jonah Andrus, a grazier and pioneer cattleman, needs a servant to care for his orphaned niece. When presented with Bridgit, who is far too beautiful and distracting, he initially tries to refuse. However, with a busy cattle station to oversee, he needs help right away.

Upon her first meeting with Jonah’s niece, Bridgit immediately falls in love with the girl and becomes entwined the mystery surrounding her birth. As she gets to know her employer better, Bridgit makes it her mission to remind him that family is priceless. When it seems as though she might have found the place she truly belongs, their love is threatened by lies and deceit, and both of them might lose everything they hold dear for a second time.”


“There, there. Bridgit will be along any second. She knows how to take care of you. Uncle Jonah will drop you. You’re too small.”

Surprised by his own admission, he stared helplessly at Olivia. When was the last time he’d paid her any attention? She’d grown and he hadn’t noticed. Babies did; he knew well enough from watching his calves during the summer. The baby he remembered was tiny, wrinkled and didn’t look like anyone. Charlotte, exhausted, but elated, had smiled proudly.

“Isn’t she beautiful, Jonah?”

Recalling her voice made his heart pound. The silly girl didn’t have a sense of shame. She’d been nervous when she admitted her tryst and the subsequent pregnancy, but she had defended her child. Not unlike one of his cows. They protected their young fiercely.

He hadn’t found the words to answer her question. All he saw was Rob Langnecker’s face. The desire to kill him had blotted out everything else. Langnecker had ruined his sister, left her alone with a bastard child and went off chasing other skirts. She’d died in the room where Bridgit slept, believing he’d come back for them.

If I ever catch him.

Jonah ran his hand down his face.
“Is something wrong?”

Bridgit’s warm hand closed around his. Pity shined in her eyes.

“The chores are waiting.” Clammy sweat dampened his shirt.

She tugged his hand. “You need to stay. You’ll regret it if you don’t. Go sit down.”

He didn’t understand why he obeyed, but he sat in the rocking chair by the window. His father had crafted it for his mother years before Jonah was born.

Bridgit lifted Olivia, nestling her into his arms. The cries eased to a whimper.

“Hold your arms like this. You’ve got to support her head.”

“I know.” Charlotte had insisted he hold Olivia hours after her birth. He remembered it clear as day. Accepting the chubby baby, he was surprised at her weight.

She’d been so small. “She’s healthy.”

It was more a question than a statement. Olivia gazed at him, eyes wide. Her fingers toyed with one of his buttons.

“Aye. Growing like a weed. She’s learning to roll over.” At his confused look, she explained, “That’s good. She’ll be crawling before long. She talks to me and follow things with her eyes. Everything she’s supposed to do.”

“Good. Charlotte would be glad.” His voice sounded choked and he cleared his throat, hoping Bridgit hadn’t noticed.

She lifted the bottle. “Here. Feed her. Tip it up, so the air gets in the bottle.”

He let her show him what to do, surprised again when Olivia grasped the bottle with her tiny hands. Her features were clearer now. Charlotte’s nose and chin. Those couldn’t be his ears, could they? Dark blue eyes stared up at him, then drifted shut as she suckled greedily. Her eyes were the only resemblance he could find to her father.

Bridgit kneeled beside the rocking chair and swept dark locks from the baby’s face. Her hand settled on his knee. “There. She’s happy now.” A wistful smile played across her face.

A jolt ran through him. With Olivia snuggled against his chest and Bridgit beside him, the moment belonged to a family man.

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Stephanie Keyes Book Swag – International Giveaway and The Fallen Stars Excerpt!


Today I am offering my readers the chance to win some gorgeous Stephanie Keyes book swag which I received after joining the Street Team – Team Star Lighter.

There will be three lucky winners:

1st prize is a The Star Child poster, 2 magnets (1x The Star Child & 1x The Fallen Stars) and a double sided bookmark.


2nd prize is a The Star Child poster and a double sided bookmark.


3rd prize is a double sided bookmark.


But first let me introduce these fantastic books:

The Star

“The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.  Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role.

Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?”

This was an enchanting read that transported me to a completely different world, you can find my review here. The eBook or paperback can be purchased from Amazon.

The Fallen Stars

When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?”

This is due to be released on 12 April 2013 and you can pre-order it here.

My review of The Fallen Stars will be coming soon but in the meantime the author has kindly given me a teaser excerpt to share with my readers:

“Kellen, come on,” Gabe said, grabbing my hand, his other hand on Alistair’s arm.

Unarmed, I had enough common sense to realize when I needed to take cover. Staying hunched over, the three of us made our way to a series of boulders at the edge of the lawn and took shelter.

Gabe’s face held a look of confusion. Despite our situation, I couldn’t help feeling guilty. I’d never told him about Calienta’s identity, about Faerie, about…anything. Man, he was gonna be pissed. I didn’t even want to think about what Alistair was going to have to say about it.

“Man, what is up with these EMO freaks? And what the H is going on, K?” Gabe asked.

“Yes, Kellen, what…what he said,” Alistair demanded, actually appearing to turn maroon in color.

Peering over the rock, I crouched down again just as a portion of it exploded, missing my head by inches. “This really isn’t the best time,” I said, keeping as low as possible behind the rock while still sneaking peeks to try and find Calienta. Then I located her, fighting directly in the middle of the action.

She shot a wall of water at Cana and some of the other creatures, dousing the flames that resulted from their offense. The intense sound of a raging waterfall filled the vicinity as she fought back. Her defensive tactic appeared to be working at first, until Cana froze the water and it exploded into hundreds of jagged pieces—pieces that headed straight for Calienta.

Calienta knew how to protect herself. I understood that, but I refused to hide behind a rock any longer while she risked her life. Launching myself out from behind the boulder, I grabbed her hand and pulled her to safety just as the ice would have hurt her. Alistair and Gabe scrambled to make room. Calienta crouched down behind the rocks with me. Mud stained the bottom of her beautiful dress.

Calienta puffed a strand of hair out of her eyes and scowled at me. “You know, I had a plan, Kellen.” She sounded ticked, despite the lilt of Ireland in her voice.

Though she made no secret of how I’d pissed her off, we both knew that I’d already sensed her feelings. All I had to do was to be near her and I would be able to recognize her emotions as strongly as if they were my own. That’s how I’d recognized that her love for me carried the same weight as mine did for her.

“Maybe,” I said, “but I have plans too, and they all involve you. So let’s cut the Indiana Jones routine for the time being, if that’s okay.”


Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she’s still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she’s best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), both released by Inkspell Publishing. She is currently hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, The Star Catcher.

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A Shade of Vampire – Bella Forrest

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“On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. 

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. 

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. 
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains. 

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince. 

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  I love the dark, atmospheric cover and being a big fan of vampire books I was intrigued by the blurb – I just couldn’t wait to see where this version of vampires would take me.

The prologue was teasing, it vaguely hinted at something dark but didn’t quite give enough to answer the questions that had been raised in my mind.  This did, however, mean that I was more eager to get on to the main body of the story so that I could find out exactly what had happened.

To begin with Sofia was telling the story and it appeared that she had just had a falling out with her best friend Ben, I soon found out that her feelings for him ran deeper than I first thought and this made her emotions much more understandable.  What happened next was exciting and scary all at the same time, her abduction was the start of a dangerous adventure!

As Sofia’s nightmare continued I began to learn more about her captors but it wasn’t until the story switched to Derek’s perspective that I really got a good sense of who the vampires were.  I was fascinated by Derek, it was clear he was powerful but I definitely got a hint of a softer side to him.  At this point Sophia was a reluctant participant in anything relating to romance and I found it refreshing that she didn’t fall head over heels in love with the vampire within two seconds of meeting him.  Lucas was a brilliant bad guy, every book needs someone who the reader can love to hate and he fitted the bill perfectly, as for Ben I didn’t really have any strong feelings about him as a character because there wasn’t really time to get to know him – I hope to discover more about him in the next book.

I loved the whole idea of The Shade, it added a different twist and the descriptions of everything made it all so easy to visualise, the storyline gripped me and I found that I couldn’t predict where it was heading. The only bad thing was that it ended before I was ready!

The epilogue was so intriguing and left me wanting more, this was a quick, dark vampire story with a mysterious edge.  A must read for any vampire fiction fans!


I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.

He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”

I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.

My gaze settled on his face.

I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.

I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.

Big mistake.

The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.

“Like what you see?”

“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.

He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.

“Don’t I have the right to be?”

He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.

“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.

My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.

I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.

He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.

This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.

“Sofia Claremont.”

As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.

“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”

I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.

My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

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