Monday, December 9, 2019

BLOG TOUR - The Girls in the Lake

Today I am happy to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Girls in the Lake by Helen Phifer.


Peering over the side of the boat, the glare of early morning sun catches on something pale in the inky water. The boy’s curious fingertips break the surface, pulling up a tangle of long blonde hair from the reeds below…

The discovery of a young student floating face down in Lake Windermere, her naked skin almost translucent in the freezing water, looks like yet another tragic teen suicide. But the victim’s lack of clothes make Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams want to investigate further. Anything to distract her from the arrival of her abusive ex-boyfriend’s body on the mortuary table that morning.

With witnesses keeping tight-lipped and any clues washed away by the tides, it’s up to Beth to find the evidence her team needs. But then another girl is found in the lake, this time still clinging to life. She tells them she was at a party on a boat, and that she was pushed…

As more bodies surface, Beth finds tiny traces of boat paint present on each victim. It’s a critical lead that links these attacks back to a tragic accident involving a group of school children years ago.

Faced with a killer hungry for revenge, and with her own life spiralling out of control, it’s going to take every ounce of skill and determination for Beth to catch this monster before he takes another innocent life. But will Beth realise he’s been right beside her all along?

An absolutely unputdownable serial killer thriller that will have you sleeping with the lights on. Fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons will have to hold on tight for this nail-biting rollercoaster ride!


Title:   The Girls in the Lake
Author:  Helen Phifer
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   276
Date of Publication:   December 9, 2019
My Rating:   4 Stars

Beth Adams is a forensic pathologist and she has a disturbing case in front of her. The body of a young girl is found in a lake, and it appears that it is a suicide. Beth refuses to believe that this is the case, so she begins to dig deep, looking for any clues as to why the girl would do this.

When another girl is found in the lake, however, barely alive, Beth knows her instinct was right regarding her suspicions. Beth is drawn to a particular boat, and to a couple of men that she finds suspicious. Why would a girl apparently jump naked into icy waters? She can't shake it. She finds the smallest clue and this makes it possible for her to connect both cases.

Now she feels it is up to her to find the murderer. Furthermore, Beth is reminded about a similar accident many years ago. Can she stop another girl from the same plight? Meanwhile, with her personal life spiraling out of control, Beth struggles to maintain her focus.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book in this series, The Girl in the Grave (review linked), Beth reminds me of the TV show and character Quincy. He was always going deeper and often acted as a detective of sorts and always got to the truth of the matter. Beth is just like that. It is very rewarding to read these fantastic and well-written books by Helen Phifer. I cannot wait to see what she has in store next for Beth. 

Note: Although part of a series, this book could be read as a standalone.

Many tanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided +to write her own. 

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

BLOG TOUR and GIVEAWAY - The Girl I Left Behind

The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton

Publication Date: October 3, 2019
Aria Fiction
eBook & Paperback; 368 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

What would you risk to save our best-friend?

As a young girl, Ella never considered that those around her weren’t as they appeared. But when her childhood best-friend shows Ella that you can’t always believe what you see, Ella finds herself thrown into the world of the German Resistance.

On a dark night in 1941, Claudia is taken by the Gestapo, likely never to be seen again, unless Ella can save her. With the help of the man she loves, Ella must undertake her most dangerous mission yet and infiltrate the Nazi Party.

Selling secrets isn’t an easy job. In order to find Claudia, Ella must risk not only her life, but the lives of those she cares about.

Will Ella be able to leave behind the girl of her youth and step into the shoes of another?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The German Midwife and Kate Furnivall.

Available on Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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Praise for The Girl I Left Behind.

‘A gripping historical page-turner about an audacious eighteen-year-old girl in Nazi Germany, who finds herself at the heart of the Reich. It’s a thrilling tale of female friendship, young love, and extraordinary courage, laced with chilling reminders of the fate Ella will face if her treachery is discovered. A powerful debut!’ Gill Paul, USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Wife.

‘A captivating story with a twist of romance threaded throughout,’ Glynis Peters, USA Today bestselling author of The Secret Orphan.

‘A compelling tale of friendship, courage and espionage in a frightening and uncertain world,’ Charlotte Betts, author of The Dressmaker’s Secret.

‘The Girl I Left Behind made me cry and left me wanting more, which to me are signs of a truly wonderful book, one that will stay with me long after I’ve finished reading,’ Lana Kortchik, author of The Story of Us.


My Rating:  4.5 Stars

Ella and her very dear friend Claudia are part of a unique group of youths during the terrors of World War II. They have joined the German Resistance and do their best to help those chased by Hitler and his people to escape imprisonment, cruelty and death.

They experience some hair-raising experiences and Claudia disappears after being captured by the Gestapo. Ella will do anything she can to find Claudia and to save her life. This includes defying her aunt and uncle, who she has lived with since the death of her parents. 

Ella must do the unthinkable, she must infiltrate the Nazi Party, and work at selling secrets. In so doing, she hopes to draw closer and closer to whatever information that will help her to locate Claudia. 

These World War II stories are so hard to read. Yet they are utterly compelling and impossible to put down. Usually when I read one of these, it is from the viewpoint of the Jews, the largest group of people targeted by Hitler. This is the first time I read a story that contained German sympathizers. Despite the tragedies I read about in this book, it was enlightening to learn that such groups existed during that despicable time in history. I applaud Andie Newton for her impeccable research.

Many thanks to Aria and to HFV Book Tours for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

About the Author

Andie is an American writer living in Washington State with her husband and two boys. She writes female-driven WWII historical fiction. Her debut novel, THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND, was published by Aria Fiction in October 2019. THE GIRL FROM VICHY, her second novel with Aria Fiction, will be released in July 2020 with a third untitled novel due to release in 2021. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Washington State University and a Master in Teaching. She would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. Andie does, however, love spending time with her family, trail running, traveling the world, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Andie would love to be a guest at your next book club! You can find discussion questions for her novels on her website You can also find Andie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 2 Interview at Let Them Read Books

Thursday, December 5 Review at Passages to the Past

Sunday, December 8 Review at Robin Loves Reading

Monday, December 9 Review at Bookish Bellee

Wednesday, December 11 Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, December 12 Review at Books In Their Natural Habitat

Monday, December 16 Review at Lost_in_a_book_reviewer

Wednesday, December 18 Review at The Lit Bitch

Friday, December 20 Review at Gwendalyn's Books


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback back copy of The Girl I Left Behind! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only. – Only one entry per household.

 – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.

 – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. The Girl I Left Behind

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Winter Blog Hop

Bookish Blog Hops' Winter Hop Day 7: 

Where Do You Post Your Reviews?

Thanks to Jo Lindsell, I am eager to share in the Winter Blog Hop. For the month of December, lots of bloggers are sharing their thoughts with regard to various topics of interests to readers all around. 

As busy bloggers, we all post our book reviews to as many online places as possible. We do this so that authors and publishers can get as much recognition as possible for their books before, when and after they are released. 

Robin (me)

First and foremost, I post every single review on my blog. Since I mostly review ARCs, I also post to either NetGalley or Edelweiss. I also post pretty much everywhere else, including PinterestInstagram and Twitter. Quite naturally, I also post on my own Facebook page. I also post to Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and sometimes Kobo. 

Since I do at least 15 blog tours per month, it is imperative that I post these reviews to all of these sites. I also post to my other Facebook groups (Book Blogger Buddies and Reading & Planner Babes) and to a couple other book-related Facebook groups. I do try and give every book, author and review the same  recognition for non-blog tour related books. This has led to over 1, 600 followers on Twitter, with authors and publishers being the majority of them, and I am getting at least a dozen tweets per day and I find that very rewarding. 

Jo Linsdell

I tend to do video reviews for the book I read and so the first place I share them to is my youtube channel. I then embed them in a blog post on my website,, and share via my social media profiles. I usually always post a rating for each book I read on Goodreads too. I sometimes also post to Amazon.

Erica Robyn

The first place I post is on my blog, After that, I share my reviews on various social media platforms; my facebook page, appropriate facebook groups I am in, Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy. I also post my reviews to Goodreads for everything, and to Amazon if I gave the book 3-5 star ratings. If the book happened to be a BOTM pick, or something from NetGalley, I would also leave my review on those platforms.


My reviews are usually either on my blog or on Audible. I try to cross-post to Goodreads but I don’t find the platform very user-friendly, so I don’t always do that. I like that Audible only allows you to review an audiobook if you actually have the book in your library.


Instagram! I try to post all the books I read/the reviews on my Instagram page ( My reviews also go on my Goodreads page, Amazon and some go on my blog.


I will always always always post my reviews on my blog. That’s the main area I will post them. Another place I will always post my reviews at is Goodreads. I usually try to post them on Amazon but lately I have been slacking off when it comes to posting them on there. I’m hoping that at the beginning of the year I’ll have my YouTube channel up and running and I’ll try to get some posted up on there as well.


I post my reviews on my blog. I also cross post to Goodreads and share the links on Twitter as well as Facebook. My Facebook page was a fairly new addition and I don’t do as much with it as I probably should though. I try to post to Amazon as well, but sometimes that gets lost in the hustle and bustle.

Leslie Conzatti

The primary place I post reviews of the books I read--particularly featuring the indie-published titles--is on my blog, The Upstream Writer, under the Reader’s Reviews page. Part of the deal for indie authors too is that I will review their books on Goodreads and Amazon as well, while also sharing the blog review on my Facebook Author Page. For the first few years on my blog, I would share “Reading Lists” of library checkouts I read, ranking them or reviewing them, whatever I decided to do with them that year. I haven’t really done that in a while, since there was a space of time when I wasn’t even going to the library, but whenever I do an “Upstream Updates” post I’ll also include an update on what I’m reading, so I’ll include a mention of it there.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BLOG TOUR - Cold Heart Creek

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Cold Heart Creek by Lisa Regan.


In the stark light of dawn, the young couple are laid out on their backs by the dying campfire, their hands clasped between them. Their eyes are open, but their hearts are cold…

When a park ranger stumbles across the bodies of Valerie and Tyler Yates by a creek in the small town of Denton, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. Still reeling from the news that her abusive mother is dying, Josie suspects this is more than just accidental poisoning, and she’s right: someone jammed a crudely carved pendant necklace down Valerie’s throat before she died.

Combing the area, Josie’s team discover a third sleeping bag indicating there could have been an extra guest around the fire that night. A lucky escape? A missing victim? Or a suspect on the run? Finding this person is the key to the entire investigation…

Trawling the couple’s photo albums for clues, Josie can’t imagine why anyone might want to harm these smiling, carefree young lovers. Until a face in one of the pictures stops her in her tracks and leads her to a farmhouse hidden deep within the forest – a special place where people go to escape, and to hide. There they meet a young girl with frightened eyes and bandaged wrists who knows more than she is saying. But the next day she’s found dead, choked with a matching necklace…

With her mother’s life hanging by a thread, Josie has an impossible decision to make. But first she must find the meaning of the pendant and catch this twisted killer before another innocent life is taken. Is she already too late?

An addictive and gripping crime thriller from an Amazon, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Readers who love Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and Rachel Caine will be sleeping with the lights on after this rollercoaster of a read.


Title:  Cold Heart Creek
Author:  Lisa Regan
Series:  Detective Josie Quinn #7
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:   Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  
Date of Publication:  August 14, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

Detective Josie Quinn has her hands full when she is called in to investigate the discovery of two bodies found at a campsite by a creek. Evidence shows that there was a third person there, a woman, so a desperate search is under way. Meanwhile, Josie is grappling with the fact that her dying mother wants to see her once last time.

Josie came from a dark and disturbed past. The woman she called her mother is actually a woman who kidnapped her, only to brutally abuse her for years. Josie has come a long way since then. She had since been reunited with and drawn close to her birth family. She has moved in with Noah, another detective, and they are thriving. However, with recent request to visit her mother in prison, Josie has been having horrid nightmares.

Meanwhile, the search for the missing girl, as well as to identify the cause of death of the two victims, leads Josie and team deep into the forest. They discover a farmhouse where several people reside. One such girl is someone Josie is desperate to help, but penetrating this group of people is not easy. Josie wonders if this group of people and the missing girl could possibly be connected.

There are several threads in this thrilling story. Cold Heart Creek is the 7th book in the compelling Detective Josie Quinn series. I have read most of the books in this series and have loved to see Josie shine above her tragic past and being able to remain focused and professional despite her personal drama. This is a well-written, captivating story that I read in one sitting. Let's hope we see Josie again real soon.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Lisa Regan is a USA Today, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website:

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Here are my November reads:

Completed Books:  36

Pages read:  12,067
Pages per book:  335
Pages per day:  402

Read:  502
Total pages read:  169,124
Total DNFs:  4

Average pages per month:  15,448
Average pages per day:  509
Average pages per book:  337
Average books per month:  46


The Last Affair by Margot Hunt The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection, #1; The Bookshop, #2) by Rebecca Raisin First Cut by Judy Melinek Pathfinder (Cowboys & Harvey Girls, #3) by Anna Schmidt Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison Risk It All (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters #2) by Katie Ruggle In Her Sights (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters, #1) by Katie Ruggle Husband Material by Emily Belden The Way Back to You (Blessings, Georgia #9) by Sharon Sala The Last Affair by Margot Hunt Why She Ran by Geraldine HoganThe Midwives of Lark Lane An absolutely heartbreaking historical family saga by Pam Howes The Girls in the Lake (Beth Adams #2) by Helen Phifer The Princess Plan (A Royal Wedding, #1) by Julia London Christmas at the Little Cottage on the Hill (The Little Cottage, #4) by Emma Davies Puppy Christmas (Forever Home, #2) by Lucy Gilmore Cowboy Christmas Redemption (Gold Valley, #8) by Maisey Yates Coming Home for Christmas (Haven Point, #10) by RaeAnne Thayne An Alaskan Christmas (Wild River #1) by Jennifer Snow A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan Christmas from the Heart by Sheila Roberts Christmas in Silver Springs (Silver Springs, #6) by Brenda NovakThe Argument by Victoria Jenkins The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton 
Cold Heart Creek (Detective Josie Quinn #7) by Lisa Regan Murder at the Dolphin Hotel (A Miss Underhay Mystery #1) by Helena Dixon Single by K.L. Slater Snow Creek (Detective Megan Carpenter, #1) by Gregg Olsen Her Dark Heart by Carla Kovach The Quiet Girls An absolutely addictive mystery thriller by J.M. Hewitt My Mother's Silence by Lauren Westwood A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle (Cosy Kettle, #3) by Liz Eeles Smoke Screen by Terri BlackstockA Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon, #3) by Mimi Matthews The Child of Auschwitz by Lily Graham The Manor House Murder by Joyce Cato 

*all covers clickable to Goodreads

Hardcover:  7
Trade Paperback:  2
Mass Market:  26
Kindle:  42
Audio:  66
ARC:  358

Mystery/Thrillers:  215
Non-Fiction:  2
Science Fiction:  2
Fantasy:  4
Historical Romance:  51
Romance:  90
Psychological Thrillers: 25
Classics: 2
Historical Fiction:  13
Literary Fiction: 1
Women’s Fiction: 28
Cozy Mystery:  35
Suspense: 7
Horror:  1
Inspirational Romance: 9
Historical Thriller:  1
Teens & YA: 2