Return to Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale #BookReview #BlogTour (@emilyharvale) @RaRaResources #RaRaResources #LilyPondLane

Return to Lily Pond Lane Blog Tour

I am so thrilled to be returning to Little Pondale to catch up with Mia and her friends for the blog tour for Return to Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale. My thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour and to Emily for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

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Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

I’m really enjoying this series by Emily Harvale and have fallen completely in love with Mia and the other residents of Little Pondale, so it was nice to go back after the Christmas instalment and find out what was happening to them all.

Some dramatic events, as it turns out, but I don’t want to include any spoilers so I won’t say any more about the nature of them, except to say that they offer up some challenges for Mia and Jet on their path of true love. There were lots of twists and turns in the story and plenty of heart in my mouth moments, as I was willing things to turn out well for the characters I have become so fond of over the course of the books. They really feel like friends now that you always want the best for.

Emily’s writing is so warm and approachable and very easy to read, it carries you through the story effortlessly. She is so good at enthralling you totally in the tale and never doing anything to jolt you out of that state of suspended reality you enjoy when you get engrossed in a tale. It is a real skill.

This is a very short book which is a quick read, so if you are looking for a quick, cosy romantic fix, this is the perfect book for you. The story was enough to provide me with a couple of hours of entertainment after a couple of very dark reads this week. It wasn’t quite as meaty as some of the previous instalments, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and I am looking forward to the next book, A Wedding on Lily Pond Lane, which I will be reviewing next month, so make sure you come back then!

Return to Lily Pond Lane is out now and you can get a copy here.

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About the Author

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Connect with Emily:


Facebook: Emily Harvale Writer

Twitter: @emilyharvale

Instagram: @emilyharvale

Friday Night Drinks with….Jamie Paradise @JamieParadise @unbounders #FridayNightDrinks #NightTimeCool


Tonight I am delighted to be joined for Friday Night Drinks by a new author, whose debut novel I reviewed on the blog earlier this year and found original and impactful. Welcome to the blog…Jamie Paradise.


Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening, Jamie. First things first, what are you drinking?

A couple of Asahis, then some nice red wine.


If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

Ibiza or East London


I think I’ll go with the first one, I’m ready for a holiday! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

Charles Bukowksi and Emily Bronte

Wouldn’t that be a fascinating mix! So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I just signed with a brilliant literary agent for my next novel and beyond – a long-term relationship.

What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

Having my debut novel, Night Time Cool, published and the brill reviews it has received in The Observer, Mail On Sunday and Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast. Biggest challenge was 20 years of trying to elevate my writing, followed by landing an agent (see above). 

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What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

Booker Prize, then Nobel Prize for Literature

Hey, if you’re gonna go, go big! What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

The novel I mention – a love affair – think True Romance.

I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

India is amazing have been there three times, but LA is beyond anywhere I’ve been and I’m lucky enough to have seen much of the world. LA is so vivid.


Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

I aim to be the Picasso of Fiction

Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy


An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America’s westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West. Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennessean who stumbles into a nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

Eat a nice fat doner kebab with chips, then get up early and do my daily 9K run.

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

More drinks and nice food of course!

Jamie, thank you so much for joining me, it’s been great getting to know you better and I look forward to reading your next book.

Jamie’s debut novel, Night Time Cool is out now and you can buy a copy here. If you would like to read my review of the book, you can find it here.

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Bent Met police detective DI Frederick Street rules as the Sheriff of Shoreditch who loves shaking down the street goons he arrests. Elvis Street is the son who cannot stand his father for being the balls-out crook he caught in bed with his girl. Elvis wants to take Frederick down and end him forever. Neither father or son realises how much the other understands what controls them. Neither father or son will ever back down. Night Time Cool is the story of why?

Jamie Paradise writes all his stuff in a darkened mansion filled with the cadavers of ancestors

The Observer says of Night Time Cool: “Paradise conveys the sheer thrill of partying beautifully; he writes of a piece of music that: ‘It wailed, it reprised, it was a choral hymn a kaleidoscopic, sensate burst of everything right now…'”

Simon Mayo’s Books of the Year podcast: “Like John Niven, Jake Arnott – I really enjoyed it – very much worth your time.”

Mail on Sunday: “A punchy streetwise caper, packed with memorable characters.”

Connect with Jamie:

Twitter: @JamieParadise_

Instagram: @jamieparadise_

Next week I will be joined for Friday Night Drinks by author Lynda Renham, so please do come back then.


Wolf Land by Jonathan Janz #BookReview #BlogTour (@JonathanJanz) @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingsTours #WolfLand #horror

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Aside from a quaint amusement park, the small town of Lakeview offers little excitement for Duane, Savannah, and their friends. They’re about to endure their ten-year high school reunion when their lives are shattered by the arrival of an ancient, vengeful evil.

The werewolf. 

The first attack leaves seven dead and four wounded. And though the beast remains on the loose and eager to spill more blood, the sleepy resort town is about to face an even greater terror. Because the four victims of the werewolf’s fury are changing. They’re experiencing unholy desires and unimaginable cravings. They’ll prey on the innocent and the depraved. They’ll settle old scores and act on their basest desires. Soon, they’ll plunge the entire town into nightmare. 

Lakeview is about to become Wolf Land.    

Delighted to be taking part in my third blog tour of the week for the fabulous Flame Tree Press, and this one is for Wolf Land by Jonathan Janz. My thanks again to Anne Cater for giving me a place on the tour and to the publisher for my proof copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

Firstly, I must apologise for the lateness in posting this review today, events have overtaken me and I lost control of the timetable. I know we all have days like this so I hope you can forgive me. Now about the book…

Wow, what a read this is. I have never read anything by this author before, not being a huge reader of horror, but I have heard my fellow bloggers praising him as being an exciting voice in the genre and now I can see why. I don’t think I have ever read anything quite like this book before.

It might seem like a fairly straight forward premise, werewolf terrorises small town and turns a few people, but the story is way, way more complex and involved than that. Far from being a very basic horror story, it explores the basest nature of what drives us as human beings, our really, primordial desires and what would happen if we were stripped back to our most powerful instincts. Lots of food for thought.

In addition, Jonathan’s writing is very lyrical and descriptive, almost poetic in places, which is not something I expect particularly from horror, unless I am reading Stephen King who excites me as much with the beauty of his prose as the thrill of his stories, but I think this author may well match up to Mr King in this regard. There were phrases and images that really stood out to me from the writing as beautiful and insightful and something I wanted to savour for the pleasure of his use of language. This may well be me showing a certain literary snobbery towards horror that is underserved, and I apologise if this is an unwitting prejudice I have been harbouring as this book has proven that it is baseless.

That being said I must also point out that this in no way detracts from the fact that this is a full on horror story, without a shadow of a doubt. The author goes all out with the graphic gore, vividly and eloquently described. The violence is visceral and leaps of the page, grabbing you around the throat and shaking you for attention. In fact, the horror is made even more horrifying by the beauty and power of the prose, not less so. This really is not a book for anyone who is squeamish at all, so be warned. Die hard horror fans will absolutely love it.

I found the story compelling and fascinating and I was thoroughly absorbed and hooked by the story to a degree which again surprised me. I thought the juxtaposition of the horror against the innocence of the funfair was inspired; the whole thing just worked really well. Great characters, great plot. This is a dense read though, it took me a while to get through it in a way that really allowed me to savour everything about it, this is no insubstantial horror snack of a book.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with a strong stomach, a love of language and someone looking for really great quality horror.

Wolf Land is out now and you can get a copy here.

Please do follow the rest of the tour for some alternative views of the book from my wonderful fellow bloggers:

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About the Author

Jonathan Janz

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. 

His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal. 

His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year. 

Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children. 

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The Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston #BlogTour #Giveaway (@MREJohnston) @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingsTours #TheWideningGyre

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Eight hundred years ago, the Zhen Empire discovered a broken human colony ship drifting in the fringes of their space. The Zhen gave the humans a place to live and folded them into their Empire as a client state. But it hasn’t been easy. Not all Zhen were eager to welcome another species into their Empire, and humans have faced persecution. For hundreds of years, human languages and history were outlawed subjects, as the Zhen tried to mold humans into their image. Earth and the cultures it nourished for millennia are forgotten, little more than legends.

One of the first humans to be allowed to serve in the Zhen military, Tajen Hunt became a war hero at the Battle of Elkari, the only human to be named an official Hero of the Empire. He was given command of a task force, and sent to do the Empire’s bidding in their war with the enigmatic Tabrans. But when he failed in a crucial mission, causing the deaths of millions of people, he resigned in disgrace and faded into life on the fringes as a lone independent pilot. 

When Tajen discovers his brother, Daav, has been killed by agents of the Empire, he, his niece, and their newly-hired crew set out to finish his brother’s quest: to find Earth, the legendary homeworld of humanity. What they discover will shatter 800 years of peace in the Empire, and start a war that could be the end of the human race. 

I’m delighted to be taking part in the tout today for The Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston, a new, epic sounding sci-fi novel from Flame Tree Press. My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the tour.

Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had time to read the book but I do have a copy to give away. So if you would like to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book for yourself, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post. The winner will be picked at random. UK ENTRIES ONLY PLEASE.

If you don’t want to take your chances on the draw and would simply like to get your own copy of the book, you can buy it here.

To read some reviews of the book and other great content, please make sure you follow the rest of the tour as detailed below:

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About the Author

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Born in the San Francisco bay area and raised in Napa, California, Michael R. Johnston grew up steeped in everything Science Fiction and Fantasy from Asimov to Zelazny, as well as endless terrible SF TV shows he still has a slightly embarrassed fondness for.

Faced with the choice between moving back in with his parents and continuing school, or paying his rent, he took “a year” off from college. He spent time as a court process server, a retail sales associate, a sandwich maker, and a data entry tech, before finding himself in a management role. A decade later, burnt out from his job in political research and facing 30, he decided he’d had enough and returned to college, graduating with honors from California State University, Sacramento.

In fall 2006, he became a high school English teacher, a job he likens to herding a swarm of angry bees. It’s the best job he’s ever had.

In 2013, he attended the 17th Viable Paradise Science Fiction Writing Workshop. The experience of having his story critiqued by other writers, some of them professionals he’d been reading for years, helped him realize he could write professionally, and introduced him to some of his best friends.

He currently lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife and daughter. When he’s not writing or teaching, he spends time with his family, plays video games and tabletop RPGs (often with family), and reads. 

Connect with Michael:


Twitter: @MREJohnston


Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk #BookReview #BlogTour (@Brain_Kirk) @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingsTours #WillHauntYou

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Today I am delighted to be taking part on the blog tour for Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part and to Flame Tree Press for my copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

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You don’t read the book. It reads you.

Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror.

Jesse Wheeler―former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead―was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility was the nightly guitar solo. Then one night when Jesse was blackout drunk, he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Dreams of being a rock star died when he destroyed his son’s future. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to stay clean.

But Jesse is wrong. The legend is real―and tonight he will become the protagonist in an elaborate scheme specifically tailored to prey on his fears and resurrect the ghosts from his past.

Jesse is not the only one in danger, however. By reading the book, you have volunteered to participate in the author’s deadly game, with every page drawing you closer to your own personalized nightmare. The real horror doesn’t begin until you reach the end.

That’s when the evil comes for you.

I don’t read a lot of horror, it’s not really my favourite genre, so I may not be best qualified to advise horror aficionados on how this compares to the best of the best. However, every now and again I do enjoy a bit of scary literature , Stephen King being a particular favourite, so I’ll do my best to review this book based on what I, as an occasional horror reader, thought of it.

The book starts out with a clever premise. If you read the book, you are going to be in all sorts of trouble. Of course, none of us believe that, do we? And human nature being the contrary way it is, we are always going to be more inclined to do something we’ve been told not to do, so read on we do. But a tiny part of us might just we wondering, what if this were real? That’s the genius hook. This is what the protagonist, Jesse, has done, before the start of the book. And then he finds himself in all kinds of said trouble, of course.

This book works on the basis that the person behind the book takes control of us once we have read it and then forces us to take part in a sinister game, culminating in us having to write another version of the book. Every person’s story and experience will be different, so every person’s book will be different and as soon as you start reading, there is no going back. Your version of the story will be different to Jessie’s but, once you have read what happens to him, you will be worried about what awaits you. It is a clever mind trip for sure.

This book is a mix of psychological, supernatural and horror and it really messes with your head. It is really hard to tell what is real and what isn’t, and the author does a great job of putting the reader in Jessie’s shoes (because, you know, now you have started reading, this is coming for you too!) and making you feel the confusion, disorientation and horror that he feels. The writing is very vivid, and very graphic. This author has a very twisted mind, which I am sure is considered an asset in the horror world!

I’ve never taken drugs, but I imagine this book reads like an extremely bad acid trip. It certainly scared me, I had a disturbed night’s sleep when I finished reading it and I’m still not managed to wrap my brain around everything that happened, particularly the ending. The book starts out fairly straight forwardly but gets more and more bizarre and nightmarish as you go through until you won’t know which way is up by the end. I’m sure fans of the Saw films would really enjoy the book, it has a similar vibe.

I’ve read horror books before that have really disturbed me greatly, to the point at which I wish I had not picked them up. Whilst being deeply unsettling, this book did not cross the line for me and I would feel safe recommending it to occasional horror readers such as myself, as well as anyone who really enjoys the genre.

Will Haunt You is out now and you can buy a copy here.

To follow the rest of the tour, please check out the tour poster below:

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About the Author

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Brian Kirk is an author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.

His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors, and received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year compilation.

During the day, Brian works as a freelance marketing and creative consultant. His experience working on large, integrated advertising campaigns for international companies has helped him build an effective author platform, and makes him a strong marketing ally for his publishing partners. In addition, Brian has an eye for emerging media trends and an ability to integrate storytelling into new technologies and platforms.

While he’s worked to make this bio sound as impressive as possible, he’s actually a rather humble guy who believes in hard work and big dreams. Feel free to connect with him through one of the following channels. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.

Connect with Brian:


Twitter: @Brian_Kirk


Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross #BookReview #BlogTour (@dfr10) @OrendaBooks @annecater #RandomThingsTours #HeadyHeights

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It’s the year punk rock was born, Concorde entered commercial service and a tiny Romanian gymnast changed the sport forever…

Archie Blunt is a man with big ideas. He just needs a break for them to be realised. In a bizarre brush with the light- entertainment business, Archie unwittingly saves the life of the UK’s top showbiz star, Hank ‘Heady’ Hendricks, and immediately seizes the opportunity to aim for the big time. With dreams of becoming a musical impresario, he creates a new singing group called The High Five with five unruly working-class kids from Glasgow’s East End. The plan? Make it to the final of Heady’s Saturday night talent show, where fame and fortune awaits…

But there’s a complication. Archie’s made a fairly major misstep in his pursuit of fame and fortune, and now a trail of irate Glaswegian bookies, corrupt politicians and a determined Scottish WPC are all on his tail…

Today is my turn on the tour for Welcome to the Heady Heights by David F. Ross and I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on to the tour and to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for my copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.

This is my first book by David F. Ross and I had no idea what to expect so I have to say that what I discovered kind of took my breath away. It is really exciting when you find a writing who is very different with a distinct voice and this is definitely something that can be said about this author.

This book is set in the Glasgow of the 1970’s, and the setting and period of the book are as much characters in the story as the people who populate the pages. The mindset of the era is unique and makes for vibrant, but uncomfortable, reading at a time when many of the issues of the time are being addressed for the lasting harm they did to people. This book explores the power and corruption that was at the heart of society at the time and the way the people who wielded it believed they answered to no one.

All of the characters in this book are writ larger than life and jump off the page. Optimistic Archie Blunt, East End nobody with big dreams and an eye for a chance that finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Put upon WPC Barbara Sherman who has to put up with appalling harassment and belittlement at work; some of her scenes will make any modern woman wince whilst reading. Gail Porter, a journalist with a personal vendetta underpinning her work, Jamesie Campbell, a politician who gets things done, in his own way. Some of these characters aren’t pleasant, but they are all fascinating to read.

This is a book dealing with violence, corruption, menace and brutality in a way that pulls no punches but is underpinned with a vein of dark humour which carried me through the read. It was obvious that, despite painting a dark picture of this world, the writer has huge affection for the era, the setting and the ordinary people trying to make their way in it while the odds were stacked against them and all the power rested with people who didn’t play by the rules.

A tumultuous, thought-provoking rollercoaster of a read that spotlights a time and place in history that has had a long-lasting effect on people but hopefully is teaching us something about how far we have come and what we still need to do to better society. With a great soundtrack along the way. Bold and innovative storytelling that makes for an exciting read, exactly what fans have come to expect from an Orenda book.

Welcome to the Heady Heights will be published on 21 March and you can pre-order your copy here.

To follow the rest of the tour, please visit the blogs listed on the poster below:

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About the Author


David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.

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Twitter: @dfr10


The Haunting of Alice May by Tony Lee Moral #CoverReveal #PromoPost #PublicationDay (@TonyLeeMoral) #alfredhitchcock


Alice May Parker moves with her family to the sleepy town of Pacific Grove after her Mom dies, but little does she know the strange and terrifying events to come.

When she falls into the bay during a kayaking trip, she is rescued from drowning by the mysterious Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned and cordial, he is unlike any other boy she has known before. Intelligent and romantic, he sees straight into her soul.

Soon Alice and Henry are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance until she finds out that Henry is not all what he seems. . .

I don’t very often do cover reveals for books but I wanted to share this one with you as I am very excited about reading it but, I’m going to have to wait a while due to pressures of other reading commitments. Boo! Doesn’t the cover do a brilliant job of drawing you in and making you want to find out what is going on on that sinister-looking island?

If, unlike me, you have some spare time on your hands and want to read this book before I can get to it, it is available in paperback and out for Kindle today. You can get both formats here.

Watch out for my review of the book coming in the next few weeks. If you manage to read it in the interim, don’t spoil it for me!

About the Author


Tony Lee Moral is an author specialising in mystery and suspense. He has written three books on the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock’s Movie Making Masterclass (2013) published by MWP books; The Making of Hitchcock’s The Birds (2013) published by Kamera Books and Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie (2005) published by Scarecrow Press. Tony was born in Hastings, England in 1971, before moving to California. He lived in Monterey and Big Sur for two years which forms the inspiration for his latest thriller The Haunting of Alice May, which is published in March 2019 in Paperback and Kindle.

Hitchcock was a master storyteller, using plot, character, location and props to tell engaging stories of mystery, suspense, crime and retribution. Tony uses these principles to write his novels, including The Haunting of Alice May which has just been released in paperback and Kindle. Three more novels are along the way

Connect with Tony:


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Twitter: @TonyLeeMoral

Instagram: @tonyleemoral