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Saturday, 1 April 2017

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Harlot by Tracie Podger

☆.•°☆.•°*°•.☆ RELEASE DAY & £50/$50 AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY ☆.•°*°•.☆°•.☆ 



Harlot by Tracie Podger is now live!  Read on below for an exclusive excerpt and links for a chance to win a £50/$50 Amazon Gift card among other fabulous prizes. 

Synopsis

Charlotte Kenny is nineteen years old and a prostitute. Not by choice, though.

When a client is murdered, Charlotte is thrown into a world she believes should be between the pages of a novel.

Beau Mercier is an ass with a dark past. When Charlotte ends up on his doorstep, he knows trouble will follow.

Two people, who neither trust nor like each other, are forced together in a town where all is not as it seems. 

Can Charlotte escape her trouble? Can Beau open up enough to help her? Both want to, but secret pasts, murder, and intrigue, get in the way.

Harlot accompanies the thrillers, Gabriel and A Deadly Sin, and can be read as a standalone.

For readers over the age of 18.

Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/2kr5dnB
Amazon CA - http://amzn.to/2kTMAaB

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34353568-harlot



Excerpt

I slumped into my broken and grubby sofa, wincing at the soreness of my bare feet. I didn’t have the energy to clean them. Instead, I poured myself a glass of cheap wine and gulped it down. My hand shook so much it was hard to hold the glass to my lips. The wine burned its way down my throat, mixing with the bile that was churning in my stomach. I pulled my dirty feet up onto the sofa and curled up. Finally, the tears fell.

I hugged myself, trying to get some warmth into my bones. The trailer I lived in was freezing with just a small gas heater that gave off enough of a smell for me not to want to use it. I pulled a quilt around my shoulders and then cried harder.  

My grandmother had made that quilt; it was the only item I had that reminded me of her.

I missed her bitterly. I had since she’d died but more so then. She would have hugged me; she would have known what to do. I would never have found myself in the situation I was had she been around. I cried out her name, praying she could hear and guide me. Not that I thought I could sleep, but I closed my eyes, hoping that dawn would arrive quickly and I’d have a clearer mind.

A sweep of car headlights across the room disturbed me. I sat up, pulling the quilt tight around me and held my breath. The lights came to a stop outside my trailer. I quietly slipped from the sofa, and in a crouch, I crept to the window. I sat on the floor, my back to the door, knowing if someone looked in, they wouldn’t see me.

My blood froze in my veins when I heard my name being called, more so, when I recognized the voice. If he wanted to get in, one kick would have the front door fly off its brackets. I covered my mouth to stifle the sob when the door rattled.

“I know where you’ve been, whore,” he slurred, before laughing. “You won’t be going back there.”

“Please, go away,” I whispered, hoping for divine intervention. That came in the form of a dog.

Barking echoed around outside, becoming more frantic. I heard his heavy footsteps clomp down the wooden steps, away from the door, and then the headlights swept across the room again. I sat, straining my ears to listen for the engine of his car and breathed a sigh of relief when that sound became faint.

I knew at that point I couldn’t stay there. I had to leave. I scrambled to my feet and rushed into my bedroom. I gathered what few belongings I had, and crammed them into a battered backpack. The last thing I picked up was the quilt. 

I pulled on some socks and my sneakers, still aware of how dirty my feet were, and headed for the kitchenette. Hidden in a cupboard, in a small tin, were my meager earnings, well, the portion of earnings I was allowed to keep. In addition, there was my ‘gift’ of a hundred dollars. At the thought of that ‘gift’ and the person who gave it, tears welled in my eyes again. I would call the police, but I would have to do it anonymously. There was no way I could go forward and publicly report what I’d seen.

I was scared, I was trailer park trash, and I was a prostitute.

Copyright T J Podger


5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


Eeks! This is book three by this author that I’ve read and I couldn’t love it anymore! If I could, I would absolutely give it more than 5 stars. If you’ve read the first couple books in this connected series, then you’ll be used to the intense, thrilling, suspenseful scenes that this author writes.  This book doesn’t have the intense scenes the other two have, but I don’t think it was necessary for this book. It was just as good as the other two, if not a little better, and definitely held my attention just fine.

Details and descriptions are perfection. She leaves just enough out as you’re reading to keep you hooked, to keep you reading. It will still leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. You’ll plaster your eyes to the pages a little more intensely during certain scenes and you’ll breathe a sigh of relief in others.

The main male and female lead characters in this story are broken. They couldn’t get any more real. They are real and relatable. They have a broken past and are struggling to keep their heads above water. They are definitely my favorites so far. I could easily read another book about them for sure. I’m really hoping that the author has another story coming up for them. I need to know what happens to them and their future.

So, if you can’t tell, I absolutely loved this book. I adore this authors writing style. I have fallen in love with her characters and how broken they are. Broken characters finding their way back after a tragedy provide for an absolute perfect read, no matter how gut wrenching. I definitely recommend these books to you.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


4 out of 5 (very good)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


This book, Harlot, is written to be read alongside Gabriel, and A Deadly Sin. You don't NEED to have read those books to follow this one, though, as this is a standalone. Those two books were stunning, mind blowing 5 star reads. This one?? Not so much. 

Oh don't get me wrong, its still a bloody good read, it just doesn't have that.....that......SOMETHING that the other two books have and I cannot figure out why and ya'll know how that stresses me so!

Its told only from Charlotte's point view, in keeping with Gabriel. Maybe it was this, or maybe it was Charlotte herself, at 19, that didn't work for me,  I don't know what it is it that's missing!

Charlotte is thrown into a life of prostitution by her cousin who is appointed guardian when her gran dies. Said guardian walks with some very unsavoury characters who are part of the cult that  Gabriel and Mich are fighting, although the cult seems to be evolving, rapidly away for the Divine Child theory and into all the things available to underworld bosses: drugs, prostitution, trafficking and the like. Someone she liked was killed, and he turns out to be quite the opposite of his public image. 

There is a huge supporting cast who take Charlotte in when she runs, and that melds seamlessly into Gabriel and Mich's tales. I loved those ladies! Loved how they each had there own tale to tell, but they don't tell it, just hint at it, and you have to fill the gaps yourself. Lord only knows what they have all suffered at the hands of the cult and its leaders. Beau helps Charlotte too, even though she looks so much like his lost love. 

Charlotte has, as much as she can, a happy ending, but her life will never be all hearts and flowers. I wonder though, will Beau ever be happy? Like, really and truly happy? Will he have a book all to himself?? That would be awesome! I needed to get into his head here, and I didn't. 

I've no idea where Ms Podger is taking this group of books, because they aren't really a series, I really don't but I so need to follow them! Maybe it's because Gabriel and A Deadly Sin blew me away so much, and I'm reading this so close after them, I don't know *insert wailing sound for trying to figure out why I didn't love it!*

A solid four star read

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


Enter Tracie's giveaway for a chance to win a £50/$50 Amazon Gift Card voucher, signed paperback of Harlot and ebooks of Gabriel and A Deadly Sin.



About the Author


Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. Shes a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.

Tracie likes to write in different genres. Her Fallen Angel series and its accompanying books are mafia romance and full of suspense. A Virtual Affair is contemporary romance, and Gabriel and A Deadly Sin are thriller/suspense. The Facilitator is erotic romance.


Available from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo & Nook

Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4
The Fallen Angel Box Set
Evelyn - A Novella To accompany the
Fallen Angel Series
Rocco A Novella To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Robert To accompany the
Fallen Angel Series
Travis To accompany the
Fallen Angel Series
A Virtual Affair A standalone
Gabriel A standalone
The Facilitator A standalone
A Deadly Sin A standalone
Harlot A standalone

Coming soon

Allana - 2017
Hitchhiker - 2017
Jackson - 2017
Letters to Lincoln 2018
Rocco: The Missing Years
2018

Stalker Links

Amazon Author Page https://author.to/TraciePodger



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