Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Thicker Than Water by @GeorgiaRoseBook #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review comes from Jessie, she blogs here http://behindthewillows.com

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Jessie has been reading Before The Dawn and Thicker than Water by Georgia Rose from the Grayson Trilogy

Putting down the third book and wiping away tears I mulled things over, trying to pin point just what it was that pulled me in.

What was it that had me reading the last two books of this trilogy in a marathon afternoon into evening read?

It wasn’t the flowery language or exquisitely turned phrases. In fact the language of this book is very simple. Coffee is made, horses are cared for, the thoughts in Grayson’s head are just like thoughts that might be in mine.

Just, normal – stuff.

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And I think that was it, what I thought at first was over simplified writing, that was the key. Because when everything goes decidedly not normal, whether for good (the tall, dark, handsome, possessive man, yeah, it totally goes there) bad ( I won’t ruin anything but let’s just say there are baddies and they’ve got guns) or sometimes crazy (again, no spoilers here, but when I tried to tell my husband what was going on and why I couldn’t talk to him even though he’d been at work for the last 12 hours, he raised his eyebrows and told me I read “weird stuff”), it was still believable.

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I’d already been riding along in Grayson’s life, for all the everyday mundane things. So when the not so everyday, bordering on crazy, happened, her reactions didn’t surprise me. Of course she did that, of course it was believable (even if when you tell your husband in the kitchen after midnight it’s so not) and of course I was so emotionally involved.

Buckets of tears involved.

Would I recommend it? I’d call this trilogy a tear soaked, romantic adventure. If that kind of thing is your style go pick them up – all of them. They only get better as they go!

Find the trilogy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

The #MysteryNovember Book Tour Day 10 – Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook #TuesdayBookBlog

It’s Day 10 of the #MysteryNovember book tour, hop aboard and enjoy the ride.

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Today our guest is Georgia Rose and her book Before The Dawn.

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…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me. 

“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.’

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

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Where is your home town?

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – although I actually live about 8 miles from the town in a small village.

What do you like about writing in the mystery genre?

I think this stems from my reading where I often like there to be a bit of intrigue to the story. When I first thought up the Grayson Trilogy I really enjoyed planning it all out in my head and I loved the way the various points in the plot came together. There is joy to be had in having a plot hole and then another part of the story falling into place to fill it.

What sub-genre of mystery does your book fit?

Romantic suspense, though in Before the Dawn the emphasis is definitely on the suspense with plenty of action and adventure thrown in. In some quarters it has even been called a thriller.

Where is your book set?

Before the Dawn is set on the completely fictional Melton Manor Estate, which is located somewhere in England. Readers have made suggestions of where it is for them and these have ranged from Gloucestershire to Cornwall but other than the fact it is based in a rural, soft rolling landscape I cannot be any more precise. With a fictional setting readers build up their own image and I have had some talk to me about how they see the estate and occasionally argue about where something is placed, which is a bit surreal.

Can you introduce us to the main characters?

Before the Dawn is the second book in The Grayson Trilogy which I have written in the first person from the point of view of Emma Grayson. In the first book, A Single Step, she came to the estate as the groom looking for a new start after suffering a terrible tragedy and eventually she fell in love with Trent, the estate manager. He has had his own issues to deal with in the past and it also turns out that neither he, nor anyone else on the estate are who they initially seemed to be and the mystery surrounding Melton deepens.Emma now finds herself, along with everyone else, in danger and has to rely on others, particularly everyone’s favourite, the irrepressible Carlton, for help. Her relationships, including the one with Trent, grow throughout this book and all the cast from the first story are back but so are some less than welcome characters and Emma needs to use every ounce of strength she has to survive.

Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

www.georgiarosebooks.com

Follow on Twitter: @GeorgiaRoseBook

The Grayson Trilogy page on Facebook: The Grayson Trilogy FB Page

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Email: info@georgiarosebooks.com

Where can readers find your book?

Universal link for Before the Dawn at Amazon:- getbook.at/BeforeTheDawn

Before The Dawn by @GeorgiaRoseBook #Romantic #Suspense Grayson Trilogy

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before The Dawn is book two in the Grayson Trilogy. It crosses romantic suspense with mystery. Emma Grayson is the equestrian groom at Melton Manor Estate. To the locals this is a working farm estate, but inside it’s an external force for MI6 to use. Top man Cavendish and his family are now targets for a ruthless organisation known as the Polzin family after the team recently put a stop to a branch of their human trafficking business.

Retaliation from the Polzin is expected and security on the estate steps up, as does the relationship between Trent and Emma. Caught between wanting to protect Emma and doing his job Trent finds letting Emma look after herself a challenge.

With a breach of security it’s up to Emma and her horses to try to protect the children and her own survival instincts kick in when they are most needed.

I loved the jump straight into the action from the start of the book, it kept me reading and eager for the story. The setting and military use of surnames makes recognising characters easy, perhaps a little added background to some of them would help readers picking this book up as their first read of the trilogy. For my own tastes I would like to see the romantic boundaries stretched further with a few more details to the passion scenes, this would give more depth to the characters of Trent and Emma and really get the readers behind two good characters. Looking forward to book 3 and the final chapter of this trilogy.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Suraya reviews Before The Dawn by Georgia Rose

Today’s book review comes from team member Suraya, find her at http://www.thestorymint.com

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Before the Dawn

By Georgia Rose

The story begins with a staff briefing by Trent, which was really background to the story. The author could have set the scene using narrative and we would have seen/felt/smelt the landscape as well as understood the situation. It makes for a slow build up.

In his briefing, Trent was only able to describe the politics and the danger the estate was under due to the activities of Russian criminals. We learn that, although the estate bred and trained horses, it was really a front for MI6 and so Emma finds herself caught up in an intrigue that leads to the estate and its workers being in serious danger.

By starting her novel with what is essentially a speech it takes a while for the reader to get involved so there is a slow build up. I would have liked to see more of Crowbridge than I did. I also wonder if Alex will make an appearance in the third novel as he does in the second. In a way, he is used to expose Trent’s possessiveness but Emma also hints at having fond memories of him and regrets his betrayal. Alex and she share a common grief and she is quick to remind Trent of that at the child’s graveside.

So Georgia Rose has left the reader with plenty to think about.

There is also something about Emma’s childhood that has me wondering. Did her parents really die in a car crash for example?

As others have remarked there is a slow build up and I always prefer well-written narrative to pages of dialogue. There were times when the dialogue felt strange. I could not imagine anyone using words like – equable, curtailed and so on as they speak.

Things really come alive when the estate comes under attack. The descriptions are wonderful, full of energy, and crisp. The pace is excellent and we are involved as we want Emma to be there for Book Three. Of course, she saves the day and she is brilliant, brave and becoming less defensive about needing to be self-sufficient. So she is evolving which is good..

However, the story is essentially about the continuing romance between Trent and Emma with a slight hint of threat posed by her first husband Alex.

Four stars

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Barb reviews Before The Dawn by Georgia Rose

Today's book review is from Barb, she blogs at http://barbtaub.com/
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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Before the Dawn

I’ve been reading about Japanese sword-making for a current project, and the process sounded oddly familiar. Then I sat down to write a review of Georgia Rose’s Before the Dawn, the second volume in her Grayson trilogy. And I got it. A good sword has to be hard enough to hold a sharp edge, while being strong and flexible enough to absorb massive shocks without cracking or breaking. The story of Emma Grayson parallels the process of creating thekatana, the masterpiece of Japanese sword-making.

In creating a katana, or samurai sword, the swordsmith starts with a block of carbon and iron sand, which is heated and folded over and over. Too little folding and the steel will be too flexible. Too much and the strengthening grain will disappear. In the first Grayson volume, A Single Step, Emma Grayson goes through this process. Tested over and over through devastating loss—her parents, her child, her marriage—she emerges with both strength to survive and flexibility to embrace new growth and even find love. Both Emma and her new love Trent have faced their past nightmares and found the courage to commit to each other.

The next step in the sword-making process is to temper the blade, to make it strong and flexible by heating it to red-hot before quenching it in water. This is what Emma goes through in Before the Dawn. She and Trent are together, exploring the still-fragile bonds of their new love. They learn that his undercover work is about to follow him home, putting everyone at Melton Manor into danger. Despite her feelings of inadequacy at lacking the military training and experience of others on the estate, it falls to Emma to protect not only herself, but the wife and children of Trent’s partner. She has to become that strong, flexible tool—willing to use her beloved horses, a child’s recollections, and even a fire extinguisher as a weapon.

In my review of A Single Step, I commented on the “careful, deliberate pacing” of the novel. No more! Before the Dawn is a roller-coaster, a not-to-be-put-down adrenaline junkie’s dream of a thriller. If Georgia Rose took the elements of a gothic novel and made them into her own genre in the first volume, this time she does the same with the thriller. She lays meticulous groundwork, allowing us to see Emma’s doubts and fears. The action rises to edge-of-your-seat levels in the middle of the book, followed by the piece you seldom get to see in other thrillers as Emma and her friends come to terms with the lingering effects of the violence that engulfed Melton Manor.

For me, the definition of a five-star review is a work that not only would I not hesitate to recommend to others, but an author who goes straight to my auto-buy list. I’d buy their work in hard-copy—and I wouldn’t ever lend it out. Before the Dawn meets all of these criteria and more.

The last step of sword-making is to hone the edge and provide the correct hilt so that it can be balanced, lightweight, and sharp enough to wield effectively. In the first two books, Emma Grayson has been forged into that weapon. There are still questions to be answered, about both her past and the forces who attacked Trent and the Estate. I can’t wait to see how Emma—now strong, flexible, and sharp-edged—meets those challenges.

*I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.** 
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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Elizabeth reviews Before The Dawn by Georgia Rose

Today’s book review comes from Elizabeth, she blogs at http://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

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Elizabeth chose to read and review Before The Dawn by Georgia Rose.

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Before the Dawn by Georgia Rose

“Before the Dawn,” is the aptly titled second book in Georgia Rose’s Grayson trilogy. After reading, “A Single Step,” a romance grounded in the tale of Emma Grayson, a capable heroine who had been broken by tragedy, I was intrigued by its other strand of dramatic adventure and fear, engendered by her boyfriend Trent’s work in undercover military action.

 

“Before the Dawn,” finds Emma Grayson and Trent tentatively exploring their new relationship while living on the Melton Estate where Emma is the groom to Lord Cavendish and his young family.   But this is not just an ordinary farming estate, for most of the workforce, including Trent, disappear for periods of time for action against Russian criminals, involving state of the art equipment and military expertise. Soon they are all warned that Cavendish and his wife and children are the targets of a kidnapping plan. At first Emma is tempted to run, but her love for Trent gives her courage and soon her skill as a horse rider and her strength of character enable her to cope with danger and terror.

 

The increased pace and action-packed events in this novel make for a thrilling read, based on our increasing understanding of Emma and Trent. Emma’s well-rounded character includes empathy and practical help for others in need and there are hints about her childhood suggesting interesting developments in the third book of the trilogy. There has also been evidence of betrayal, but who can be responsible?

 

If I have any criticism of this book it is the slightly confusing use of similar names such as Carlton/Cavendish and Turner/Trent but that is probably just my personal hang up. I particularly like the fact that the novel is not entrenched in the mould of one fixed genre. Here we have contemporary relationship problems, drama, intrigue and mystery and superb characterisation. What more could you want?

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Mystery Book Tour Day 5 #MysteryNovember A Single Step by Georgia Rose

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Welcome to Day 5 of Mystery November , our guest today is Georgia Rose and her book A Single Step.

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Where is your home town?

I suppose it’s Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire as that’s my nearest town, and I’ve lived here for 28 years, though as it’s still more than 10 miles away it doesn’t feel much like home. The town that I know best is Bedford because, although I didn’t ever live there, my school life and then the first 12 years of my working life were there so it feels more like a home town to me. I haven’t moved far have I!

How long have you been writing?

I’ve only been writing fiction properly since 2012 when the story that I’m now telling came to me during one glorious week while lying on a sun bed in Gozo. Everything just slotted into place and whilst I’d made the odd feeble attempts to write something in the past, which had never made it past the first page, this time it seems it was meant to be. The beginning, middle and end came together and I’m now just hoping I can do it justice by holding it all together for the entire trilogy.

What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

I like all sorts if I’m reading it, particularly a gritty psychological crime thriller but I guess from a writing point of view it has to be romantic suspense. When I was first coming up with this story I wanted there to be something more to it than just a romance. I like there to be darkness in the backgrounds of my lead characters and a gradual building of suspense throughout, which I’m now finding a challenge to sustain over the three books.

Where is A Single Step set?

The setting for A Single Step is completely fictitious. Emma starts out in a village called Crowthorne but most of the book is set on the glorious estate of Melton Manor, near the village of Melton. I can see it vividly so in a way it does upset me that I can’t actually go and visit it but I also think that’s what people enjoy when they read it. Many have mentioned how they’ve loved the setting and because there are no preconceptions of it being in a particular place that can be however it’s conjured up in your mind.

What has happened to Emma in the past?

I don’t want to give too much away here but Emma has had a tragic past. Orphaned at a very early age she grows up and settles down only to face a loss so tragic that any of us would have great difficulty getting over it.

How does she take a step back into life?

With a little bit of prodding she applies for a new job at Melton Manor to manage the stables and while she goes there, with her faithful dog Susie, thinking that this is a place where she can live the solitary existence she longs for, when she gets there she finds she doesn’t quite get the isolated life she was expecting.

What is the mystery element in this book?

I don’t want to draw too much attention to some of the elements but the main ones are that right from the interview Emma attends there is an air of mystery about the estate. While on the surface it runs as an everyday agricultural enterprise there is more to it and as Emma gradually comes out of the darkness of her previous life she becomes aware that not all is what it seems.Also I have told this story in the first person so we know nothing of Trent’s background and the repercussions of this are not found out until it is almost too late and Emma is in dreadful danger.

It’s a mystery and a romance, does the story continue in the next book?

Yes it does. I think I’ve finished this one off so you’re full and satisfied when it ends, but, there are a few loose threads in there that while you’re not left feeling irritated with the lack of answers do leave some questions hanging.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

Well having launched the second book in The Grayson Trilogy, Before the Dawn, a few weeks ago I’ve just started on the concluding part, Thicker than Water. The story is all formed in my head; it’s just the small task now of getting the words down.

Where can readers find out more about you?

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I have a website and write a blog at www.georgiarosebooks.com and you can follow my blog or contact me via this website.

My Twitter handle is @GeorgiaRoseBook and I can be found on Facebook at georgia.rose.books, as well as on Google+ and Goodreads.

The universal link to Amazon for A Single Step is http://t.co/WmKmhktPQy and is usually written as getbook.at/ASingleStep

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