Winterscroft by Anita Waller #BlogTour @Bloodhoundbook

Today I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for Winterscroft by Anita Waller.

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About this book…

When the beautiful Lavender is killed in a tragic car accident her family and fiancé Matt are left devastated.

As the year’s pass and wounds begin to heal, Matt, who has remained close to Lavender’s family, meets Beth and falls in love again.

When the happy couple announce their engagement, it sparks a series of bizarre and disturbing events.

Then when Matt and Beth make plans to wed at Lavender’s family home, Winterscroft, the frightening truth becomes apparent.

Lavender is back. And she is not happy.

From the bestselling author of 34 Days, Beautiful and Angel comes a tale of love, death and revenge.

My review…

I loved Anita’s last book 34 Days so I was looking forward to her new book. I went into it rather blind so was a little bit apprehensive when I realised that it was more of a supernatural suspense than a psychological suspense. I’m not a huge fan of that genre so it was a pleasant surprise to actually get into Winterscroft very quickly and become involved in the death and subsequent “reappearance” of the beautiful 18 year old Lavender.

The start of this spooky tale actually read like one of those wonderful folk tales where the parents unexpectedly give birth to a third daughter who grows up to become a beautiful person both inside and out, full of kindness to her family and others. But at the age of 18 that daughter, Lavender, is killed in a car accident with her grandparents and the family are left devastated. Six years later when Lavender’s fiance announces his engagement to the lovely Beth, Lavender’s family are overjoyed for Matt and are helping the happy couple arrange their wedding. But then things take a rather unexpected turn.

This has such a dark and spooky feel to it that the feelings of apprehension starts as soon as you realise that the kind and thoughtful Lavender hasn’t taken that generosity of spirit to the grave with her! I kept looking at that stunning cover, wondering why such a lovely young girl couldn’t move on and want her loved ones to be happy after she left them. Now I love the smell of Lavender (I’m a Norfolk girl originally and spent many summers gazing out over those beautiful purple fields ) as for me it’s a relaxing and de-stressing aroma that helps me to sleep at night. After reading this though that gorgeous smell has been rather tainted and it looks like the insomnia is coming back! And whenever this family smell lavender, something very nasty is about to occur!

Anita Waller has woven a genuinely scary ghost story that creeps up on you slowly and builds up to an spectacular and jaw dropping crescendo. It’s a spine tingling nightmare of a plot that I devoured in one session.

I received a copy of Winterscroft from the publisher and I have chosen to read and review it.

Meet the author…

Winterscroft is published by Bloodhound Books on 21st February 2017 and is available to purchase at Amazon UK.

Anita Waller
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children, Matthew, Siân and Kirsty along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from Brad at 22 down to baby Isaac, just 2 years old. And now, to bring further joy, their first great-grandchild, a little girl, is due on 7 January 2017, their golden wedding anniversary!
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters. She wrote several novels in the romance genre and then realised she wanted to add murders to the romances, so she morphed into a psychological thriller author. Beautiful was her first completed novel in this genre.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. It was all to do with Eric Cantona and leaping over the barrier – don’t ask!
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 1 September 2015 it was released as an ebook, to be followed a couple of days later by the paperback version.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
Her third novel, 34 Days, followed Angel and was launched on 3 October 2016 to outstanding success; at its highest level, it was #26 in Amazon charts. It is selling equally as well in the US and Australia and has sold over 15,000 copies in the first eight weeks following publication.
Anita has been desperately trying to find another Amstrad marvel written many years ago called Essence of Lavender. This, again, is in hard copy and she has put it carefully away in a safe place. Unfortunately. the safe place is safer than she realised, and she can’t find it! This manuscript has now been re-worked and is with her publishers, Bloodhound Books, with the new title of Winterscroft. Publication date is set for 24 February 2017. She is confident the old draft will surface when the new version is launched!
In addition to writing, she also teaches patchwork and quilting – a little reference to this is likely to surface in every book!
She is a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! More than a little reference to this is likely to surface – see 34 Days!Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

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jorobertson2015

I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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