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International #Giveaway with Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza

When I celebrated my second year Blogiversary Back back last week I promised an international #Giveaway, but I wasn’t sure what the prize would be. Imagine my delight when my favourite author on the planet, yes I’m talking Robert Bryndza here, just in case you didn’t guess😂😂 sent me a message offering me a very generous and fabulous #Giveaway. In fact it’s a giveaway I really don’t want to giveaway I want it for myself.

So I’m sure your eager to know what the prize is (this author’s generosity by the way left me speechless, not a mean feat might I add!) Robert Bryndza is offering not one, not two, or even three books in the Detective Erika Foster series but he’s offering ONE Lucky winner the WHOLE series!!!!!!!! Each book will be the signed by the author, how amazing is that. Before we get to the details on this super awesome giveaway for those of you who haven’t read this gripping series I’ve included the book details in order.

The Girl In The Ice

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Book description

Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice…She is not the only one.

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.

The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.

What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding?

As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.

The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?

The Night Stalker

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Book description

If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…

In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

Dark Water

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Book description

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

Last Breath

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Book description

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Cold Blood

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Book description

She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

About the author

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Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here: http://eepurl.com/UITxz

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To win the five signed books in the Detective Erika Foster series you need to be following the book review café either via Twitter, my FB page or my actual blog. This competition is open internationally so where ever you are in the world you can enter. Robert Bryndza has very kindly offered to send the books on to the winner so once I select the winner via rafflecoptor I will get in touch for your postal address so this brilliant prize can be sent on to you.

Competition ends midnight Sunday 8th October 2017.   Winner will be notified within 24 hours of competition ending.

You can enter the international giveaway here…….⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/86b4d40514/?

And here’s the winners prize modelled by the author himself,  sorry the prize doesn’t include Robert Bryndza.

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**It’s the book reviews café’s second Blogiversary** ramblings & #Giveaway 

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Two years ago I published my first review on my blog the book review café, never in a million years when I published my first post did I think two years later I would have over 10,000 followers, get approached by authors and publishers asking me to review their books on MY blog. The sad thing is I’m inundated with requests these days and unfortunately most of them I have to decline. My TBR pile which I’m sure every book blogger on the planet can relate to is way out of control. I hate saying “no” but I’ve learnt it’s better to be honest from the start rather than agreeing to read and review a book you probably aren’t going to find the time to get to anytime soon.

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So being a two year old book blogger I still consider myself to be a “newbie” I worry about every post I write, will people hate it? Is it too short or too long (usually too long in my case😂) will people actually read my reviews? I have loads of moments of self doubt, but then I think “it’s my blog I will post what, when and how I like”. Along the way there have been something’s I wish I had known before I started blogging some more serious than others, so I thought I would share them.

  • It’s ok to say “no” don’t agree to read every book you are offered when you start blogging or you will soon become inundated with books you will never get round to reading.
  • Make sure you live central (I’m half joking here, but it’s true) so you can attend all the fabulous events, author events, book events, blogging events there are so many, and if like me you live in Bristol and work full time it’s difficult to fit in and get to any of the events.
  • Be prepared to lose part of your day to social media, I spend far too long reading bloggers reviews, sharing posts and participating in blogger chats on FB, by the time I’ve finished I could have read a book or two😂😂
  • Make sure you are on good terms with your postman, mine is always delivering me ARC’s and books I’ve bought,  he even leaves them in a special place if no ones at home so they don’t get ruined if it rains and yes I do give him a tip at Christmas.
  • If blogging becomes a chore or you feel overwhelmed (it happens to all of us). Take a break, recharge your batteries, it works every time for me.
  • Blog tours are fabulous and a great way to get your blog noticed, but BEWARE of  how many you agree to. One month I agreed to 12, which meant reading blog books back to back. I hardly do any now I much prefer to read my books “as and when I like”, and I know this a problem for lots of bloggers trying to fit in blog tour books when they already have a busy schedule it then becomes a chore rather than a hobby (a lesson I learnt the hard way, too many days spent stressing about getting all those books read and reviews written)
  • Invest in a bigger bookcase as once you start following other book blogs you will find you end up with a zillion more books on your TBR pile.
  • Your bank balance will never be the same again, I kid you not Amazon is my best friend I’m always buying new books thanks to fellow book bloggers recommendations.

I haven’t been able to attend any events so I haven’t had the chance to meet any authors I still have had many highs over the two years I’ve been blogging so here they are….

  • Although I haven’t met any of my fellow bloggers, many of them feel like old friends, they have always been supportive of my blog sharing, liking and commenting on my posts and without them I’m sure my blog wouldn’t have as many followers or visitors
  • I had my first review published in a magazine
  • I’ve been included in the author acknowledgements of some of my favourite books
  • My review quotes have been included in books and on the covers, including the Turkish and Spanish copies of The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza (just had to get that in, as he’s one of my favourite authors on the planet, just in case you didn’t know😂🙈)
  • I never considered the thought that I would actually become friends with some of the authors whose books I’ve read, but I have and they are very supportive of my blog which is unbelievable and very humbling.
  • I have been included in the best 100 book blogs, the best 30 book blogs and nominated for the best book review blog, and although I never won (did you see the awesome bloggers I was up against?) I do feel my  little blog has made an impact and hopefully encouraged people to pick up a book.
  • I feel very fortunate that I’m given the opportunity  to review books that are maybe months away from publication, and I still get a “buzz” when I’m asked to review a book or take part in a blog tour because the authors asked for me to be included.
  • I have my own book blog mug (thanks to Mr book review café)

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So before I get to the Giveway I would just like to say…..

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Thank you….to every single follower of my blog I appreciate every one of you, to the book bloggers who constantly share, like and comment on my posts, to the publishers and authors who trust me to read and review their books (also for the Arc’s and physical books) and most importantly to my ever suffering husband who reads my posts, checks them and also for being the biggest supporter of my blog (apologise if this reads like an Oscar speech, 😂 😂) and finally it’s ………..

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To celebrate my blog turning two I’m giving away a £10.00 Amazon voucher (which will be sent via email) and a Large 8″ x 10″ Softback Reading journal (which I will post to the winner). Sorry this competition is open to UK residents only, but I’m hoping to run an international one soon. Competition ends midnight the 6th of October. 

The winner  will be notified 24 hours after the competition ends.

 

You can enter giveaway here……..

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/86b4d40513/?