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New On My Shelf This Week

I always love receiving emails from Aria Fiction, as I just know that I am going to have some great new authors to promote and chat to, as well as some excellent books to read and review of course!

I shall be taking part in the blog tour for this book on Wednesday 11th October, so don’t forget to drop by then 🙂


Cover Image Of 'The Good Mother' By Karen OsmanHow far would you go to protect your children?

A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling…

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…

Kate has no time for herself. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored. 

Clicking on the book’s title will link you with its dedicated Goodreads page


Image Of Author Karen Osman - 'The Good Mother'Award-winning author, entrepreneur, and luxury travel journalist and editor, Karen Osman has lived the expat life for almost twenty years across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Originally from the United Kingdom, Karen has built an impressive enterprise combining her two passions: luxury travel and the English language.

Her latest achievement is securing a three-book deal with UK-based Head of Zeus publishing house following her win at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, The Good Mother, out in October 2017.

Karen has also been included in 2017’s edition of Ahlan’s Hot 100 People, an accolade recognising the pioneers and game-changers shaping the UAE’s social and cultural landscape.

In addition to being an award-winning author, Karen founded niche communications company Travel Ink in 2011, providing content writing and strategy, public relations, social media, training, and translation services to hotels, airlines, and tourism establishments.

In her role as Managing Director, Karen oversees a team of writers, editors, and PR and social media consultants to deliver quality content for exceptional results. As a testament to its success, Travel Ink was shortlisted as a finalist for the SME Advisor Stars of Business Awards in two categories (Hospitality & Tourism and Communications) just one year after the company’s inception.

Karen has been recognised for her achievements in the areas of entrepreneurship, luxury travel, and the written word and has featured in various regional and international publications including Hello!, Stylist, Forbes, The National, Ahlan!, and Gulf News to name a few.

She also holds a number of note-worthy positions including Travel and Tourism Chair Person for the British Business Group, writer and moderator for Arabian Travel Market, and Vice-President of the Kaizen chapter of Business Network International.

Karen lives in Dubai with her husband and two young sons.

I am beyond excited to secure a contract with a renowned publisher such as Head of Zeus. A three-book deal is a significant commitment and I’m looking forward to working with the team. I have always made a career out of writing, but more on the corporate side, so to have the opportunity to write novels is a dream come true.

Keep up with all the latest news at Karen’s website

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • To have secured a three book contract with a reputable publisher, author Karen Osman sounds like one very determined lady and after this, her first and very successful foray into the world of fiction writing, I’m sure that hers is a name we shall be hearing a lot more of.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      It sounds as though all three women are in potentially tense family and personal situations, although I would only describe Catherine’s situation as particularly creepy from what I know so far. Perhaps the truly creepy stuff only happens when the three story lines come together – Well! at least I am assuming that is what happens?

      There are so many different potential scenarios for the ending to this one and so far none of the GR reviewers have given anything away 🙁

      Thanks for visiting this week, I always enjoy reading your comments 🙂

  • Sounds like a good thriller, Yvonne. I checked the GR page and now am curious about the “shocking twist” mentioned by a few reviewers. Thanks for telling us about the book!

    • Hi Mary,

      I noticed the references to the ‘shocking twists’ also, but to give the previous readers and reviewers their due, none of them have actually done the big reveal and let anything slip, for which I am grateful. I couldn’t even begin to guess where these three seemingly disparate story lines are heading, although I can’t wait to find out!

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I had much the same thoughts as yourself. I can see exactly how Catherine might have been caught up in Michael’s web, but I am racking my brain to work out how Kate and Alison fit into the picture!! I have to read it now, just to find out 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      I agree that the official blurb for this book, has been quite cleverly written. There are just enough questions being asked and intriguing statements being made, to keep any average reader glued to the pages and needing to know more. It tells you everything, yet nothing!

      Thanks for the comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I think that Catherine and Alison’s secrets are quite easy to work out, but what Kate has to hide I’m not sure, although there are a number of possibilities going round in my mind!

      This is definitely my kind of story!

      Happy Reading this week 🙂

  • I love a good psychological thriller, so this one certainly piques my curiosity. I’m glad to know you’ll have another post featuring it in the near future!

    Feel free to tag me on Twitter any time you wish. I’ve taken a break from the site due to various reasons, but still see when I’m mentioned. I hope you win some ebooks! 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      I hadn’t realised that you had temporarily parted company with Twitter, or I wouldn’t have bothered you. I know how much you enjoy a freebie book the same as the rest of us and I just wanted to give you the opportunity to retweet and tag someone as well, as some of the books on offer looked quite good!

      I was totally intrigued by Karen’s journey into writing fiction as much as anything else and it is a real shame that she is unable to contribute a guest post for the blog tour of ‘The Good Mother’. Aria Fiction will instead be supplying a text sample from the book to feature on October 11th.

      I am longing to know just how all these secrets are going to be affected by Michael’s release from prison, unless he either knows, or is in some way connected with, all three women!!

      Oh! I do love a good psychological thriller 🙂

  • This one sounds juicy but is Catherine insane? What would make her write to a prison inmate that was convicted of murder? Happy reading and I look forward to the blog tour.

    • Hi Naida,

      I know it sounds crazy, but I actually know someone who wrote to a prisoner convicted of Attempted Murder, went on to marry him whilst he was still in prison and then was attacked by him when he was out on day release licence near the end of his sentence.

      The events were life changing for her, although luckily the story does have a happy ending!

      I couldn’t imagine myself ever getting caught up in that scenario, but how does the saying go

      “Never judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes”

      Thanks for stopping by, I am really looking forward to reading this one 🙂

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