Thursday, December 10, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: I Know You, Don't I? by Bethany Askew

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for I Know You, Don't I? by Bethany Askew. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: I Know You, Don't I?
Author: Bethany Askew
Publication Date: October 5th 2020
Print Length: 283 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction
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When Carly Spurway is mistaken for old school friend Caroline Westminster, she has the chance to re-invent her life.

As the lines between fantasy and reality become blurred, the web of deceit Carly weaves around herself for protection threatens instead to trap her.

But what has happened in her past to make Carly want to escape? And is Caroline’s life as perfect as Carly thinks it is?

This story explores how well we really know the people we have relationships with; the different versions of the truth we tell ourselves and others; and the impact of the past on the present.

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EXCERPT:
Carly wakes up with a feeling of excitement. Something has happened. What is it? Then she remembers: Mark Exton. She reaches for her phone almost before she realises what she is doing. No new messages. Obviously he doesn't want to appear too keen.

She dithers about what to wear that day, just in case he turns up at work, though the chances of him doing that are infinitesimally small. She does her make-up and hair carefully too and it must show, because Madison says “You look nice today” when she arrives. Carly blushes and looks at herself in the mirror when she gets back to her testing room. Madison’s right. There’s a glow in her face, a sparkle in her eyes. All this for a man she’s only just met, and she’s not sure whether she wants to see again after today. But this is why people have relationships, isn't it? For the excitement at the beginning, not the tedium that comes with familiarity.

She lets a day go by and is just composing a reply to Mark’s message when another one arrives: 

“Fancy meeting up for a pub lunch? I can pick you up if you let me know where and what time.”

“Thank you, I’d like that,” she replies. “Thursday okay? I can meet you at one fifteen. The car park by The Crescent?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bethany Askew is the author of six novels: The Time Before, The World Within, Out of Step, Counting the Days, Poppy’s Seed and I know you, don’t I? She has also written a short story, The Night of the Storm.

Bethany likes to write about women’s lives and is particularly interested in their role in society, their positions as wife and mother and the impact of marriage, children and divorce on family dynamics. 

Bethany was born and brought up in Somerset and has lived there all her life. A Dispensing Optician by profession, she was able to fulfil her lifelong ambition to be a writer when she retired from employed work seven years ago. She is married and has four grown-up children and six grandchildren. 

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GUEST POST:
- What is your happiest childhood memory? 

My happiest childhood memory is of playing in the garden with my brother and sister. Television was in its infancy in those days, with very few programmes for children, but one that we used to love was Thunderbirds, a puppet animation by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. 

These were the days before video recorders, and we’d rush inside—even on a hot summer’s day—draw the curtains, and sit down enthralled for half an hour. Afterwards, we’d hurtle back out into the garden, singing the theme tune at the tops of our voices and yelling “F.A.B.” to each other. Such is the imagination of young children that the trees we used to climb became the Thunderbird vehicles: the tall Sycamore Tree was Thunderbird 1, the Copper Beech Thunderbird 2. I can’t remember now what trees represented Thunderbirds 3 and 4.

We never seemed to notice the inadequacies of the puppets. We had grown up with “Bill and Ben” and “Captain Pugwash”. The Gerry and Sylvia Anderson animations in Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlett and Stingray, were groundbreaking in comparison. We lived every moment of them and loved them all.

So it was with some trepidation that I watched the new “Thunderbirds are Go!”. I wasn’t disappointed though. True, there have been some concessions to the modern day: I scarcely recognised Lady Penelope. Gone is the mature, stately, carefully-spoken lady I remembered, replaced with a svelte, younger, more go-ahead version. And I wonder why they feel it necessary to give her a dog? Maybe just to add comic effect. Outwardly, her chauffeur Parker has remained the same—especially the voice, which is uncannily similar—but he seems to get more involved than I remember from before. Brains, for some strange reason, is now Indian. But the biggest change is the introduction of the female character Tanusha Kyrano, known as Kayo. I couldn’t even remember her from before, but I Googled it and apparently she was called Tin-Tin and was the daughter of Kyrano, Jeff Tracy’s manservant. Sylvia Anderson introduced her into the series for exactly the same reason she is in the new series: to “redress the balance" of the "male-dominated" primary puppet cast.

In this new version Kayo has a far more dominant role. She even has her own “Thunderbird”, known as Thunderbird Shadow. She is a pilot. She knows Martial Arts. She is a strong-willed, stubborn young lady; a match for her “adopted” brothers, the Tracy boys. She also has a secret: she is related to the evil character “The Hood”.

There are other more obvious changes: the introduction of holograms for communication, the updating of aeroplanes, cars and spacecrafts. The theme tune, however, is recognisably the same, and they still have the same rather complicated method of entering their crafts and launching them, and still use expressions like “F.A.B.”

Crucially, they have maintained the charm of the old series, even down to the slightly jerky movements of the characters and the same type of scenery.

But a child’s imagination is incredible. I only have to hear the theme tune to be back in the garden of my childhood house, the trees magically becoming the Thunderbirds, the sun always shining. The sweet memory of childhood, never forgotten.
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GIVEAWAY:
Bethany Askew will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 comments:

  1. Thank you 'All The Ups and Downs' for hosting this stop on my blog tour :)

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    1. Thank you Rita. I'm glad you're enjoying my blog tour :)

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  3. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you. They say you can never judge a book by its cover but mine reflects the story, which is full of mystery....:)

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  4. thanks this sounds like an intersting book

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    1. Thank you Wendy. It's a book that will make you think about the secrets all families keep and the versions of ourselves that we present to the world :)

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  5. This books sounds really good.

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    1. Thank you Peg. I like to write about relationships and family life, the way we all keep quiet about a lot of things in our past and only tell people the versions of the truth that we want them to hear.

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  6. The book sounds very intriguing. The cover fits well, with its mysterious air.

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    1. Thank you Pippirose. It's a story that will keep you guessing,.,.:)

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  7. This sounds like a very good book.

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    1. Thank you Sherry. It's a book about relationships and family life; the secrets we all keep and the truths we tell others :)

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  8. Oh my!! The synopsis & excerpt have me intrigued! I absolutely cannot wait to read your book!

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    1. Thank you Amy. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! :)

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    2. I have no doubt that I will love it!

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  9. This book looks dark and somewhat mysterious.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you Nancy. It's a story that will make you think about how well we really know the people we have have relationships with :)

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  10. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  11. This sounds like there will be a lot of drama.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Lisa. This book is certainly full of a few surprises!

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  12. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. That you for taking the time to comment on my book. I hope you will enjoy reading it :)

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  13. Carly sounds like an interesting character. I’d love to read her story.

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    1. I hope you enjoy finding out about her and her story :)

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  14. I like the premise for this story and how this makes you think about "truth"

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    1. Thank you Katie. I like to write about relationships and find it fascinating how much of the truth we actually tell each other :)

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    1. Thank you Olli. It's a book that will make you think about relationships and family life :)

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    1. They say 'You Can't judge a book buy its cover" but mine reflects the mystery of the story inside :)

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    1. Thank you. It's a book that examines the effect of the past on the present. I hope you enjoy reading it :)

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