The Paradise Trees by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19 @FabrianBooks #BookReview #Suspense #Crime

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He had found exactly the right spot in the woods. A little clearing, green and dim, encircled by tall trees. A magical, mystery place. He would bring his lovely Helen here. . . This time it was going to be perfect.

When Alicia Bryson returns to her estranged father’s home in a tiny Yorkshire village, she feels burdened by his illness. Her hometown brings back memories of a miserable and violent childhood, and Alicia worries that her young daughter Jenny’s summer will be filled with a similar sense of unhappiness. The town is exactly as she remembered it, the people, the buildings, even the woods. But Alicia’s arrival has not gone unnoticed. There is someone watching her every move. Someone who has a plan of his own. Someone who will not stop until the people he loves most can rest together, in paradise.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Although this was Linda Huber’s first novel I am not new to her as an author, just catching up on what I have already missed. This certainly didn’t feel like a debut novel. It brought up goose bumps in the opening chapters that stayed with me and just simply spiked at heart in my mouth moments throughout the book.

Alicia Bryson was doing what any dutiful daughter would do, she had returned home to be with her father at a time when he could not longer look after himself. But there was something buried deep inside her that was waking up and it was becoming all-consuming. This was horrific in itself but while she was trying to deal with her own past, her eight year-old daughter Jenny had become the obsession of a killer on a mission.

This is such a gripping read as I was seeing this story play out from all angles, including being in the unidentified mind of the killer. Oh yes this person wasn’t new to killing and was in plain sight, they have to be of course to get close to the victim. I really loved the simplicity of the story, the busy pre-occupied mum with a mind whirling in so many directions and a little girl who wants to play.

Like all tragic events it makes you look back at all the clues that are easy to see once you know what you are looking at. Brilliant characters that made me look deeper into them and not just surface judge people. There is tension in the story right from the beginning as the past catches up to present day but the pace simply soars in the last few chapters. Super reading!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.

Linda now lives in Switzerland, in a little town on the banks of beautiful Lake Constance.

Her debut psychological suspense novel The Paradise Trees was published in 2013, and was followed by The Cold Cold Sea, The Attic Room, Chosen Child, Ward Zero, Baby Dear, and Death Wish. Linda has also had over 50 short stories and articles published, some of which can be read in The Saturday Secret, a charity collection of short (feel-good) stories.

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The Long Revenge (Eddie Collins #4) by Andrew Barrett @AndrewBarrettUK @BloodhoundBook #CSIEddieCollins #BlogTour #NetGalley #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE LONG REVENGE by Andrew Barrett

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They say you can always trust a policeman. They are lying. They lied thirty years ago and they are still lying today. When a booby-trapped body is discovered in a long-abandoned chapel, CSI Eddie Collins and his team are called to investigate. But when the scene examination goes horribly wrong, Eddie and DI Benson are injured and one of the team killed. Heartbroken by the death, Eddie is also guilt-ridden. But more than that he is angry. Very angry. Eddie will stop at nothing to bring the guilty to justice, and will teach them that even when served cold, revenge is a killer dish.

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The Long Revenge: a thrilling CSI Mystery (Eddie Collins Book 4)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I originally reviewed this book in January 2017 as Ledston Luck. This was my review.

Ledston Luck a small former pit village 7 miles outside of Leeds seems to have got caught in a time wrap since 1986 when the mine was closed. Even the small chapel where the first corpse of a long time dead man is found, was rotten and had been deserted for years and so as the story unfolds you really do wonder if God had ever even ventured the 7 miles from Leeds to Ledston in the first place.

Although this is my first Eddie Collins novel I felt that I had known him for years. Eddie is a SOCO or CSI so I was well excited, as I hadn’t read any books from this angle before. He is rude and not really a team player because he is so thorough at his job, he is unorthodox and a miserable git at times that has a constant dry humour that is pure Yorkshire. I loved this man already and  you think he must be a one off until you meet his dad.

This story goes from present day back in time over 30 years before, with a heart breaking story of suffering and abuse of every possible kind that some people could find hard to read with cruelty so shocking it makes you weep.  Once the body of the man in the chapel is discovered in present day, it causes the horrific death to follow of a young CSI and it isn’t long before the body count rises again. Some people want the past staying in the past.

Andy Barrett can certainly tell one hell of a story not only of what is happening but how it affects people involved emotionally, including the good guys. The blokes that are often forgotten about. He is definitely an author I shall be reading in the future.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.
He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.
In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.
Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.
He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.
Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

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A Single Journey by Frankie McGowan #FrankieMcGowan #ASingleJourney @Endeavour_Media #WomensFiction #KindleUnlimited

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Harriet has begun to despair of her life.

With a failed relationship behind her, a business on the rocks and a flat that’s falling apart around her ears, she could really use some luck.

Elena Banbury, née Guseva, an elderly but imposing Russian woman who is Harriet’s neighbour and landlady, frequently entertains the punters at Harriet’s jewellery stall with tales of the palaces of St. Petersburg and the treasures of Fabergé. But Harriet sometimes feels, guiltily, that she could do without the endless errands that seem to fall to her as Elena’s friend.

Then, unexpectedly, when Elena dies, she leaves all her worldly goods to a grateful Harriet. In time, however, it becomes clear that others are shocked by Harriet’s good luck, too. Shocked… and very, very unhappy.

Challenged in court by Elena’s family who live in Berlin, Harriet is forced to give up her inheritance and long-dreamed-of plans for a new business, and start her life again. But with her reputation in tatters and the memory of Elena tainted, Harriet knows a great injustice has been done.

Against the advice of her friends, family and lawyers, Harriet sets off on her own, very singular journey to Berlin.

In the weeks that follow she meets rich and poor, the glamorous and the criminal, the honest and the secretive, and begins to see that perhaps she has something to learn from them all. Something to learn about herself, and something to learn about her priorities.

She knows she has to fight for justice. But, when she meets the scholarly, perceptive Neil, who generously tries to help Harriet in her mission, but who is struggling with a complicated marriage, she must also decide if she’ll fight for love, too.

A Single Journey is a compelling and lively story, combining colourful characters with a page-turning plot and romantic highs and lows.

Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucinda Riley will be hooked.

‘Mesmerising’ – www.magdas-poetry.tumblr.com

Frankie McGowan is a journalist and former magazine editor. Her novels include My Mother’s Wedding and A Kept Woman

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A Single Journey: A moving story of love, loyalty and long-lost family

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Harriet simply rented a flat from aging Elena Banbury. Elena though saw Harriet as more than a tenant, often hanging round Harriet’s failing market stall, she could be found entertaining the punters and other traders telling tales of her childhood years in Russia and the war years that followed. It was only when Elena passed away that Harriet found out how Elena really saw her.

What should have been a new beginning for herself and others turned into a nightmare. Then the discovery of a name from the past, a link to Berlin and the chance to put wrongs to right were impossible to resist. It could determine too whether the stories she had heard from Elena were true or just the imagination of a rambling nice old lady. Harriet was on a mission!

The story dips in and out of the past as Harriet delves dangerously in to Elena’s former family and friends. I must admit that I became fascinated with the fictional characters of the story being interwoven with historical facts. It makes for compelling and tragic reading. There are some things that you just can’t run away from.

Although the story has numerous characters both in the UK and when Harriet ventures abroad, the ones that really matter soon became firmly planted in my mind, the good and the bad.  This is a slow burn story with an array of colourful characters that cross Harriet’s path making it an entertaining story that grows on you really quickly. Harriet is one gutsy lady I liked her tremendously.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

My career began on teenage magazines before joining Fleet Street writing features for among others, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Daily Mail, Sunday Mirror (where I was an assistant editor and columnist).

Later as a magazine editor and while bringing up Tom and Amy, my now grown up children I launched and edited New Woman and Top Sante before switching to writing the first of my novels. My short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, including You, (Mail on Sunday) Women’s Own, Home and Life, Image (Ireland), Redbook (US) The Lady and Woman’s Weekly.

More recently I was asked to adapt two of my novels, A Kept Woman and A Better Life into screenplays. All my novels have reached the top twenty on Amazon which is the best feeling ever for any writer, but this year two of them, A Kept Woman and The Italian Lesson, both went to Number One in Australia for which I was thrilled and grateful to all those lovely people who bought them.

I am currently working on a new novel – well, I say working on it, what I mean is I’ve got a title for it, A Short Break – and the name of the heroine so all I need now is to try not to lose the plot.

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Website: www.endeavourmedia.co.uk

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The Cold Cold Sea: page-turning crime drama full of suspense by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19 @FabrianBooks #BookReview #Suspense #Crime

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A powerful suspense thriller inspired by the author’s work with neurological patients

When three-year-old Olivia disappears, her parents are overwhelmed with grief. Weeks go by and Olivia’s mother refuses to leave the cottage, staring out at the turbulent sea and praying it didn’t claim her precious daughter’s life. Not far away, another mother watches proudly as her daughter starts school. Jennifer has loved Hailey for five years, but the child is suddenly moody and difficult, and there’s a nagging worry of doubt that Jennifer cannot shake off. As she struggles to maintain control there are gaps in her story that even she can’t explain. Time is running out for Maggie at the cottage, and also for Jennifer and Hailey. No one can underestimate a mother’s love for her child, and no one can predict the lengths one will go to, to protect her family.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one hell of a read. I cried buckets of tears and for one little girl I wanted to rip her out of the pages and just hug her. This is one of the most heart wrenching stories that I have read, not just because of the subject but because of the way it is written. So be warned you will need tissues, lots of tissues from the first page to the last and after …………

Before this tragedy happened I could see it, in fact the words were playing after my thoughts because I knew and so will you but I kept thinking and the words kept coming after until they caught me up when the inevitable happened and so many lives would change forever, even people who hadn’t known this child.

OMG this is the worst thing that can happen to a parent, that moment when they realise that neither of them have their child and so much time has passed. This story takes you through the guilt, the blame and the coming to terms with accepting they aren’t coming back. It is heart wrenching and utterly compelling reading because for the grace of God, it isn’t you.

There is so much more to this story but I simply won’t go into any details this is to be experienced by the reader. I couldn’t hate anyone in this story it was simply so very heart breaking for every single character. We simply don’t follow a set pattern to similar situations. This story will drain you of your tears and take all your energy until you feel wiped out it really is so very powerful. A superb read that captures the point not when you break but when you can’t be mended. Simply Stunning!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Huber

Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.

Linda now lives in Switzerland, in a little town on the banks of beautiful Lake Constance.

Her debut psychological suspense novel The Paradise Trees was published in 2013, and was followed by The Cold Cold Sea, The Attic Room, Chosen Child, Ward Zero, Baby Dear, and Death Wish. Linda has also had over 50 short stories and articles published, some of which can be read in The Saturday Secret, a charity collection of short (feel-good) stories.

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The Colour of the Soul by Richard T. Burke @RTBurkeAuthor #CrimeThriller #KindleUnlimited #Review

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I can see the colour of your soul.
Annalise Becker wakes from an eleven month coma with the ability to sense a person’s aura. But why won’t her family tell her what happened? What dark secret is her mother hiding? And why is there a guard outside her hospital room?
Hunted by a psychopathic killer and accused of a crime she can’t remember, she must use her new skill to separate the truth from the lies before it is too late.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Don’t take this book to bed thinking that you will just read a couple of chapters because you will be seeing the sun come up! Oh boy, what an opening, it didn’t just waken every sense I had it also woke a young woman who had been in a coma, for the past 11 months! But that was just the beginning, now the story really began.

I was truly fascinated by this story especially as I like a little of the supernatural that can rest on the ‘is it real or not’ fence. Annalise had woken from a coma to have no recollection as to how she got there, yep she knew who she was, yep she knew everything until that fatal day when someone died and now she saw people differently. Now people had an aura which she was quickly trying to work out the mood related colour scheme for everyone, pretty cool!

So many people wanted her to remember, including the police but most of all she needed to remember for her own sanity, so against the advice of her doctors she took a step into another bit of a dodgy area to find out, which made some people edgy and put some in grave danger. Oh boy this was good, It had it all. The tension was spot on building constantly and lulling me into this is it moments, only to become even darker and turn on to another blind alley.

There are some brilliantly portrayed characters in the story which can play with your mind as to why they behave like they do, it makes for a super story. I chopped and changed every chapter as their auras took on new colours when more of the past was revealed. Then Whoa, my reading speed matched my have to know curiosity. A brilliant book that wiped me out! Love the cover too!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard T. Burke

Richard T. Burke is the author of The Rage, Decimation: The Girl Who Survived, and The Colour of the Soul.

His novels are thrillers with a twist thrown in that separates them from more conventional books in the genre. He also contributed a short story, A Christmas Killing, to the Bloodhound Books charity horror anthology, Dark Minds.

Richard lives with his wife, Judith, daughter, Emily, and black Labrador, Max, in the village of Rotherwick in north-east Hampshire, UK.

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Returning Souls by Ernestine B. Colombo @ErnieColombo #Supernatural #Review

Returning Souls by [Colombo, Ernestine B.]

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Evie D’Arico is just like any other 67-year-old retiree until a sudden stroke puts her life in jeopardy, and catapults her soul through multiple lifetimes. After drifting through a space where time has no meaning, Evie awakens to find herself in the body and mind of someone else. She realizes she is experiencing her soul’s past life on Earth as Astara, a young girl who lived during the Mesolithic Era of human prehistory.
Evie soon melds into Astara, who has just experienced the Girl’s Coming of Age rite, a ritual of the Golden Fish tribe. On her quest, Astara saw herself as a Three Face – a powerful combination of male, female and animal elements – making her a potential spirit leader. But the Holy One of the Golden Fish tribe does not want to acknowledge another seer within his realm, especially a defiant young female Three Face. Astara is given a choice either to live as an unremarkable woman of the tribe, or to leave her home and family on an unprecedented journey into unknown territory, and establish her own following as a Three Face.
Through living a few crucial days as Astara, Evie comes away with new self-knowledge and an appreciation for the courage of the young girl she was in a past life.
She still has unanswered questions about the meaning of her current lifetime. Her soul relives Evie’s life, recalling the impact of her sister Liliana, and reliving her upbringing during the 1950s and 1960s. She meets trusted Guardians along the way who help her recognize the end results of her own actions. As the disjointed revelations of her soul’s journey come together the puzzle of her life takes on new meaning, and she is faced with the possibilities of her own future.
Evie realizes she must decide who she really wants to be. Only she can choose the next stage of her soul’s epic journey through lifetimes.
What will she choose? Who will she be?

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Evie had no idea that this was not the first time that she had lived, that was until she had a stroke which took her to the brink of dying. She found herself, at first, in a bit of a no-mans land before wakening up in the body of a young woman from one of her previous lives. Evie and Astara soon melted into one where Evie begins to experience new life skills that she didn’t have in her present life. This is a truly fascinating back story of the way of life of this tribe and others. The vision quests of the young girls and what they revealed. Astara’s was not what you would call typical.

The story shoots forward to Evie’s own childhood, where one curious little girl is eager to want to know about everything but most of all she wants to be loved, she is expected to sit down and be quiet. When a sister arrives for Evie she is over the moon and feels love for her and from her, but Liliana has Down’s syndrome and in the 1950’s and 60’s it wasn’t the easiest time for any disability.

This is a story that really gets to your heart. Evie has had quite a journey in her life but could the new skills that she has become aware of make a difference to her life or is it too late? My heart bled for Evie as a child but the relationship that she has with Liliana is something really special. An unbreakable bond and an understanding of Liliana that no-one else has.

I easily connected with Evie both as and child and growing up and in her previous life as Astara, all so very different and yet they had the essence of her kind soul through them all. What I got from this story, personally for me, was that it isn’t just our souls that make us who we are but the people we are with too. So always be true to yourself and take a step back and think about the real you too not just what someone else is moulding you into. It also made me step back and think how I influence others, it is never too late. A lovely read.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ernestine B. Colombo fell in love with words when she was a child. Writing poetry and stories became her daily ritual and passion. After earning a B.A. in Journalism from the City College of New York, she went from one job to another until she landed a position at a huge banking corporation. The job became her life. She became immersed in task and duty. Writing was forgotten. Colombo retired in 2011. At first, she lost herself in the healing touch of her garden. Color and pattern took the place of fluorescent lights and deadlines. Seasons passed, the garden expanded, but there were no new words. In 2016, she began a journey of the mind and heart. The result is her first novel, Returning Souls, the story of a woman who gets a second chance at life. Hopefully you will recognize yourself somewhere in these pages. You may start believing we all get a second chance. Poetry is no longer forgotten. In December 2017, Colombo won First Honorable Mention in the PawSome Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Institute of Children’s Literature, for her poem “Navajo Reservation, Canyon de Chelly”. Ernestine can be found living in a suburb of New York City with her partner Michael and her three cats, writing, gardening, and watching the hummingbirds go from flower to flower, taking a sip from each one.

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Website: http://www.ernestinecolomboauthor.com/

Book Launch: http://www.ebcwriter.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErnieAuthor/?ref=br_rs

Twitter: @ErnieColombo

 

 

The Bitter End by Ann Evans and Robert D Tysall @annevansauthor @TYSALLSPHOTOS @BloodhoundBook #SupernaturalThriller #KindleUnlimited

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Paul finally has his life back on track. After losing his wife, Helena in a horrific car crash, he has found love with Sally and moves into her country cottage.

As a former high-ranking Naval Officer, Paul now works as Head of Security at MI5.

Paul has no memories from before he was ten years old. An accident left him in a coma for 9 months. But was it really an accident?

Soon Paul starts to have flashes of childhood memories, all involving his childhood friend, Owen.

Sally introduces him to her friend, Juliet, the owner of a craft shop. Paul is shocked when he is introduced to Juliet’s partner, his old friend Owen.

Flashes of memories continue to haunt Paul, particularly the memory of his first wife Helena burning in the car crash.

As dark things start to happen, and local people begin dying in horrific accidents, Paul must face his past and will end up fighting for his life.

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The Bitter End: a dark mystery full of twists

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I loved the way this story began, there was no easing into just how powerful this demonic presence was, it had in its present form already almost destroyed a whole nation and other cultures that would take years to rebuild. It was 1944 and as the all consuming entity transferred into a new victim it left its former shell to face the carnage of the previous years. Oh wow I just sat back and thought up some of the vilest rulers that I could bring to mind through history then wondered where this now female form would end up. The story then jumps a few years down the line and  to two more than mischievous young boys.

This part brought back memories of my childhood as I think it would some other readers too because most streets had that little old cat lady that just seemed really strange, the one that burst balls if they went in her garden and just seemed to hate kids. Well that was like a red flag to a bull, with dares of knock and run. Gee’s how I cringe now. Well two boys go one step further because one of this wild duo has a cruel streak and the other is easily lead, the price that has to be paid comes in the form of an ever-increasing body count in present day, years after the young boys have grown up!

This author duo really are on the same wave length as the writing runs in perfect harmony with each following the other effortlessly sentence after sentence. It felt like I was watching a movie as the story unfolded, one of those edge of your seats films where I wanted to shout out ‘stay away from her’, but of course I knew more than the characters did so I read with apprehension not knowing what was going to happen just that something terrible would. The story controlled the pace that I read and had  more than its fair share of OMG moments. There is some animal cruelty in the story so if this makes it too hard to read I am just forewarning you that it is part of the story.

A very well planned and executed story. A stand alone novel that really stands out!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Ann Evans

I’ve always loved writing. What started as a hobby became a career and a way of life. I write for middle grade, YA, reluctant readers, plus romance and crime for adults. I also write non-fiction. I have over 30 books published., the latest being a co-authored book with Robert D. Tysall, entitled The Bitter End. It’s published by Bloodhound Books.
I belong to a few societies connected to writing: The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, The Crime Writers’ Association, The Romantic Novelists’ Association and the National Association of Writers in Education

 

Robert D Tysall

Robert Tysall was born and brought up in Rugby, Warwickshire, and played the sport the town is famous for in his youth, until he discovered a passion and talent for music and photography. His career so far has been a busy mix of being lead vocalist and percussionist in bands, playing as far afield as Bahrain in the Middle East; plus working as a professional freelance photographer.
He is currently in a 60s, 70s & Beatles duo, and lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Heather. He has two grown up children who have both followed in his footsteps with their musical talents. Rob is multi published on the photographic side of things with countless magazine articles published, having worked with writer Ann Evans for many years as a writer/photographer duo. For quite some time he has dabbled with the idea of writing a novel – a dream which has finally come to fruition as Rob and Ann teamed up to collaborate on a supernatural thriller which was released by Bloodhound Books on 4th July 2018.
Now that he has been bitten by the writing bug, there’s no stopping him, and two more book collaborations are currently in the pipeline.

AUTHOR LINKS:

TWITTER: @annevansauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ann-Evans-Books-146957850210/

TWITTER: @TYSALLSPHOTOS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robert.tysall

 

Blood Sons: A Mafia Thriller by David Liscio @DavidLiscio #KindleUnlimited #Crime #Suspense

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TO A MAFIA BOSS, BLOOD MATTERS MORE THAN ANYTHING…
EVEN MORE THAN THE SON HE SPENT FIFTEEN YEARS RAISING AS HIS OWN.

When a DNA test reveals an accidental hospital baby-switch fifteen years prior, two teenage boys find their lives upside down and their futures uncertain. Against his will, Nicholas Cooper is abruptly transplanted from his idyllic vineyard home to the crime-ridden streets of Providence. His biological father — none other than notorious crime boss Vinnie “Cocktails” Merlino — has big plans to retake control of Cuba’s once-flourishing casino scene… and those plans include his rightful heir standing by his side.

As Nick grows ever more deeply enmeshed in Vinnie’s violent underworld, he unwittingly becomes the focus of a Central Intelligence Agency investigation, led by new recruit Hannah Summers. From the colorful streets of Havana to the snow-capped trails of upstate New York… through blood rites, flying bullets, Belizean jungles, and family betrayals… BLOOD SONS poses the ultimate question of nature versus nurture.

Does the blood in your veins determine the man you’ll become?

You can’t choose your family… Sometimes, they choose you.

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Blood Sons: A Mafia Thriller

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well this was one hell of a mess! As if  mixing up two babies up at the hospital when they were born weren’t bad enough, no, the worst thing was one, now 15-year-old, had been raised on a vineyard  while the other by a crime boss that ruled the streets of Providence and beyond! Neither boy wanted to move but Vinnie Merlino was determined to have his rightful heir, ruling his ever-growing violent empire, by his side.

Oh I knew that there was going to be so much trouble, your own child hitting those raging testosterone years is a battle in itself  but hell dealing the financial and cultural changes too, not to mention the feeling of this stranger robbing your life was just like sitting on a keg of gun powder! These boys/young men should have had a mutual bond of understanding but whoa! it was like they fed of each others hatred. It was so heart breaking.

To be honest I really felt sorry for Rocco being pushed aside by the man that he had called dad for 15 years for a hopefully ‘better model’. The rejection must have hit him hard besides losing all the wealth, girls and booze, he hadn’t been denied anything and everyone respected him, ok feared his ‘dad’,  now he lived on a farm with chores! Nicholas didn’t want his life either, only his girl. Anger, jealousy and rage festered in them both.

Having read David Liscio’s first novel last year it was a pleasant surprise to find Hannah and Decker back on the scene. Nicholas could at last be their way in to Vinnie’s Kingdom and his final fall down.

David Liscio certainly gives his readers something to get their teeth into as far as the emotional stakes go which he has done in true style but not many authors can get near to what he does best, because boy can he deliver a top-notch read where gangland mobsters and mafia are concerned. Where the Boss rules, and I mean is like King in his kingdom, then his men are willing to protect him with their lives, do what ever he asks and to be honest have a closeness with his kin probably more than the Boss has himself. David Liscio generates it all in this fuelled fast thriller. Brilliant read!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Liscio

DAVID LISCIO is an international, award-winning photojournalist whose lengthy experience covering crime stories led to the writing of the Amazon crime fiction bestseller Deadly Fare, a serial killer thriller.

An investigative reporter, David’s work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers. The recipient of more than 20 journalism honors, his feature stories have earned first-place awards from the Associated Press, United Press International and many regional news media groups. He has reported extensively on organized crime in both the United States and abroad, in addition to writing about environmental and military subjects.

David is an avid sailor, outdoorsman and adjunct college professor. A father of two, he lives with his wife and dog on the Massachusetts coast, where he is a volunteer firefighter and Ocean Rescue team member.

David’s second novel, BLOOD SONS, is available now.

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Twitter: @DavidLiscio

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George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley by Helen Fox @Athens1965Eleni #Fables #Fantasy #Animals

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

After his parents are killed, George, the Orphan Crow, starts a new life among the lively creatures of Blossom Valley and the enchanting butterflies that live there. But all is not as it seems… an evil ladybird, envious of the butterflies’ beauty lures them to a remote place with a wicked plan in mind. George becomes suspicious and flies out looking for them. But is he too late? Has the wicked ladybird already put her plan into action? This original, intriguing story is mainly told by the colourful characters that make up the community and will fascinate readers of all ages.

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George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This story reminded me of tales from my childhood where the animals were central characters living within communities. Doctors, dentists and a kind of council to govern the creatures and keep order. So settling in to read this story was a real treat for me and a journey down memory lane.

George the crow is such a brave little fellow when his father and mother are killed by humans but he is soon taken under the care of the creatures of Blossom Valley. This is a beautiful place where most of them live in harmony each having a place in a thriving  society but there is a ladybird and her daughter that are envious of the beautiful butterflies. The story takes on a much darker side where everything that Blossom Valley represents is threatened.

The beautiful valley holds everything good while the parts of the woods where it was baron were to be feared. I loved the wonderful descriptions not only of the woods and valley but also of the creatures while they worked, each in roles that represented their best qualities, from speed to nursing and protecting the other inhabitants. It soon became a very visual read with a strong message throughout of working together and forgiveness.

The kindness that George showed others was given back ten fold by his friends in the valley. A lovely story about community spirit.

There is so much more to this story than I first thought as the last few chapters opened up . I don’t want to say how but it gave a new meaning to the story and what it all represented. A story that can be read again and again and treasured on any book shelf.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen Fox

I love Nature and all creatures great and small. I live close to a beautiful Park in North London, where I can often be found feeding the squirrels and birds. I love all birds but I am drawn to crows in particular, for though they are the least loved of all birds, they are very intelligent and charismatic.
During my daily walks at the Park, I found that three crows would be at the same spot each time I went to feed them and before long I discovered they favoured meaty foods to seeds, so I tried my best to oblige. I noticed that when one would fly off the grass the other two would follow suit, so I gathered they must be a family; father, mother and perhaps their son?
One afternoon, my crows weren’t there and as I sat at the bench and waited, the younger one landed on the grass walking anxiously around. Seconds later, he took to the air circling low over the trees and cawing his little heart out. Was he calling his parents? Were his carks cries of fear and despair, had his parents abandoned him or even worse been killed?
It was this scene that inspired me to write ‘ George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley,’ a traditional storytelling that has been loved by many readers.

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TWITTER: @Athens1965Eleni

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This Little Piggy (DI Rosalind Kray #2) by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @BloodhoundBook #NetGalley #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.

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This Little Piggy: a spellbinding serial killer thriller (DI Rosalind Kray Book 2)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

It is said that there are certain triggers in our lives that push the stress levels way above normal but dealing with more than one of them at a time just of course elevates it even more. Losing your job, moving house, the death or loss of a child and divorce are prime examples and well easy-going Kevin Palmer was a prime example of what happens when he ticked all the boxes! And at this point, this little piggy went, eek, eek, eek, all the way under the bed covers!

There was no holding author Rob Ashman back as he went straight into a shocking opening chapter. Now I have said this before, I hate masks but believe me Palmer is just as scary with or without his mask. He was clinical and that made my blood judder through my veins. This man was on a mission and as a reader I couldn’t connect with him, he wasn’t a psychopath, there was something else, like an emptiness where something had once been.

The Killings are shared with every gruesome detail explained, a process that had obviously been done before but with mental notes to make adjustments next time to improve different methods. There was going to be more, that was for sure and as Rob Ashman had taken me inside the mind of this cold and calculated killer, I would find out how the past had made a monster.

This is the second book in the D.I. Rosalind Kray series and although it can be read as a stand alone she is a rather complicated lady which only surface brushes on her past in this book. Now the killer is one hell of a complicated character but Kray is one very unstable detective, cracking at her job without a doubt, but a bit like a bottle of pop that you have shaken for 5 minutes and put back. It looks ok but boy is it going to go when the bottle top is undone!

Another superb story from this author but be prepared for different images in your mind the next time you sing, “This little piggy went to market”.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Ashman-Author-1428800800468097/

Website: http://robashman.com/

Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES AND BUY LINK:

Faceless: a spellbinding serial killer thriller (DI Rosalind Kray Book 1)

Faceless

THE MECHANIC SERIES AND BUY LINK: (THESE BOOKS CAN BE BOUGHT SINGULAR)

The Mechanic Trilogy: the complete boxset