Absolutely Augmented Reality by Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song #VirtualBookLaunch #Q&AWithAuthors #4pmToday @midaspr

Firstly I wish to thank Bei Guo at Midas PR for inviting me to be part of this fabulous book launch for Absolutely Augmented Reality by Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song.

Please join the authors over on Instagram at 4pm today https://www.instagram.com/kuzmacinema/ where the artists will release an exclusive video followed by a live Q&A.

Absolutely Augmented Reality features original sketches and 100 colour photographs from the artistic series “Absolutely Augmented Reality” – a collaborative art project by the New York based artists Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song. This pioneering and previously unpublished collection of iconic photographs invites the collective experience of finding beauty in art, with a dash of humour and commercialism. More than a crazy coffee table book, the experimental duo present photography as you have never seen before.

Through Absolutely Augmented Reality, American filmmaker, writer and artist Kuzma Vostrikov together with Chinese multimedia artist Ajuan Song explore the intersection of fine art and photography through a series of saturated theatrical and symbolic images. Presenting a dream world of strange and alluring portraiture, accompanied by a host of archetypal images, hybrid creatures, quirky motifs, canonical postures, as well as inversions of iconic art historic references including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Wilhelm Shenrok, Tom Wesselmann, Fernando Botero, Yayoi Kusama and other artistic greats.

This is their largest collaborative body of work using costume, character and allegory to create a new and intense view of the modern world within the visual culture of the twenty-first century as anything becomes possible. Think McDonald’s meets Geisha, Fitz Lang’s Metropolis meets Tutankhamun and Walt Disney meets NYC downtown disco. Anything is possible.

While Song is an established Chinese multimedia artist whose widely-exhibited work examines the lyricism of the human body, Kuzma Vostrikov has worked as a filmmaker, artist and writer for over twenty years and has a special interest in the interface of psychology, technology and social media. Together their vision invites dialogue about ideas of contemporary art, authorship, technology and offers a newly subjective and visually intense view of the modern world.

To create this series, the duo created sketches for each concept, followed by a highly refined orchestration of the imagined narrative scene, using models, costumes, and props. The stunning photographs were taken using a medium format film camera Hasselblad H1 and or 35mm film camera Canon EOS1V with Kodak Professional Ektar 100 colour negative film.

Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song comment: “Absolutely Augmented Reality is an introductory experiment in our investigation into metaphysics which creates a sense of exploration and melancholic intrigue. The book is more than just photography: it is aligned with a particular space and concentrated point in time in which it arose. In the language of modern art, it could be called “performance” but we would like to give a broader definition. A story can be forged in bronze, in words, in clay, or in shit. We want to put a sculpture in the garden, and hang pictures on the walls that will smell good. Absolutely Augmented Reality is more like an existential experiment, a collection of visually poetic statistics on the subject reflecting on the circumstances of the observed object. We’re photo-existentialists practicing anthropological symbolism. Existential truth has to be lived; it can’t be proven. That’s Søren Kierkegaard.”

The photographs in Absolutely Augmented Reality are complemented by preparatory sketches and essays by Anthony Haden-Guest, Rosa JH Berland, and Lilly Wei, as well as interviews with the artists conducted by Iona Whittaker and Arnau Salvadó.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Kuzma Vostrikov

Award winning filmmaker and artist Kuzma Vostrikov’s visionary and cerebral artistic practice reflects his diverse interests including the role of technology in contemporary society, psychology, history, portraiture, photography and film.  He has established a stellar reputation for innovative filmmaking and experimental and conceptual photography projects both independently and in collaboration with the artist Ajuan Song.

Vostrikov’s work can be found in international collections including the CICA Museum, Korea, The Yokyung Art Museum, Korea and The Museum of Russian Art, New Jersey. In addition to features at international art fairs, Vostrikov has participated in over twenty-five group exhibitions such as Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, 2017; CICA Museum, Korea, 2016; and Galleria De Marchi, Bologna, Italy, 2015. Select solo shows include Orange Art Foundation, New York, 2019; CICA Museum, Korea, 2018; Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, 2018; K & P Gallery, New York, 2017; The Museum of Russian Art, New Jersey, 2017; Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, 2015; Mars Gallery, Moscow, Russia, 2012; and the National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia, 2012.

Ajuan Song

Contemporary artist Ajuan Song is known for her innovative practice that includes analog and digital photography and multimedia works distinguished by an experimental yet lyrical sensibility. Song also collaborates with artist Kuzma Vostrikov on large-scale film and photography projects that marry conceptual art and painting in an imaginative trajectory.  

Song has exhibited widely, including in over twenty group exhibits. Select solo shows include Bushniwa, New York, 2018; CICA MUSEUM, Korea, 2018; Tenri Culture Center, New York, 2018; Manhattan Graphic Center, New York, 2017; K & P Gallery, New York, 2017; and the Museum of Russian Art, New Jersey, 2017. Select group exhibits include Jankossen Gallery, New York, 2019; Orange Art Projects, New York, 2018; Barret Art Center, New York; Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University, 2018; Highline Loft Gallery, New York, 2018; Fusion Art, New York; CICA Museum, Korea, 2017; Arte Ponte Gallery, New York, 2017; Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York and the GreenPoint Gallery, New York, 2016.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher @DarkMarkTarryn @HQStories #TheWives #NetGalley #BookReview #NewRelease

The Wives: The sexiest thriller of 2020. Now an international bestseller. by [Tarryn Fisher]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

You’re not the only one…

‘Compulsive, brilliant, enthralling… I was hooked to the very last page’ Adele Parks, author of Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Lies Lies Lies

‘Fans of B A Paris will love this addictive page-turner’ Woman’s Weekly

EBOOK/AUDIO AVAILABLE NOW. PAPERBACK JUNE 2020.

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, you see your husband only one day a week. Thursday. But you don’t care, you love him that much. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself…

And then, one day it all changes.

You thought you were fine with this, with only having a fraction of a husband. But you can’t help yourself, you start to dig. You begin tracking them down, the other days… Who is Monday and why does she have bruises on her arms? Is she being abused? By who? Her husband? Your husband?

What else is he keeping from you? And who is he, really?

BUY LINK:

The Wives: The sexiest thriller of 2020. Now an international bestseller.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Thursday is sexy, a super cook, married to Seth and extremely understanding because Seth also has two other wives who she has to share him with. She feels at times like the middle child, she wasn’t his first choice and obviously not enough to stop him looking for number three, but she loves him.

There are rules, Thursday (her real name and the day she sees Seth too) doesn’t know the other two wives, not even their names, hence they are known as Monday and Tuesday. Apart from odd comments, they aren’t talked about in any sort of detail, but with little bits dropped in conversation you learn about each of them.

The story is told by Thursday and how this four-way relationship began and how she feels about it all. This turns into another wow factor read as the story takes on a much deeper and dark side. Oh boy, there are some very edgy moments with the situations that Thursday gets herself into and yet it just gives so much more as each chapter races to the finale. Brilliant characters, it was hook, liner and sinker for me with this one. Superb!

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tarryn Fisher

I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people’s emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories.
I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word “smolder”. If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don’t be mean to me; I’m half badass, half cry baby

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @DarkMarkTarryn

The Wives: The sexiest thriller of 2020. Now an international bestseller. by [Tarryn Fisher]

Breakfast at Bronzefield by Sophie Campbell @SophieCBooks #NetGalley #New release #BreakfastAtBronzefield #Book review

Firstly I wish to thank Sophie Campbell for an advanced copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

Breakfast at Bronzefield by [Sophie Campbell]

ABOUT THE BOOK

HMP Bronzefield, the UK’s largest women’s prison: notorious for bent screws and drugs:

But what’s the truth behind the headlines?

Forced into signing an NDA when she arrived there on remand, former public schoolgirl Sophie risked extra time on her sentence by documenting her experiences of life inside.

Backed up by recent research and statistics, Breakfast at Bronzefield offers a powerful glimpse into a world few see: riots; unethical medical prescribing; and prison barons – key figures behind prostitution and drug-smuggling.

In a world where anything goes and being rehabilitated simply means saying ‘sorry’ right up until you’re released, how will Sophie cope on the outside, where she is expected to play by different rules? Will she succeed in creating the life she wants? Or, like most prisoners, will she end up back where she started?

BUY LINK:

Breakfast at Bronzefield

MY THOUGHTS

Sophie Campbell had been sent to Bronzefield Prison, the largest women’s prison in England while waiting on remand to appear in court accused of GBH and assaulting a police officer. This is her story of prison life and her life after serving a two-year sentence.

There is a little about her early teenage years, where you find out about her home life and first massive leap to win a scholarship to attend a fee-paying school. Sophie wasn’t someone even then, who would fall in step with the life she had been born into. I was already admiring this young girl.

I don’t know the circumstances of the GBH offence and it isn’t my place to make judgement, that has already been done. This is her story and what prison life is really like, nothing fluffed up to make it juicy, just bare honest facts. I have read a couple of books written by men prisoners but this is my first look at prison life from a woman’s point of view.

Now Sophie is no-ones pushover, she is determined from the start that she won’t take anyone’s crap. Give an inch and you just never get back up. She has her run ins with inmates and prison officers too but mainly the story is about daily life. The basic needs and rights that are not always met sometimes because what is promised just isn’t there or simply someone can just say no.

It is clear Sophie wants to make things better for inmates, their right to further their education and give prisoners a chance of making a living when they are released. What an advocate she is, not only does she want these things to change, she backs everything with documentation, research and law.

I think some the hardest times she faces is when she is released from prison. It would have been all too easy to lay down, give up and end up back inside but she is a fighter. I mean that in the best possible way. There is an energy about her that is contagious that made me want to shout, ‘Go for it, never give up.

The book is well written and kept me wanting to know what came next for her. I wish this lady every success in her future. Thanks to the author for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sophie Campbell is the winner of the Arts Council England Time to Write grant, the Koestler Flash Fiction and Short Story award and an Associate Member of the Society of Authors. This is her first book.

Twitter: @SophieCBooks

Instagram: @sophiecbooks

Breakfast at Bronzefield by [Sophie Campbell]

The Tech by Mark Ravine @DawnHillPub @MarkRavine #TheTech #BookReview #Thriller

Firstly I wish to thank Rahul Ravi of Dawn Hill Publications for inviting me to read and review this book.

The Tech by [Mark Ravine]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Special Agent Alexandra Cassidy has made a career of disobeying orders, challenging
bigwigs, and asking uncomfortable questions.

What offends her superiors most is that her intolerable antics have earned her one of the best track records in the FBI.
 

It’s too bad, some cases are better left unsolved.

When Cassidy is transferred to the backwaters of Arizona she finds herself leading a crew with so many black marks on their records, it’s a miracle any of them remain employed.
Thankfully, their first case pretty much solves itself. But as Cassidy and her team continue throwing bad guys behind bars, a creeping sense of suspicion grows. The cases are easy, a little too easy, and troubling patterns become impossible to ignore.
Then things take a violent turn, and an elusive figure steps forward to help. But in a conspiracy big enough to topple kings, every player has an agenda—and misplaced trust will have devastating consequences.

BUY LINK:

The Tech

MY THOUGHTS

This is quite a gentle introduction to the FBI and thriller stories as the action is pretty light with nothing too disturbing in the storyline. Cassidy has been transferred to work with what appears to be an odd ball group of agents in the FBI. Each of them seems to have upset someone in their past posts. She is thrown straight in when a call comes in and the story takes off on the first case for the team. What doesn’t feel right for Cassidy is the swift easy way that they solve the case?

When the team get case after case that seems impossible not to solve Cassidy begins to look a little deeper. It is quite a motley crew that make up the department, except for the very handsome tech guy Mike, who sends Cassidy into a bit of a tailspin. This gives the book a bit of a new feel with it.

Not wanting to give anything of value away you will have to read the story to find out what it is about. The characters are a bit of a strange bunch that click together more as the story progresses. The book did feel a little long in places but the number of cases that the team tackle keeps it afloat.

It comes together pretty well, with action that won’t give you nightmares. If you like the softer side of thrillers this gives you a good run for your money and it can be even found on Kindle Unlimited which is a real bargain. There is the promise of a second book with the ending so one to watch out for in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Twitter: @MarkRavine

The Tech on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51204389-the-tech

Motive by Alan McDermott @jambalian #Motive #KindleUnlimited #BookReview #NewSeries

Motive by [Alan McDermott, Scott Bury]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Drummed out of the army, Ryan Anderson is looking for a new career. When the opportunity to work for a Manchester gangland figure arises, he jumps at the chance.

Retired DCI James Knight is arrested for a murder he swears he didn’t commit.

Scott Davison is recovering from a traumatic incident when Kelly Stone walks into his life. Is it a chance meeting, or is she part of the past Scott is trying to escape?

Karen Harper has killed before, and she’s planning to kill again…and again.

Their lives are entwined, and it’s up to Detective Inspector John Latimer to unravel the threads before it becomes personal.

Motive is the latest thriller from million-copy bestselling author Alan McDermott, creator of the explosive Tom Gray and Eva Driscoll series.

BUY LINK:

UK Motive

US: amazon.com/dp/B08664XWQR

AU: amazon.com.au/dp/B08664XWQR

CA: amazon.ca/dp/B08664XWQR

MY THOUGHTS

Well, Alan McDermott takes off at full speed in this new series so please fasten your seat belts because it is one hell of a ride!

Wow, I bounced between the storylines at the beginning of this book wanting each one to continue, hating leaving the characters behind to join a new storyline then hating leaving that one which I was equally involved in. Some became entwined early on but the reasons why things were happening was a mystery.

I love the anger that I could feel from some of the characters and the seeing and not believing by others before everything is too late for them. I liked getting to know DI John Latimer a determined man that feels what he sees. He is loyal to his friends and goes with his gut instinct. The connection already feels like it is there and I am already wanting to know more about him has his character develops in the future.

Ryan is a real focused character that has to control his emotions or risk losing his life in situations where his choices could mean life or death not just for him. Oh my, stomach-churning moments that still make me shudder. This author knows how to through a punch that counts and this story hits hard for some characters.

All the pieces click into place of the who is who, the whys, the when and the what-ifs. It has all been there tucked away. A brilliant beginning to what promises so much more as a series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alan McDermott

Alan McDermott is a full time author from the south of England, married with beautiful twin daughters. He used to write critical applications for the NHS, but now he spends his days writing action thrillers.

His debut novel, Gray Justice, has been very well received and earned him membership of http://independentauthorsinternational.org. He was subsequently picked up by Thomas & Mercer, who published his first 10 books.

Alan’s 7th novel Trojan was shortlisted for an ITW thriller award, and his 8th and 9th books were published in 2018. The 10th, Fight to Survive, will be released in June 2019.

Twitter: @jambalian

Motive by [Alan McDermott, Scott Bury]

Man of the World by Paul D. Brazill @PaulDBrazill @DownAndOutBooks #ManOfTheWorld #BookReview

Man of the World by [Paul D. Brazill]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ageing hit-man Tommy Bennett left London and returned to his hometown of Seatown, hoping for respite from the ghosts of the violent past that haunted him. However, things don’t go to plan and trouble and violence soon follow Tommy to Seatown. Tommy is soon embroiled in Seatown’s underworld and his hopes of a peaceful retirement are dashed. Tommy deliberates whether or not to leave Seatown and return to London. Or even leave Great Britain altogether. So, he heads back to London where violence and mayhem await him.

Man of the World is a violent and darkly comic slice of Brit Grit noir.

BUY LINK:

Man of the World

MY THOUGHTS

Oh boy, he is back, Tommy Bennett, and I am smiling from ear to ear as I am sure the undertaker at Seatown must have been. Poor Tommy dreams of retirement but the proverbial carrot of just one more job turns into a bunch. Tommy is a sucker for doing a favour for a mate, of course with a price tag, as it all goes towards his retirement fund as it seems to get just out of reach each time.

The violence is lightened with the dry rugged humour that is embedded on every page along with music classics from yesteryear where it makes for an unforgettable melody of cracking entertainment. I always read these books twice to make sure that I don’t miss any the first time around because Paul Brazil has a subtle sense of humour that I sometimes miss. After all, I am still wrapped up in something that tickled me a couple of sentences back.

As tough as Tommy is, he is facing some pretty scary personal times himself in this story, which brings out his vulnerable side that he knows he doesn’t have control over. It makes you forget that he could have you turned into a pork pie or Sunday morning bacon butty at the blink of an eye. I want Tommy to be around for a long time to come.

These are modern-day classics to die for, absolutely love these books that I can read over and over again!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul D Brazill

Paul D. Brazill is the author of A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton & Roman Dalton- Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland.

He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene.

He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8,10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child.

He edited the best- selling anthology True Brit Grit – with Luca Veste.

Twitter: @PaulDBrazill

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Man of the World by [Paul D. Brazill]

Arthur Rex Brittonum by Tim Walker @timwalker1666 #AlternativeHistory #BookReview #ArthurRexBrittonum #NewRelease

Arthur Rex Brittonum (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 5) by [Tim Walker]

ABOUT THE BOOK

FROM THE DECAY OF POST-ROMAN BRITAIN, ARTHUR SEEKS TO UNITE A TROUBLED LAND

Arthur Rex Brittonum (‘King of the Britons’) is an action-packed telling of the King Arthur story rooted in historical accounts that predate the familiar Camelot legend.
Britain in the early sixth century has reverted to tribal lands, where chiefs settle old scores with neighbours whilst eyeing with trepidation the invaders who menace the shore in search of plunder and settlement.

Arthur, only son of the late King Uther, has been crowned King of the Britons by the northern chiefs and must now persuade their counterparts in the south and west to embrace him. Will his bid to lead their combined army against the Saxon threat succeed? He arrives in Powys buoyed by popular acclaim at home, a king, husband and father – but can he sustain his efforts in unfamiliar territory? It is a treacherous and winding road that ultimately leads him to a winner-takes-all clash at the citadel of Mount Badon.

Tim Walker’s Arthur Rex Brittonum picks up the thread from the earlier life of Arthur in 2019’s Arthur Dux Bellorum, but it can be read as a standalone novel.

Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden and Mathew Harffy will enjoy Walker’s A Light in the Dark Ages series and its newest addition – Arthur Rex Brittonum.

BUY LINK:

Arthur Rex Brittonum (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 5)

MY THOUGHTS

What an incredible journey this has been. Tim Walker opened my eyes to reading historical stories and I have grown to love them. The incredible battles that were fought, the horrors that they saw daily and the way that the hardship of life made the people old way before their time.

Arthur’s journey continues in this book as he is full of life and spirit trying to band together with the tribal lands that make up Britain to push back any future invaders from the seas. Arthur had escaped from being imprisoned by his half brother who had claimed the throne. Now Arthur has been anointed King but must defend himself from his half-brother who is waging war against him.

Merlyn isn’t far from his apprentice King Arthur and is extremely influential on the decisions he makes. Merlyn is far from the good old guy that makes everything perfect. He can conjure some pretty potent and intoxicating suggestions to an Arthur who looks up to this Druid.

The church plays a big part in how things are done so having a Druid being an influential whisperer in the King’s ear doesn’t go down well. This story has all the nitty-gritty bits in it, including how the once happily married Arthur becomes under the spell of Guinevere that puts her on the trail to become Queen.

The story portrays two sides to Arthur, one a happily married man with a son while the other seems to live in a daze and lose his way. I have been enthralled by this series, loved each one as it has come along and felt so much richer for reading them all, although each can be read as a story in it own right.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tim Walker is an independent author based in the UK.

His latest book is ‘Arthur, Rex Brittonum’, a re-imagining of the King Arthur story, published in June 2020. This is book five in his historical series, A Light in the Dark Ages, and follows on from 2019’s Arthur Dux Bellorum.

Book one in the series is ‘Abandoned’ (second edition 2018), followed by ‘Ambrosius: Last of the Romans’ (2017), then book three, ‘Uther’s Destiny’ (2018). Series book covers are designed by Canadian graphic artist, Cathy Walker. The aim of A Light in the Dark Ages book series is to connect the end of Roman Britain to elements of the Arthurian legend, through researched history, presenting an imagined/alternative history of Britain in the early Dark Ages.

Tim lives near Windsor – close to the River Thames – the inspiration for his first book of short stories, ‘Thames Valley Tales’ (2015). In September 2017 he published a second book of short stories, ‘Postcards from London’. These stories draw on the local history and current affairs of these places where the author has lived and worked. A new collection of poems and short fiction, Perverse, was published in April 2020.

His first novel was a political thriller, ‘Devil Gate Dawn’, that received pre-publication exposure on the Kindle Scout programme in March/April 2016. It found a wide readership due to its unnerving predictions of a post-Brexit Britain beset by political turmoil under King Charles III’s rule and buckling under attacks from terrorist groups – and a dystopian portrayal of life in Trump America.

In early 2017 he published his first children’s book, co-authored with his daughter, Cathy – ‘The Adventures of Charly Holmes’. Another adventure story was published in 2018 – ‘Charly & The Superheroes’. Rumour has it that a third adventure will be coming out later in 2020.

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES AND BUY LINKS:

Paperback

Abandoned (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 1)

Kindle Edition

Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 2)

Kindle Edition

Uther’s Destiny (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 3)

Arthur Dux Bellorum (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 4) Kindle Edition

Arthur Dux Bellorum (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 4)

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: http://timwalkerwrites.co.uk

Twitter: timwalker1666

Facebook: https://facebook.com/timwalkerwrites

AmazonPage: https://Author.to/TimWalkerWrites

Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/author/show/678710.TimWalker

Arthur Rex Brittonum (A Light in the Dark Ages Book 5) by [Tim Walker]

Spilling Blood Friends. Secrets. Revenge. by L Penn @leahpenn7 #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

Spilling Blood: Friends. Secrets. Revenge. by [L Penn]

ABOUT THE BOOK

When teenager Toni Simms is horrifically betrayed by her boyfriend David Hilton, she enters a world of bloody revenge.
As her best friend Rebecca Hayes comes under attack, they decide to take the law in to their own hands with events leaving a trail of untold plight.
Left physically and mentally broken, each girl discovers emotions and thoughts they would not have believed possible, rearing unbridled acts of attrition as secrets are revealed surrounding family and school life.
Toni and Rebecca cross boundaries no teenagers should cross, and walk a path only they understand, even accepting their lives, will never be the same again.

BUY LINK:

Spilling Blood: Friends. Secrets. Revenge.

MY THOUGHTS

This isn’t a read for the squeamish, it has scenes of rape and violence, which are quite graphic at times so it won’t be for everyone.

Leah Penn always tackles her stories head-on and holds nothing back, you get the full horror of events that take place, with both the physical and emotional damage to a victim.

When teenager Toni is raped by someone she thought she could trust, she doesn’t feel that anyone would believe her, except for her best friend Rebecca. The two decide to make a stand but are no match for David Hilton. He makes it clear that Toni is his and she doesn’t have a say in it, he is in charge. Petrified the girls hatch a plan to put a stop to him for good. This is pretty powerful stuff where taking the matter into their own hands seems like the only option that they have.

As the story goes on it gets into really some dark areas where they spiral pretty well out of control. Lines were crossed and choices made that couldn’t be erased. They began to see the effect their actions were having on other people. They are both sitting well and truly on the wrong side of justice.

This story makes you think about how far you are prepared to go not to defend yourself but to take action first. Could you discover ‘a you’ that had been hidden away?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, all you authors and readers out there, I am new to this publishing world so I am still finding my feet. Believe it or not, I’m so busy writing I don’t have a current photo but will be uploading one shortly. Have to get someone to take a shot of my non-photogenic mug first.
Anyway, I started writing stories as a kid, like most of us do, and during secondary school I received a commendation for a special story I penned which I later turned in to my first full-length novel. In the Eighties I wrote nine books tackling controversial subjects and still do today as my first self-published work, Spilling Blood, drew film production interest.
So, I penned my second novel, Missing Him, and my writing this book has been a real love affair indeed. I enjoy not knowing where my characters are taking me and yet they reveal a something not even I ever foresaw.
From Toni Simms and Rebecca Hayes, to the enigmatic Emery Pearson, I cannot wait to find who will enter my head next to tell me to pen their revelatory story.
Now middle-aged and forever battling life’s challenges, I keep on growing and learning, and here’s to hoping you out there enjoy my style of writing.

Twitter: @leahpenn7

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Spilling Blood: Friends. Secrets. Revenge. by [L Penn]

The Last Sword Maker (Course of Empire Series, 1) by Brian Nelson @Brian_A_Nelson @BlackstoneAudio @FSBassociates #TechnoThriller #NetGalley #TheLastSwordMaker

I wish to thank Michelle Fitzgerald of FSB Associates for inviting me to read this book.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease … a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes.

The Chinese government says the rumors aren’t true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.

At the Pentagon, Admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It’s a weapons test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person’s genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing “Replication”–a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.

Now the US must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising young graduate student named Eric Hill who just might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected … something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.

The Last Sword Maker is an exciting globe-trotting thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.

BUY LINK:

The Last Sword Maker (Course of Empire Series, 1)

MY THOUGHTS

What a tremendous thriller this is. The story takes place in the not too distant future, 2025, with science and warfare playing central roles hand in hand to find the ultimate weapon to wipe out anything from one person to a whole nation. China and the USA are the two nations that are racing to find the answer and have that control.

What makes this seem more real is that this is all behind the scenes stuff that goes on in secrecy. The advances in science that places warfare in the hands of deadly viruses more rather than soldiers on the front line. It all feels so scarily not that far away, especially with the times we live in now. The thing is this story goes one step further and it scared the hell out of me. Why? because one day someone will do this.

From opening the first page of this book it just takes over your life. When I had to go without reading it for a couple of hours my mind was still with the characters. The top character has to be Eric Hill who at university simply blows the minds of his tutors. When he gets a call asking him to join some of the best scientific minds in the world to work on a special project he jumps at the chance.

Eric is the loveable nerd that made every page seem so real. There is of course a lot of science in the story but it is truly fascinating. Oh boy does this take off in the second half with kidnappings, car chases and deadly outcomes? It is tremendous! The supporting characters in the story are top of their league. Just stunning. There are horrific torture scenes in the story, shocks and punch in the air moments.

One of the best books of its kind around. I cannot recommend this book enough. The best bit is, this is book 1 in the series, so excited with this author’s work.

I wish to thank, FSB Associates, NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Nelson

Brian Nelson is a former Fulbright Scholar who holds degrees in international relations, economics, and creative writing (fiction). His first book, The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup against Chávez and the Making of Modern Venezuela, was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Economist. His work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, and the Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two children.

Website http://www.briannelsonbooks.com

Twitter: @Brian_A_Nelson

The Devil Wore Black by Mark L Fowler @MFowlerAuthor #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

ABOUT THE BOOK

November 2003. When a priest is found crucified, following the desecration of local churches, hysterical media coverage focuses on terrorism, and a satanic cult operating out in the wilds of North Staffordshire. Panic grips the city. DCI Tyler and DS Mills are under pressure as the toxic atmosphere deepens. One line of enquiry, involving historic allegations against the murdered priest, is close to home for Tyler and threatens to tip him over the edge. But Mills has a hunch that could lead the investigation in a different direction, until a serious complaint is made against him. The investigation appears to have stalled, when a second ritual murder is discovered. The pressure to find the killer mounts, and as winter closes in the detectives find themselves pushed to the limits. The Devil Wore Black is the third book in the acclaimed Tyler and Mills series. It can also be read as a standalone crime novel.

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MY THOUGHTS

This is the third book in the Tyler and Mills series although it would read fine as a stand-alone. The story, set in 2003, gets on the way with the gruesome discovery of a local priest found nailed naked to a wooden cross. Plenty of leads are soon accumulated from terrorist themes to a local occult and a shady past where he had been accused of interfering with a child. Tyler and Miles were going to have their work cut out for them.

Tyler and mills make a great pairing as dry humour just bounces between them, giving the book some lighter moments. Tyler usually keeps himself very much a closed book but in this story, it feels very personal as he battles the demons from his own past when he suffered abuse as a child. The yin and yang of the pair give the story and case balance. Mills is always the lighter of the two and I did find myself giggling away at him as he battles to control his weight and daily temptations of a cuppa tea and a supply of biscuits.

The case soon expands as more victims pop up all obvious victims of the same killer. There are plenty of trails to follow and suspects to get through as the muddy waters begin to come clear. I must say that I hadn’t worked this one out. It is quite a wow in a really good way.

Looking forward to the next instalment and uncovering more about Tyler.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mark L. Fowler is the author of the novels Coffin Maker, The Man Upstairs, Silver, and Red Is The Colour, and more than a hundred short stories. His particular interests are in crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and gothic/horror fiction.
His first published novel, Coffin Maker, is a gothic tale set between our world and the Kingdom of Death. In the Kingdom the Coffin Maker lives a solitary existence, and every coffin he completes signals the end of a life in our world. One day he discovers that he is to be sent two apprentices, amid rumours that the devil is arriving on Earth.
Mark’s second novel, The Man Upstairs, features the hard-boiled detective, Frank Miller, who works the weird streets of Chapeltown. Having discovered that he is in fact the hero of twenty successful mystery novels, authored by The Man Upstairs, Frank has reasons to fear that this latest case might be his last.
In 2016, Silver, a dark and disturbing psychological thriller was published by Bloodhound Books. When a famous romance novelist dies in mysterious circumstances, she leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, Silver. This dark and uncharacteristic work has become the Holy Grail of the publishing world, but the dead writer’s family have their reasons for refusing to allow publication.
Red Is The Colour is Mark’s latest book, a crime mystery featuring two police detectives based in Staffordshire. The case involves the grim discovery of the corpse of a schoolboy who went missing thirty years earlier. Red Is The Colour is the first in a series featuring DCI Tyler and DS Mills, and will be published in July 2017 by Bloodhound Books.
The author contributed a short story, Out of Retirement, to the best-selling crime and horror collection, Dark Minds. Featuring many well-known writers, all proceeds from the sales of Dark Minds will go to charity.
A graduate in philosophy from Leicester University, Mark lives in Staffordshire, and is currently writing a follow up to Red Is The Colour. When he isn’t writing he enjoys time with family and friends, watching TV and films, playing guitar/piano and going for long walks.

Twitter @MFowlerAuthor