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Wolf Boy by G.D. Sammon @GerrySammon @rararesources #BlogTour #Fantasy #Dystopian #MiddleGrade #ActionAndAdventure

Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour for WOLF BOY by G.D. Sammon

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Ever since Connor Meredith’s dad had died in mysterious circumstances, Connor had been able to see things. Strange things. Connor and his mum had been forced to move house and school. The shock of his father’s unexplained death, while on a mission with the Army Reserves, led to Connor having psychological therapy once a month. And no wonder …

Because Connor had been struck blind by the shock, yet somehow he could still see – with his mind. Connor had experienced a series of waking nightmares in his room. Creatures battled under his bed at night, and the yellow glowing eyes of a wolf glared at him from his wardrobe doors. One night Connor decided to investigate the wolf in the wardrobe, taking him on a fantastic adventure to a world dominated by wolf people, in constant battle with hideous forest creatures led by a cruel human.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon-ebook/dp/B06XDDNTRF/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon/dp/1612968260/

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon-ebook/dp/B06XDDNTRF/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Wolf-Boy-G-D-Sammon-ebook/dp/B06XDDNTRF/

Black Rose Writing: http://www.blackrosewriting.com/childrens-booksya/wolfboy?rq=Wolf%20Boy

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolf-boy-gd-sammon/1125548996?ean=9781612968261

Blackwell’s: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Wolf-Boy-by-G-D-Sammon/9781612968261

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a brilliant book that middle grade children will just read over and over again. Connor is a super character to be hero material in this story as he fights his own personal battles and turmoil of his own life. A battle to gain control again of a mind too young to want to deal with the harsh realities of life.

The tragic and mysterious death of his father had just been too much to cope with and so his mind had closed down his ability to see anything else. Connor was blind through the shock of it all but in the night, in his room, he saw things that no-one else could see like the wolf stood inside the wardrobe door watching until one night Connor went to see what else was in there………………

This is such a cool story with a gripping opening that just sparks your imagination from the beginning. Ulf, the wolf from the wardrobe is in need of Connor’s help as this hidden world is facing terrible hardships from a raging war. The creatures at war with the wolves and this hidden world are described in such way that the words themselves made vivid illustrations in my mind. Each one feeling real, solid and individual rather than a mass. It brings with it characters that you hang on to and don’t have any problem remembering who they are with the few selected to have more of a drop back story about them.

A story that has that feel of familiarity in many ways that I recognised but unique in its own right too. This is a stand alone novella but it would be great if more adventures were to come from the wardrobe in the future.

I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Gerry Sammon is a journalist and former newspaper editor based in Bolton, Lancashire.

From September 2015 he has been a tutor in Media Law at News Associates in Manchester, an award-winning private training provider, tutoring trainee journalists in media law and ethics. He also teaches media law to students at Manchester Metropolitan University, and at the University of Central Lancashire based in Preston.

He has travelled widely, both for business and on family holidays.

The idea for Wolf Boy came from a dream my daughters used to have when they were small children. The elder daughter would dream there was a wolf in the wardrobe (this is how our adventure begins in Wolf Boy), and my youngest daughter had a dream that a crocodile lived under her bed.

Gerry is married, with two grown-up daughters

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter @GerrySammon

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/GerrySammon.author/

WordPress author blog: https://gerrysammon.wordpress.com/

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Last Year’s Man by Paul D. Brazill @PaulDBrazill #CrimeFiction #BritGritNoir #NewRelease

Last Year's Man by [Brazill, Paul D.]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A troubled, ageing hit man leaves London and returns to his hometown in the north east of England hoping for peace. But the ghosts of his past return to haunt him.

Last Year’s Man is a violent and blackly comic slice of Brit Grit noir.

Praise for LAST YEAR’S MAN:

“Brazill offers a series of amusing episodes filled with breezy banter in this offbeat slice of British noir.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s all here, everything you’ve come to expect from a Paul D. Brazill caper—the fast pace, the witty banter, the grim humour and the classic tunes—except this time he’s REALLY outdone himself. Unlike the lament in the song the title takes its name from, Paul’s best years are surely still ahead of him.” —Paul Heatley, author of Fatboy

“Paul D. Brazill is the Crown Prince of Noir. That’s my opinion, granted, but I stand by it. For those who require proof, just pick up his latest novel, Last Year’s Man, and it will be clear why I make that statement. All hail the crown prince!” —Les Edgerton, author of The Rapist, The Bitch, Just Like That and others

“Brazill is brilliant, a unique voice which stands out from the crowd.” —Keith Nixon, author of the Solomon Gray books

Buy Link:

Last Year’s Man

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Be prepared to be entertained by Paul Brazill’s latest novel with an explosion of raw violence that has a generous soaking in the most wickedest darkest humour that you can imagine. The one liners just kept rolling from the pages as aging hitman Tommy needs just one more job so that he can retire and put his tools of the trade to rest. The lack of having his heart in his work had me keeping the neighbours awake with my laughing at some of these chapters when I read this book late at night in bed when I down loaded it.

The story is told by Tommy who is wanting out because of his age not because he has made millions. I had to admire the man really to make it to such an age, still be going at it and never been caught, ok prosecuted then. Tommy is just short of sixty and the aliments are starting to mount up from the more frequent visits to the loo to the increasing daily dose of meds that keep him ticking. The characters, old and new are just pure entertaining gems with nicknames that they acquired in the good old days.

When things go wrong for Tommy it all sort of comes at once with his rules broken and marks over stepped. If you don’t like violence in books then move along please, or swearing then just keep going but if you are like me and love real dark humour then this is for you because the black stuff just gushes through these pages like an oil strike in Texas. For me this is the best Paul Brazill novel yet!

There are some cracking scenes, some which are very descriptive while others leave a lot to the imagination, both equally vivid in my mind. My favourite characters in this novel, besides Tommy, have to be his mum and Bev, just think Thelma and Louise without the car but definitely with more attitude! The whole darn book is brilliance. Just perfection all the way, if of course you are that way inclined.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul D Brazill

Paul D. Brazill’s books include Too Many Crooks, A Case Of Noir, Guns Of Brixton, The Last Laugh, and Kill Me Quick! He was born in England and lives in Poland. His writing has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Polish, German and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime

AUTHOR LINKS

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Dead Smart A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries) by Stephen Puleston @stephenpuleston @jillngary #BlogTour #InspectorMarco #CrimeFiction

Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on the Blog Tour for DEAD SMART by Stephen Puleston

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Nobody can hide from the truth …

Eddie Westford is found dead outside the Cardiff City Football ground. His throat has been cut in a cold-blooded attack. Inspector Marco discovers photographs of Westford sitting in various luxury cars and Westford’s connections with the organised hooligan gangs of Cardiff points to a connection with hardened criminals.
Evidence suggesting Westford is a suspect in a drug related inquiry means that Marco faces having to transfer the investigation to another officer. But Marco’s gut instinct believes that Westford’s death may be connected to some powerful people in Cardiff and he resists the attempts from his senior officer to have the murder case allocated to another officer.

Marco embarks on a final last minute attempt to prove his theory with disastrous consequences before he finally identifies Westford’s killer.

Buy Link:

Dead Smart: A prequel novella (Inspector John Marco Mysteries)

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Although this is a prequel novella it is my first Inspector Marco book and what a cracking introduction to this man and his side kick DS Boyd Pierce it was. No hanging round but straight into a gruesome scene which was a little too much for some. Eddie Westford had met his untimely end outside Cardiff City Football ground and it definitely wasn’t by accident.

Marco is a man with a mind-set of what he starts he finishes, that includes the cases he is handed at work and in his personal life as a day-to-day reformed alcoholic.  There is a bit of background about him but not tons. I think that will build the further I go onto the series. From the information that they were obtaining it brings to light two very different characters of Westford with a handy niche for the powers that be to hand the case on in another direction and save the funds that the investigation would cost but Marco is one determined and stubborn, in a good way, bloke that just won’t let go.

To say that this is such a short read it certainly packs the suspects in and gave me plenty theories to go on. From football hooligans to drugs deals to some pretty high up don’t tread on their toes type criminals, Marco has his work cut out. It all certainly made me want to find out what happens next.

A perfect introduction to what to expect from this duo and this author who left me with wanting more. Definitely another author to keep an eye on.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.
I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family

AUTHOR LINKS:

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Pinches of Salt: The Strife and Grime of Charlie Roebuck by Robin Roughley @RobRoughley #Humour #DarkComedy #Satire

Pinches of Salt: The Strife and Grime of Charlie Roebuck by [Roughley, Robin]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Charlie Roebuck knows all about ”showbiz” He’s spent his adult life in front of the camera, an expert in the art of the condescending smile, a genius at appearing to give a damn. Be it grilling bent politicians or dissecting the personal lives of the great and good, it’s all the same to Charlie, all grist to the mill. But when he is forced to front the last series of Pinches of Salt he fears the worst. For the past thirty years the show has been following five lacklustre individuals through their tiresome lives and every five years the TV Company descend to pick over their bones. The trouble is none of them has amounted to anything, hardly fertile ground for good television, hardly BAFTA winning material.

With a minuscule budget he must call upon all his experience to try and make a programme that won’t sink his ailing career and send him flat-lining to showbiz oblivion.
Can he pull off the impossible, can he turn five lives around and make them into something that will put see him back on prime time Saturday night television? Well perhaps he can with a little blackmail, mayhem and a never ending supply of duplicity and cunning.
Love him or loath him Charlie is a survivor and if he does go down then he will make sure he takes the company down with him to the glittering bowels of celebrity hell.

Buy Link:

Pinches of Salt: The Strife and Grime of Charlie Roebuck

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I have to admit to watching this sort of programme as I grew up  and cringing along a little more with every seven-year episode that came round. Like all good things, there had to be an end and it is at this point that Robin Roughley steps in with his take on how the end show, in a similar series, may just go.

This is an entertaining gem of dark humour and light-hearted giggles as it follows the mixed up, messed up lives of the now worn out and down trodden adults that these kids  have become. This is to be the last show in the series, that is if these dysfunctional adults  can all be persuaded to take part. They were, after all, still pawns in a back stage battle for someone to kick-start their own flagging career.

There are some pretty cringe-able characters  where I sort of read about them at arm’s length but gawd damn it there comes a time where I really wanted to root for these people, including Charlie Roebuck. What a character he is! Even if he is a little lost to start with himself. What begins as quite funny scenes do sometimes take on a serious note and it made me just want to hug these people, especially Dominique and Michael.

There are so many hilarious stories told in a serious way that did crack me up. It was like having my own personal devil and angel in my mind. One that was saying Oh no! while the devil in me just shouted, please don’t stop! The big question is though will the show go on?

A new road for this author of top selling crime novels and I really hope that there will be more comedy to come and no-one dies!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Robin Roughley hails from the town of Wigan in the North-West of England and is the author of the hugely popular DS Lasser crime series.
Prior to writing about Lasser he produced four plays that would fall into the
dark comedy category, two of which were showcased at theatres in Manchester and Yorkshire.

Since then he has self-published seventeen Lasser crime thrillers and is currently working on number nineteen in the series. As usual Lasser and co. are leading him a merry dance. They are the ones who write the stories, Rob just gets led by the nose and has no choice but to follow. It always comes as a surprise to him that at the end, the stories all work out and the crimes solved. But just as he finishes one book, Lasser is pecking his head with another idea.

There is also Lasser: Beginnings. A short story from way back, but even then, Lasser was showing the characteristics that he has later perfected. Together with the burgeoning conscience that now has set up home in his head.

On March 9th 2017, Rob released the first book in the DS Marnie Hammond series, Keep You Near, published by Bloodhound. DS Marnie Hammond hails from Lancashire, in the fictional town of Kirkhead. Like all good detectives, Marnie comes with her own unique set of crime-solving skills. Cut the Threads, was published on the 22nd Feb 2018.

In an exciting new venture, the popular anti-hero, Plymouth, stormed in on August 15th 2017 with a book of his own, Stormcock. And this time, Plymouth most definitely is in charge, dragging Rob, whimpering in fear, in his wake. He lets slip a few secrets of his past which explain his present-day actions. But shhh, not a word to Lasser!

When not writing, which amounts to roughly two days a year, he can be found walking the canal towpaths of Wigan, sorting out plot lines and looking for ideas, with an assortment of dogs in tow.

So, next time you see a shaven-headed, middle-aged man wandering about, scratching his head, looking bewildered and taking random pictures it is Rob hoping for divine inspiration.

If you like your crime to be hard hitting and gritty with an assortment of characters that feel like friends then feel free to jump in at the deep end.

The Lasser series are stand-alone novels though to get the full experience of getting to know the characters involved then Rob suggests you start with Lasser Beginnings and take it from there.

OTHER BOOKS AND BUY LINKS
DS LASSER SERIES
LASSER NOVELLA (Find out a little more about Lasser) AND BUY LINK
PLYMOUTH SERIES AND BUY LINK
D.S. MARNIE HAMMOND SERIES AND BUY LINK
AUTHOR LINKS

 

Chaste: Grasp of the Fevered Father (Perilisc) by Jesse Teller @JesseTeller #ATaleFromPerilisc #Fantasy

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
When her devout parents were killed, Cheryl abandoned her destiny as a priestess. Despite the unusual decrees of the new priest, an evil threat preys on the town. Tragic murders have become more frequent when a few traveling warriors stop here for the night. Will they help Cheryl’s village or destroy it? She knows better than to trust them. Years of pain and self-loathing have hardened her. To fight back the infectious curse that plagues her home, she must finally face her brutal past

Buy Link:

Chaste: Grasp of the Fevered Father

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND MY REVIEW

I am actually reading the books out-of-order but each is its own jigsaw piece that makes up the final picture. So before I begin, these are stories of fantasy, mystical adventures and horror of the very darkest kind. They are bloody, torturous and have vivid scenes of people being disembodied and at times others raped but wound into it all is a core of good that is battling to gain ground be it by using some pretty vicious and mostly enjoyable methods for themselves.

So welcome to Chaste after it has been deserted by its God and its keepers murdered. As the story begins the fool hardy on the edge of Chaste soon come up against a malevolent evil power that thrives on the pain of others and control to make even the purest souls do its bidding. This is pretty gruesome stuff that will either make you stop reading here or bind you to every chapter that follows.

I was definitely a stayer I wanted to find out more about some of the characters from the other book I had read especially Sob, who just grew on me with every page I turned. Chaste is a place where evil enters people to carry out vile and terrible acts for no reason expect it just simply can. Even the tight group of unlikely saviours at times lose their way. In this book I got to know Cheryl. Each book builds up certain characters, giving them more substance as to why they are as they are and the reasons for their own personal battles. absolutely loved the finale and already got another book in the series.

I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jesse Teller

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website
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Letterbox by P.A. Davies @padavies @CarolineBookBit #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Caroline Vincent of Bits about Books for inviting me on this Blog tour for LETTERBOX by P.A. Davies

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Paperback 268 pages

Publisher MJD Publishing (1st edition;1 April 2012)

ISBN 978-0957263901

eBook 605 KB (22 Dec. 2011)

ASIN B006PIW0AO

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Letterbox is strong, powerful, emotive. A harrowing novel about the 1996 Manchester IRA bombing – what a haunting tale and heartbreaking insight into the lives of those, responsible for the bombings and of those, who by their very being had no choice but to be implicated in it… their lives will never be the same…

The Book

At approximately 09.00 hrs on the 15th June 1996, an unassuming white lorry was parked on Corporation Street in the city centre of Manchester, England; It contained over 3000 pounds of high explosive.

At 11.15 hrs the same day, Manchester witnessed the detonation of the largest device on the British mainland since the Second World War … The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack.

Based around actual events, LETTERBOX tells the story of Liam Connor, an ordinary boy brought up in Manchester by a seemingly ordinary family. He goes to the local school, loves football and has a best friend called Sean … an ordinary life.

Unbeknown to Liam, his father, Michael Connor, harbours a dark historic secret and follows a life less ordinary … as a furtive yet high ranking soldier within the IRA.

As a result of extraordinary circumstances, Liam’s innocent and carefree world is shattered when he is exposed to the truth about his family’s heritage and then learns about the tragic death of his father at the hands of the SAS.

Consumed with both hate and the need to seek retribution, Liam is taken to Ireland where he is intensively trained to become a highly skilled and efficient soldier within the Irish Republican Army … He is 16 years old.

Some years later, following the drug-induced death of his beloved sister, Liam is given the opportunity to exact his revenge on those he believed should truly be blamed for the tragedies in his life … The British Government.

Thus, on the 15th June 1996, it was Liam’s responsibility to drive the bomb-laden lorry into the unsuspecting city of Manchester and let the voice of the IRA be clearly heard …

And listened to…

Buy Link:

Paperback (signed): https://padavies.co.uk/shop/

Paperback or Ebook from Amazon: getbook.at/Letterbox

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I knew that this was going to be a hard read before I opened the book as I could remember this time in history all too clearly. I remember thinking that this just could not be justified, not the senseless loss of innocent lives and I have read this book and it is extremely well written but I see couldn’t justify it. It hasn’t changed my mind but it doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate a brilliantly written story because this feels raw and honest of how one man was affected by the political decisions that were made. This is one voice. It is about how he justifies what he does, I didn’t have to agree but I did understand.

It seemed very strange reading a story written from the other side of the coin. Liam was like me really as none of the atrocities that were happening, just across a few miles water, really affected him, not directly. He lived in a cocoon with it all being background noise. That was until the day his father was arrested for his involvement as a former top IRA soldier. Liam and his sister had no idea of the things he had done in his role of terrorist. When the family were told he had been killed, Liam became a weapon of vengeance and his sister a victim of a darker substance.

This is the author’s first book and well it is extremely addictive with a perfect balance of fact and  fiction woven in seamless chapters. Now here is where it got me, I had got to know this likable lad who was at an impressionable age. It just took the wrong person to whisper in his ear at the right time. I loved how I became privy to Liam’s most private thoughts. His reasoning, intense hatred and at times how he could cut his self off from his mission to feel  the devastation first hand. An instigator of life and death, the taker and giver of life in a surreal state of mind. A strange combination as he was on the inside looking out and I on the outside looking in. It was like we had swopped roles or at least the eyes we both looked through. He understood the horror and I felt I understood the why.

An emotional piece of history made very personal. Highly recommended!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

P.A.Davies

P.A. Davies grew up in Manchester, UK, a place he has lived in and around all his life – he loves Manchester and is proud to be part of the multi-cultural, modern city that houses two Premiership football teams and is the birthplace of many a famous band, such as Oasis, the Stone Roses, Take That and Simply Red.

For most of his life, he dabbled with writing various pieces, from poems to short fictional stories just for fun. However, following advice from a good friend he decided to have a go at writing a novel. Thus, his first novel ‘Letterbox’ was conceived, a fictional take on the infamous IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996. It took him over a year to complete but while doing so, he found it to be one of the most satisfying and interesting paths he had ever followed. It comes as no surprise that the writing bug now became firmly embedded within him.

P.A. Davies’ second book was published in May 2013, ‘George: A Gentleman of the Road’, a true story about one of Manchester’s homeless. His third novel, ‘The Good in Mister Philips’, is an erotic novel (arguably set to rival Fifty Shades…!) and his fourth, ‘Nobody Heard Me Cry’ (Dec. 2015) is again a fact-based tale, this time of Manchester’s darker side. The thriller ‘Absolution’ (Oct. 2017) is his fifth novel. Currently, P.A. Davies is writing his sixth novel, titled ‘I, Muslim.’

To label P.A. Davies’ writings would be difficult because his works diverse from thrillers to touching novels to true-to-life tales embedded in a captivating story for the author is an imaginative and versatile storyteller.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Author Website: http://www.padavies.co.uk

FB Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/padavies.ukauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/padavies_

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6434810.P_A_Davies

Amazon Author Page: author.to/PADavies

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+PADaviesUKAuthor

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/padavies

 

OTHER BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

Absolution (2017) getbook.at/Absolution-PADavies

Nobody Heard Me Cry (2016) getbook.at/NobodyHeardMeCry

The Good in Mister Philips (2014) getbook.at/TheGoodinMisterPhilips

George: A Gentleman of the Road (2013) getbook.at/GeorgeAGentlemanoftheRoad

Letterbox (2011) getbook.at/Letterbox

 

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Chaste: : Grasp of the Fevered Father (Perilisc) by Jesse Teller @JesseTeller #ATaleFromPerilisc #Fantasy

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BOOK DESCRIPTION
When her devout parents were killed, Cheryl abandoned her destiny as a priestess. Despite the unusual decrees of the new priest, an evil threat preys on the town. Tragic murders have become more frequent when a few traveling warriors stop here for the night. Will they help Cheryl’s village or destroy it? She knows better than to trust them. Years of pain and self-loathing have hardened her. To fight back the infectious curse that plagues her home, she must finally face her brutal past

Buy Link:

Chaste: Grasp of the Fevered Father

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND MY REVIEW

I am actually reading the books out-of-order but each is its own jigsaw piece that makes up the final picture. So before I begin, these are stories of fantasy, mystical adventures and horror of the very darkest kind. They are bloody, torturous and have vivid scenes of people being disembodied and at times others raped but wound into it all is a core of good that is battling to gain ground be it by using some pretty vicious and mostly enjoyable methods for themselves.

So welcome to Chaste after it has been deserted by its God and its keepers murdered. As the story begins the fool hardy on the edge of Chaste soon come up against a malevolent evil power that thrives on the pain of others and control to make even the purest souls do its bidding. This is pretty gruesome stuff that will either make you stop reading here or bind you to every chapter that follows.

I was definitely a stayer I wanted to find out more about some of the characters from the other book I had read especially Sob, who just grew on me with every page I turned. Chaste is a place where evil enters people to carry out vile and terrible acts for no reason expect it just simply can. Even the tight group of unlikely saviours at times lose their way. In this book I got to know Cheryl. Each book builds up certain characters, giving them more substance as to why they are as they are and the reasons for their own personal battles. absolutely loved the finale and already got another book in the series.

I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website
Twitter:
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Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs @author_jill @Bookouture #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Kim Nash of Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

My dearest daughter, I will never forget the day I nearly lost you. The day you learned the secrets that would tear our lives apart…

Time stops for Jen when her beloved daughter, Gracie, is involved in a terrible car crash. Pronounced dead at the scene, it’s a miracle when paramedics manage to then resuscitate the little girl.

The relief Jen feels at Gracie’s recovery is matched only by her fury at the driver of the car – her ex-husband’s new girlfriend Ella. Jen has never trusted Ella, and now her worst fears have been confirmed.

But then Gracie begins to tell strange stories about what she heard in the car that day, and what she saw in those moments near death. It’s clear that there’s something shocking hidden in Ella’s past… but exposing it could tear all their lives apart.

An emotional page-turner that will take your breath away. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When Jen’s three-year old daughter is involved in a horrific car accident, Jen knows who to blame. Jen’s emotions are still very raw from her husband, and father of Gracie, leaving them to go make a new life with Ella and Ella had been driving the car when the accident happened. Little Gracie had to be resuscitated and isn’t quite the little girl that she was before the accident. What she tells her mummy sets Jen on a one track mission to expose Ella and the secrets she is hiding.

Now I have to be honest here, Jen was not a character that I really liked. Yep I know she was hurting but whoa she was one massive tight ball of jealous, frustrating rage that all of a sudden found a loop-hole to excuse herself for exposing Ella’s hidden past. Oh wow, this is such a powerful story of emotions, feelings, letting go and really being thankful for what you have.

The story is mainly told through Jen so as I got the facts of what had happened in an unbiased way but then saw how Jen’s mind interpreted them. Oh boy did I cringe at times. There is the sort of super natural element to the story too, whether you believe this sort of thing or not it is necessary. It is all so very clever with additional elements being slipped in all the way through and becomes far deeper than you could imagine. Then shocked me over and over as the story worked its way to the end, something that I was half guessing so didn’t want to get there.

This is a beautifully written book that many people will be able to connect with on so many levels. Some people just get stuck in the past. While others find ways to move on but never forget. A very sad story and extremely emotive.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.

If you’ve enjoyed reading one of Jill’s books, please do leave a review.

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Twitter: @author_jill

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Catching Love When it Falls by Deryn Pittar @derynpittar @junctionpublish @Books_n_all #BlogTour #BookReview #ParanormalRomance #FutureMovers #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw of Books n All for inviting me on this Blog Tour for CATCHING LOVE WHEN IT FALLS by Deryn Pittar

Catching Love when it Falls: Future Movers - Book One by [Pittar, Deryn]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

William and Belinda, both genetically altered, meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government’s defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they will be conscripted and never be free again.

William’s talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye. Belinda can lift objects of great weight with her mind. Their relationship creates a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

‘Catching Love When it Falls’ explores an alternative reality and discovers the one thing neither Belinda nor William can control – love.

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Both William and Belinda had, had a lucky escape from the government facility that created a new breed of weapon, where babies that had been genetically altered to develop very special and unique powers. At times the alterations just didn’t take so at age 7 these ‘rejects’ were sold on to wealthy couples that could not have children.

The children that cottoned on and covered up their hidden talents managed to slip the net, along with late developers but they were now and again checked to see if the special powers had developed at a later age.

William, who had been adopted out at 7 after fooling the officials, was on a mission to help other survivors to slip the net of surveillance by deleting them from the government records. That is how he met Belinda.

This is a short story that really sees the nursery through the eyes of the children and only follows William and Belinda on the outside after being adopted and grown up. William and Belinda team up and seek former nursery children out that have been adopted. Each of them had very different talents, some which had adapted them into every day life as part of their work while trying to keep under the government radar.

This is a story that follows the changing relationship between William and Belinda into one of love. There are a further 4 books coming out in June and July with the box set available in August. The books altogether follow three generations of the Corban family as they duck and dive to keep out of the government clutches. An interesting concept for a series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I write futuristic and fantasy fiction, spiced with romance and adventure. This allows my imagination to run free, to create interesting characters caught in unusual circumstances and events. Sometimes I have the pleasure of watching science and technology catch up with my imagination.

I also write Young Adult, short stories and flash fiction; articles on writing and I am published in these genre. I self-published a children’s rhyming book and once won a prize for a short screen script.

I’m a published poet and I endeavour to put my poetry skills into my fiction writing to enhance the word pictures I create.

I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand which lives up to its name. I belong to the Romance Writers of N.Z., Tauranga Writers, and Spec.Fic.NZ (speculative fictionNZ).

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @derynpittar

 

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COMING SOON IN THIS SERIES

Love’s Bright Star – 19th June

Love’s Red Heart – 26th June

A Stellar Affair – 3rd July

Romancing the Memory Collector – 10th July

5 book box set – 7th August

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Missing in Shanghai: Jess Turner in London and Shanghai (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series 3) by Jean Harrod #jeanharrod #BookReview #JessTurner

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A gripping, fast-paced thriller, set in present-day London and in Shanghai in1984.
Entrapment, betrayal, and espionage lurk beneath the pages, with an ending you won’t see coming.

Jess is working on the China desk in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It’s her job to ensure the State visit of the Chinese Premier runs smoothly. But tensions are running high. Jess uncovers a shocking secret – a British diplomat, Marianne Henderson, went missing in Shanghai in 1984 and has never been seen again. Not only that, all evidence she ever existed vanished with her. When Jess starts asking questions, she is warned off. But she is caught up in a chain of events she has no power to control. As she digs in the past to find out what happened to Marianne, Jess finds herself in grave danger.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What should have been simply a day in the office for Jess Turner took a seedy turn into the past and a whole lot of trouble for her and the people who worked in the diplomatic service in present day . Now this was my first novel in the series, but I soon realised that Jess was no way a chill out and leave it to others sort of lady. Oh no, so when she is organising a state visit for the Chinese Premier it wasn’t enough just to plan his time in London, she came across a name that appeared to be involved in a cover up going way back to 1984. The mysterious disappearance of Marianne Henderson, working in a similar role as herself but in Shanghai had never been solved. Then, with a little more digging she found that Marianne had been linked to a suspicious death of someone pretty well high up and alarm bells began to ring. I got the feeling that Jess wasn’t someone to let this go and well things were certainly going to hot up!

Oh boy, I do like novels that deviate from the run of the mill stories and this definitely gave me a run for my money. I loved that the author has taken what she knows from her own life, working in the diplomatic service herself and wound into it her imagination to create a cracking story round it. It makes the whole thing seem very plausible. From the hierarchy and ceremony of it all to a very well researched darker side. It blends seamlessly into a story that wowed me.

The novel is really well-balanced with chapters alternating between present day with people who are linked to the visit of the Chinese Premier and way back in 1984 Shanghai as told by Marianne Henderson. Totally engrossing and more than intriguing the untouchables may be more fragile than they think, with Jess prepared to push the boundaries way past her own safety and those she loves. The end totally knocked me for six. Game set and match!

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jean Harrod

Jean Harrod is a UK crime writer, based in North Yorkshire. A former diplomat, Jean worked in British Embassies all over the world. She enjoys writing crime and suspense because gripping and tightly woven plots give her a chance to explore the psychology of what makes people commit chilling crimes. As a Consul overseas, she dealt with cases of Britons who were arrested, imprisoned, kidnapped, held hostage and even murdered. She uses that experience, and her considerable knowledge inside Government and the diplomatic world, to shape her fictional plots and characters.

‘Deadly Diplomacy’ is the first in a series of crime novels featuring diplomat Jess Turner and DI Tom Sangster.

AUTHOR LINKS

Twitter: @jeanharrod

Web Site: www.jeanharrod.com

BUY LINKS FOR OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES 

Deadly Diplomacy: Jess Turner in Australia (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series, Book 1)

Deadly Diplomacy: Jess Turner in Australia (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series, Book 1)

Deadly Deceit: Jess Turner in the Caribbean (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series, Book 2)

Deadly Deceit: Jess Turner in the Caribbean (Diplomatic Crime Thriller Series, Book 2)