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Judas: Revelation (The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 3) by Roy Bright #TheIscariotWarrior @Brightylad #ChristianFantasy #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

In a decisive move, Judas and Charlotte travel to the one place he vowed he would never enter under any circumstances: the bowels of Hell itself. To end the war that rages above them, they must battle their way through terrifying creatures of titanic proportions to use the holy relics contained within Charlotte against Lucifer to put the Lord of Hell down for good.

Meanwhile, on the surface a weary band of survivors lead by Gary Cross and Colonel Nathan Taylor mount an expedition to gather vital data in the hope that it will provide a scientific solution to a supernatural problem.

And above them all, the forces of Heaven wait with bated breath, eager to receive the command to enter the conflict and prevent humanity from annihilation at the hands of the forces of Hell.

In a gore-filled, apocalyptic finale to the trilogy, can Judas and Charlotte triumph or will Lucifer finally reign supreme?
The ultimate battle for our souls has just begun…

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Judas: Revelation (The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 3)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Whoa, this may be the last book in the super series but wow what a way to round it off. The world is in utter chaos as Lucifer and Co. are gaining ground in their take over to reign supreme not just in the bowels of this planet but above ground too. The  violence is escalating as eruptions bring more vile demonic creatures from Hell itself to the surface. Judas vowed that he would never go back to Hell but he didn’t have Charlotte at his side before, failure means the end of mankind.

It is action all the way with the Big Guns on the side of good making one or two appearances too, including the big guy himself! (Loved his naughty confession) Brother fights brother on the higher plains while demons are putting up one hell of a fight against the mere mortals that have become heroes in the previous books with some not making the final chapters.

There was only ever going to be one way to end this as Judas and Charlotte make their way down to Lucifer. Roy Bright opens up one giant kaleidoscope of imagination on this journey to Hell where everyone’s experience on the way down is quite unique. This part of the story was my favourite. It is unique, unpredictable and scared the Hell into me. Just perfect! You will have to make the journey yourselves to find out.

I have loved the relationship with Judas and Charlotte from her being a child of 6 to now a woman. What a team! He started as a guardian but boy are they so much more, the ultimate father and daughter partnership. Their battles in Hell make everything else seem like kinder garden that has taken place before. I am drooling and in one heaven of a frenzy as I know that this story is winding up. OMG what a perfect climactic conclusion. Loved the whole series!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roy Bright

Roy Thomas Bright was born 22nd October 1971, in Manchester and grew up in Burnley, East Lancashire.

He received his secondary education at St Wilfrids C of E High School in Blackburn and upon leaving decided to join the Royal Navy as a gunner. The need to patrol some of the worlds ‘hotspots’ allowed him to travel the globe extensively, and he was very fortunate to see a vast number of exotic countries and different cultures.

In 1998, Roy decided to leave the Royal Navy to pursue a career as a professional musician. Having been a musician since the age of six and able to play a plethora of instruments, Roy went on to experience many highs in his first band ‘deponeye’ until that ended in 2004. In 2005 Roy started his second band Exit State, which enjoyed great success touring all over the UK and parts of Europe, a No.1 video on Kerrang TV’s Most Requested show and sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Schenker, Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), Esoterica, Dave Evans (AC/DC), The Black Mollys, Forever Never, Black Spiders and Neil Buchanan’s Marseille.

Following a successful tour with guitar legend Michael Schenker in 2012, Exit State were delighted to be invited to become Patron’s of the Children’s Hospice Arts charity chARTUK, an organization Roy is still a proud patron of, whose amazing work aims to enrich the lives of children and young people with severe disabilities and life-limiting conditions in hospices through the creative, performing and literary arts, enabling individual expression, creativity and communication.

It was in late 2012 while enjoying touring downtime that Roy decided to pursue one of his other creative passions – writing. The idea for Judas had been sitting deeply within his psyche for some time and the amalgamation of the original idea fuelled by the lyrics in the rock song What Have You Done by Within Temptation finally saw him put pen to paper. A massive and steep learning curve followed, but he was fortunate due to connections made from his time within the music sector to receive exceptional advice from a number of sources. An introduction by Exit State’s manager Mark Appleton to Stephen Clegg, the author of Maria’s Papers, proved to be an invaluable one as Stephen’s help and guidance was key in ensuring Judas was worthy of being published.

In 2012, Roy published Judas via Whiteley Publishing. He then re-published a second edition of the novel via self-publishing in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.

Roy is thoroughly enjoying writing more and more, including screenplays with his screenwriting partner Mike Harris and has penned a number of original scripts, including the Judas stories.

Roy has now begun work on a ‘Book Zero’, which details events happening in and around the same time-frame as the first Judas story.

Roy has three children, Reece, Tyler and Lily.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES WITH BUY LINK:

Judas (The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 1)

Judas (The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 1)

Judas: The Relic (The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 2)

Judas: The Relic (The Iscariot Warrior Series Book 2)

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Absolute Friends by John Le Carré @lecarre_news @AllenLaneBooks @PenguinUKBooks #GiveAway #PenguinModernClassics #BlogTour

I am truly excited about being part of this fabulous Blog Tour of 21 books by John Le Carré over 21 days by 21 bloggers, so huge thanks go to Sarah Wright of Penguin Press for the invitation to feature ABSOLUTE FRIENDS. This is the largest collection of books to be included in the Penguin Modern Classics series by a living author. The end of the tour concludes with The Little Drummer Girl which is to be broadcast as BBC adaptation very soon. 

ABOUT PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS

Penguin Classics represents the greatest repository of our shared cultural imagination and treasure trove for readers. Penguin Modern Classics launched in 1961 as an ever evolving list of books from the 20th and 21st centuries that have achieved classic status. The modern Classics list is continually expanded with contemporary authors whose works are considered timeless.

Absolute Friends (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Carré, John le]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘One of his most enthralling creations’ Daily Telegraph

Broke and working as a tour guide in Germany, rootless Englishman Ted Mundy catches a glimpse of an old friend hiding in the shadows. A friend he thought was lost to him. A friend who took him from radical 1960s Berlin to life as a double agent. Now, decades later, the Cold War is over and the war on terror has begun. Sasha has another mission for them both, but this time it is impossible to tell the difference between allies – and enemies.

Set in a world of lies and shifting allegiances, Absolute Friends is a savage fable of our times.

‘Thoroughly gripping’ Sunday Times

BUY LINK/PRE-ORDER LINK, TO BE PUBLISHED 27TH SEPTEMBER 2018

Absolute Friends (Penguin Modern Classics)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Friends come and go in your life but on rare occasions there is a special bond between two people, a friendship that lasts over decades. That was how it was with Ted Mundy and Sasah. Mundy I felt was a man who didn’t seem to belong anywhere, like he had no roots that he felt at home with, so when he met Sasah it seemed like he had an anchor, somewhere he could keep returning to and knew who he was. The friendship began in student days where they took part in the normal radical demos in the 1960’s. It was a few years later that the two would meet again. Sasah had discovered about his father’s past that tainted his own life and Ted had married, got a son and was teaching. Sasah was eager to recruit Ted into the world of cold war antics of spying.  Sasah was playing both sides as a double agent himself.

Quite a chunk of the story is set in Germany, where information is passed back and forth from East to West but even the Berlin Wall can’t keep the pair apart. Sasah in the East and Ted in the West. These are the days of  thriving spies, that seemed to be in sheer abundance, at a time not too long after the great war and yet long enough to have built this divide in Germany. It seems that Ted Mundy isn’t always a lucky man to be a round for people who know him.

When the wall comes down it leaves Ted and Sasah  in a kind of no-man’s land as far as spying goes. With the wall gone Germany had once again united leaving them sort of out of the loop. The story really does make you feel like you are back in time as John le Carré brings it all to life. There is rather a lot of characters in the story, with leaps in time and changing attitudes created by Governments and politicians.

I know that the end of the story is a little divided by the how the readers feel. I really liked how it all came together at the end. This is my first book, by this author, but a couple of other titles have piqued my interest. A fascinating story of espionage, friendship and loyalty.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Le Carré

John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, secured him a wide reputation which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, THE HONOURABLE SCHOOLBOY and SMILEY’S PEOPLE. His recent novels include, A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor and A legacy of spies. John Le Carré is represented by Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.

HERE ARE THE OTHER TWENTY BOOKS INCLUDED IN THE PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS BY THIS AUTHOR, PLUS BUY LINKS:

Call for the Dead (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Murder of Quality (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (George Smiley Series Book 3)

The Looking Glass War (George Smiley Series Book 4)

A Small Town in Germany (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Naive and Sentimental Lover (Penguin Modern

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Honourable Schoolboy (Penguin Modern Classics)

Smiley’s People (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Little Drummer Girl: Soon to be a Major BBC TV Series (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Perfect Spy (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Russia House (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Secret Pilgrim (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Night Manager (Penguin Modern Classics)

Our Game (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Tailor of Panama (Penguin Modern Classics)

Single & Single (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Constant Gardener (Penguin Modern Classics)

The Mission Song (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Most Wanted Man (Penguin Modern Classics)

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The Girl with No Past (Predestination Book 1) by Rachel Ledge @rachel_ledge #PredestinationSeries #TimeTravel #Historical #KindleUnlimited

 

The Girl With No Past (Predestination Book One) by [Ledge, Rachel]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

In the year 1919, a woman crash lands in the past, unable to recall even the most basic facts about herself. Her quest for answers turns up more questions, until by chance she meets Damian Glass. After all, some things are meant to be. Or are they?

As Damian helps her discover her unlikely identity, her future comes calling, and she finds herself catapulted into a world of passion, intrigue and danger, where friends and foes merge together, and doesn’t know whom to trust.

When she finally uncovers the mystery of what happened to her, and why, she must face an astounding new reality: What if fate isn’t fate at all? What if it can be controlled?

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The Girl With No Past (Predestination Book One)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a really quirky read that had me mesmerised by Emerald’s take on the world that she found herself in. Emerald wasn’t her real name but one that had been given to her because she had no idea who she was or how she had arrived in the middle of a field in 1919. As no-one else knew either she was promptly carted off to the local asylum. As little bits began returning to ‘Emerald’ it is a wonder that they didn’t lock the door on her and throw away the key. Emerald was a time traveller and knew of technology far beyond the year that she was in. I really had to cringe and tell her to shhh. Of course it didn’t work.

With the appearance of the charming Damian Glass things began to slip more into place. Emma, Emerald’s real name, is a really strong-minded character in the story. An independent woman who can seem to adapt to her surroundings pretty well. It isn’t long before her judgement of characters is soon put to the test but why would anyone want her dead? There aren’t just leaps in time but leaps of faith in who can be trusted.

What a terrifying idea to think of time travellers sort of stuck in a limbo era, scary and yet fascinating too. I mean who would believe their rants of discoveries that are unthinkable, events that are outrageous and the idea of time travel impossible! There is a taster of a historical event that could have been influenced by one of these specialised teams.

Loved getting to know the characters in this story, especially Emma and Damian.  This isn’t just a time travelling story, this is a mystery, a thriller and a fabulous adventure. It has created a real good solid base for so many adventures in a new series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel is an award-winning author of historical novels with elements of suspense, romance, and time travel. She grew up in Idaho, Texas, Utah and California due to circumstances that didn’t involve the military. An expat since 2008, she and her husband lived in Sydney for five years before sailing to Singapore, where they lived on a boat for a while before transitioning onto terra firma. She can be found sitting up late at night, reading anything with a compelling storyline.

Don’t forget to join her exclusive reader’s club the club, where exclusive giveaways and fun freebies are just the beginning!

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The Girl With No Past (Predestination Book One) by [Ledge, Rachel]

The Key to Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @BloodhoundBook #DarkThriller #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRITION

If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?

Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light, Lee is sent back to relive the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.

After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realise that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.

Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice.

Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?

The Key to Death’s Door is a story of sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and murder.

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The Key to Death’s Door: a dark and gripping thriller

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The thing that brings me back to Mark Tilbury’s books, time and time again, is the total uniqueness of each one. They never blend in with any thing else that I have read making each book one that I can bring back to memory months after finishing reading it. I like  that his writing brings out the best and worst in me, my mothering instincts and the killer ones that lurk deep in my mind too. Monsters don’t always live under the bed, some live in families, bullies, tormentors and murderers.

This story is that of two best friends Lee and Charlie, teenagers that are after adventure, each of them lying to their parents, so they can camp out on an Island over night. Oh they get their wish but what they imagined it would be and the reality are two different things. The pair share their biggest secrets, with heart breaking confessions but things take a turn for the worse when the weather makes the lads make bad choices. One of them, has a near death experience and a terrifying glimpse into another life time that links past and present.

Oh my this could turn you cold on a hot summer day! I curled up on my sofa reading this, wanting to make myself as small as possible. The story is told over two-time frames set years apart and yet connected by one vile man. The writing is exquisite, creating a whole bystander experience of being there. This is an absolute cracking story, very graphic, extremely brutal and utterly gut wrenching. If you have a problem with violence in stories it isn’t for you. This though is Mark Tilbury at his best, he is better than any sugar rush and it stays much longer!

I loved how it all comes together at the end. A top class story and another to add to my unforgettable books on my library shelf.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his fifth novel, The Key to Death’s Door published along with The Liar’s Promise, The Abattoir of Dreams, and The Ben Whittle Investigations relaunched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

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Dear Mr. Pop Star by Derek and Dave Philpott @DerekPhilpott @ThePhilpotts @unbounders #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Dave Dawson for inviting me on the Blog tour for DEAR MR. POP STAR by Derek and Dave Philpott

Dear Mr Pop Star by [Philpott, Derek, Philpott, Dave]

BOOK DEWSCRIPTION

For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs. But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back… Dear Mr Pop Star contains 100 of Derek and Dave’s greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Deep Purple, Nik Kershaw, T’Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chesney Hawkes and many, many more.

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Dear Mr Pop Star

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Now before I begin I do have to say that this is the most funniest and surreal book that I have ever read. Where have you been till now Derek and Dave? Ok I know there is a previous book but why am I just hearing of it? These two authors, I say with tongue in cheek, are either idiots and pure geniuses. Personally I am going with the latter simply because I love this book! This is just so darn hilarious. To take a lyric of a song by The Viscounts, ‘Who put the Bomp, in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp’. Would rise a question to the said artist, via a letter from this wickedly humourous duo, asking for an explanation of the said lyrics.

There is a trail of top of the bill board stars that seem like they were queuing up to receive a letter from the pair, like a secret club of ‘You haven’t made it until you get one’, sort of thing. Pure brilliance gentlemen. These letters, which just rip the lyrics apart of songs that I have been crooning away to for years, had me crying with laughter and the replies, from each of the artists are just as barmy. It isn’t just the letters and replies that make these so funny but the actual style they write in. Each done, both to and from the artist with beautiful penmanship in all seriousness.

This is a book that I will read again and again but don’t think for a minute that although there are just letters and replies page after page and nothing else, that you will be able to pick this book up to just read one or two because it will always be just one more. I am sure that if you danced away to the music of the 1980’s and 90’s there will be little belters you remember fondly. The artists are of such fame though I am certain that they would be recognised by todays youth too, especially if attending the disco type wedding evening dos’ where the D.Js are caught in a time warp of Human League and Rick Astley. Did I just put them in the same sentence?

Honestly this is a tremendous read which definitely has more than 5 stars in it!

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

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Summer’s End by Kristy Brown @KBrownAuthor #BookReview #YA #ParanormalRomance

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Summer’s End

She wakes up in hospital, badly burned with no memory.

He’s been trained to kill her before she burns the world to ashes.

When they finally meet, will he be able to take her life now that he’s started to

feel for her?

His fate is already written.

The prophecy is already set…

Love between them is forbidden.

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Summer’s End

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a book for young adults to not only fall in love with this story but with reading as well. It is everything in it to keep them eager to see what is going to happen next. When Summer wakens up in a hospital, after having had a number of operations to repair her badly burnt body and face, she has no memory of who she is or what has happened. With one operation still to go she decides to keep the last remaining scar as a start point to finding out anything about herself.

This is a beautifully crafted story, with intrigue and mystery, a mission and forbidden love. Within the first few pages of reading about Summer I just wanted to protect her from everyone. She has a couple of friends, that fill her in on her past but she feels that there is still so much more missing. When she sees Dooney, all the girls seem to drool over him but he has no interest in them, he only has eyes for Summer. The thing is his eyes are at times cold and frightening but still make her heart skip a beat. She begins to have  very strange flash backs, Summer needs to find out how their paths have crossed before.

I really loved this story that when I thought I had sussed it out it shot off down a new avenue. It made it really difficult to put down to do anything else. The mystery definitely got me in the first few chapters, then the need to know more, especially about the very dishy Dooney. I really do like a book that can throw me off track with characters that I thought I knew. I was in for quite a few shocks, especially with one of the characters. Kristy Brown has smashed this genre. What a super story line with a tremendous build to an climatic ending!

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

Hi I’m Kristy and I live in the U.K. I have always written short stories and poetry. I went to university to study acting which I loved, but my real passion has always been writing. So now I write the kind of stories I would have wanted to read when I was a teen. “Kiera’s Quest-Awakenings” is my first ebook. There are four in the series, ‘Sacrifices,’ ‘Perceptions,’ and ‘Choices.'( Muse It Up Publishing.)
My YA contemporary romance book, “Just Sam,” Is available on Amazon in print & on Kindle.
“Summer’s End,” a YA Paranormal romance series, will be out July 2018 with ‘Muse It Up Publishing.’ This title will also be available in print and e-book. My dream is to have them in print someday! I love reading YA angels,vamps etc. I love my kids and hopefully one day they will enjoy my crazy tales!xx

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Heart Swarm by Allan Watson @allanwatson12 @BOTBSPublicity @BloodyScotland #Heartswarm #BlogBlitz #GuestPost

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promotion for inviting on this Blog blitz

Heart Swarm by [Watson, Allan]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

It feels like history is repeating itself when out-of-favour detective Will Harlan gets summoned to a crime scene in the village of Brackenbrae after a young girl is found hanging in the woods.

Five years ago Harlan headed up the investigation of an identical murder in the same woods; a mishandled investigation that effectively destroyed his credibility as a detective. The new case immediately takes a bizarre twist when the body is identified as the same girl found hanging in the woods five years ago.

The following day a local man commits suicide and the police find more dead girls hidden in his basement. The case seems open and closed.

Until the killing spree begins.

Harlan finds himself drawn into a dark world where murder is a form of self-expression and human life treated as one more commodity to be used and discarded.

The only clue that links everything is a large oil painting of ‘Sagittarius A’ – a massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy orbited by thirteen stars daubed in blood with the words –

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Heart Swarm

I AM DELIGHTED TO PRESENT YOU WITH A GUEST POST FROM ALLAN WATSON, WHERE HE EXPLAINS HIS CONNECTION WITH DAPHNE BROON, A DEAD HAMSTER AND APPEARING AT BLOODY SCOTLAND. A SUPER FUNNY PIECE!

Bloody Scotland, Daphne Broon and Dead Hamsters

I’m lounging on the couch, nose buried deep in a book, reaching for yet another chocolate Hobnob when the phone rings. I snatch at it scattering crumbs. ‘Hello. Allan Watson. Writer in Residence at your service.’ I’m the habit of using this snappy salutation in case a big publisher ever calls. However, even I know big publishers don’t normally mask their voice by holding a cloth over the mouthpiece.

‘Shut up and listen, you slag,’ rasps the voice. ‘We’ve got the dirt on you and no mistake.’

‘Who is this? And what dirt?’

‘Never mind who this is. We know all about you and Daphne Broon.’

‘Daphne Broon? You mean the frumpy and unattractive cartoon character from the Sunday Post?’

‘That’s the one. We have incriminating photographic evidence of your seedy hotel room romp. You’ve been caught in a Honeytrap. If you don’t want your wife and family to see these pictures, you’ll do exactly what we say.’

I’m totally confused at this point. ‘But Daphne Broon isn’t real.’

The voice laughs down the phone. ‘The camera never lies. Check your email.’

I grab my iPad and find an email from an unknown sender. There’s a very graphic illustration of me and Daphne naked and romping on a bed. The caricature of me is actually sort of flattering. I say to my tormentor, ‘That’s just a stupid drawing. I’m hanging up.’

‘No, wait!’ he splutters. ‘There’s more.’

I sigh and wonder what other crazy stuff this lunatic has to accuse me of. Carnal capers with Keyhole Kate? Dominatrix sessions with Pansy Potter the Strongman’s Daughter? However, his next words send a chill down my spine.

‘We know about the hamster.’

My own voice is now a dry croak. ‘You can’t possibly know about…’

The voice sneers in a cruel fashion. ‘Nibbles? Your daughter’s beloved hamster that you electrocuted?’

‘But that was an accident,’ I wail.

‘So you say, but who’ll believe you?’

Outside my window the off-key chimes of an ice-cream van warble through the air allowing me to flashback into the past.

Fifteen years ago my daughter did indeed own a hamster called Nibbles. Over the course of a weekend two events occurred that at the time I’d no idea were connected. The first was Nibbles escaping and going AWOL. The second was me attempting to make toast and having trouble with the ignition switch on the gas cooker. Took me at least half a dozen tries before it finally clicked and fired up the grill.

After a full week Nibbles still hadn’t resurfaced and there was a distinct odour of decaying rodent in the kitchen. The smell was strongest beside the cooker and I thought Nibbles might have expired

beneath the floorboards. I hauled the cooker out, removed the boards where the pipes came up and stuck my head under. No Nibbles. And not even a whiff of dead hamster. Getting to my feet my nose came under assault yet again and I realised Nibbles was actually inside the cooker. Half an hour later I’d dismantled the appliance and there, bloated and rank on a nexus of wiring directly above the ignition switch was the dead hamster. Only then did I remember hitting that ignition switch time after time, unaware I was zapping Nibbles with 240v with each deadly jab of my finger. Yes, I finally got my breakfast, but at the expense of a beloved family pet whose own status was now, erm… toast.

The ice cream van backfires and drives off and I’m once again back in the present. I thought I would take the tale of Nibble’s tragic demise to my own grave, but somehow this stranger on the phone had unearthed my dark secret. I could be ruined if this went public.

‘What do you want?’ I ask the mysterious caller. ‘Money? I’m a poor writer. Ever since I lost my paper round things have been a bit tight financially.’

The caller laughs again. ‘What I want you to do is turn up at the Albert Halls in Stirling on Saturday 22nd at 14:45 p.m.’

‘Then what?’

‘You’ve been chosen as a Crime in the Spotlight new writer for Bloody Scotland and will have three minutes to sell your book Heart Swarm and do a short reading before Chris Brookmyer takes the stage. After the event you get to sign books while sitting on a very small chair. Got that?’

‘Um… yeah, fine. I’d love to. Thanks.’

The caller sounds very angry. ‘What do you mean you’d love to? Why didn’t you say so in the first place and not have me waste my precious time threatening you?’

‘But… but…’ I try to explain, but the caller has already hung up. I sit there a while longer feeling shell-shocked. Me appearing at the Albert Halls as Brookmyre’s warm-up act? Things were definitely looking up. I decide to have another cup of tea and chocolate Hobnob. I call out, ‘Daphne! Get in here.’

Daphne Broon wearing only a silk negligee appears in the kitchen doorway holding a tray with tea and biscuits. She strikes an alluring pose, the bare flesh of her legs like pale suet puddings in the soft late-afternoon light.

‘So what’s all this about you being a Honeytrap?’ I say.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Allan Watson is a writer whose work leans towards the dark end of the fiction spectrum. He is the author of seven novels – Dreaming in the Snakepark, Carapace, The Garden of Remembrance, 1-2-3-4, Monochrome, Heart Swarm and Wasp Latitudes.

In between the books, Allan wrote extensively for BBC Radio Scotland, churning out hundreds of comedy sketches, in addition to being a regular contributor for the world famous ‘Herald Diary’.

He occasionally masquerades as a composer/musician, collaborating with crime writer Phil Rickman in a band called Lol Robinson with Hazey Jane II whose albums have sold on four different continents (Antarctica was a hard one to crack)

Allan lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland, but has never worn the kilt or eaten a deep fried Mars Bar. He also once spent three days as a stand-in guitarist for the Bay City Rollers, but he rarely talks much about that…

AUTHOR LINKS:

https://allanwatson.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @allanwatson12

Facebook – Heart Swarm Page https://www.facebook.com/HeartSwarm1/?fb_dtsg_ag=Adz0nbMEoAASgKfDosWU9lOpscQrS5RyHtZrVwbgOX9eVw%3AAdxkiZ-h5CRSD7RLCeHvFWZ2edZg00tEQhsUdK29nZJ9WQ

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Desolate Hearts by Robin Roughley @RobRoughley #DSLasser #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Locked in the middle of an iron clad desolate winter, the clotted sky bearing down, as the town slowly vanishes beneath a blanket of dense snow, making the run up to Christmas a treacherous affair for the population of Wigan.

Though for one man the bleak winter weather is the least of his problems, his hands might feel numb with the cold, but his body burns, feverishly hot. Agony, raw and visceral cascades through his brain slowly tearing him apart, until he stumbles across a remedy. Killing is the miraculous cure all, the one thing that eradicates the pain, though the relief is short lived and as the need to quell the agony increases he finds himself looking for another victim, another cure.

For Lasser things have never been better, he has a woman in his life, someone who helps soothe his damaged soul, someone who loves him just as he is.
Though things are about to change as the team find themselves hunting the killer across a barren landscape in which only the strongest will survive.

As the killing escalates Lasser discovers the horrifying truth, some victims deserve to die.
Though the man who hunts in the darkened snow smothered town has no concept of guilt or innocence, all he wants is to keep the pain away then he can concentrate on making those he hates the most suffer an endless agony.
Lasser has no idea that the case will take him to places that will tarnish his soul forever as he desperately tries to stop a man who will never cease his butchery and killing while he lives and breathes.
Though in plain sight someone else is working to a twisted scheme, one built on retribution and violence and as Lasser becomes consumed with finding the killer, someone much closer to home is planning their own revenge and will stop at nothing to get it.

BUY LINK:

Desolate Hearts: A heart stopping DS Lasser novel (DS Lasser series Book 18)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh boy this Lasser story will leave you emotionally ragged when it comes to the end! Wigan maybe in a whiteout but one man is certainly painting the town red, as fury overflows from years of being a good guy pushed once too much. The first kill is impulsive but boy you can feel his tension melt away, well just for a little while….

It is almost Christmas and Wigan is steadily grinding to a halt as it seems like the snow will never cease but there is one hell of a melt down going on everywhere in this story. Glad tidings are certainly scarce as the bodies, or parts of them, keep turning up making driving to the new horrific scenes, in these horrendous conditions, like snow boarding down mount Everest.

The good thing is love is in the air but, there is always a but…. when you read Lasser books you never take anything for granted it is like a Wigan curse. Think ying and yang except there is a lot of yang in Wigan! And Robin Roughley really knows how to hit his readers hard with the yang, making this a cracking top of the league story again that will leave you desperate for the next book before you finish this one. I was crushed, I was speechless and I was left needing to know so much more.

Bannister, Lasser, Odette and Spenner, are the good guys that are like family to each other but no-one has a patch on author Robin Roughley when it comes to being brutal with his characters, as he pulls these Wigan Warriors, that make up the police department, to pieces. There just isn’t a team like them. This story is no exception, in fact he has out done himself this time. I am revved up and ready because oh boy is there trouble coming. Bring it on! (And very soon please)

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

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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
THE STRIFE AND GRIME OF CHARLIE ROEBUCK (DARK COMEDY SERIES) AND BUY LINK:
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The Girl in his Eyes by Jennie Ensor @Jennie_Ensor @BloodhoundBook #BlogTour #NewRelease #DarkPsychologicalDrama #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog tour for THE GIRL IN HIS EYES by Jennie Ensor

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Her father abused her when she was a child. For years she was too afraid to speak out. But now she suspects he’s found another victim…

Laura, a young woman struggling to deal with what her father did to her a decade ago, is horrified to realise that the girl he takes swimming might be his next victim. Emma is twelve – the age Laura was when her father took away her innocence.

Intimidated by her father’s rages, Laura has never told anyone the truth about her childhood. Now she must decide whether she has the courage to expose him and face the consequences.

Can Laura overcome her fear and save Emma before the worst happens?

BUY LINK:

The Girl In His Eyes: a dark psychological drama

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This story really hits hard.

Laura has a secret that she has never told anyone. When she was twelve he said she was special. What they did was special and she mustn’t ever tell. She never had told anyone until now. She knew what he was now and she knew that look, but it wasn’t at her it was at another little girl. Could she save her?

Oh wow! This crept under my skin and made it crawl. Jennie Ensor takes you into the mind of an innocent child, a damaged woman and that of a man with a compulsion that he can’t keep under control. It left me in no doubt about what happens but she skillfully lead me to a point that my own imagination took over at the most heart breaking points and then to the aftermath of how it affected everyone. The reasoning and blame as each saw it.

This must be one of the most difficult subjects to write about and yet Jennie nails it from every side. All of them living a lie to protect someone, even the abuser as he lies to himself to justify his actions, the only way to live with what he does. The story goes back into the past to when Laura was twelve but the real focus of the story is on Emma. Can she be saved from the same ordeal, or worse? The story is tension fuelled from the start but has Laura the courage to face her past or can her step-dad control what he desires more than anything. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about ………………….

Jennie will set on fire every emotion in you because you will feel it through her characters including the shame. The shame that the victims shoulder that it must be their fault and the shame of the abuser for being found out, not for what they have done.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jennie Ensor lives in London and has Irish roots. During a long trip overseas she obtained a Masters in Journalism and began her writing career as a journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry. Her debut novel BLIND SIDE was published by Unbound in 2016. In January 2018 her short story ‘The Gift’ was placed in the Top 40 of the Words and Women national prose competition. Her poetry has appeared in many UK and overseas publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. She sings in a chamber choir.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Author website & blog: https://jennieensor.com

Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JennieEnsorAuthor

Twitter: @Jennie_Ensor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennieensor/

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The Stolen Girls (Detective Lottie Parker#2) by Patricia Gibney @Bookouture @trisha460 #BookReview

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

The young woman standing on Lottie’s step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. ‘Help me,’ she said to Lottie. ‘Please help me.’ 

One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

Could this be the same girl?

When a second victim is discovered by the same man, with the murder bearing all the same hallmarks as the first, Lottie needs to work fast to discover how else the two were linked. Then two more girls go missing.

Detective Lottie Parker is a woman on the edge, haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her family together through difficult times. Can she fight her own demons and catch the killer before he claims another victim?

The Stolen Girls is a gripping and page-turning thriller that will leave you breathless. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Karin Slaughter and Robert Dugoni.

BUT LINK:

The Stolen Girls: (Detective Lottie Parker Book 2

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I loved the first book in this series which seems to have been the firm foundation for the second book. Patricia Gibney doesn’t hold anything back with a horrendous scene set in a war-torn Afghanistan witnessed by a young boy in 1999.

It leaps forward then to 2015 where Lottie Parker’s home life is still spiralling  downhill. There are some real serious issues bubbling away  within the four walls of her home, with her and her children  busily facing their own inner demons. When a desperate woman literally comes knocking on the door for help then a couple of dead bodies are found with very unusual injuries, D.I.  Lottie Parker has to put the family problems on a back burner again!

This is at times heart wrenching to read as it portrays criminals at their most despicable.  There are scenes of rape, mutilation and murder which are realistically. That said this book is simply impossible to put down. My head was spinning with trying to solve who was behind it all and who could be trusted.

You know when  a character makes a choice and the only way you can carry on reading is with a cuppa and chocolate well all I can say is this book is no good for dieting. Oh boy does this story take off when it all begins to come  together and gets close up and  personal all at once! I was in pieces at every  revelation. A brilliant ending.

There are some excellent characters in this series, including those of Lottie’s family. I really love that they are facing modern-day problems in an imperfect world. This D.I. often seems to throw herself into her work to escape things out of her control at home. Thank goodness for gran! I really need to catch up on the brilliant series.

I received this  e-copy from NetGalley which I have honestly reviewed.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patricia lives in the midlands of Ireland. She is an avid crime reader so naturally she found herself writing in the crime genre. thumbnail2

A life changing experience in 2009, with the death of her 49 year old husband, meant she had to give up her career, and over the following few years, she rekindled her love of art and writing. 

Initially Patricia wrote and illustrated a children’s book, but her real ambition was to write a novel. And she did!

In January 2016, she joined with Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau Literary Agency. In July 2016, Patricia signed with Bookouture for four DI Lottie Parker crime novels. 

The Missing Ones (Book 1) published in March 2017 and to date has reached a high of number 2 in Amazon UK Kindle charts and number 6 in the US. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories. It is a bestseller in UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Book 2 in the series, The Stolen Girls, published on July 6th, 2017.

Book 3, The Lost Child, published on October 27th, 2017.

Book 4 No Place Safe, published on 22nd March 2018.

Book 5 Tell Nobody, published on 3rd October 2018.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.gibney1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/trisha460

Website: http://patriciagibney.com/

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