The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson by Lauren H Brandenburg @LHBrandenburg @LionHudson #BlogTour #NewRelease #TheMarriageOfInnisWilkinson

Firstly I wish to thank Fern Lindsey-Tolley of Lion Hudson Ltd for inviting me on the blog tour for The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson by Lauren H Brandenburg

The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson by [Lauren H Brandenburg]


‘I was completely charmed by The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson. What a marvelous sequel to The Death of Mungo Blackwell. Lauren is a refreshing, talented storyteller. She’s an author I’ve added to my favorites list.’ Rachel Hauck, NYTimes Bestselling Author

Roy Blackwell has proposed to Margarette Toft. A controversial decision given their families are sworn enemies!
Soon Coraloo’s feuding clans are competing to organize events for the most talked about wedding of the year… and glorious chaos ensues! But as the depth of the two families’ animosity becomes clear, Roy and Margarette’s relationship begins to falter.
Then Roy unearths a town secret involving the mysterious marriage of Innis Wilkinson and a murder. Parallels between the past and present rock the couple even further.
But, as the whole truth comes to light, Roy and Margarette learn more than they could have imagined about love, family, and finding a place in the world.
Heart-warming and charming, The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson will inspire joy and laughter.


The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson


Coraloo is a place that seems trapped in its own little time warp. A place where it follows its own fashions and traditions to the letter. A place where the world seems to pass it by without even realising its existence. They say that there are two sides to every story and well there are definitely two sides to this strange and fascinating place, the Tofts’ and the Blackwells worlds are about to collide.

Although this is the second book in this series, I am coming to the story from book two, although I certainly didn’t feel like I shouldn’t be there. Roy Blackwell, Coraloo’s only law enforcement officer has fallen in love with Margarette Toft, who teaches the children of Coraloo and they are planning to marry. The two feuding sides certainly don’t want the pair to marry but at the same time neither wants to be outdone by the other. So let the antics begin!

There I was reading chapter after chapter while flipping back to the title wondering where Innis Wilkinson would fit into the mix, I was a little while in finding out and it still makes me smile thinking about her own story. The characters are quirky and unforgettable and loved the beauty parlour where snippets of gossip would outweigh a bad hair cut any day.

Lauren H Brandenburg weaves an unforgettable story within a story and it felt like I was transported back to the days of fairy tales of true love. It was magical. Loved the end and hope to return to this place again soon.


Lauren H. Brandenburg

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren H. Brandenburg is a mentor, speaker, and author who happily blurs the lines between traditional genres in both middle grade and humorous family fiction. She has currently written six of the ten books in her middle grade series The Books of the Gardener. The Death of Mungo Blackwell, a humorous family fiction(Lion Hudson, 2019) is a finalist for the People’s Book Prize in the United Kingdom as
well as a finalist for the Carol Award in contemporary fiction. Lauren is a former junior high and high school English teacher who stepped away from her profession to raise and homeschool her two children. She currently lives with her husband, Jamie, and their children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee where they eat and
laugh a lot.

Twitter: @LHBrandenburg

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper @catherinecooper @HarperCollinsUK #BookReview #NetGalley #NewRelease

The Chalet: the most exciting new thriller of 2020 - with a twist you won’t see coming by [Catherine Cooper]


French Alps, 1998

Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later

Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

An exciting new debut for anyone who loves Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, and C.L. Taylor

‘I was gripped from start to finish’ Cass Green
‘Chilling and atmospheric’ Roz Watkins
‘Thrilling – I could feel the icy chill blowing through the pages’ Michelle Frances
‘Cleverly plotted’ Allie Reynolds
‘The perfect book to take a stay-cation with!’ Suzy K Quinn


The Chalet


Set on two timelines, twenty years apart the story begins at the same ski resort in the French Alps. in 1998 two brothers leave their girlfriends back at the hostel they are staying in and meet up with a skiing guide. The weather has taken a turn for the worse and soon the competitive brothers are annoying their guide. The guide behaves unprofessionally, which results in one brother being rescued unconscious and the other brother never being found and presumed dead.

Twenty years later circumstances bring some of the people involved back together, then there is news of a body being found. The past is about to catch up with some unsuspecting people.

There aren’t really many if any, likeable characters in this story in the past or in the present day, who are staying in a chalet including a chalet maid to attend to their every whim and keep them all happy. The guests are money-oriented and simply playing their parts to line their own pockets.

The backdrop story then goes more into detail of the brothers’ relationship with each other and as couples. I felt the most interesting was of a child, it is disturbing but gripping too.

I enjoyed the story, even if there were a lot of coincidences’ that came together a little conveniently. A good ending.

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


Catherine Cooper

I am a freelance journalist living in the South of France with my husband and two teenage children. We moved from London in 2009 so that the children could grow up bilingual and we could all ski more, and to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.

I learned to ski on a school trip when I was 14 and have loved it ever since.

I’m an avid thriller reader and have been since I discovered Agatha Christie as a child.

The Chalet is my first published full-length novel, though I have also written several (unpublished) thrillers for teens and a (what used to be called) chick lit novel set in TV production.

Other than skiing and reading I love travel, theme parks (the pic on this page was taken on a rollercoaster in Spain) and I spend far too much time on social media. Some of my other favourite things include Alan Partridge, sparkly flip flops and salt and vinegar crisps.

Twitter: @catherinecooper

The Chalet: the most exciting new thriller of 2020 - with a twist you won’t see coming by [Catherine Cooper]

The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #NewRelease #MentalHealth #Depression #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Boy Between by Josiah Harley and Amanda Prowse


Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.

Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.


The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey


You can’t even begin to imagine the fear, images and soul-consuming desperation you suffer every day, the lack of sleep and the sheer horror of your phone ringing. No, I don’t have depression but one of my grown-up children does. This book says it all. I knew every chapter that Amanda has written and I felt like I was inside my son’s head with the words of Josiah. I have sat by his hospital bed after attempts on his life, the last was so touch and go.

This is a book of raw and real emotions from both sides of this terrible black hole but at times it feels like the weight syndrome, you lose weight but put more back on, well each time it seems that depression finds a deeper place to go to. Medication is also talked about in the book, again from both sides. It can help some but can also have horrendous side effects too, which just take you down even more. Mental illness still has a stigma, like it is something you are using as an excuse.

A mother’s instinct is very strong, a feeling, seeing the little things when they are young, this is so true, so much I recognised in this book. The chapters of Josiah just tore me apart, the honesty is intense and physical as well as mental depletion disabling and draining.

If you know of anyone that suffers any sort of mental illness then this will help you understand it a little bit more. You can’t choose to pull yourself out of this, it isn’t a choice. I wish more good years than bad for you all. Just never give up.

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


A keen environmentalist and animal lover, Josiah (Josh) Hartley lives in a remote farmhouse in the West Country with his two idle and arrogant French Bulldogs, Dottie and Beau. Happiest following the music scene in Bristol, at a festival or watching rugby with his mates, Josh enjoys the outdoor life and often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down.

After a stint at the University of Southampton, another at the University of Bristol and one planned suicide, Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Between carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It is a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope – the proof being that Josh is still here and excited about what comes next. He’s ready to catch any opportunity that life throws his way; quite a thing for someone who only a few years ago was living in a world gone grey, ready to disappear from the face of the earth…

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty five novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.  Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan

‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail

‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!

‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun

‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan

‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat

‘Magical’ – Now magazine

Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse

Murder Me Tomorrow by Keith Wright @KeithWWright @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview #MurderMeTomorrow

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Murder Me Tomorrow by Keith Wright.


‘I do not know what second it will be, what minute it will be, what hour, or even day. But it will come. You may see it coming. You may not. Regardless, I can guarantee you; there will be a moment like no other when you will draw your last breath. Like it or lump it. And at that moment you will see your final view of the world. However, what I do not know, is whether your last glimpse will be the sympathetic countenance of a loved one or the grotesque, contorted, teeth-clenched face of a crazed killer. Nor do you. That is yet to be determined. Other options are available.’Paul Masters, a family man, awakes to find his wife and daughter murdered. But how? It seems impossible. He is arrested for the crime. As he suffers a breakdown, Paul admits to the killing, but DI Stark and his team have serious doubts. When another horrific rape and murder takes place, these doubts seem well-founded, and the race is on to catch the maniac who will stop at nothing to feed his depravity. In his fifth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area. All Keith’s books are set in Nottingham in the 1980s – a time before political correctness and mobile phones. It was a different world.


Murder Me Tomorrow: A novel from The Inspector Stark series 


If you like scary books that bring up the goosebumps, make you close the curtains and check the doors are locked, then this is the perfect book for you. It has been for me. Set in Nottingham in the 1980s I nearly spluttered my cuppa all over the rug. I had forgotten just how different those days were from then to now. Talk about saying it as it was! Well, this hits the nail right on the head on how it used to be. It wasn’t long before it became my way of thinking too as I dropped back and slotted into that era.

The story begins, with the soon to be serial killer, making what will be his trademark entrance, his calling card you could say that lets those investigating after the massacre that he carries out, know that it is him. That is except for the first poor soul who after being traumatised by the whole bloody and horrific event, ends up on the wrong side of the bars.

DI Stark, a brilliant character, is facing his own personal fears at work and trying to cover it up, without much success. When a second murder occurs it is clear that the killer is already upping his game. Policing is on the verge of big changes coming but they are not there yet. Communication or the lack of it just being instantly there at the touch of a button just jumps off the pages and feels so frustrating that everyone isn’t at their fingertips instantly. Men rule the world and workplace.

The attacks are very viscous, harrowing and detailed so not for the squeamish by any means. One murder, in particular, is one I won’t forget in a hurry. There is a very climactic ending that will raise anyone’s blood pressure and make their chest pound. Superb book!

I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

Visit website:

TWITTER: @KeithWWright

Because of You by Dawn French @Dawn_French @PenguinUKBooks @MichaelJBooks #NetGalley #BecauseOfYou #BookReview #NewRelease


ick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.

In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.

Perhaps beyond . . .

Because Of You is Dawn French’s stunning new novel, told with her signature humour, warmth and so much love.


Because of You 


There are two very different couples on the maternity ward as the new millennium begins. Anna Lindon-Clarke and her black Tory MP husband Julius have just become first-time parents to Florence while in a room just down the hall Hope Parker and her African partner Isaac are heartbroken first-time parents to still-born Mini. Both babies are beautiful.

When Anna and Julius catch up on sleep while they can, Hope and Isaac get ready to leave the hospital empty-handed, that is until Isaac goes to fetch the car while and Hope makes her way steadily along the corridor, where she sees baby Florence. She just wants to peep at her, then hold her and before she can think she slips her into her bag. Her thought is if she doesn’t cry then the baby wants to be with her. Not a sound does she make.

Oh boy, I have cried so many tears already in this story, having said my own goodbyes to our sleeping grandson born six years ago. I can still remember the feel of him and how perfect he looked. My heart broke for Hope and Isaac and then again for Anna and even the obnoxious Julius who would take 5 mins of TV fame if it meant increasing his status politically.

The story jumps 17 years where it becomes a huge tear-jerker again. Dawn French really knows how to connect her characters to readers, get you involved and seeing the points of view from every possible angle. There is something mentioned at the beginning of the book that sits in your mind, something that Hope is not aware of. It niggled me. Mini, as Florence had always been known, is a truly colourful character, confident and happy with who she is or until now who she thought she was.

This is an incredible story that doesn’t have right or wrong answers it has reasons, it has love, forgiveness and sacrifices. The ending just took my feet when I thought that this book had already given everything. Superb!

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



Dawn French has been making people laugh for thirty years. On purpose.

As a writer, comedian and actor, she has appeared in some of the
UK’s most long running, cherished and celebrated shows, including
French and Saunders, The Comic Strip Presents …, Murder Most Horrid,
The Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem, Lark Rise to Candleford, and more
recently, Roger and Val Have Just Got In.

Twitter: @Dawn_French

Stranded by Stuart James @StuartJames73 @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #NewRelease #Stranded

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Stranded by Stuart James.


What could be more innocent than going on a family holiday?

As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.

Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.

But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.

Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.

Then a discarded phone starts to ring…

If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.

Let the horrific game begin…




You wouldn’t think that a book could be this good with such a limited number of characters in the story but it doesn’t just hold your attention, it is one of those rabbit in the headlight moments where I just couldn’t drag my eyes from the continuous turning pages.

There is no settling into the story you begin reading and you are there before you can take a breath. A coach is in the way and it has already reached its final destination. The coach is literally full of stories of the lives of these people. Best mates, devoted couples and happily family units, all pawn pieces in play.

The caller has his own story but it is a vicious circle of being victim and perpetrator for him. As each person tells their own story every chapter holds its own horrors, all very different and yet equally intense and breathtaking. It makes you look at your own moral judgements, what would you do?

The saying it’s not over till the fat lady sings came to mind when I finished this book. Brilliant ending, made me shiver!

I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.

My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.

Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.

I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.


Two Murders Too Many by Bluette Matthey @HardyDurkin #BookReview #NewRelease

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Barn burning in a sleepy farming community is a serious enough matter, but a grisly murder or two in a small midwest town is a showstopper. Throw in a serial blackmailer who has his claws in some of the town’s leading citizens and you have one big recipe for disaster. Charlie Simmons, newly sworn in as Shannon’s policeman, takes on the challenge of investigating this cauldron of crimes in stride, untangling one thread after another from the fabric of the town of Shannon to find the simple truth.


Amazon: Two Murders Too Many



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Two Murders Too Man is a step away from the Hardy Durkin series and opens in a small mid-west town as the first few chapters set the scene and introduce the new characters. The town is a place where everyone knows everybody and their business but someone knows more than they should. When a barn burns down, a woman goes missing and a body is discovered the towns police department becomes a hive of activity and the key players begin to stand out of the story.

Charlie Simmons steps up to the mark as he begins to dig into the town’s folk affairs. I really took to Charlie who doesn’t take things at face value, he is methodical, trusted and doesn’t jump to conclusions. The story is set in the 1950’s so it is a more hands-on type of policing than today. There is a lot of leg work and treks to farms, banks and dropping in on people. Not everything is done strictly by the book but results are gotten.

The momentum builds gradually throughout the story and the real detective work began with me as well as Charlie. I love a book that develops into a whodunnit for me to get involved with too. There are some shocking discoveries and a brilliant ending after I thought that it was all winding up. It certainly spiked my adrenalin. I really enjoyed this book and I hope to see more of these characters in the future.


Bluette Matthey is a third-generation Swiss American, an avid lover of Europe and its cultures, and a keen reader of mysteries. Her love of travel is shared by her husband, who formerly owned a tour outfitter business in Europe. Bluette maintains a mental list of hikes and pilgrimages she still wants to do throughout Europe. She currently lives in Beziers, France, with her husband and pair of loving cats.


Twitter: @HardyDurkin

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Dead Perfect by Noelle Holten @nholten40 @0nemorechapter_ @HarperCollinsUK #BookReview #NetGalley #NewRelease #DeadPerfect #OrganizedCrime

Dead Perfect: An absolutely gripping crime thriller with dark and jaw-dropping twists (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 3) by [Noelle Holten]


A murdered woman…

When the body of a young woman is found in a local park, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she’s dealing with no ordinary killer.  The murder victim has been disfigured; her outfit changed to resemble someone else.  Someone Maggie knows all too well…her close friend Dr Kate Moloney.

A determined detective…

Maggie is determined to keep her friend safe, but with Kate already struggling with a threatening stalker, Maggie now fears Kate’s life is in real danger.  Who else would want to harm Kate and why else would the killer be turning his victims into exact replicas – his living dolls? 

Can Maggie find the depraved killer?  Or will Kate become his next living doll?


Dead Perfect


I have read the first book in this series, somehow missed the second and picked up on book three, which is just being released. The second book had finished on a bit of a cliff hanger but it was really easy to put the missing pieces in place seamlessly. This story is based around Dr Kate Moloney, who has appeared in all three books.

DC Maggie Jamieson has over time developed a friendship with Moloney but it does seem to be very one-sided, with Moloney not quite wanting the intensity that Jamieson would like. Moloney is quite a closed book where her past is concerned and not some-one that will open up to people. I loved her individuality, her confidence and style, she is quite a mystery.

There is a killer on the loose who is on a mission and the local population is on a sharp decline as he increases his need to achieve perfection while keeping his eyes on the main prize. The chapters that he appears in are disturbing as he definitely sees the scenes in front of him very differently to the true reality. A very memorable character yet one that blends in society without being noticed.

Jamieson is definitely walking a fine line where work ethics and friendship are concerned. Being emotionally involved fuzzes her thinking at times. Just how far will she go?

I really enjoyed this story, I felt connected to how the characters were feeling, even the killer. It also made me think about just how far the ripple of something like this can go, affecting so many lives than just those physically involved.

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


Noelle Holten

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of risk cases as well as working in a multi agency setting. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, attending as many book festivals as she can afford and sharing the booklove via her blog.

Twitter: @nholten40

Dead Perfect: An absolutely gripping crime thriller with dark and jaw-dropping twists (Maggie Jamieson thriller, Book 3) by [Noelle Holten]

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow @AlixEHarrow @LittleBrownUK @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #NetGalley #TheOnceAndFutureWitches

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour of The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow.

The Once and Future Witches by [Alix E. Harrow]


The Once and Future Witches is a gorgeous and thrilling paean to the ferocious power of women’ Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Strange the Dreamer

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote – and perhaps not even to live – the sisters must delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.


The Once and Future Witches


This is a huge story in every sense of the word. At over 500 pages it has that slow burn feel about it but the text had me transfixed on the characters and my apprehension grew in each chapter with the story building to an outstanding breathtaking conclusion. Emotional, exhilarating and thrilling.

The story is set in 1893 and revolves around the three Eastwood sisters, Agnes Amaranth, Beatrice Belladonna and James Juniper as they come together after being estranged for many years. Their mother had died, after the birth of Juniper and her two older siblings left home and abusive father as soon as they could. Years later, Juniper is on the run for a crime she has committed and the three of them all end up in New Salem. They find themselves being drawn together and attempt to bring all the women’s causes that are being separately fought together and band them with the ladies suffragists of New Salem. With some, it is like trying to mix oil with water.

It had been a long time since the word ‘witch’ was bantered around and the last trials and burnings were just tales now. The sisters were intent in stirring up a bit of a frenzy among the women of New Salem with the ladies who were used to keeping their family secrets well hidden in fables and rhymes that had been passed down from mother to daughter.

The style of writing is pure perfection to the era it is set in with the author creating very visual places that are full of wonder and solid characters that I felt could do anything as long as I believed in them. The last few chapters were ones that I had to kept reminding myself to breathe. What a climactic ending it is. I loved how the author wove together historical events with her own magic and made this into an alternative but what if this had happened twist. Highly recommended!

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


Alix E. Harrow

I’ve been a student and a teacher, a farm-worker and a cashier, an ice-cream-scooper and a 9-to-5 office-dweller. I’ve lived in tents and cars, cramped city apartments and lonely cabins, and spent a summer in a really sweet ’79 VW Vanagon. I have library cards in at least five states.

Now I’m a full-time writer living in with my husband and two semi-feral kids in Berea, Kentucky. It is, I’m very sure, the best of all possible worlds.

Twitter: @AlixEHarrow

Contempt by Michael Cordell @TCKPublishing #Contempt #LegalThriller #KindleUnlimited #Bookreview

First I would like to thank Maria Into of TCK Publishing for inviting me to read and review this book.

Contempt: A Legal Thriller by [Michael Cordell]


Playing by the rules landed him on death row. Now he’ll have to break all the rules to survive.

After spending five years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, lawyer Thane Banning agrees to take on a case defending a former inmate against the same DA who put Thane behind bars.

Thane is besieged by death threats from the alleged victim’s father and a tidal wave of public outrage following his release, not to mention the corrupt DA who has a grudge to settle. But he doesn’t have much time to think about his personal problems because the case is turning into a nasty fight.

Luckily, prison taught Thane a thing or two about survival in a world full of criminals. The last time he played by the rules in court, he landed on death row. This time he’ll have to break more than a few rules to come out of this battle unscathed.

With help from an ex-inmate and an ambitious law student, Thane will do everything in his power to make sure another innocent man isn’t locked up. But will they be able to uncover the truth in time and convince the jury before the gavel drops for the last time?

Fans of An Innocent Client by Scott Pratt, The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos, Time of Justice by Robin James, and Hard Evidence by John Lescroart will love this book.


Contempt: A Legal Thriller


This is a little beauty if you enjoy legal thrillers. Thane Banning had served 5 years for a murder he didn’t commit but prison has changed him, he is not the man he used to be. The law firm where he used to work offers him his job back as a real estate lawyer and his wife shelves the new relationship she has to give their marriage ago.

You realise just what a tough time Thane has had in prison with how he reacts to situations on the outside. He has a quick temper, that he has trouble controlling. This puts more strain on the already rocky relationship he has with his wife.

Although he isn’t a criminal lawyer it isn’t long before he has a case that he wants to take on. A former prisoner is accused of murder and wants Thane to defend him. If he is found guilty he won’t get any more chances inside prison, he will face the death sentence. This will put Thane up against the DA who sent him to prison 5 years ago.

A third-year law student is eager to help with research and another ex-con and friend Gideon is to be his second in court. Inside the court is sizzling with tension. There are some humdinger battles, with Thane not always running to courtroom protocol.

Thane is at the same time trying to find who murdered the reporter that he had been set up to take the fall for. It is the only way that people will put their trust back into him a hundred percent. I certainly didn’t guess the outcome. Brilliant storyline.

The emotions run high with so many characters in this story. Hope there will be a second book with this dynamic trio in court again soon.


Michael Cordell

Michael Cordell is a novelist, playwright and produced screenwriter. He has sold three screenplays to Hollywood, including Beeper, an action-thriller starring Harvey Keitel and Joey Lauren Adams. Michael currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has taught screenwriting for over fifteen years.

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Contempt: A Legal Thriller by [Michael Cordell]