Dark Ice (Dan Reno Novel #4) by Dave Stanton @DanRenoNovels @BloodhoundBook #BlogBlitz #NetGalley #DanReno #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Blitz for DARK ICE by Dave Stanton


While skiing deep in Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, private detective Dan Reno finds the first naked body, buried under fresh snow. Reno’s contacted by the grieving father who wants to know who murdered his daughter and why?

How did the body end up in such a remote, mountainous location? The questions become murkier when a second body is found. Is there a serial killer stalking promiscuous young women in South Lake Tahoe? Or are the murders linked to a different criminal agenda?

Searching for answers, Reno is accosted by a gang of racist bikers with a score to settle. He also must deal with his pal, Cody Gibbons, who the police consider a suspect. The clues lead to the owner of a strip club and a womanizing police captain, but is either the killer?

The bikers up the ante, but are unaware that Cody Gibbons has Reno’s back at any cost. Meanwhile, the police won’t tolerate Reno’s continued involvement in the case. But Reno knows he’s getting close. And the most critical clue comes from the last person he’d suspect.

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When private detective Dan Reno decides he wants to escape the woes of the world, he really does go off grid to do it. Not satisfied with the newly snow-covered slopes of Lake Tahoe’s backcountry, he has to go one further to where no-one else has dared to go. That is apart from the murderer who had killed a young woman and buried her in the snow, with presumably the intention of her not to be found until after winter and the big thaw. That was of course before Reno literally stumbles onto her.

Now this is really tragic but nothing new to Reno in his line of work. But when things take a turn for the worse and involve his best bud Cody he really must step in. Oh and of course with a pretty decent cash incentive from the father of the dead girl in the snow, that helps too. Looks like Reno and sidekick Cody are going to ruffle some people’s feathers and cause a little pain to get to the bottom of who this potential serial killer is.

I just love this twosome that seem to get away with far more than they should but it does make real fast, furious and compelling reading. There is humour, brawls and super sleuth unpredictable can’t believe they just did that investigating. After saying that, getting justice done and the bad guys gone, one way or another, is their prime aim. There are some real close calls for Reno in this story but it is all about pulling the chaff from the wheat to see a clearer picture of what is really going on.

This is now book four in the series, although book two for me. Each can be read as a stand alone but I must admit that it was nice to come into the story knowing some of the characters already. I really enjoyed all of the shock waves as it come together at the end. Cracking entertainment!



Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.


Twitter: @DanRenoNovels


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Look to Your Wife by Paula Byrne @paulajaynebyrne @HarperCollinsUK #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Grace Pengelly of Harper Collins London for inviting to read and review this book LOOK TO YOUR WIFE by Paula Byrne

Look to Your Wife by [Byrne, Paula]


A debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life.

Lisa Blaize – teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife – feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited.

But ‘Twitter may be my undoing’, Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband’s reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction?

From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.

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This is an ultra modern look at todays social media madness that grabs people from every generation. I am talking about Twitter, tweeting, hash-tags and followers because if you haven’t got those followers then you are talking to yourself!

Oh yes been there done that and still doing it. A place where random strangers like, comment and share my ramblings of the day and in turn I do the same with theirs. Well for Lisa it became a bit of a compulsion when she had to leave her friends and family behind, after her husband took a promotion as Headmaster at a public school in the countryside. Of course he was intending to make his mark on the place which left stay at home, successful one book wonder Lisa with time on her hands.

From an online cyber lover, to promoting her up and coming second book, her life becomes general knowledge to the Twitter world and trolls crawl out hiding behind their twitter names. Lisa doesn’t really help herself with her constant posts which bring the worst out in someone who knows her. This gives her husband Edward a really tough time at school with the notice board and personal information for all to see. The thing is who could be the stalker among the people they thought they knew? Things really do turn more sinister.

The writing goes from view points of the characters to actual twitter type postings, myself I liked this as it gave the whole thing a more authentic edge to it. Lisa I felt was very shallow and selfish a lot of the time and not really a character that I took straight away but I did feel sorry for her in different parts. I liked the way the story drew me in not releasing the danger that were festering until it was too late. A very clever and entertaining way to waken you to social media dangers.

I really liked this book which I felt was very typical and topical of the way a lot of people live today.


Paula Byrne is the author the bestselling biographies ‘Perdita’, ‘Mad World’, ‘The Real Jane Austen’, ‘Belle’, ‘Kick’ and ‘The Genius of Jane Austen’. She is founder and chief executive of ReLit, the Bibliotherapy Foundation, a charity devoted to the mental health benefits of reading. She is married to Sir Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.



House of Beauty by Melba Escobar @melbaes @HarperCollinsUK #Colombia #WorldLiterature

I wish to thank Grace Pengelly of Harper Collins for inviting me to read and review HOUSE OF BEAUTY by Melba Escobar

House of Beauty


This is a thought-provoking Colombian crime novel set in and around a high-end beauty salon in a beauty salon in Bogotá.

House of Beauty is a high-end salon in Bogotá’s exclusive Zona Rosa area, and Karen is one of its best beauticians. But there is more to her role than the best way to apply wax, or how to give the perfect massage. Her clients confide in her, and she knows all about them. Their breast implants, their weekends in Miami, their divorces and affairs.


Karen has problems of her own. She’s in trouble, and she needs money. More money than she can make at House of Beauty.


Most serious of all: a teenage girl is found dead, and Karen was one of the last people to see her alive. So the girl’s mother is desperate to talk to her…

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This is a stunning book cover, very different to so many that are alike these days and to be honest so is what is inside. Set in Colombia the story transported me into an alien society. A society where crimes just seemed to be accepted by victims that had given up on the hope of any justice been done. I aren’t talking about life on the streets either. The story unwinds in a high-class beauty salon in Bogotá’s Zona Rosa area. 

I don’t know what it is about anything from the high street hair saloon in the UK to the Beauty Saloon in this story but get a woman relaxing while she has her weekly pamper and her tongue seems to relax too. Things that she wouldn’t normally tell her best friend, about her husband’s business, to who she is sleeping with, is told freely to the woman pampering her. But Karen is hearing the secrets of the high-class citizens of Bogotá and being brought young schools girls to enhance their beauty that will be picked up later. One such girl is found dead.

The story is told mainly through the voices of women that are all connected one way or another by the Beauty Saloon and what is apparent is the brutality of the men that have no respect for any of these women, no matter what class they belong to. Beauty seems to be no more than skin deep in this society. It is something to be bargained with for a better life but at what price? There are only couple of good guys in this story but primarily it is a story about corruption that goes to the top, with everything having a price.

The most horrifying thing is how very blatant it all was, it made my blood run cold. The author of this book has created at atmosphere of terror where I felt I should read in whispers in my mind so the wrong people couldn’t over hear. I really didn’t know if on the next pages they would still be there or explained away in a sentence. The last chapter really rounded it off for me in the most haunting way.


Melba Escobar writes for the Colombian newspapers El Espectador and El País. Her novel House of Beauty was chosen as one of the best books of 2016 by the Colombian National Novel Prize . She lives in Bogotá.


Twitter: @melbaes


Uncommon Cruelty (DI Gus McGuire #4) by Liz Mistry @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook #GuestPost #BlogBlitz #KindleUnlimited #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Uncommon Cruelty by Liz Mistry



DI Gus McGuire and his team are called in to investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy after his parents return from a weekend away, to find their home trashed and their son missing.

But that is just the beginning.

As the investigation unfolds, Gus must discover what links a violent bikers’ gang, a Muslim youth group and a fundamentalist American based Christian church.

Alongside this, two cases from the past come back to haunt DI Gus McGuire and his DS, Alice Cooper.

Gus has a lot to juggle, but will he cope?

Uncommon Cruelty is the fourth in the DI Gus McGuire series set in Bradford West Yorkshire and is a gritty, Northern Noir read.

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Let Me take You Through The Streets of Gus McGuire’s Bradford

I’ve lived in Bradford for over thirty years. It is my adoptive home and I make no bones about the fact that I love my city. That said, every city has its dark underbelly and, I have to say, I love exploring that and bringing to life issues that face the city. Bradford is a poor city and with poverty comes vulnerability and exploitation and pain. It is a diverse city and that is sometimes accompanied by distrust, wariness and fear. However, it is also a Northern city, and it’s a Yorkshire city and, with that, comes heart. To me, Bradford is Warm and Rich and Fearless. It is resilient. It is a panorama of cultural spirit and no matter what gets thrown at Bradfordians, they rise to the occasion with spirit and aplomb. I hope that these sentiments shine through when I’m writing Gus’ character.

Whilst I explore the darker sides of Bradford in my books (I am a crime fiction writer, after all), I hope I do more than that. I hope that I highlight societal issues in a sensitive way, whilst celebrating the things in Bradford worth celebrating.

So, allow me to take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of Gus McGuire’s Bradford.

Heaton Woods


Five minutes’ walk from inner city Manningham, Heaton Woods are a delight to explore. Over forty acres of both ancient and new woodland are looked after by the Heaton Woodlands Trust charity. With paths leading to Shipley and Frizinghall you could never get tired of ambling through these woods. Gus and Bingo (his wee dog) spend an inordinate amount of time walking through them, and sometimes, in Gus’ case jogging through them. In fact, Gus’ house on Marriners Drive at the bottom of Emm Lane, backs onto them. You’ll often find Gus sitting at Sean’s pond, meditating and thinking things through or sitting by the banks of the stream. It calms him and helps him connect with the world in a beautiful environment, whilst escaping from the pressures of his job.

Lister Park and Cartwright Hall Art Gallery


Gus has grown up in this area of Bradford and he is delighted with the way Lister Park has developed over the years. All year round, the park is well-utilised, but in spring and summer it explodes with activity and vibrancy. It caters to everyone and Gus loves seeing Bradford’s diverse communities using all of the parks facilities. It is a melting pot of migrants from Ireland, Scotland, the Ukraine, Mirpur Pakistan, India, West indies and Africa, with newer arrivals from Eastern Europe. It’s tennis, badminton and basketball facilities are well used and it makes Gus proud when he sees mixed groups of older people playing bowls on the parks greens in the summer. The boating pond is home to geese, ducks and the most beautiful swans. The children’s play area is extensive and Gus takes Mo’s children there when he can, finishing off with an ice cream in the parks café.

The Mughal gardens with their ornate arches and beautiful waterways with fountains provides a calming place to sit and ponder life, as do the many seats around the garden area in front of cartwright Hall. Gus loves the art that has escaped the splendid Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and

is dotted around the park. Cartwright Hall hosts an amazing array of diverse artworks from around the globe and is home to the well visited Hockney gallery. Further up there is a bandstand and a delightful sensory garden. Gus is a familiar figure among the power walkers and joggers with his dreadlocks and piercing blue eyes as he, regardless of the weather, jogs through the park on his way to The Fort.

City Park


Built in the centre of Bradford surrounded by the magnificent Town Hall building, City Library, the Alhambra Theatre and the National Media museum, City park is a hive of activity. Its mirror pool with fountains draws the crowds throughout the year. It is the largest pool of its kind in the UK. No wonder, City Park features a lot in Untainted Blood. The thing Gus loves most about this area though has to be Sunbridge Wells; the underground tunnels that meander misleadingly uphill from City Park to the top of the city, play host to many bars and eateries as well as shops and stalls. Gus loves nothing more than to eat in The Tapas Bar before vacating to end the evening with a whisky in Alibi bar. In the city centre you’ll be spoiled for choice … no wonder Bradford has been crowned UK Curry Capital six times. Bradford is the first city to be awarded UNESCO City of Film

Shipley Glen


Shipley Glen, is another of Gus’ haunts with Bingo. With a tramway from Saltaire/Baildon up to the top of the glen where the views are to die for. The huge flat slabs, sheer drops and bracing breeze make it one of Gus’ favourite jogging spots. Of course, a body was also discovered there (not telling you which book though). How many cities can boast such a lovely site within a stone’s throw of the city centre. It is a geological marvel, with commanding panoramic views overlooking Saltaire World Heritage Site which in itself is a complex of historic mill buildings and cultural attractions, founded by Bradford textile philanthropist, Sir Titus Salt in 1853.



It was in Myrtle park in Bingley that we see Gus’ heart get broken. Bingley, on the outskirts of Bradford boasts a whole plethora of scenic views. Near St Ives’ country estate it has quality eateries, canal and riverside walks and picturesque churches. Gus often drinks in the Potting Shed and eats in The White Horse.

These are just a few of the Bradford places Gus likes to spend time. Unfortunately, as you and I know, he doesn’t have a lot of down time. Especially not now, for in Uncommon Cruelty he has a disastrous house party, two dead people and a missing teen to contend with.



Liz writes crime fiction books set in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The DI Gus McGuire series is gritty Northern noir with a bit of Scottish thrown in.  She is currently researching for a Ph. D in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. As part of her Ph.D she is researching how the teen killer’s voice is portrayed in the adult crime fiction novel with specific reference to the influence of  teen social media usage, with a view to writing a crime fiction novel around these issues.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specialising in crime fiction and is a regular panellist at literary festivals throughout the UK.  She enjoys reading her work at Open Mic and Noir at the Bar events. She was chosen to be one of the spotlighted authors at the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival in 2016.  She is the lead blogger for the well renowned crime fiction blog The Crime warp which reviews contemporary, mainly UK based, crime fiction, comments on current issues around the genre and creative writing in general and interviews authors on a regular basis.

She is available to comment on current issues around creative writing in general and crime fiction in particular and to speak at local and national festivals and conferences





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Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance (Madam Tulip #3) by David Ahern #WomenSleuths #MysteryThriller #KindleUnlimited @daveahernwriter

Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance by [Ahern, David]


A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

Madame Tulip is the third in a series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

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I have already had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the series and really got involved with the quirky characters and totally off the cuff entertaining stories. This book though has to be my favourite so far. I just loved returning to these now much-loved characters to see what mischief Derry’s ‘talent’ could lead them into. The books are more on the cosy mystery side to curl up with as they really are pure gems to try to work out the who and why events are happening, that everyone else seems to be oblivious to. I have to giggle away at some of the situations she gets up to the neck in.

Now Derry doesn’t perform as herself in the role of Madam Tulip. Getting ready is an art in itself, with copious amounts of makeup, wig and padding. Not many people know who she really is. The character was originally brought about to subsidise the lack of cash flow from her acting career. Madam  Tulip has become quite a celebrity in her own right but it has also got her into some pretty sticky situations in the past and this book is no different. Being Madam Tulip gives Derry the opportunity to probe into people’s minds and feelings and push the wrong buttons!

When Derry and her most faithfully friend Bruce, get the opportunity to go to the Scotland in real paid acting roles they jump at the chance. It is a perfect part for Derry, one of a gypsy fortune-teller and seeing as she has a bit of a gift in that department, she should be a natural right? Well the props that she is using, the bones of chance, seem to work pretty real for her leading to her new and potentially deadly outcome. After her vision she begins to see people in a very different light.

Although this story is set mainly set in Scotland David Ahern manages still to include the key characters that I have grown to love and cringe at on behalf of Derry. Bruce has to be my all time favourite, Derry’s best friend and quite handy with his many hidden talents from his past life. Her parents, on the other hand are a breed all to themselves, quite hilarious, as long as they aren’t your parents!

So when the opportunity comes up to not only make a little extra cash but also the chance to investigate the her latest theories, Derry takes on the role as Madam Tulip to ‘tell the fortunes’ of not only fellow actors but also the local gentry.

David Ahern’s misadventures of Madam Tulip are perfect to read anytime anywhere. Loving the series.


David Ahern

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.





Madam Tulip

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Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

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The Forgotten Ones by Steena Holmes @SteenaHolmes @MickeyCreative #LakeUnionPublishing #KindleUnlimited #WomensFiction

Firstly I wish to thank Mikey Mikkelson of Creative Edge Publicity for inviting me to read and review this book THE FORGOTTEN ONES by Steena Holmes



The Forgotten Ones is a standalone thriller by best-selling NY Times and USA Today author, Steena Holmes.
Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets.

Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle: about her mother, an imaginary friend, and two strangers who came to the house one night and never left.
As Elle’s past unfolds, so does the truth—if she can believe it. She must face the reasons for her inexplicable dread. As dark as they are, Elle must listen…before her grandfather’s death buries the family’s secrets forever.

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Elle had led a pretty sheltered childhood remembering her mother playing with her as a best friend would and telling her stories. She wasn’t surrounded by family, being told that they were either dead or had left. That is the thing about being told where you came from and about family that you never met, you may never know if what you hear is the truth. For Elle a whole new unbelievable world was about to unravel but which is real?

Oh wow this is a pretty amazing story that you just fall deeper into the further you read. Imagine working in a hospital to be told your grandfather is a dying patient and he would like to see you. Now imagine that your mother had told you that this grandfather had died years ago. Why would someone do that? There was only one way to find out and oh boy did this send shivers round my body and raise the little hairs that come with an adrenaline rush!

I really didn’t know what to make of David when I first heard him. One thing was for sure and that was he didn’t like himself very much. He was a determined man who wanted to hang onto life just that little bit longer to tell his granddaughter the truth about their familys past way back before she was born. If he didn’t then it would all die with him.

Talk about suspense! The thing is, was this all the ramblings of an old dying man because wow it some story! The chapters jumped from the past and present day being told by David and other characters too. Elle’s mum had been clearly affected by events in her own childhood. There are so many truly sad stories from the past where protecting the one person you loved the most just blinded common sense. How far would someone go?

There is a real build in intensity throughout the story as events spiral out of control and bad decisions lead to worse ones and I am thinking don’t let this be real. Let these ramblings be that of a sick man confused as he battles his guilt for walking out on his family. I was emotionally drained, as only that perfect connection with an author can do to a reader.

I really don’t want to disclose anything about the story David tells except to say that this is one that made my cry for so many reasons. A story that will stay with me for a very long time. Just stunning!



Steena Holmes is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of titles including Saving Abby, Stillwater Rising and The Memory Child. Named in the Top 20 Women Author to read in 2015 by Good Housekeeping, she won the National Indie Excellence Award in 2012 for Finding Emma as well as the USA Book News Award for The Word Game in 2015. Having her Author Brand featured repeatedly on sites such as Goodreads, BookBub, RedBook, and Good housekeeping, Steena is an authority on creating an effective author brand and has been invited to speak on the subject at various author forums around the world.



Twitter: SteenaHolmes


Calgary, Alberta: Steena Holmes is an incredible literary talent. She has had a great deal of success with early focus on romance and most recently, Women’s Fiction. The key to success for Steena has been to always stay grounded and true to roots in her writing. It’s how she has sold two million copies of her novels worldwide and was most definitely the formula when she released a series of popular mainstream titles including Finding Emma, Stillwater Rising and her acclaimed novel series Saving Abby in May 2016. Holmes’s ability to provoke reader emotion and create works that people can identify
with, has reinforced the Calgarian as one of the true mainstays of female Canadian fiction, with numerous accolades including being a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
Turn the clock forward almost two years and Holmes has followed up her success in Women’s fiction to a different genre — Psychological Thriller and Suspense. On April 1, 2018, the release of The Forgotten Ones will hit North America both in print and online status. The novel, published by Lake Union Publishing focuses on the character of Elle, a girl who has survived numerous tragedies from her childhood using the ammunition of fairy tales that her mom told her, to chase away bad dreams. Weekly visits to her mother still create elements of paralyzing fear, a that fear that is reinforced when she receives a deathbed warning from her Grandfather, a man that Elle was always told died years earlier.
The message given is frightening as Elle’s grandfather delivers a message that threatens to uncover dark secrets about their family. As the past is shown, so is truth and Elle has to determine whether or not she can believe her grandfather’s dark message. The Forgotten Ones will keep you guessing page after page, twist after turn. Steena Holmes has delivered a thought-provoking thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder: what deep secret is Elle being subjected to and what is the real truth behind her families’ secrets. Initial reviews have been stellar for The Forgotten Ones, and there is every indication that the novel will follow the successful formula of all of Holmes predecessors. Of her last psychological thriller titled The Memory Child, Kirkus reviews writes “Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, this novel has a feeling that will unsettle readers from the first page… An intense psychological drama….”
With the expected success that Steena will have with this novel, a full book tour has been planned for North America including stops in every major market.


Steena is available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review requests please contact by email or by phone at 403.464.6925.




Maisie the Early Years by Paula Wilkes #ContemporaryFiction #BookReview @Wilkes4Paula @olympiapub #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank Charlie Howell Publicity Coordinator of Olympia Publishers for inviting me to read Maisie and the Early Years by Paula Wilkes

Maisie - The Early Years by [Wilkes, Paula]


When Maisie and her three little sisters were hidden in the cubby hole under the stairs by their mother, they didn’t realise that this would be the last time that they would see her alive.
After the brutal murder of their mother by their drunken father they were forced to live with their uncaring and violent Nana, who through greed for money, first sold the three little sisters and later Maisie.
After being saved by a mysterious tall man in black, Maisie’s life becomes one long roller coaster of finding happiness, only to have it snatched cruelly away by her vicious and unforgiving Nana. Can the mysterious man save her again?

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Oh my what a lovely little poppet Maisie is, I just wanted to fold my arms round her to keep her safe from not only the cruelty of the world outside but also from the place that should have been her haven, her home. From the beginning of the story you know that her mother is a good woman who has devised ways to protect her four daughters from their drunk and abusive father but her mother has now lost her life, her father had done a runner and so all the little sisters were sent to their grandparents were life was no better.

This is, I hope, the first in a series of stories that will follow the life of Maisie her many ups and downs of life.  When the story begins Maisie is not quite 10 but already has a much older head on her shoulders that is far beyond her years. I loved the physical descriptions of her with her wild and unruly red hair that felt like it was her character that was determined to get out, to show the world just what a gutsy little girl she was.

Just when I thought that life could be getting better for her something always happens to swipe her legs from under her again, as if putting her back in her place of misery. Maisie can always find something good in everything though, such a lovely character. She accepts what life throws at her and makes the most of it.

There is a darker story running in the background too that Maisie doesn’t know of. Could someone be watching out for her? With a vengeful nana that keeps popping up Maisie really needs someone to watch over her. Only time would tell who the mystery stranger is.  Maisie makes such an impression on everyone’s lives that she meets, you really have to love her. This is both a heart breaking and inspiring story of Maisie.

When I was a young girl I loved stories like Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. This story I would put in that bracket. Loved it and a OMG ending. It must continue!


Paula Wilkes

Paula was born in Somerset and has been married for 39 years, with 2 grown up sons and 4 Granddaughters.

After spending over 20 years as a Senior Financial Manager with a major bank, she is now retired and spends her time writing and enjoying her family.

Her first children’s book ‘Annie and the Butterfly Fairies ‘ was released on 30 November 2016.
The inspiration for this book came from her oldest Granddaughter Annie, who asked for a book featuring herself as part of her Christmas wish.

Paula’s second book, is being released by Austin Macauley Publishers on 30 November 2017 ‘Tilly and Ted’ and is the first in a series of three, these bedtime stories are aimed at children between 3 – 6 years old, this first book takes the child with Tilly and her magical Teddy Bear (Ted) on an adventure with ‘The Hedgehog Family’ within all of Paula’s children’s books there is always a moral thread which helps to educate children on how to enjoy and love nature without causing any harm.

For ages 14+ Paula is writing a series of two books entitled Maisie – The Early Years and Maisie – The Later Years. These books follow Maisie on her journey through life, starting with the brutal murder of her mother by her drunken father and following her through the various episodes of her life after being sold into servitude by her Nana. The first of the two books Maisie – The Early Years is being released on 30 November 2017 by Olympia Publishers.

Paula is thrilled that have endorsed her as one of their authors, with a regular interview being broadcast approximately three times a months.



Twitter: Wilkes4Paula