The Man Who Lived Twice by David Taylor.

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The Man Who Lived Twice tells the remarkable story of a nineteenth century British anti-hero. Colonel George St Leger Grenfell was the black sheep in one of Cornwall s most illustrious families. His wild speculations in Paris bankrupted his father and drove his brothers and sisters out of their home. Wanted for fraud in France and mosque desecration in Morocco, Grenfell became a soldier of fortune, a mercenary who fought in innumerable campaigns all over the world, always with conspicuous gallantry. He charged with the Light Brigade at Balaclava, defended the bullet-strewn barricades in the Indian Mutiny, hacked his way through the Chinese Opium War and helped Garibaldi to liberate Italy. Sailing to America to fight in their Civil War, Ole St Lege became a legend to the gullible hillbillies under his command. As massive armies collided and one hair-raising cavalry charge followed another, this complex man fell in love with a beautiful spy and came to realise that he could no longer run away from his past. In what was to become a spiritual odyssey, Grenfell met the men and women who made, marred and mythologised the American century: the business tycoons and social reformers as well as the Lincoln conspirators and back-shooting gunslingers. Although seemingly indestructible – in one military skirmish he was shot eleven times without serious injury – Grenfell had to endure long years in prison before his luck finally changed. The Man Who Lived Twice describes a personal search for redemption set against the emergence of the United States as a world power.

Review

I would like to thank the author and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I was excited to be asked to review this book having studied American history and literature in Aberystwyth University many years ago.  I’m delighted to say that I loved it, especially the rich historical detail. You can almost feel the chaos of the civil war seeping off the page as the battles rage around the main character Grenfell.  The factual details don’t swamp the story, but they enrich it, emphasising the drama.

As for the central character Colonel George St Ledger Grenfell, he strides through the novel with impressive grandeur. It takes skill to weave a story around the life of a real person, but David Taylor has created impressive characterisation. He gives us a man who brave, determined, reckless and passionate, but very flawed and that makes him mesmerizing.

It is for me a very enjoyable drama with a impressive list of American ‘greats’ weaved in and out of a first class narrative.

You can purchase The Man Who Lived Twice from Amazon

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About the author

David Taylor

I came to write novels in a roundabout kind of way. After a career in print, radio and television journalism which took in writing for the Guardian, reporting for Panorama, presenting World in Action and running BBC Features, I set up an independent company to make current affairs and adventure programming. By then, I had written my first book, ‘Web of Corruption’, a factual account of the Poulson scandal. Now, at last, I had time to pursue one of my hobbies, sixteenth century cryptography and one day in Lambeth Palace Library I came across a complex number code that had never been deciphered. It appeared in a report written by a master spy called Anthony Standen. Well, I managed to crack Standen’s code and was rewarded with juicy details of Queen Elizabeth’s love affair with the Earl of Essex. Better yet, the cipher created a trail that led all the way to William Shakespeare. Initial thoughts of a factual publication were shattered by the thought that anything linking Shakespeare to cipher would be laughed out of court and so I turned to fiction writing. I had never written a novel and found it hard going. It required a different skill set to journalism. You have to construct a novel rather like an engineering project while thinking in terms of crisis, climax and resolution. But in the process of learning this strange art, I was bitten by the writing bug.  Hence, ‘The Man Who Lived Twice’ in which the central character is a courageous but deeply flawed nineteenth century Cornish mercenary who fought in wars on four different continents. George St Leger Grenfell helped the Moors bombard the French in Tangier, engaged in a private war against the Riff pirates on the Barbary Coast, joined the Turkish Army but still managed to charge with the Light Brigade in the Crimea, defended the bullet-strewn barricades in the Indian Mutiny, hacked his way through the Opium War in China and joined Garibaldi in liberating Italy, before voyaging to America to enlist in the Confederate Army where he became the highest ranked British officer in their Civil War. And all this from a man who had been disowned by his family after bankrupting his father and committing fraud in France and mosque desecration in Morocco.  You might imagine that I found this perfect anti-hero in Penzance, where his family of tin smelters and bankers had an estate, but that wasn’t the case. I discovered Grenfell four thousand miles away while snorkelling with my wife in the Gulf of Mexico. Our search for tropical fish and sponges took us to a coral atoll called Garden Key which consisted almost entirely of a huge brick fortress. Fort Jefferson had never served a military purpose but it did become a prison at the end of the American Civil War. So we found ourselves in a damp cell being lectured on the Lincoln conspirators who had been incarcerated there. We heard all about Dr Samuel Mudd, the country doctor who had had the misfortune of setting John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg hours after he’d assassinated President Lincoln. Mudd, it transpired, had been something of a hero in Fort Jefferson, nursing the garrison through a yellow fever epidemic after their surgeon died. He had been helped in this charitable work, we were told, by a cellmate, an English spy called Grenfell. Now that captured my attention, particularly when I discovered that he came from my own county of Cornwall. The writing duly followed.

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Cover Reveal ~ An Artisan Lifestyle by Kiltie Jackson.

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An Artisan Lovestyle

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December
to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of
finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

You can pre-order An Artisan Lifestyle by Kiltie Jackson from Amazon

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Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,   This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.
When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are  finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.  Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.  Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having  plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the  condition they keep paying the mortgage!  She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.  She really dislikes going to the gym!  Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job  and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won
a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.
She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved  it as she didn’t think it was very good. In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun  her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished
manuscript and finally finish what she had started. Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.  ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.
Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series) in the Summer of 2018.   She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a  fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and  the ideas still keep on coming.  Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:  “I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!” “Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?” “Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

The author can be followed on her WebsiteFacebook and Twitter.

Review ~ Blog Tour ~ As Good As Good by Patricia Furstenberg #Poetry #Dogs

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As Good As Gold 

As engaging as a tail wag

Celebrating the simple things in life as seen through the eyes of our old time favourite furry friends, “As Good as Gold” is a volume of poetry revealing the talent and humour we always knew our dogs possessed.

A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends.

Dogs are full of questions, yet they are famed sellers of innocence especially when it comes to explaining their mishaps and often foolish effervescence through ponderings such as “Why IS a Cat Not Like a Dog”, “As Brown as Chocolate”, “Silver Stars and Puppy Tail” or, best yet, “Dog or Book?”

Review

Many thanks to the author Patricia Furstenberg for the ARC in return for an honest review.
As Good As Gold is a charming, funny and tender book of poems about ‘man’s best friend.’. Poet Patricia Furstenberg has caught the inquisitive nature of dogs perfectly. She writes poems which capture their flare for getting into trouble and the way they shower us with unquestioning love.
I have never really thought about the world from a dog’s point of view, the joy they gain from a walk or how a frog would fascinate them. But the writer has and it is such a joy to read. She captures their reckless delight on seeing a different animal for the first time and their relief on being safely home when an adventure takes a wrong turn. You can through her poems and the descriptions within, see the world from their level. It is full of adventure, endless inquiring delight and a simple unquestioning curiosity for the world around them.
Many people are put off poetry as they find it inaccessible and this is why this book of poems is such a pleasure to read, each one uses words and images we all know. The poems are all easy to read and opened my eyes to the world through a dog’s eye. I loved each one and will take great pleasure on reading them again and recommending them to my dog loving friends.

You can purchase As Good As Gold from –

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About the author. 

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Patricia Furstenberg came to writing through reading. She always carries a notebook and a pen, although at times she jots down her ideas on the back of till slips or types them on her phone.
Patricia enjoys writing for children because she can take abstract, grown-up concepts and package them in humorous, child-friendly ideas while adding sensitivity and lots of love. What fuels her is an exhilarating need to write and… coffee: “How many cups have had this morning?” “None.” “Plus?” “Five cups.”
Between her books you can find the beloved Joyful Trouble, The Cheetah and the Dog, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles.
She is a Huffington Post contributor and pens the Sunday Column for MyPuppyclub.net as well as dabbing in freelancing. After completing her Medical Degree in Romania she moved to South Africa where she now lives with her husband, children and their dogs.

She can be followed on her Website Alluring CreationsTwitter and Facebook

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikas. #Giveaway #Children’sbook.

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Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good friends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.

The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.

Review

I would like to thank the author Winnie Mal Tselikas, One Dear World and blog tour organiser Rachael Gilbey for the ARC in return for an honest review.

The London Hat Hunting Mission is a delightful celebration of diversity, friendship and our multi cultural society.  I loved the simple charm of the book and the way it tells young reader’s and their parents, that difference is to be celebrated and cherished.

The use of London as a backdrop is prefect, because within it boundaries many cultures live next to each other and the story is able to incorporate and introduce children, to their capital’s wealth of attractions and it’s citizen’s nationalities.

The story is full of bright and bold pictures which will attract and keep a child’s attention and probably make them desperate, if they haven’t already been, to visit London.  The dolls Hope, Jun, Parth and Lea make charming characters and guides around London.

The book radiates a sense of adventure and will I believe help readers to  appreciate a world where every child is celebrated. As it says on the inside page, it is For a world that appreciates the uniqueness of every child. 

You can purchase London Hat Hunting Mission from Amazon and the One Dear World website.

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Giveaway – Win a hard cover book and one doll of the winner’s choice. 

*Terms and Conditions – Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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About the author.

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Winnie Mak Tselikas is a believer in diversity. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied engineering, worked in commercial sales and in 2011 switched to education upon moving to London. There, she met her half-French, half-Greek husband and they had a son, who now has family in China, France, Greece, HK, the UK and the US. Winnie considers her son to be a world citizen rather than of a particular nationality or culture. Inspired by her family and London’s diversity, she founded One Dear World and created the lovely adventures of Mr. Globe and the little Londoner dolls.

The author can be followed on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Extract~ Blog Tour ~ Kid To Killer by Paul Elliott.

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A fifteen year old boy sees it as his duty to rid Edinburgh of the scum that prey on the innocent people of the city. He finds that to punish the guilty he must first face fear,loss and betrayal. He will soon discover things aren’t always as they seem, and there are other people who have uses for a young killer as well as bigger forces at play.

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I would like to thank the author for sharing an extract from novel Kid To Killer today.

Extract

One Saturday morning John, and I were sitting on deck chairs outside John’s house listening to music on John’s Ghetto blaster,I thought about Timmy but John never mentioned going to see him so I figured we or I wasn’t welcome.
Billy was pottering around in the garden when we saw two boys around thirteen years old run into the stair across the street, they looked like they were being chased.
A few seconds later a figure wearing a hooded jacket ran into the same stair.
I instantly recognized that Jacket.
“Deano!” I yelled as I sprinted off to give chase.
I ran into the stair and seen the door at the other side of the stair closing, they had gone straight through.
I opened the door and seen Deano running towards the canal.
I gave chase once again.

As I reached the narrow path that ran along the canal, I could hear screaming.
I sprinted along the path into the darkness under the bridge that ran across the canal, He had caught one of the kids.
“Deano!” I shouted.
The kid broke free and started running, Deano gave chase after him.
I caught up with him before we got back into the daylight and rammed my foot into the back of his knee.
He fell over face first and cried out as his face slid along the sharp gravel that covered the canal pathways.
He tried to get back to his feet but I pushed my foot on the back of his neck forcing him back into the gravel.
“You’re deed, do you ken who a am?” he cried.
“I know exactly who you are” I replied pushing my foot harder into his neck.
“My big brother is gonna kill you” He screamed.
I lifted my foot off his neck and dragged him to the side of the canal.
“You are scum, you have caused nothing but misery to people.” I said as I pushed his head under the murky water.
As I held his head under the water I felt anger as I relived the fear I had felt that night on the bus, the horror of the old woman he had killed and the pain of Timmy being stabbed.
“Paul, stop!” I heard John shouting from behind me.
I looked round to see John and his dad standing a little further along the path.
John made a move to run towards me but Billy grabbed him and pulled him back.
“This is the way it has to be son” he said to him.
I let go of Deano’s hood and stood up still full of anger.
He lay motionless with his head under the water and his hood floating on the surface of the canal.
John turned around and started to walk away as I approached Billy.
“Well done son, you done it!” Billy said pulling me in for a hug.
“Hold on, let me check to see nothing fell out your pocket” he said as he combed the area.

You can purchase Kid To Killer from Amazon

About the author.

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Paul Elliott, born in Edinburgh in 1974 is the creator and writer of the book Paul McGraw: Kid To Killer which is available now on the kindle store. Having grown up in some of the roughest areas of Edinburgh and leaving Wester Hailes Education Centre after year one with no qualifications, he joined the army as a junior officer at 15 years old but very quickly realised it wasn’t for him.  Paul then moved onto being a nightclub bouncer, debt collector, personal security provider and car dealer before trying his hand at writing a novel.

You can follow the author on Twitter and Facebook

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Sarah Shadow by Nick Jones #ChildrensFiction

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If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

Review

I would like to thank the author Nick Jones, the publisher and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC in return for an honest review.

This is a thoughtful and sensitive read that deals with some difficult subjects faced by young children, body image and bullying. Nick Jones has written a beautiful and touching read that will make these subjects accessible to younger readers and has incorporated them into a story that will delight children and parents alike. The beauty lies in the fact that he gives the story a happy ending. A friend who teaches children this book is aimed at and has a granddaughter who loves reading, says books need to have two very important things, it must be fun to read and have a definite ending. Sarah’s Shadow has both and is a joy to read. The writer understands how to capture a child’s imagination and delivers an emotional subject in a way they will understand.
I love the illustrations as well. They complement the story perfectly, capturing the emotions of the characters. They are bold and capture the essence of the story.
I will be recommending this book to my friends little grand daughter and I just know she is going to love it.

 

You can purchase Sarah’s Shadow from Full Media LtdAmazon UK  and Amazon US. .

About the author 

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Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.

You can follow Nick Jones on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Go To Sleep by Marion Adams. #Children’sFiction

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Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love! Sleep!
Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

 

Review

Many thanks to the author Marion Adams, the publisher Full Media Ltd and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the ARC in return for an honest review.
I Can’t Sleep is a joyful and adorable book for parents to read to their children or for younger independent readers.
I know a very special little girl called Sammie who loves books, but often has trouble going to sleep. Last year I first heard her say, “but I can’t remember how to go to sleep”, she was only three, but I will always remember her earnest and worried little face and when on reading this delightful book my heart melted and I knew then how special I Can’t Sleep is. Marion Adams understands that books for this age group need to be appealing and delightful if they are to engage curious little minds and feed both their intelligence and inspire a love of reading.
It’s funny and at the same time endearing, dealing with an issue that plagues so many children and their parents. How do you, when life is full of so many wonders and sometimes scary moments, simply lie down and go to sleep? Well you could count sheep, like Tansy the sheep does. But if that doesn’t work, all you need is an adult, or sheep dog in this case, to ease your worries and sleep will come. How delightful and special is that?
The illustrations are gorgeous and attractive, another very important factor in books for children in this age group 3-7. Reading for them is as much a visual experience, as learning to read the words. As they sit next to their parents listening to them read, they are attracted by the quality of the pictures and I Can’t Sleep is full of delightful and eye-catching illustrations.
It is I think a book that will come to be cherished by parents and children alike. I know one very special and gentle little girl, who will take heart from the fact that Tansy the sheep understands her fragile and troubled relationship with sleep. It will give her heart to know that she is not alone. She is wonderful, sometimes strong willed, stubborn, but always tender-hearted and she needs to sleep if she is to enjoy each new day and the wonders it holds. Hopefully this book and its delightful story with a happy ending will help with that.
I Can’t Sleep is going to a new home, to Sammie with love from Auntie Susan and my thanks to Marion Adams for her charming and gorgeous book.

You can purchase Go To Sleep from Full Media LtdAmazon UK and Amazon US.

About the author 

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Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.
Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ The Gathering by Bernadette Glacomazzo.

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The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

Review

I would like to thank the author and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.

The Gathering is a novella with a very modern vibe to it.

It deals with the gathering storm of an uprising against a Emperor, in a futuristic New York.

I must admit that this book left me feeling a little unsatisfied, because I like books with a bit more depth to them. It doesn’t make The Gathering a bad book, because it’s not, it is in fact a great example of futuristic urban fiction.

It is written in a sparse way, short snappy paragraphs focusing on events rather than a very descriptive narrative, which helps create a feeling of a futuristic city, bereft of art and culture. To the writers credit, her style of writing enhances the feeling of a city that has lost it’s very soul.

The character development was focused on Jamie Ryan, once a singer, now a rebel and Evanora Cunningham, daughter of his best friend.  You get to know about their past and what drives them, without the book becoming heavy in back story.  Both are very likeable characters, Jamie especially. Very much a rebel with a cause, in the mould of a Tarantino lead, rather than your more traditional romantic hero.  The Gathering is very urban and the characters reflect that.

If you like your books with a very ‘punchy’ writing style and you don’t mind frequent swearing then this book is for you.

You can purchase The Gathering from Amazon.

About the author.

Bernadette Giacomazzo

With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries. Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

The author can be followed on her Website and Twitter.

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Review ~Blog Tour~ The Adulterers Wife by Leigh Russell.

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Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse – until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed.

When the police establish he was murdered, Julie is the obvious suspect.

To protect her son from the terrible situation, Julie sends the teenage boy to his grandparents in Edinburgh while she fights to prove her innocence.

With all the evidence pointing to her, the only way she can escape conviction is by discovering the true identity of her husband’s killer.

But who really did murder Paul?

The truth is never straightforward…

Review

Many thanks to the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I would firstly like to say that is an enjoyable thriller, I spent many hours reading time trying to figure out who the killer actually was.  The great thing was that it is so well written I couldn’t begin guess who it was and to me, that’s the mark of a well written story.

Yet for some reason I couldn’t take to Julie as a character.  She is beautifully written as the wronged wife, she is determined and resourceful, but she annoyed me.  Now this is a very personal reaction and not a reflection on the character or the writing, so don’t let that pit you off, because this book has so much to recommend it.

The plot is solid and well paced. It has the right balance of character development and story arc. The twists and reveal of the killer made me gasp and I will certainly will read more by this author, I just wish I could have liked Julie more.

You can by The Adulterers Wife can be purchased from Amazon

About the author. 

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Leigh Russell, author of the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel crime series, has sold well over a million books worldwide.

Her novels have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Turkish. Reaching #1 on Kindle, her books have been selected as Best Fiction Book of the Year by the Miami Examiner, voted Best Crime Fiction Book of the Year in Crime Time, a Top Read on Eurocrime and shortlisted for the John Creasey New Blood CWA Dagger Award, long listed for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and a finalist for the People’s Book Prize.

Leigh studied at the University of Kent, gaining a Masters degree in English. She serves on the board of the Crime Writers Association, chairs the Debut Dagger Judges, and is a Royal Literary Fellow.

The author can be followed on her WebsiteFacebook  and Twitter.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Stench by AB Morgan

Stench - AB Morgan

Rory Norton didn’t always make his living as a motorbike instructor and he went to great lengths to leave his past life behind, to start again.

He thought he had succeeded, until the body of a missing woman is discovered under the floor of his cottage. Only then do the guilt and shame of his wife’s mysterious, untimely death and the accusations about his connection to the missing woman combine to break him.

The question is not how the missing woman died but why, and who is responsible?

Sometimes the truth stinks.

Review

I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Having read two of AB Morgan’s previous books, I was looking forward to reading Stench and I am glad to be able to say that I loved it. With each book she writes the author’s style builds and develops.
Its strongest point lies in the way she uses her mental health knowledge to frame her story and its characters. We have within the novel a character who has a mental health background and another with severe psychosis. It all feels real and frightening because of the authority behind the writing of the characters. As you read you can feel the rising panic and it leaves you feeling on edge. My worry for those involved was mirrored in the reactions of a group of friends who are battling against agencies whose incompetence threatens the lives of those they should be caring for. You can taste the paranoia imbued on the edges of your senses and it gives Stench a edge of legitimacy missing from so many novels that include elements of mental health.
The characterisation is perfect because of the above. Both the main characters are written in such a way, you can’t help but care for them. Rory Norton himself starts off as a motor bike instructor, but as the layers of his story are peeled away, we discover more about him. His past is revealed to us, bit by bit, and it is fascinating. While the missing woman of the story is so lost and damaged her betrayal is all the more painful to me.
Stench is a brilliant read. It left me feeling shaken and unnerved. Within the thriller genre it fits into a niche of its own, not just because of the authority behind the writing but the brutal honesty in which mental health is dealt with. Actions have consequences and those consequences can have a lasting effect. AB Morgan weaves this into her story with great skill. The twist and turns are balanced perfectly and I never saw them coming!
I can’t wait to read her next offering.

You can by Stench from Amazon.

About the author

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Married to an overgrown child with a beard and too many motorbikes, Alison Morgan lives in a corner of a field in North Bedfordshire and is making the most of a mid-life crisis. The Morgans are determined not to grow old gracefully or to be seen wearing beige and can be found exploring life through a love of live music, anything with an engine, the sea, mountains, rugby, proper pubs and fascinating people.

Alison worked for the NHS for nearly thirty years, twenty of those within mental health services, at the front line. She eventually became the manager of a countywide community service for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Much to her frustration, her heart decided to develop an electrical fault, which forced her to sit down for more than five minutes and her career juddered to a halt. Not one for thumb twiddling, she took up position in front of a computer with a plan to write a set of clinical guidelines for assessment of psychosis but instead a story, which had been lurking in her mind for several years, came tumbling out.

Her first two novels, A Justifiable Madness and Divine Poison, were inspired by her career as a psychiatric nurse and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour. Then she stepped sideways and wrote a gritty psychological thriller, The Camera Lies. All published by Bloodhound Books, Alison’s novels have received excellent reviews and inspired many an interesting debate. Above all, they are entertaining reads and, despite dark subjects, will raise a smile.

The writer can be followed on Facebook, her Website.

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