Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Avaline Saddlebags by Netta Newbound and Marcus Brown #LGBT #Thriller


Following the brutal murders of Jade Kelly and Gina Elliot, newly promoted DI Dylan Monroe is assigned to work the case, alongside DS Layla Monahan.

As the body count rapidly rises—each slaying more savage than the last—it soon becomes clear the butchered and mutilated victims have one thing in common—they are all male to female transsexuals.

With time against them, Dylan is forced to go undercover in the only place that provides a link to the victims—Dorothy’s, a well-known drag and cabaret bar in the heart of Liverpool.

Avaline Saddlebags is a gripping, often amusing, psychological thriller with an astonishing twist that will take your breath away… change can be DEADLY!


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

This has to be one of my favourite thrillers this year! Why?

Yes it is exciting and addictive, but it also deals with tough subjects with respect. The hero DI Dylan Monroe, is brave, has a heart as big as an ocean and a steely determination to bring the twisted killer of female transsexuals to justice. Perfect material for a thriller with a twist.  I adored him, he is venerable, yet determined to do both his job and the victims, the service they deserve. Openly gay, he grows throughout the novel as it progresses, from a determination not to be an overtly feminine gay man, which he fears, to understanding, that by embracing the world of the transsexuals, he can embrace every facet of what makes him such a wonderful person and top notch investigator. Monroe is a multi faceted character, with so many layers of emotion and personality, I could not help but love spending time with him. Balance him against a killer who like a ticking time bomb and you have the perfect balance. The question being, who will come out on top? Its what makes this story a thriller that had me spellbound.

The story itself develops around the violent murders of a group of transsexual women and the almost pathological hate directed at them. Very topical given the current climate, the story needed to be both honest in the use of violence and yet balance that out with the portrayal of the reality of life for transsexual women. Avaline Saddlebags does this with a great big heart and brutal gritty honesty. Giving the story hidden strengths and an emotional impact that left me desperate for justice, delivered by Dylan Monroe.  On top of spine tingling excitement, that had me turning the page desperate to see the killer caught. It is a thriller and I wanted to be thrilled, I can happily say that I was. The pacing was full-bodied and the wonderful thing was the quieter moments allowed you to breath, before the once again you were launched into the increasing maelstrom of a killer on the edge of madness.

I can’t wait to see what will come next from this writing partnership.

You can purchase this novel from Amazon

About the author’s

Netta’s Bio:
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Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, has lived in New Zealand with her husband Paul for the past 22 years, but they are on the move again. By August, they will be back in Cumbria, UK, and she vows this is the very last move!
As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.
Most of her inspiration comes from the horror greats–Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Richard Layman.Netta mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories. She is currently writing a series of crime thrillers with Marcus Brown, her son-in-law and business partner.
Marcus’ Bio:
My name is Marcus Brown and I was born and raised in the North West of England in 1974.
I live with my partner and our three dogs, Susie, Sally and Sammy, plus our cat, Tobias.
What started as a hobby has now turned into a full-time obsession that often keeps me awake late into the night or through to the early hours of the morning.
I can be relaxing in bed watching a good movie and an idea will suddenly pop into my mind. That’s as much as it takes… I have to get up and write it down because I worry I’ll forget it. This quickly turns into a marathon writing session, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve always had the wildest of imaginations, but I surprise and scare myself at times and have actually had to step away from my desk because what I have written has affected me so much.
People often ask me where the ideas come from and if I’m honest, I think it is from watching others around me. I can be out doing something as mundane as shopping and see something that inspires me and it usually winds its way into what I’m writing at the time. But if it’s especially good and doesn’t fit at the time, it’s stored on my hard drive for a future book.
I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Daisy Daydream – The Nursery Rhyme Bus by Sue Wickstead.

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Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus
Daisy was a happy red bus who loved travelling the busy streets of London.
When newer and shinier buses came along, the older buses like Daisy began to disappear.
would Daisy become one of the forgotten buses, or was something else planned for her?

Daisy Daydream The Nursery Rhyme Bus


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

Having read and reviewed the first of the series of books written by Sue Wickstead, I was delighted to be offered the chance to review Daisy Daydream.

There is so much to delight both young and older readers. A wonderful story, beautiful illustrations by Helen Smith and at the back of the book. the real life story of the number 73 bus, this book is based on. It is the perfect combination of story, to entertain the child and fact to inspire their love of learning.

The story focuses around a Daisy Daydream, who soon to be replaced by new sleek buses, is turned into a play bus for young children. What I loved was the way the author not only told a charming and fun filled story, she teaches the reader, that embracing a new life can be fun and exciting, even when your a bus!

It is such a sweet story full of positive messages and images for children around play and story telling. I adored the way it takes the children and the bus on a story of discovery and how it ended in such a positive way. So many children’s books are dark and chilling, not always suitable for young readers, but what they will find here, is a story about childhood being fun.  It made me laugh, smile and longing for the simple pleasure of playing on such a beautiful bus as Daisy Daydream.

A simple and positive story, I think it will appeal to young children, sitting cuddled up with their parent and as a first independent reading book.

You can purchase this book from

Amazon UK




Barnes and Noble

You can also enter a Giveaway to Win 1 x Paperback copy of Daisy Daydreams bus rhymes and joke book (UK Only) by following this LINK.

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About the author 

Daisy Daydream Author

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.
For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.
I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.
‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.
This story has now been followed by five more picture books.
I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.
The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

You can follow the author on her website

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