Blog Tour ~ Review ~Those That Remain by Rob Ashman.

 

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Book summary

Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.
Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.

But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?

Soon Lucas will learn that truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line…

Review

I am delighted to be able to welcome you to the blog tour for an exciting new Bloodhound books release, Those That Remain by Rob Ashman. 

My thanks to Bloodhound Books, Rob Ashman and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I’ve read a lot of thrillers over the last few months and i’m begining to get a feel for what works! For me characterisation is important, along with a strong and plausible storyline.  Those That Remain fufill’s these criteria and is an exciting start to what is set to be, a must read series of books.

Rob Ashman has created in the Mechanic, a nemisis to his hero Lucas, who easily rivals any of the classic serial killers of literary and television fame.  I loved how the writer sets up this game of cat and mouse between two equally matched adversaries, skilfully avoiding making one more prominent than the other. They are eveningly matched and as a result, you as the reader are left on tender hooks, wondering who will win out in the end.

The story itself is your classic page turner.  You want and need to know the conclusion and so on you read.  Brutal serial killers are nothing new or original, so it takes a strong writer to make a character like Mechanic stand out.  Rob Ashman does this by giving him a very distinctive profile and teases the reader throughout with tit bits of information around the reasons for his shocking killing spree.  He makes you understand the tortured mind that seeks to find release by destroying the lives of others. It seems wrong, but though you are repulsed by his actions, getting an insight into a killer driven by urges he can’t control, makes you begin to understand that some people are born killers while others are made so by events we can’t comprehend. He is without a doubt a character that both repulses and fascinates me and that’s the mark of excellent characterisation.  I wanted the Mechanic, to be intelligent enough to outwit Lucas! By making him so fascinating, Rob Ashman, gave me a compulsive and addictive read.

I look forward to reading the other books in the series that are due to be published this year.  Will Lucas be faced with a new enemy or will Mechanic live on? If you want to know if he does, your going to have to read Those That Remain!

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Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob can be followed on ~

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Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name            –  13 July

Pay The Penance     –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

 

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Blog Tour ~ Review ~Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

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Book summary

Description Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops… Or does it?

 

Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author Sarah Stovell, Orenda books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

First things first. I loved Esquiste.  Clever, original and unnerving in its plausability, it’s sure to be one of this years must read books!

Why did I love it so much?  There were several reasons!

The strength of the plotline, which was beautifully balanced, it gave a strong voice to both female protagonists.  Added to this the writer made her two main characters, clever, intelligent and complex women.  Not for Bo and Alice supporting roles in a male dominated drama, they were front and centre and that is still the exception, rather than the norm in modern fiction.

On top of this, the story gripped me within a few pages and held me in its thrall right to the very last page.  Cleverly the story was told alternatively from Bo and Alice’s point of view. Each seeing events from a slightly different perspective and this left me flipping back and forward, continuously changing my mind about who was engaging in sinister games within their rapidly developing relationship.  The writer had me so tied in knots that at one point, I conjured up a character in my mind, who never even emerged in the novel.

The quality of the writing within Exquisite is top notch.   It’s a twisted and taunt storyline, making it a must read book! Without a doubt this is another author added to my list of automatic purchases when she releases her next novel.

You can buy this exciting read from Amazon

 

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Sarah Stovell was born in 1977 and spent most of her life in the Home Counties before a season working in a remote North Yorkshire youth hostel made her realise she was a northerner at heart. She now lives in Northumberland with her partner and two children and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lincoln University. Her debut psychological thriller, Exquisite, is set in the Lake District.

You can follow Sarah on Twitter.

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Blog Tour ~ Review~Being Simon Haines by Tom Vaughan Macaulay

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Book summary

Meet Simon Haines.
For a decade he’s been chasing his dream: partnership at the legendary, family-run law firm of Fiennes & Plunkett. The gruelling hours and manic intensity of his job have come close to breaking him, but he has made it through the years and is now within a whisker of his millions: in less than two weeks, he will know the outcome of the partnership vote. He decides to spend the wait in Cuba in an attempt to rediscover his youthful enthusiasm and curiosity, and to clear his mind before the arrival of the news that might change his life forever. But alone in Havana he becomes lost in nostalgia and begins to relive his past…
Set against the backdrop of an uncertain world, and charged with emotion, Being Simon Haines is a searching story about contemporary London and aspiration, values and love. Painting a picture of a generation of young professionals, it asks the most universal of questions: are we strong enough to know who we are?

 

Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author Tom MacAulay and Red Door Publishing for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

In this, his first published novel, Tom MacAulay delivers an assured and fascinating study, of one man’s determined pursuit of a partnership in the law firm of Fiennes & Plunket.  All other aspects of his life, have affectively been sacrificed in his relentless pursuit of success and financial reward. Then, while waiting to hear if he has succeeded in his dream of becoming a partner, he takes a break in Cuba, alone and at a lose end for the first time in many years.

Simon Haines is not your typically likeable character. In fact as the novel opens he both irritating and selfish.  But, as he explores Cuba and recounts the events from his past that have led to this point in his life, I warmed to him. In fact I came to love him, in the way you love an annoying sibling.  This is not a bad thing, I love my brother, but sometimes I could happily slap him!

As the novel progresses he deepens into a character who is capable of looking back on past events and questioning his life choices.  Away from the crushing pressure of his London life, he has time to think, rest and reevaluate all the choices he has made. Does he want money and success over friends and a less hectic life. Is being a career devotee who Simon Haines really is?

Tom MacAulay thankfully does not fall into the trap of portraying Haines’s break in Cuba as a visit to an idyllic retreat.  He looks past the isolated all inclusive hotel resorts into the real Cuba. He immerses his character in the amongst the poverty, massive edifices from a communist past and the wondrous and spikey  personality of the Cuban people.   Across its pages he introduces Simon to all aspects of the islands inhabitants and this is what begins to loosen the stranglehold the pursuit of money and success has on Simon Haines.  His often awkward encounters with the local inhabitants made me smile and made me realise, he could be anyone of us in a similar situation.

Tom MacAulay has created a highly enjoyable and often very amusing read.  At the same time he has delivered a novel that looks at the complexities of modern life and the obsession so many people have with status and personal wealth.

Join Simon on his journey of discovery, as looking back on his past, he revaluates the decisions he made and discovers whether he is brave enough to accept who he really is.   Simon will get under your skin and good or bad, he is worth getting to know.

Without a doubt this novel deserves to read and recommended to all your book reading friends.

Being Simon Haines is published by Red Door Publishing and can be purchased from –

Amazon   and Waterstones and other great bookshops.

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Blog Tour ~Review~ Wolves In The Dark by Gunnar Staalesen

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Book summary

Description Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material … and who is seeking the ultimate revenge. When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest – and most personal – case yet.

Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author, publisher Orenda books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC copy of this book,  in return for an honest review.

This was my first foray into Nordic crime fiction and what an introduction!  It’s a first class story from a masterful storyteller.

It’s strengths lie in the way that Gunnar Staaleson focuses on the characterisation and imbuing his novel with a taunt sense of atmosphere.  It reels you in and makes the reader feel they are within the pages of his story, right next to the hero Varg Veum.   Masterfully he reveals the threads of his novel slowly, never once trying to give his readers an easy opt-out clause. Once you have started reading Wolves In The Dark, you won’t want to put it down, because it’s deliciously addictive. Just like constructing the pieces of a puzzle,  Gunner Staaleson slowly reveals pieces of the story to you and invites the reader to construct the puzzle with him. Slowly, but thrillingly, you start to understand the reasons why Veum now faces a fight for his career and freedom.

In Veum he has a leading character who is stoic and determined. He has a dark side, but that just makes him a more rounded and intriguing as a character.  Hero’s who are tormented by demon’s from their past, are so much more fascinating and Veum is a perfect example.  Like Mr Rochester, who is haunted by his mad wife, Veum, is haunted by the murder of the women he loved, making his quest for redemption all the more fascinating. He is complex and beautifully constructed and I found myself warming to him as the story progresses.

Like the title suggests Wolves In The Dark, has darkness at its very core, as Veum is set up by a child pornography ring and is forced to fight for his life and career.  Socially aware, the writer, brings this terrible perversion to the front of our conciousness. He uses his hero to illustrate what hides away often just below the veneer of polite society.  Its a difficult subject, but he handles it well, blending it into his story, exposing it for the unforgivable crime it is.

Wolves In The Dark is part of a series of novels featuring Veum, saying that, it reads well as a stand alone, which is how I came to read it. I would recommend it both to new readers of Nordic crime books and dedicated fans of this of this Norwegian Chandler.

Wolves In The Dark can be bought from Amazon,  Waterstones and other good bookshops.

 

Author Bio

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. When Prince Charles visited Bergen, Staalesen was appointed his official tour guide. There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen, and a host of Varg Veum memorabilia for sale. We Shall Inherit the Wind and Where Roses Never Die were both international bestsellers.

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Blog Tour ~ Review ~ The Monk of Lantau by Mann Matharu

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The search for a meaningful existence is as universal as it is elusive. When obstacles to happiness and personal goals seem to riddle our horizons, where do we turn for answers? Meet Matthew, an average Londoner, a family man and a husband, intent on the all-too-normal pursuit of making a better life for himself and his family. When an accident threatens to become the proverbial straw that breaks his back in his pursuit of happiness and personal attainment, Matthew finds himself at a crossroad in his life.
In the way the Universe has of placing the right people in our lives at just the right time, Matthew happens upon a tale from an unlikely source, a tale of a man with mystical healing powers, someone Matthew can seek who can restore balance and harmony to his life and heal his daughter who is fighting for her own. As he traipses through Europe, the Middle East, India and Asia in search of the healer, nothing about the beautiful, trying, and challenging outward journey compares to the progress he makes as he travels into the depths of his own being.
Through Matthew’s journey, we are given the keys to finding the healer for ourselves. Most importantly, readers are invited to harness the beauty and prosperity that comes when we seek ways to recognize that we are all connected to each other and we are all marvellous and powerful creators of our own unique, stunning life story.

Review

Firstly I would like to thank author Mann Matharu, Clink Street Publishing and Rachel Gilbey for the ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The Monk of Lantau is a book about a Matthew’s journey to find a cure for his seriously ill daughter and so he sets out to find a man with mystical healing powers. It’s during this journey that Matthew comes to realise he too needs healing and it’s the changes that take place within himself and those he meets, that turn out to be the greatest gift of all.

Mann Matharu has written a gentle book, full of wise words about how not just his character Matthew can heal himself, but so can we, if we take the time to sit and contiplate the issues that trouble us.

It’s a work of fiction, but Matharu uses his tale to illustrate for the reader the joy that can be gained by taking the same journey ourselves. It doesn’t have to be a literal journey, it can take place in our homes! Freeing ourselves from the burdens that trouble us and weigh us down.

The story is almost unimportant, being a vehicle for Matharu’s message of self help and self healing. He invites the reader to take a closer look at their need to own the best watch, succeed in their career, at the cost of personal peace.

A very timely read, in today’s climate of worrying change!

Author Bio

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Living in London, Mann Matharu is a qualified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Reiki Master Teacher. Through his work, Mann has helped many people overcome mental, physical and emotional barriers and has been widely recognised by various national and international organisations including an invitation to 10 Downing Street to meet the former Prime Minister, David Cameron in 2016. Currently his philanthropic projects include: Sikhs Online which was launched in 2008 with a view of bringing Sikh news and historical content into the mainstream media and Homeless 100, a self-funded initiative to provide food for the homeless in London.

The author can be followed on websiteTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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Blog Tour ~ Extract ~ The Kazak Contract by Paul Purnell.

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This is a passage from Chapter 5 . The character Serge is a Russian smuggler Ballantyne meets with a view to smuggling the wounded American out of harm’s way.
“The big man smiled. ‘I like you, Mister English, explain me more and maybe we can do deal.’ He scratched his beard and sat down on a chair, astride, as if on horseback.
‘We need to shift him out of the big hospital as soon as possible then get him over the border, maybe Uzbekistan?’
The big man laughed. ‘You think it’s easy to get to Uzbek? My friend, we are in Astana, not dream land! It’s eight hundred kilometres to Uzbekistan!’
Gilda leaned forward.
‘Look, I have had good times with Bill Hammond but he is not my—’she hesitated trying to find the right word— ‘boyfriend, I will help him but he needs to pay my friends.’
‘How much?’ Ballantyne was ready for the usual haggle.
‘Well,’ said the big man, ‘the best way is through Almaty to Kyrgyzstan.’ He pronounced it ‘Kurgistan’. ‘There is much trade there and transport is easy. A thousand US dollars it will be possible.’
His eyes looked steadily at Ballantyne. He stared back.
‘Too much. He is not a tourist, he’s just a salesman. Seven fifty.’
The man’s eyes flickered and Ballantyne knew he had done the deal.
‘OK, but cash up front.’
Ballantyne nodded.

The Kazak Contract can be bought from Amazon.

Author Bio

For thirty five years I have served the Law in UK. I have prosecuted murderers and defended them too.

I have seen about  every form of crime and most types of people – criminals and victims – police and ordinary citizens as well.

It is time to put down some of that experience into writing. Nobody will recognise himself,  because characters have been blended and the stories changed. Strangely, the mixture has produced a  wide variety of stories, some humourous and others chilling.

I enjoy meeting readers from all over the world and like feedback if it is objective and reasonable.

My hope is that you will find  the stories intriguing and not too long!

I send my best wishes to all Readers.

You can follow Paul Purnell on his Website.

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Blog Tour ~ Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson

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Description Evil remembers… Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s. Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again. Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald? Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French truecrime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

 

Review

Firstly I would like to thank Johana Gustawsson, Orenda books and blog tour organiser Anne Carter for the chance to take part.

One of the greatest compliments a reader can pay the writer of a book, is telling them that when they were reading, time just passed without them being aware.  Block 46 is one of those books.  The world disappears for those precious hours spent reading.  Your disconnected from reality and emerged completely in a tale about the evil that can lurk in the souls of men.

It’s certainly a book that will haunt me for quite some time!  Because of the power of the story and the skill of the writing.

Johana Gustawsson has burrowed into the mind of a deeply disturbed killer, while the scenes set in the concentration camp knock the breadth out of you, as your forced to confront the horror that took place within the fenced compounds.  It’s not there to shock you, it’s an integral part of the story. A reminder for us all of what happens when evil is allowed to run unchecked, under the guise of protecting national and cultural identity.

With immense skill the writer weaves a story full of characters you want to know more about and others that will chill you to the core of your being.  Cleverly she wrong footed me on more than one occasion throughout Block 46.  I was convinced I new where the story would end, only to be proved wrong.  It’s edge of the seat reading. Exciting, riveting and a story that will linger with you. Tension seeps off the page and into your soul.  You will find yourself thinking about it long after you’ve read the last page.

If Johana Gustawsson keeps this up in her next novels, she is going to be a force to be reckoned with in crime fiction in years to come.

Special mention must also go to maxim Jakobowski for the superb translation of this 5* read.

Author Bio

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Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.

Johana can be followed on Twitter and her website.

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Fabulous Bombshell Books are back ~ New Novels ~ New authors.

 

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Bombshell Books are back!

After launching with the hilarious The Queen of Blogging, Bombshell Books are back with two new authors and three fabulous novels.

Therese Loreskar returns with her sequel to The Queen of Blogging – The Queen of New Beginnings

Therese Loreskar started her career in 2010 self-publishing her first novel, which quickly became a critically acclaimed best-seller.

In 2014 she was signed by a Swedish publishing house before being signed by Bombshell in the summer of 2016. Her novel, The Queen of Blogging, received overwhelming feedback and the book was referred to as a modern Bridget Jones.

Therese has since had four bestselling children’s books.
Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside on the west coast of Sweden. She has a big and busy household with her husband, two children, deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she is not busy writing stories she enjoys nature, people, history, redecorating the house without permission and all other kinds of creativity.

The Queen of New Beginnings will be published on August 10th this year.

Guardian book prize shortlisted author, Suzie Tullett, signs with Bombshell Books

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs. You can find Suzie on Twitter: @SuzieTullett or you can visit her website: suzietullett.com

Her heart-warming romantic comedy, The Trouble with Words, will be published on July 29th this year.

Debut author, Callie Langridge, joins Bombshell Books

Caroline was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the late ‘90s. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for social history and currently works in marketing for a national historical institution, promoting projects and running events.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to take her A levels and gained A’s in English Literature and Language, and Film Studies – not bad when working full time – and this spurred her on to take the first of many creative writing course. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London.

Caroline lives in London with her long-term partner and an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities.

Her beautifully written and heart-wrenching debut novel, A Time to Change, will be published on September 24th this year.

Bombshell Books is an imprint of Bloodhound Books. Bombshell publishes brilliant women’s fiction and is on the look out for new authors. We want stories that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. For more information visit our website –www.bombshellbooks.com

 

Blog tour ~ Review ~ Brick by Conrad Jones.

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Book Description:

When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the world.

Why was the teenager attacked?

And will the villains be brought to justice?

Review 

I would like to thank Bloodhound books, Conrad Jones and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of this book,  in return for an honest review.

Brick is a gritty, often violent depiction of a life turned upside down by a moment of madness.  Set amongst the council estates of Liverpool and the violent gangs that control the streets young Bryn Evans has grown up on.

Conrad Jones delivers a tense, nerve wracking tale of gang warfare and the terror they bring into one family caught up in their world.  He reels you into the nightmare Bryn and his family are sucked into.

There is no attempt to shield the reader from the horrors of drug related violence, giving this novel its addictive edge.  You are compelled to read on to see if Bryn and those that surround him survive the maelstrom they’re drawn into.  Page by nerve wracking page you read on, sucking in the revulsion you feel towards the sickening violence, the drug gangs inflict on their victims.

Cleverly though Conrad Jones tempers this with a family many of us will have sympathy with.  Bryn’s family live on a council estate, mostly unaware of the violence and drug dealing going on around them. His parents hit by illness and bad luck, sit around absorbed in daytime TV, using alcohol to dull the pain.  He makes us care that they can rise above the hostile forces determined to wreck vengeance against them. One son makes a dreadful mistake and each of them face the consequences.

The author shows us that this could happen to us.  Wrong place, wrong time and we could be thrown headlong into a hopeless situation, forced to run for our lives.  He makes you care about their lives, wanting them to survive.

If you like your drama gritty and realistic, then the appropriately named Brick is the book for you. Its certainly one I will be recommending to my book reading friends.

Brick and Conrad Jones other books can be bought via Amazon

Author bio:

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I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.

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Blog Tour ~Review~ The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls

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Book description

The Elephant of Frimley
Two sisters and an elephant embark on an exciting adventure in this charming illustrated
children’s book.

After the discovery of an elephant in their back garden, sisters Hannah and Emily make it their adventurous mission to return it back home.

Originally written as a bedtime story for his two daughters, and beautifully illustrated by Louise Jewell, The Elephant of Frimley is a delightful and fun read that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with young children.

Review 

I would liketo thank Clink Street Publishing, Nicholas Rawls and blog tour organiser Rachel at Authoright, for the ARC copy of The Elephant of Frimley in return for an honest review.

This is my first time reviewing a book for young children and it has been a very enjoyable.

The Elephant of Frimley is a charming and sweet tale, which I am sure will appeal to any young child and their parents.

Told in poetic verse it’s the tale of a lost elephant and the young girls that find him in their garden.  It’s beautifully illustrated and with text large enough for young readers to read themselves or follow as their parents read to them.  Having read to my god children, it’s important that a book aimed at very young children has text that is big enough for them to see without having to struggle or they become distracted and The Elephant of Frimley I’m glad to say takes this into account.  The writer has also taken care that when read out loud, the story flows beautifully off the page and reads like a dream, with simple words that won’t confuse young readers.

I loved the simplicity of the tale, perfect for little ones who need a story that quickly captures the imagination.  It’s charming and reminds me of some of my favourite childhood reads. I feel sure this will become a firm favourite of any child lucky enough to have this read to them and a classic childhood memory as they grow and learn to read themselves.

It made me smile and laugh and I can imagine it doing the same for my precious godchildren and their children in the future.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Elephant of Frimley to anyone looking to buy a book for their young child. Sweet and endearing, a classic tale of to fire the imagination of any young reader.

The Elephant of Frimley can be purchased from Amazon 😀

Author bio

About the author: Retired and happily living in Farnborough, Surrey, Nicholas Rawls enjoys spending time chatting on-line with his grandson and five adult children who are scattered across the world. When he’s not writing poetry and children’s verse he can be found pursuing his other interests —from antique fountain pen restoration to stamp collection, amateur astronomy and learning to play the banjo.

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