Extract ~ Blog Tour ~ Just by Jenny Morton Potts. #HowFarWouldYouGoTo SaveALife?

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How far would you go to save a life?

On golden Mediterranean sands, maverick doctor Scott Langbrook falls recklessly in love with his team leader, Fiyori Maziq. If only that was the extent of his falling, but Scott descends into the hellish clutches of someone much more sinister.

‘Just’ is a story of love and loss, of terror and triumph. Set in idyllic Cambridge and on the shores of the Med and Cornwall, our characters fight for their very lives on land and at sea.

An unforgettable novel which goes to the heart of our catastrophic times, and seeks salvation.

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Today I’m lucky to be able to share an extract from Just, which looks like a fascinating read. Many thanks to the author and blog tour organiser Rachel Gilbey for the invite to take part in the blog tour

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Doctor Fiyori Maziq has been kidnapped and has been entrusted with the care of patients induced to coma… (this passage has been edited to remove spoilers)

Dr Maziq was almost finished her morning rounds. As her health deteriorated, she found that this took longer but the patients, each of whom had been induced to coma, didn’t seem to mind.
Over the months she’d been there, Fiyori varied the way in which she tended her charges. Sometimes she would do a single task, one body after the other. At other times, the doctor would instead administer an entire body treatment, talking to the unconscious person all the while, before going on to the next. She’d been told that in the past, patients at the weight reduction clinic later reported having heard the medical staff talking. But Fiyori was now the sole medic here, since the operation had been scaled down. When she talked, it was just to the patients, or to Agent Stanforth when he came by. She would never say anything derogatory either to or about those in her care.
There were just seven bodies in all, as Mrs Chow from Hangzhou (no wonder she had such an appetite) had left yesterday, and extremely satisfied she was, with her losses. She was able to walk well straight away, with just cane assistance. At least that was what Stanforth reported back to Dr Maziq. She herself was not permitted to see the patients on either side of their coma.
Each of Fiyori’s patients arrived ‘fit for reduction’, that is to say that they had normal renal and hepatic function. Their hearts were in good repair though they all had some tachycardia due to their obesity. Two of them were on a eucaloric diet which meant that they were given the same calories per day that they used and the others were on a hypocaloric regime which was less food than they were burning. Fiyori was not in charge of blending the liquid food, just administering it. Stanforth brought the preparations each day, in litre bottles and in an enormous cool box. They took it out of the cooler and let it reach room temperature before slipping it down the tubes. Fiyori assumed that it was mostly protein, vitamins, minerals and perhaps some complex carbohydrates with a bunch of electrolytes thrown in but from its colour, it could have been a Pedigree Chum smoothie.
This morning, Fiyori was treating each person entirely before moving on. Right now, she was on her seventh and last, Mr Gunvaldsson. His exploited stomach made a cartoon arc beneath the sheet. Fiyori talked to him about politics, nothing too upsetting, but she knew this was his keen interest. She had a feeling Gunvaldsson was a Republican. She had no access to any radio, newspaper, television or online information, so she referred to the topics of the recent past. They did permit Dr Maziq to read books. Certain books. She’d asked for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and to her surprise, they had allowed it.
Mr Gunvaldsson of course was also missing media revelation as he slumbered his way through the days and nights of his volunteered captivity. After his body wash, Fiyori placed a flannel under the connection between his ureteral catheter and urine bag. She pinched off the soft rubber tube and emptied the bag into a large plastic vessel. She washed her hands again and applied sterilising gel. Then Fiyori positioned the patient to semi prone. Later she’d have him fully prone with his head up thirty degrees and finally this evening, the tall Swede who filled the bed to capacity in every direction, would be lateral once more. The doctor smeared his lips with Neutrogena balm and disengaged the trolley’s brake. She wheeled the fifty nine year old onto the ‘weigh bridge’. 142.6 kilograms. A loss of almost one kilo since yesterday. Dr Maziq marked it on the chart. Gunvaldsson was doing well, and only half way through his treatment. His skin colour was good and its texture was moist, meaning she didn’t have to cover his body in lotion. Fiyori fed Mr Gunvaldsson his enteral nutrition via his nose tube. “Here is your breakfast, Sir. Bon appetit. You must tell me later what that is in Swedish.” Though of course this wouldn’t be possible, he wasn’t to know that. She rubbed the back of his hand and after a final auscultation with the stethoscope to check all respiratory and circulatory function, she was ready for a lemon tea and a bite. Fiyori lowered herself gently into the armchair at the end of the room. Her bed was next to it: a trolley on wheels, just like the other inmates, though hers was perpendicular to theirs. She opened the mini fridge at her side and looked up into the CCTV in the corner of the room. Was there anyone else nearby? In this building? Was it the basement of an office block? There were no windows. What if there was a power cut? What if she tripped up and banged her head on a blunt object? What if she had a heart attack? Would they come for her? In the time she had been working with these patients, Fiyori had tried to ban these pointless thoughts, but they were now almost incessant and she lacked the energy to mount a blockade. It was easier when she was working. It was the resting moments which brought unrest, but she desperately needed to sit down now. Fiyori cut the skin from the flesh of a mango and ate hungrily. She wiped the sticky juice from her hands with baby wipes. As jobs went, this one was fairly cushy but she could barely wait to escape.
The young French girl, supine in the bed nearest to Fiyori suddenly opened her eyes. That’s one trick the induced comatose have that Dr Maziq could not get used to. She could cope with the erections and the eerie yawns but the eye opening phenomenon scared the life out of her.

You can purchase Just from Amazon

About the author. 

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 Jenny is a novelist, screenplay writer, and playwright. After a series of ‘proper jobs’, she realized she was living someone else’s life and escaped to Gascony to make gîtes. Knee deep in cement and pregnant, Jenny was happy. Then autism and a distracted spine surgeon wiped out the order. Returned to wonderful England, to write her socks off.
Jenny would like to see the Northern Lights but worries that’s the best bit and should be saved till last. Very happily, and gratefully, settled with the family. She tries not to take herself too seriously.

Jenny Potts can be followed on her WebsiteTwitter.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Tilting by Nicole Harkin #Memoir

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We only learned about our father’s girlfriend after he became deathly ill and lay in a coma 120 miles from our home. Overhearing the nurse tell Linda–since I was nine I had called my mom by her first name–about the girlfriend who came in almost every day to visit him when we weren’t there confirmed that the last moment of normal had passed us by without our realizing it. Up to then our family had unhappily coexisted with Dad flying jumbo jets to Asia while we lived in Montana. We finally came together to see Dad through his illness, but he was once again absent from a major family event–unable to join us from his comatose state. This is the moment when our normal existence tilted. Dad recovered, but the marriage ailed, as did Linda, with cancer. Our family began to move down an entirely different path with silver linings we wouldn’t see for many years.
In this candid and compassionate memoir which recently won a Gold Award in The Wishing Shelf Book Award, Nicole Harkin describes with an Impressionist’s fine eye the evolution of a family that is quirky, independent, uniquely supportive, peculiarly loving and, most of all, marvelously human.

Review

I would like to thank the author and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Memoirs are a particular favourite of mine, especially if they are quirky, emotional and insightful. I am glad to say that Tilting is all of these and more. Nicole Harkin gives us a view of a dysfunctional family, but one that at the same time is bound by familial ties, giving it a hidden core based on love and support. It is an emotional read, making me sad and reflective and yet at the same time happy at the authors determination to rise above the actions of a largely absent father. No family is perfect and this is what gives the book its emotional depth, we can all look back and think of issues with our siblings, for some with their parents and identify in some little way with the author. She draws you in and opens up her childhood to you and the ramifications it had on her life as an adult.
It is a special story and one that I found hard to down, because the author drew me into her life and that of her family, their very different personalities and reactions to an unconventional childhood make fascinating reading. What I loved the most, is the author’s honesty and how she explores her own actions and reactions to her parents and their dysfunctional style of parenting. Its quite a brave thing to do, to allow the reader into your world, but she does so with humanity, honesty and warmth.
Tilting is well worth a read if you like memoirs, it ticks all the boxes. She details the gradual dissolution of her family, keeping the emotional beat throughout. The writer is taking you on a journey as you read their book and Nicole Harkin never allows the story to stall. It tells you why she had to leave and why she was drawn back, family is never perfect, but they are yours and she understands that.

About the author

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Nicole Harkin currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children. She works as a writer and family photographer. As a Fulbright Scholar during law school, Nicole lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied German environmentalism. Her work can be found in Thought Collection and you are here: The Journal of Creative Geography. She is currently working on mystery set in Berlin. Her photography can be seen at www.nicoleharkin.com.

You can follow Nicole Harkin on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Letterbox by P A Davies.

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Letterbox is strong, powerful, emotive. A harrowing novel about the 1996 Manchester IRA bombing – what a haunting tale and heartbreaking insight into the lives of those, responsible for the bombings and of those, who by their very being had no choice but to be implicated in it… their lives will never be the same…

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At approximately 09.00 hrs on the 15th June 1996, an unassuming white lorry was parked on Corporation Street in the city centre of Manchester, England; It contained over 3000 pounds of high explosive.
At 11.15 hrs the same day, Manchester witnessed the detonation of the largest device on the British mainland since the Second World War … The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack.
Based around actual events, LETTERBOX tells the story of Liam Connor, an ordinary boy brought up in Manchester by a seemingly ordinary family. He goes to the local school, loves football and has a best friend called Sean … an ordinary life.
Unbeknown to Liam, his father, Michael Connor, harbours a dark historic secret and follows a life less ordinary … as a furtive yet high ranking soldier within the IRA.
As a result of extraordinary circumstances, Liam’s innocent and carefree world is shattered when he is exposed to the truth about his family’s heritage and then learns about the tragic death of his father at the hands of the SAS.
Consumed with both hate and the need to seek retribution, Liam is taken to Ireland where he is intensively trained to become a highly skilled and efficient soldier within the Irish Republican Army … He is 16 years old.
Some years later, following the drug-induced death of his beloved sister, Liam is given the opportunity to exact his revenge on those he believed should truly be blamed for the tragedies in his life … The British Government.
Thus, on the 15th June 1996, it was Liam’s responsibility to drive the bomb-laden lorry into the unsuspecting city of Manchester and let the voice of the IRA be clearly heard …
And listened to…

Review

I would like to thank the author P A Davies, M J D Publishing and blog tour organiser Caroline Vincent for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Events like the IRA bombing on Manchester on the 15th June 1996 never happen in isolation, they are proceeded by a narrative dating back throughout the history of this country, that explode like shockwaves in the present. Letter Box by P A Davies explores this, by taking one version of what happened and exploring the events leading up to it. It does so with one foot firmly planted in historical fact and the other in the fictional life of young Liam Conner and his role in the bombing of Manchester.
P A Davies has written, what was for me, a highly enjoyable and intricate look into why the IRA decided to plant a bomb in the centre of Manchester. He gives the story a human angle and explores the fascinating and emotive relationship between fragments of Ireland, the powerful and terrifying IRA and the leaders of the British mainland. He gives a voice to the horrifying reasons behind the the 15th June 1996, but does so with sensitivity. Writing a novel about recent events, isn’t easy, given that so many people caught up in the explosion are still alive. P A Davies doesn’t glorify it, he presents a powerful story of a young man whose childhood is shattered by hidden truths and lies, that send him down a path full of hate and a overwhelming urge for revenge.
Characterisation is perfect. We are given a reason for Liam’s role in an act of such horrifying violence and though there is no real justification, he is so beautifully written that you can feel his pain and the echoes of a shared hatred born from oppression and colonialism. The trauma that envelopes him makes him a character whose violence I abhor, whose anger is wrongly targeted at innocents that bear no responsibility for historical wrongs, but the way he is written makes him fascinating at the same time. The supporting characterisation on both sides of a historical divide gives the story depth and humanity to such an emotional subject.
For me the historical element was the best part of the story and the attention paid to the events leading up to a single moment in time.
I would without doubt recommend this book. It deals with a difficult subject with sensitivity.

You can purchase Letterbox from Amazon

About the author.

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This is P.A. Davies at his favourite writing space: Costa Coffee Café.

P.A. Davies grew up in Manchester, UK, a place he has lived in and around all his life – he loves Manchester and is proud to be part of the multi-cultural, modern city that houses two Premiership football teams and is the birthplace of many a famous band, such as Oasis, the Stone Roses, Take That and Simply Red.
For most of his life, he dabbled with writing various pieces, from poems to short fictional stories just for fun. However, following advice from a good friend he decided to have a go at writing a novel. Thus, his first novel ‘Letterbox’ was conceived, a fictional take on the infamous IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996. It took him over a year to complete but while doing so, he found it to be one of the most satisfying and interesting paths he had ever followed. It comes as no surprise that the writing bug now became firmly embedded within him.
P.A. Davies’ second book was published in May 2013, ‘George: A Gentleman of the Road’, a true story about one of Manchester’s homeless. His third novel, ‘The Good in Mister Philips’, is an erotic novel (arguably set to rival Fifty Shades…!) and his fourth, ‘Nobody Heard Me Cry’ (Dec. 2015) is again a fact-based tale, this time of Manchester’s darker side. The thriller ‘Absolution’ (Oct. 2017) is his fifth novel. Currently, P.A. Davies is writing his sixth novel, titled ‘I, Muslim.’
To label P.A. Davies’ writings would be difficult because his works diverse from thrillers to touching novels to true-to-life tales embedded in a captivating story for the author is an imaginative and versatile storyteller.

Books by P.A. Davies

Absolution (2017), Nobody Heard Me Cry (2016), The Good in Mister Philips (2014), George: A Gentleman of the Road (2013), Letterbox (2011)

You can follow P.A.Davies on Twitter, FacebookInstagram and his Webpage.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~Proof Positive by Lucy V Hay.

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Proof Positive (Intersection Series Book 1)
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doo

Review

I would like to thank the author L V Hay and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
This is the second book I have read by this author and yet again it was a fabulous read. Such a clever and interesting concept, which fits brilliantly with the story being told. We have Lizzie, who soon to start a new life at University, suddenly discovers she is pregnant. There are potentially so many possible and varied outcomes, that flow from moment and Lucy V Hay explores them all in a series of snap shots, each with dedicated chapters. We all make decisions that affect our lives, that throw us down a path to one future, but what if we had made a different decision, listened to a different voice, what would the outcome have been? This is what Proof Positive is about, taking ownership of our lives and what we choose to do. For Lizzie the decision is life changing, whatever she decides to do. It will affect not just her, but those she loves.
Proof Positive is a powerful read aimed at young adults, but personally I think it should be read by all age groups. Being a young single mum, or choosing not to be, is an incredibly brave decision either way and many of us have no concept of the emotions involved when faced with such a life changing event. Lucy V Hay gives this issue a voice. It is about choice, empowerment, love and obligation. She weaves a story with multiple threads with great skill and authority. I could feel the emotion and confusion involved and the intense pressure Lizzie is under. Having a member of my own family be faced with this decision, I feel I now better understand the range of conflicting emotions she must have gone through.
The way the story is told is clever because it shows us how life can change in a moment of time. We see all the possibilities as the story flicks back and forth from one central point and it is exhilarating.
The characters are beautifully written and each has a richness of depth to their personalities that fit easily into each story arc. Her mum, dad, sisters and boyfriend all play a pivotal role, but are never allowed to upstage the central character of Lizzie, who quote rightly is front and centre of the story. Of Lizzie herself, I could feel her vulnerability and on the flip side her strength. The multi faceted nature of her personality gives an emotional depth to this story. Teenagers are complex, often highly emotional and confused, living in that no man’s land between childhood and adulthood and Lucy V Hay captures that emotive combination perfectly within the character of Lizzie.
Proof Positive is a superb read and one I would recommend to readers of all ages. It would be nice if it became a set text in schools and developed for TV, so that young girls like Lizzie can better understand how much their lives can be changed in a moment and how they should not have to face this alone. Better still it should be read by parents, who have long forgotten the confusion of life as a teenager in a world they feel alienated from.

You can purchase Proof Positive from Amazon.

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About the author. 

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Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.  Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

You can follow Lucy V Hay on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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A Series in the Spotlight ~ Blog Tour ~ Death in The Woods by Bernie Steadman.

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Death In The Woods:

Meet Detective Inspector Dan Hellier, a man who needs to redeem his career and catch a killer.

Soon after DI Hellier returns home to Exeter under a cloud, the body of a talented young singer is found in the woods.

When her death reveals links to the boss of a recording studio, a predatory gang and a school music teacher, Hellier knows he has his work cut out.

Before any more innocent people are put in danger, Hellier will need to untangle the web of lies and work out which of many suspects are guilty of murder. But can he solve the case in time?

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Today I’m delighted to feature a book series from the fabulous Bloodhound Books, who consistently publish top quality crime drama.

Both books revolve around DI Hellier and are set in a stunning part of Great Britain, the West Country.

Why not take a look at this series of you love a good quality read, that includes exciting drama and great characterisation.

You can purchase this Death in the Woods from Amazon.

The other book in the series is Death on Dartmoor

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Life is good for DI Dan Hellier until the discovery of two headless, handless bodies buried in a bog on Dartmoor. But how can he identify the victims when nobody has reported them missing?

The tension mounts when the death of a young man plunges Hellier into the murky world of the Garrett family. Could the peaceful, family-run Animal Rescue Centre really be a cover for murder and other criminal activity?

Hellier is about to learn just how far people will go to get what they want.

And this investigation will challenge Hellier’s decisions as he races to catch another murderer before it’s too late.

Death on Dartmoor can be purchased from Amazon.

While both books in the series can purchased together from Amazon

A little bit about the author. 

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Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time.  She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.

Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.

When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.

You can follow Bernie Steadman on Facebook and her webpage.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Stripey End by Natasha Lea.

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‘Believe in yourself, for you are unique!’

In this ever-changing world our children are bombarded with ‘image’ driven ideals of what is accepted as normal, or what we should aspire to be.

The reality is we are all unique and should be proud of it.

Stripey Enid has no colour or creed, she is just a friend. Using simple verse and interactive tasks, she aims to help your child understand that it is good to be unique, and that being yourself is all you need to be.

Although simple in presentation, it is a little gem of a book, with a special and important message for it’s readers.

Review

I would like to thank author Natasha Lea and publisher Beercott Books for the ARC in return for an honest review.

In an age when children’s publishers are producing visually stunning books,  Stripey Enid with it’s simple cover might be passed by when choosing a book and that would be a shame.

Although simple in presentation, it is a little gem of a book, with a special message for it’s readers.  That each child is unique! Reading it will encourage them to understand that it’s okay to be different. It’s what I most loved about Stripey Enid, this powerful, but simple message.

The other thing I adored is that it encourages the reader to interact with the story as they read.  There is a page they can attach a picture of themselves to compare with Enid, to show difference is positive.  There is also a page where they can list their good points, encouraging them to look at the things they most like about themselves. Maybe doing this with a parent, who could reinforce the things that make their child second to none.

Stripey Enid is not really about Enid, but each individual reader. For each the story will be different. As they take the journey with this wonderful character, it is their story they are recording as they read.

Without doubt this book is a wonderful, simple and empowering read for young reader’s and their parents.

You can purchase Stripey End from Amazon.

About the author

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It was over 10 years ago, during a marketing exercise to promote a new theatre company whilst studying Performing Arts, that the idea of Stripey Enid came to Natasha.

Even back then, Stripey was seen to be different, something to challenge the norm, ask questions of people.

The idea of writing a book was never the intention but a natural progression on from the poems Natasha used to create for friends and family for birthdays & special occasions.

At the time Natasha was also working with a local Brownie pack and it was this interaction that made her realise that she was an adult in these children’s lives that wasn’t a parent or a teacher but a friend, a unique friendship that benefitted both parties.

Stripey came into being by the pure belief that Natasha had about peer pressure & social demands creating barriers between people, stopping people from seeing others as they truly are.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ A Dead American in Paris by Seth Lynch.

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Paris. 1931.

Arty Homebrook lived and died in a world of sleaze which stretched from Chicago to Paris but never beyond the gutter.

He’d been sleeping with Madame Fulton, which is why Harry Fulton promised to kill him. So far as the Paris Police are concerned it’s an open and shut case. Harry’s father has other ideas and hires Salazar to investigate.

As Salazar gets to grips with the case he’s dragged reluctantly into an unpleasant underworld of infidelity, blackmail, backstreet abortions and murder.

Salazar is far too inquisitive to walk away and far too stubborn to know what’s for the best. So he wakes up each hungover morning, blinks into the sunlight, and presses on until it’s his life on the line. Then he presses on some more, just for the hell of it.

Review

Many thanks to the author, Fahrenheit Press and blog tour organiser Emma Welton for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I admit, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy A Dead American in Paris, after I was a few pages in! But it’s rare for me to give up on a book and I’m so glad I didnt. The story matures into a first class narrative, with elements of classic noir and feels almost like a Humphrey Bogard film, in the way it is peppered with an anti hero of sorts, a female fatal and a host of villains.

The story brings inter war Paris to life, you can almost sense the despair of those who fought in WW1 from the descriptions of Salazar’s nightmares and also the heady reckless that filled the air after so much loss and despair.  In one section he brings the city to life by describing “the screech of a train as it tore across a viaduct, these were the city’s lullabies..”. We are submerged in the seedy elements of Parisian life as the facade of polite society is is ripped away. The descriptions and story and both excellent and full of atmosphere, so much so I felt myself lost in Salazar’s investigation into Arty Homebrook’s murder.

I loved all the characters, from the flawed Salazar himself to Megan and Belmont. Even the support characters are supberb. Fem Fatal Madame Fulton,  ouzes sexual attraction and  painful need.

I read this book as a standalone, not having read book one in the series and loved it. I am sure existing fans  will enjoy it every bit as much.

It is a highly enjoyable read and I hope there are more on the way.

You can buy A Dead American in Paris directly from Fahrenheit Press and Amazon.

About the author.

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Born and brought up in the West of England, Seth has also lived in Carcassonne, Zurich and the Isle of Man.

With two daughters, his writing time is the period spent in cafés as the girls do gym, dance and drama lessons.

You can follow the author on Twitter and Facebook.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ The Old You by Louise Voss.

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Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.
But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

Review

I would like to thank Louise Voss, Orenda Books and blog tour organiser Anne Cater for the ARC in return for an honest review.

I found The Old You to be such a rich and rewarding read. The story was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to get back to it,  if forced to take a break for work. The story matures as it progresses and yet doesn’t rest on it’s laurels. It frequently had me questioning my assumptions about where the story was heading.  Just as Lynn questions the foundations her marriage is resting on, I had to constantly reassess my feelings  towards characters I thought I knew.  There are plenty of twists and turns, and each one managed to ratchet up the tension a little bit more.  So that by the end  you feel a little punch drunk. It is chilling as well, leaving me thinking I really need to check my doors and windows are locked.

The characters are excellent. Lyn is multi layered and very likeable.  Very much a strong and determined women.  I admired the way Louise Voss gave her a back story that showed she was not your standard wife come housewife.  I found myself loving her secrets as much as her present, which is  drip fed to us and unravels as the novel progresses. Ed is a chameleon like, in that your never sure if what your seeing at any point in the novel is the real him.

The Old You is yet another superb read from Orenda books.

You can purchase The Old You from Amazon

About the author. 

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Louise Voss has been writing for the past eighteen years, with many twists and turns in her career. She started her publishing life with four novels for Transworld/Black Swan, the first of which, To Be Someone, was published in 2001 with its own CD soundtrack. This was followed by three more contemporary women’s fiction novels, Are You My Mother? Lifesaver, and Games People Play, until she switched to publishing thrillers with Mark Edwards.

She and Mark were the first British indie authors to reach No.1 on the Amazon charts with Catch Your Death, where they stayed for the month of June 2011, with their novel Killing Cupid also at No. 2. This led to a four-book deal with Harper Collins; then two books in the DI Lennon series, From the Cradle and The Blissfully Dead (Thomas & Mercer).

Her first solo thriller was The Venus Trap in 2015 and her second, a twisty tale of domestic noir, is out in May 2018: The Old You, published by @OrendaBooks.

You can follow the author on Twitter and her website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Faceless by Rob Ashman.

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After surviving a vicious knife attack, which left her husband dead, DI Rosalind Kray returns to work and is handed a serial killer investigation.

This killer is different, he doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random but the killer selects his quarry with meticulous care.

While fighting her superiors Kray must conquer her own demons, which are tearing her apart.

Kray has the ability to think like a killer and her skills lead to a series of horrifying revelations that turn the case on its head. She believes she is getting close, then her world comes crashing down with devastating consequences.

Will Kray find the murderer and escape with her own life in tact?

The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

Review

Firstly I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and the blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC in return for an honest review.
The most important thing in any novel about a serial killer has to be the murderer themselves! I want to be repulsed, yet at the same time fascinated and absolutely freaked out! I’m glad to say that Rob Ashman managed to achieve all three. The actions of the killer in Faceless are twisted and evil. I know it seems a weird thing to say, but he is the perfect psychopath. In that he acts on his own primitive desires, which appear rational and normal to him, yet are twisted to such a level, that any rational mind would struggle to comprehend them. For me Rob Ashman provides the perfect counter balance in the character of Rosalind, who though painfully damaged by past events has a core of goodness at her centre of her being. m
The story itself is exciting and addictive in the way a good thriller should be. I loved the way we are tricked into thinking the story is going down a certain path and then in veers off down an altogether different one. I was wrong footed about the killer’s motives and surprised about the connections that linked the different segments of the story. It had me turning the pages eager to find out who won this game of cat and mouse, killer or policewomen and that is surely a mark of a really enjoyable read? story
Having enjoyed Faceless, I would recommend this to existing Rob Ashman fans and anyone else looking for a great thriller.

You can purchase Faceless from Amazon

About the author

 

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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 published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

The author can be followed on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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Review ~ Blog Tour ~ Carpenter Road by N M Brown.

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When a young woman swaps coats with a prostitute then vanishes, it marks the start of a mystifying case for Leighton Jones.
After traffic officer Leighton is called to an altercation in a used car lot he is confronted by a prostitute rambling on about a girl who stole her coat. He thinks nothing off it. That is until the body of a Jane Doe shows up, matching the prostitute’s description.
What is the link between the fight in the car lot and the dead woman?
Leighton proceeds to gather evidence, which he attempts to pass onto the lead Homicide detective, Slater. However, Slater tells Leighton to back off, and that a suspect has been arrested.
Fearing there is more to the case than he first thought, Leighton is driven to keep digging and soon ends up on the trail of a serial killer.
But Leighton might be out of his depth this time…
Review
I would like to thank the author, publisher and blog tour organiser for the ARC in return for an honest review.
Having loved The Girl on the Bus, I was excited to be offered the opportunity to review the pre-sequel Carpenter Road, set ten years before. It is I am glad to say, as great a read and I welcomed the chance to spend time once again with Leighton Jones, who is a generous and caring lead character. He makes this series of books a delight to read.
Carpenter Road is not just a great thriller, it has a heart to it based around one man’s intrinsic need to help others, even those society has rejected. He cares and believes in justice and any book containing Leighton Jones, would be for me a must read. I adore him and wish sometimes I could walk into the pages of the book and give him a big Welsh cwtch. It is for a thriller, a surprisingly emotional read and made me tear up in places. Few thrillers I can think of have ever done this to me, so it makes Carpenter Road that bit more special.
Don’t panic if you thinking it doesn’t have the traditional elements of a thriller, because oh boy does it. There are plenty of twists and turns and I was well and truly led down the wrong garden path and had to take a step backwards on a number of occasions. I don’t hold with the theory that a modern thriller must be all wham, bam, wallop, but it does traditionally need twists and turns, preferably ones that you don’t see coming and this novel had that. Just imagine me sat in front of my kindle with a look of shock on my face and that sums up Carpenter Road.
I do hope there are more outings featuring Leighton, because I miss him already.
You can purchase Carpenter Road from Amazon
About the author
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Norman has enjoyed writing for more than two decades. He has always believed a combination of decent fiction and good coffee provides the best way to unwind and slip out of ordinary life for a while.

Having grown up Central Scotland, he studied English at Stirling University, where he began penning poetry, drama scripts and short stories. However, his real commitment to writing resulted from spending a snowy winter attending a series of fireside writing workshops in Perth.

More recently, Norman’s love of crime fiction led him to create the weary detective Leighton Jones. Having based his debut novel – The Girl on the Bus -around this character, Norman felt so intrigued by him that he decided to give Jonesy at least two more outings. Carpenter Road is the second novel to feature this protagonist.

Aside from his family, and travelling, Norman’s other passion is cooking, which may explain why many culinary elements always seem to creep out of his kitchen and into his fiction.

You can follow the author on TwitterFacebook and his website.

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