Thursday, 27 September 2018

#BlogTour: A House Divided by Rachel McLean @rachelmcwrites @rararesources #AHouseDivided

Published on 24th September 2018. My thanks to the author/publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.


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My Thoughts:

A House Divided is an intelligent political thriller and the first in a new trilogy. There is a realism about this novel that is somewhat unsettling and makes reading this book somewhat disturbing and horrifying but had me on the edge of the seat nevertheless.

From reading the blurb you would see some similarities to Bodyguard, the recent television drama featuring the Home Secretary. Shh don't tell me what happens as I haven't seen the final episode yet. If you are missing your political fix then you won't go wrong by reading this one though.

Jennifer Sinclair is a government minister and also MP for Birmingham, she is married to a Muslim man and they have two sons. A House Divided is set slightly in the future, and the exploration is how terrorism should be tackled. This causes great conflict between Jennifer's personal and professional lives. For all that this book is about I found it refreshing for a strong female character to be portrayed as being successful within politics. 

Taut, tense and thrilling. I can't wait for the next instalment as I am absolutely enthralled. 

Highly recommended. 


About the Author:
I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

#BlogTour: Bear With Me by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources #BearWithMe

Bear With Me is available now. You can get your copy here. My thanks to the author and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour.


Jemma has the job of her dreams as curator for the children’s section of a museum in London. She spends each day surrounded by the one thing she’s absolutely passionate about: teddy bears. When boyfriend, Scott, shows a genuine interest in her passion instead of laughing at her for “playing with teddies all day”, she knows he’s a keeper.

Returning home to the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitsborough Bay to celebrate her birthday, Jemma thinks she’s heading for her happy-ever-after when Scott unexpectedly proposes. So, a few days later, why isn’t he retuning her calls or responding to her texts?

Julie has always been a wonderful single mother to Jemma and her little brother, Sean. As owner of specialist teddy bear shop, Bear With Me, and the creative genius behind the successful range of Ju-Sea Bears, she inspires Jemma with her ability to balance a demanding career with home life. So why is the shop now in disarray and why is Sean so upset?

Sam thought he had his future all worked out. With a promising neurology career, a home, and a devoted fiancĂ©e, life was looking good. But now he’s all alone in a strange city, far from everyone and everything he cares about, struggling to rebuild the tatters of his life. Did he do the right thing by running away? What does the future hold and is he strong enough to face it?

Sometimes love finds us when we least expect it. But sometimes love leaves us, just as unexpectedly. When you’ve loved and lost, can you bear to let love in again?

Bear With Me, as all will be revealed …

My Thoughts:

Bear With Me is the first book that I have read by this author and I have a feeling that it won't be the last. The romantic and endearing storyline had me hook, line and sinker. I really loved it. 

Set in Whitsborough Bay this book has a host of wonderful characters that held together the beautiful narrative. I was engaged throughout. This read was pure escapism for me. 

This is a multi stranded story of love and how to start over when things don't work out as you had hoped. I really loved the two main characters Jemma and Sam who forge a friendship after their individual experiences. 

I found the authors writing warm and humorous. The storyline was moving and emotive and I was captivated by the twists and turns in the plot. 

I found the setting gorgeous and I look forward to reading more from Jessica Redland in the future, she has gained a new fan.



About the Author:

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her business reports read more like stories and she should write a book. She loved writing but had no plot ideas. Then something happened to her that prompted the premise for her debut novel, Searching for Steven. She put fingers to keyboard and soon realised she had a trilogy and a novella!

She lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the dog has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!

Jessica tries to balance her time – usually unsuccessfully – between being an HR tutor and writing.

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

#BlogTour: The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran @FaberBooks #TheInfiniteBlacktop

Published by Faber & Faber on 20th September 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and inviting me on to the blog tour. 

Driven off the desert road and left for dead, Claire DeWitt knows that it is someone from her past trying to kill her, she just doesn't know who. Making a break for it from the cops who arrive on the scene, she sets off in search of the truth, or whatever version of it she can find. But perhaps the biggest mystery of all lies deeper than that, somewhere out there on the ever rolling highway of life.
Set between modern day Las Vegas and LA, The Infinite Blacktop sees Claire at her lowest point yet, wounded and disorientated, but just about hanging on.
Too smart for her own good, too damaged to play by the rules, too crazy for most - have you got what it takes to follow the self-appointed 'best detective in the world'?

My Thoughts:

Well as you know I like different and The Infinite Black Top is certainly that. It features self proclaimed World's Best Detective Claire Dewitt. The Infinite Blacktop is part of a series and I feel that I would have benefited from reading the previous books but nevertheless enjoyed my first introduction to this authors writing. 

Someone is after Claire, they have deliberately crashed into her car and Claire is determined to find out who. She must evade the ambulance and police to find out who did this. Claire DeWitt is definitely a renegade that doesn't follow the rules. Probably one of the most interesting detectives I have come across in years. Think of Nancy Drew but older and if she was on acid.

I adored the way that Sara Gran writes, it had an originality to it that stuck in my mind. There are flashbacks to previous mysteries but everything was intertwined and whilst I wondered where things were going, it soon became clear. 

Sara Gran is a rare talent and this multi faceted novel is a testament to that.

Breathtakingly good.  


About the Author:
Sara Gran is the author of the novels Dope, Come Closer, Saturn's Return to New York, and the Claire DeWitt series.

Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and as many languages. She also writes for TV and film and occasionaly writes other things.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, now living in California, Ms. Gran has worked with books as a writer, bookseller, and collector for most of her career.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

#BlogTour: Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers @problemsolverge @rararesources #DarkParadise

Dark Paradise is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. There is not one but two giveaways running at the end of this post or alternatively you can get your copy on one of the following links.

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Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for.


Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly.

Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper.

With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Jeffrey Black.

The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine. 

My Thoughts:

Dark Paradise is the first in the Boise Montague series. I have read some cracking books lately, all different and thoroughly enjoyable. Dark Paradise is no different. 

Set on a small Caribbean island the author clearly knows his stuff. This was a new location for me and it was vividly and descriptively brought to life. It was fascinating to read about. 

Boise Montague is the main character and after the death of his wife he returns to St. Thomas hoping returning to the place so familiar to him will ground him. However he gets a lot more than he bargained for. When he begins to investigate the murder of his friend a whole host of other characters come into play. An eclectic bunch to say the least. I really found the character of Boise to be likeable and I am hoping to read more about him in the future. 

The story rattled along at a good pace and there was a slight humour to it and the setting was great. For my first taste of Caribbean Noir I really enjoyed it. 

About the Author:

Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

#BookBlitz: The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke @VictoriaCooke10 @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #TheHolidayCruise

Delighted to be taking part in the Book Birthday Blitz today for The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke. Published by HQ Digital UK. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the celebrations.


As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.
Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.
As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.
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My Thoughts:

The Holiday Cruise was the perfect read at the perfect time for me. I don't often stray away from crime fiction and thrillers but when I do I really enjoy the change of pace. This book was no different I was totally absorbed and I loved it. 

Hannah has had a rough time, her husband has left her for another woman and her life has unravelled. She has let her life and her business fall by the wayside and she fancies a change and to reinvent herself. What better way then to take a job on cruise ship. It gets her away from the villagers gossiping and feeling sorry for her and allows her space to find her own way. 

Hannah meets lots of new friends and gets to experience a new place every day, the weight of what has happened to her starting to lift off of her shoulders. One rule that is bestowed upon the staff is no fraternising with the guests and Hannah has no intention of breaking the rules, that is until a handsome stranger arrives on board.

This book is full of fun and excitement the characters are great and the story flowed really well. I quite fancy going on a cruise myself now. 

I only have one question for the author, when is the sequel coming out?

Thoroughly entertaining and highly enjoyable. 

About the Author:
Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, 'The Secret to Falling in Love,' in 2016

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

#BlogTour: Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds by Columbkill Noonan @ColumbkillNoon1 @crookedcatbooks @rararesources

Published by Crooked Cat Books on the 4th September 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. There is a giveaway running at the end of this post.


Hold your flying horses!
Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world, an event which the locals call “Ragnarok”. This time around, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.

Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarok? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife? Will they save the world…again? 

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My Thoughts:

Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Nine Worlds is quite possibly the most quirky and original book that I have read this year, I loved it. 

Set in Victorian times Barnabas and Wilfred are a pair of detectives. The mystery takes place within the realms of norse mythology. The imagination of the author is immense and I was utterly transported into the worlds between the pages. The premise seemed initially confusing but I was drawn in right away by the settings and the humour that leaps off of the pages. 

I adore these two detectives and they may just be my new favourite detective double act. 

A host of wonderful and individual characters make this book an absolute delight to read and I feel privileged to have been invited on to the blog tour. 

I haven't read the first book in the series Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab but I most certainly will now. 
About the Author:
Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).

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Sunday, 9 September 2018

#BlogTour: Hunter's Revenge by Val Penny @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @rararesources #Hunter'sRevenge

Hunter's Revenge is published by Crooked Cat Books on 9th September 2018. My thanks to the author and publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend's death is revenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George's home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend's past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George's killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter's perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. 

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My Thoughts:

Hunter's Revenge is the second in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. Although not essential I feel that it might have been beneficial to have read the first book as there is some continuation of characters etc. 

Hunter's Revenge opens brilliantly and the author managed to suck me in to the story right away, there are twists and turns aplenty and I was second guessing the plot throughout. 

The author has managed to create quite a cast of characters, none of whom were superfluous. DI Hunter Wilson is a great character, as he investigates why his friend George Reinbold was murdered and as the case takes on multiple strands we get to find out more about DI Hunter Wilson. 

This isn't the fasted paced crime novel I have ever read but the plot was excellent and came together very well. The case was enough to hold my interest and kept me turning the pages to find out the final answers.

I would certainly be tempted to read more from this series in the future. 


About the Author:
Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, 'Hunter's Chase' set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, 'Hunter's Revenge' will be published on 09.09.2018.

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Saturday, 8 September 2018

#BlogBlitz: Sleeping Through War by Jackie Carreira @rararesources @matadorbooks #SleepingThroughWar

Published by Matador on 9th January 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog blitz. 


Sleeping Through War
It is May 1968. Students are rioting, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, and war is raging in Vietnam. For three ordinary women in Lisbon, London and Washington life must go on as usual. For them, just to survive is an act of courage. How much has really changed in 50 years?
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My Thoughts:

Sleeping Through War is a relatively short novel at 200 or so pages but I found it a wonderful and all encapsulating novel with tremendous characterisation and fantastic historical research. I really enjoyed it. 

The reader is treated to the story of three women and their lives. Sleeping Through War is set in 1968, the world is a very tumultuous place. Wars, riots and nuclear testing are blotting the landscapes of countries across the world.

Despite the fact that the three main female characters in our story live in different countries, there are similarities between all of them. We have Amalia, Rose and Mrs Johnson. The author has given these ladies distinct voices and their stories shine out across the continents and the pages of this wonderful story. 

As a reader I was able to look on in wonder at the strength of these women. During difficult times they showed great strength and resilience and an attitude of carrying on regardless. A great sense of time and place is shown throughout this novel and I was was deeply touched by the wonderful narrative and the unwinding stories of the characters lives. 

The author has managed to write a deeply emotive and moving story of a time that still resonates today, I enjoyed the powerful and descriptive writing very much indeed.  

About the Author:
Jackie Carreira is a writer, musician, designer, co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company, and award-winning playwright. She mostly grew up and went to school in Hackney, East London, but spent part of her early childhood with grandparents in Lisbon's Old Quarter. Her colourful early life has greatly influenced this novel. Jackie now lives in leafy Suffolk with her actor husband, AJ Deane, two cats and too many books.
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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

#BlogTour: The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendaBooks #TheLionTamerWhoLost

Published by Orenda Books in paperback on 20th September 2018, the ebook is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater for inviting me on to the blog tour. 


Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past,The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

My Thoughts:

I always wait patiently when I hear that Louise Beech has a new book coming out and the anticipation for The Lion Tamer Who Lost was no exception. I always wonder what direction she will choose next. A writer that makes me think and feel and always captivates me with her wonderfully entrancing writing. 

The cover for The Lion Tamer Who Lost is absolutely perfect, it  is somehow simple and complex at the same time and is the perfect one for the wonderful novel. 

Set in Zimbabwe and England a transfixing sense of place is captured particularly in Zimbabwe if I closed my eyes I could almost imagine being there. Louise Beech always writes her characters with great depth and great heart and they are a pleasure to read about. A writer that is very astute as she manages to capture their emotions and lays them out bare across the pages. 

Ben travels to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve after a promise that he had made. Andrew keeps his wishes in a box, fate seeming to bring to the two characters together. 

Essentially a story of love in its many forms and sexuality and identity. A story that is ever real and certainly current. 

I have been moved beyond measure and even had a little cry at the beauty that this writer has created. I didn't think that she would be able to top The Mountain in My Shoe but she has and I can only dream of what comes next from the pen of this one off, one of a kind super talented author that captures heart and mind and is quite simply a piece of wizardry. 

You would be foolish to miss this one. 


About the Author:
Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. 

Find her on Twitter: @LouiseWriter

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