Update

Shame on me!! I’ve been missing for awhile I know, but life as a mommy to two under two is hectic at times. My second was born literally one day before my first born. It’s hard sometimes but a lot of the times they play and are happy with just being in the same room as me. My first pregnancy was extremely scary and I don’t remember much about it to be honest. I just remember waking up in the middle of the night saying something was wrong with the baby. Turns out I was super sick and had hellp syndrome. They had to do an emergency csection that night. My second one wasn’t bad at all, I was able to have my VBAC but with two I barely had time to read. Now I’m getting more time so I’m hoping to have something up soon.

Anyways i have some treats lined up for guys. I just downloaded all of the wizard of Oz books the other night so reviews on them will be coming as soon as I can get a full one read. I’m also reading A White Wind Blew on Libby. I love going to the library and would honestly prefer a physical copy to read, but with this mess going on I’m stuck with ebooks or books I have on my shelf.

I also have several ARCS I need to get read, but it always seems that something gets in the way. I will definitely try to read one or two of those in the near future. I seem to have lost my notebook where I had my reviews written down, although I think most of them are already on this site anyways, but still I have to go hunt that down and it’s going to be a right pain in my butt to do that😭

In other fun facts I’m currently working on writing my own original story and it’s up on wattpad, well at least the dedication and all of that plus the first two chapters. I’m posting it chapter by chapter so it could take a long time for me to get it binge readable but if you like scary stuff then let me know and I’ll consider posting the link here for you all.

Anyways I hope you guys are enjoying your quarantine time, I know I’m not. There’s only so much of staying at home I can do before I go absolutely crazy. I’ll try to be good and update every so often here. You guys may have to help me remember to post an update though.

The last thing she said

“Too many twists and turns to easily share about this book. Nevertheless, Carr has pulled off another “hit” that kept me reading in one setting until the clues were so well together that the villain fell into our laps…or Chris’s, LOL Carr has put a lot into the book beyond the mysteries this time…Characters enjoyed chocotinis, visited book stores…and even blundered into getting engaged (the ring had been purchased 4 months ago)… But, for me, a special thank you for the political spoof at a time when politics at the national level is devastating, gave me a laugh and lightened the load of it all!” – Review by Glenda Bixler, Book Reader’s Heaven

Book Details: Book Title:  The Last Thing She Said (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #3) by Lauren Carr

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  386 pages

Genre:  Mystery

Publisher:  Acorn Book Services

Release date:   July 22, 2019

Formats available for purchase:  paperback, ebook, audiobook (audible & itunes)

Tour dates: October 7 to November 15, 2019

Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs

Book Description: ​“I’m working on the greatest mystery ever,” was the last thing noted mystery novelist Mercedes Livingston said to seven-year-old Chris Matheson before walking out of Hill House Hotel never to be seen again. For decades, the writer’s fate remained a puzzling mystery until an autographed novel and a letter put a grown-up Chris Matheson on the trail of a cunning killer. With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris puts a flame to this cold case to uncover what had really happened that night Mercedes Livingston walked out of Hill House Hotel. Watch out! The clues are getting hot!

Buy the Book: Amazon.com

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Book Details: Book Title: Winter Frost  (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #2) by Lauren Carr

Category:  Adult fiction,  332 pages

Genre:  Mystery

Publisher:  Acorn Book Services Release date:  January 22, 2019

Formats available for purchase:  paperback, ebook, audiobook (audible & itunes)

Tour dates:  October 7 to November 22, 2019

Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

“Filled with twists and turns, Winter Frost reads perfectly well as a stand-alone, although it is part of a series. The author creates tension and suspense throughout by keeping the reader guessing; she keeps readers engaged with well fleshed out characters and a dash of humor. Sterling, the retired German Shepherd police dog turned card shark, is a new favorite. As the story flows, the truth unfolds, layer by layer, leading to a satisfying conclusion.

“Winter Frost was an entertaining, at times humorous read with suspense, some surprises, and even cute animals in the mix.” Review of Winter Frost by The iRead Review

Book Description: ​It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife. Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.  Nothing is as it seems.  In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?   Buy the Book: Amazon.com

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Book Details: Book Title: ICE  (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery #1) by Lauren Carr

Category:  Adult fiction,  364 pages

Genre:  Mystery

Publisher:  Acorn Book Services

Release date:  February 26, 2018

Formats available for purchase:  paperback, ebook, audiobook (audible & itunes)

Tour dates:  October 7 to November 22, 2019

Content Rating:  PG-13 (Lauren Carr’s books are murder mysteries, so there are murders involved. Occasionally, a murder will happen on stage. There is sexual content, but always behind closed doors. Some mild swearing (a hell or a damn few and far between). No F-bombs!

“ICE is a strong start to a new series that will have fans of Lauren Carr thrilled to be introduced to another set of memorable and entertaining characters. Carr’s Geezer Squad has brought sexy back to mature men and women, whose kickass attitude and smarts sizzle as they melt the clues to those cold cases!”  Laura Fabiani, Library of Clean Reads

“For the whodunit mystery buff who loves ever-increasing suspense and danger, Lauren Carr’s newest series offers up a big dose of both. Murder and mayhem seem to be Chris’s new companions after returning home following the loss of both his wife and his father. Juggling the parenting responsibilities of his three daughters with his mother is not something Chris was expecting at this point in his life, but life isn’t something that goes as planned.” 5-Star Review at Blooming with Books

Book Description: ​When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappeared, the court of public opinion found young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted.  With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!

Buy the Book: Amazon.com

* Audible Add to Goodreads

Meet the Author:    Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Thorny Rose, Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries—over twenty titles across four fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns! Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: ​Oct 7 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of The Last Thing She Said

Oct 7 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book review of Ice / giveaway

Oct 7 – Bookriot – audiobook review of Ice / giveaway

Oct 7 – Just Another Reader – book review of Ice

Oct 7 – Rita’s Reading Room – series spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Oct 7 – Viviana MacKade – series spotlight / guest post

Oct 8 – Just Another Reader – book review of Winter Frost

Oct 8 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Oct 8 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Oct 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Last Thing She Said / guest post /              giveaway

Oct 9 – Cuzinlogic – series spotlight / giveaway

Oct 9 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book review of The Last Thing She Said /               giveaway

Oct 9 – Just Another Reader – book review of The Last  Thing She Said

Oct 9 – The Voracious Bibliophile – book review of The Last Thing She Said

Oct 10 – Librorum in Sempiternum – book review of Ice / giveaway

Oct 11 – It’s All About the Book – book review of The Last Thing She Said

Oct 14 – b for bookreview – series spotlight / author interview

Oct 15 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of Ice / giveaway

Oct 15 – Pause for Tales – book review of The Last Thing She Said

Oct 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said /                  guest post / giveaway

Oct 17 – Library of Clean Reads – series spotlight / giveaway

Oct 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Oct 19 – Bookriot – audiobook review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Oct 20 – Librorum in Sempiternum – book review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Oct 21 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Oct 21 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 22 – Kristin’s Novel Café – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said

Oct 23 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said /                  guest post

Oct 24 – Haddie’s Haven – audiobook review of Ice / giveaway

Oct 24 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Oct 24 – My Journey Back – series spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 25 – Blooming with Books – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Oct 25 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Oct 26 – Bookriot – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Oct 28 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said

Oct 29 – Buried Under Books – audiobook review of The Last  Thing she Said / giveaway

Oct 29 – My Reading Journeys – book review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Oct 30 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight of The Last Thing She Said /                  giveaway

Oct 31 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said                  / giveaway

Nov 1 – Life as Leels – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 4 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Ice / giveaway

Nov 5 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 6 – fundinmental – book review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Nov 6 – My Reading Journeys – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 7 – Haddie’s Haven – audiobook review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Nov 8 – Literary Flits – series spotlight / giveaway

Nov 11 – The Avid Inspri – book review of Ice / giveaway

Nov 11 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Nov 12 – Librorum in Sempiternum – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 13 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway ​

Nov 13 – A Fountain of Books – book review of The Last Thing She Said / guest post / giveaway

Nov 14 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said / author interview /                  giveaway

Nov 15 – The Avid Inspri – book review of Winter Frost / giveaway

Nov 15 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 18 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said / guest post /                  giveaway

Nov 18 – Books for Books – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 19 – JBronder Book Reviews – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said

Nov 19 – Shalini’s Books & Reviews – book review of The Last Thing She Said

Nov 20 – fundinmental – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 20 – Haddie’s Haven – audiobook review of The Last Thing She Said / guest post /                  giveaway

Nov 20 – I’m All About Books – book review of The Last Thing She Said / guest post /                 giveaway

Nov 20 – Svetlana’s reads and views – book review of The Last Thing She Said /                 giveaway

Nov 21 – Books Are Love – book review of The Last Thing She Said / author interview /                  giveaway

Nov 21 – The Avid Inspri – book review of The Last Thing She Said / guest post / ​                 giveaway

Nov 22 – Adventurous Jessy – book review of The Last Thing She Said / giveaway

Nov 22 – SammieReadsBook – book review of The Last Thing She Said / author                  interview / giveaway

Nov 22 –  Jypsylynn – book review of The Last Thing She Said ​ ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! ​Ends November 30th, 2019 a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js

 

I don’t even have any words for how fantastic this book is. It kept me on the edge of my seat just like the others did. If you love murder mysteries then this series is most definitely for you. I felt like I could connect to some of the characters throughout each book. I can’t say enough good things about these books or this author. I will definitely be picking up more of Lauren Carr’s books in the future. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I think it’s best that I leave this review the way it is right now and go on and rate the book.

 

I am going to go ahead and give this book 5 stars like I did for the other two. I enjoyed this series very much and can’t wait to read more by the author. I hope that if any of you guys pick these books up you enjoy them as much as I did.

 

 

Winter Frost

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First off i meant to post this morning but I got extremely sidetracked. I had to go in and pick up some eat drops for my 5 month old. Poor little guy had to get tubes put in yesterday. Anyways thank you to the author for sending a copy of this book for me to review.

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Summary:

It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.

Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.

Nothing is as it seems.

In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?

Review: Much like the first book in this series I couldn’t put this one down. I couldn’t wait to find out the ending. I may or may not have skipped ahead at some parts. Don’t fret though cause I did go back and read the whole book cover to cover. I really don’t know how to describe this book. I love mysteries and this one is another fantastic read. Lauren Carr knows exactly how to keep her readers hooked.

 

Now time to rate the book. Honestly i give this book five stars. I don’t even know how to put into words my feelings about this book series. I definitely enjoy reading them and will continue to enjoy reading many many more. If you love mysteries then these series is most definitely one you will have to pick up!!

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Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

 

Ice Review

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Author: Lauren Carr

Page count: 545

Chapter count: 32 counting the prologue and epilogue

Format: Ebook

Genres: Mystery, Fiction

Setting: Charles Town West Virgina

Published: 2018

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

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Summary:

When Sandy Lipton and her unborn child disappeared, the court of public opinion found young Chris Matheson guilty. Decades later, the retired FBI agent returns home to discover that the cloud of suspicion cast over him and his family has never lifted.

With the help of a team of fellow retired law enforcement officers, each a specialist in their own field of investigation, Chris Matheson starts chipping away at the ice on this cold case to uncover what had happened to Sandy and her baby and the clues are getting hot!

 

Disclaimer: First and foremost i would like to thank the publishers and the author for giving me a chance to review this book, so thank you for the opportunity. I really did enjoy the book and can’t wait to finish the series.

Review and Rating:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first opened the book. After checking out the information on the cast of characters I started to read. I couldn’t wait to find out just what was going on. The suspense was killing me, I could hardly put the book down. Since I have two little ones under two I did have to put it down eventually, but I kept going back. I feel like this is a book that I will keep coming back too to reread all the time.

I found myself connecting to the characters and wondering just what was going to happen next. I’m not even sure if I could pick out a favorite part for you guys. I definitely can’t pick out any quotes as that’s all my review would be filled with if I did. I liked so many, it’s hard to just pick a few. The author wove a wonderful mystery for her readers and I definitely can’t wait to do a review on the next two in the series for you all.

You guys know my normal rating system but as this is for a blog tour I will give the book a normal rating too. I normally base my ratings on the Michelin Star system, but today I guess the book gets two ratings.

The first rating would be a 3 stars for my rating system. I rated it a three because I definitely think it’s one of those books that people need to stop and pick up if they get the chance. For a normal rating I would give it a 5 stars. It’s a fantastic read and if you love mystery’s then you will definitely love this book. I find myself wanting to go back and reread it constantly.

Author Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Odette Blog Tour

ODETTE

A 21st-Century Fairy Tale

by Jessica Duchen

Published by Unbound on 29 November 2018

£9.99 paperback, £3.99 e-book

ISBN: 9781789650006

Odette is the sixth novel by the author, music critic and librettist Jessica Duchen.

• It has been 26 years in the making.

• It is ideal for the Christmas season and its action takes place in December.

• A wide audience knows and loves Swan Lake. This book brings the ballet’s heroine to life in our own world.

• An unusual, whimsical book, magical realist with romance, music, humour and a feminist twist.

• Likely to attract young adult readers as well as an adult readership, especially those who enjoy the magical stories of Joanne Harris, Philip Pullman and JK Rowling.

• Could be described as Swan Lake meets Bridget Jones meets A Christmas Carol.

• A positive, uplifting story about friendship, love, loyalty and empathy.

• Deals at an oblique angle with contemporary issues including homelessness, exploitation, illegal immigrants and integration.

SYNOPSIS
When a swan crashes through her window at the height of a winter storm, Mitzi Fairweather decides to nurse the injured bird back to health. At sunset, though, it becomes a human being.

This unexpected visitor is Odette, the swan princess – alone, in danger and adrift in 21st-century Britain, dependent on the kindness of strangers. Bird by day, woman by night, with no way to go home to Russia, she remains convinced that only a man’s vow of eternal love can break her spell.

Mitzi is determined to help Odette, but as the two try to hide the improbable truth, their web of deception grows increasingly tangled…

A contemporary twist on Swan Lake, Odette asks – in the best tradition of fairy tales – whether against all the odds, hope, empathy and humanity can win the day.

A narrated concert based on ODETTE is in the planning stages with the award-winning violinist Fenella Humphreys. pianist Viv McLean and Jessica as narrator. Music will include a celebration of Tchaikovsky’s magical score for Swan Lake, plus works by Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin. The first performances will be at Music at Mansfield Street, London W1, 17 April 2019 and St Mary’s, Perivale, 27 April 2019.

Review: Ever since i was little Swan Lake had been my aabsolute favorite story. I’ve always wanted to see the ballet and maybe one day i will. For now though i read books and watch movies about Swan Lake. My favorite as a kid was the cartoon the Swan Princess, and i have a barbie movir Swan Lake. Anyways this story is one of my favorites and this book quickyly dug a place into my heart. I woulf recommend anyone that loves swan lake or fairytales in general to pick this book up. Personally i couldnt put it down.

Rating: Like always im giving two ratings since this is a blog tour read. My rating on my rating system i use would be 3 stars. On a regular system i give this book 5 stars.

JESSICA DUCHEN- BIOGRAPHY

Jessica Duchen is an acclaimed author and journalist, specialising in words for, with and about music. Her work has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times, plus numerous magazines around the world. Her first five novels have gathered a loyal fan-base and wide acclaim. Music plays a vital role in her books, and she frequently narrates concert versions of Alicia’s Gift, Hungarian Dances and Ghost Variations.

Jessica is the librettist for the opera Silver Birch by Roxanna Panufnik, commissioned by Garsington Opera and shortlisted for a 2018 International Opera Award. Current projects include the libretto for a youth opera with composer Paul Fincham for Garsington 2019 (an updating of an Oscar Wilde fairy tale) and two large-scale choral works with Roxanna Panufnik.

She was born within the sound of Bow Bells, studied music at Cambridge and held editorial posts on several music magazines before going freelance to concentrate on writing. She edited a piano magazine for five years and was then classical music and ballet correspondent for The Independent from 2004-2016. Her output also includes plays, poetry, biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Fauré (published by Phaidon) and her popular classical music blog, JDCMB. She lives in London with her violinist husband and two cats. She enjoys playing the piano, cookery, long walks and obscure books about music.

PRAISE FOR JESSICA DUCHEN’S NOVELS AND LIBRETTOS

“A thrilling read” – John Suchet, The Daily Mail, ‘My Best Read’, Best Books of 2016

“Enthralling…Jessica writes with an unpredictable and original voice and a dazzling perceptiveness, and I was hooked from the first page. A sensational achievement.” – Joanna Lumley

“Jessica Duchen’s libretto is powerful and poetic” – Richard Morrison, The Times (on Silver Birch)

“It is very rarely that I find a new writer whose work I love so much.” – Katie Fforde

“Gripping…moving and uplifting” – BBC Music Magazine, Book of the Month

Jessica Duchen has music in her soul … and she uses the intrinsic harmonies that so patently instruct her own life as the inspiration for her clever and compassionate novels. – Lancashire Evening Post

For a longer synopsis and an extract from the book please visit: https://unbound.com/books/odette/

LINKS

ORDER FROM UNBOUND

https://unbound.com/books/odette/

AMAZON: PAPERBACK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Odette-Jessica-Duchen/dp/1789650003/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539504625&sr=8-1&keywords=Odette+duchen

AMAZON: KINDLE

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Odette-Jessica-Duchen-ebook/dp/B07JC5NJ4Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1539504625&sr=8-2&keywords=Odette+duchen

WATERSTONES

https://www.waterstones.com/book/odette/jessica-duchen/9781789650006

JESSICA DUCHEN’S WEBSITE

https://www.jessicaduchen.co.uk

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Review: This book is absolutely fantastic. I have fallen in love with it and didnt want to put down my copy. Im not even sure if i could pick out a favorite scene from the book. There were so many that i could relate too or even loved. Much like other books i will have to pick this one up again and again. There was just no putting this book down.

Too Close Book Tour

Too Close by Natalie Daniels

  • Paperback: 320 pages

  • Publisher: Corgi (7 Mar. 2019)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0552176125

  • ISBN-13: 978-0552176125

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Close-Natalie-Daniels/dp/0552176125/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542726753&sr=1-1&keywords=too+close

BLURB For fans of THE GIRLFRIEND and THE WIFE BETWEEN US, TOO CLOSE is a twisting tale of friendship and betrayal.

How close is too close?
Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.
It’s all too much. Something has to give.
Connie has woken up in a psychiatric hospital. They say she committed a terrible crime but she says she can’t remember a thing.

Review: I’m not even sure if i could pick out a favorite part to this book. I’m in love with the whole book. Its almost like a horror suspense thriller book in my opinion. I would definitely read this again, and i would most definitely suggest this to anyone that likes suspense thriller type books. It was such a good read. I never wanted to put it down and I may just have to go back and read it again and again because it was so good.

Rating: I’m not even sure a rating exists for this book, thats how good it was. I guess if i had to give it a rating i would go with 5 stars or with my rating system that would be 3 stars but i do believe that it deserves way more then that.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Natalie Daniels is the pseudonym for screenwriter, author and actress Clara Salaman who you may recognise as DS Claire Stanton from The Bill. She lives in London and in Northern Spain

Twitter @natdaniels2018

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Children of the fifth sun blog tour

Children of the Fifth Sun: Echelon

 

By Gareth Worthington

 

Genre: SciFi, Adventure, Action

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***SEQUEL TO THE AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN OF THE FIFTH SUN***

 

 

 

SHE THOUGHT THERE WAS NOTHING STRONGER THAN A MOTHER’S BOND. SHE WAS WRONG.

 

 

 

Fifteen thousand years ago, the knowledge bringers—an amphibious, non-humanoid species known as the Huahuqui—came after a great global flood, gifting humans with math, science, and civility.

 

 

 

We killed them all.

 

 

 

Seventy years ago, we found one of their corpses preserved in ice and eventually created a clone named K’in. Our governments fought over the creature, and we killed it, too. Now, a sinkhole in Siberia has opened, revealing new secrets.

 

 

 

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Freya Nilsson spent the last five years trying to forget her role in the Huahuqui cloning program. She hid her son, KJ, from the regimes and agencies she believed would exploit him for the powers he acquired through his father’s bond with K’in.

 

An innocent trip to help KJ understand his abilities results in the conspiracy she fought to bury exploding back to life. Chased by new foes and hounded to put the world first, all Freya can think of is protecting KJ—at all costs.

 

Review: I will admit i’m not too big on scifi books, but this blew me out of the water. Kta so so so good. If i had seen this in a store, i may have just passed it by, but since i didn’t i really did enjoy reading it. I felt like i was in the story at sometimes and thats what really made me enjoy reading this book. I really hope you all enjoy reading the book as well. Stay tuned for another review for book one. I read em backwards, but thats ok.

 

Rating: I would give this book a 5 star rating for a regular scale and a 3 star rating on mine. Most of you know my rating scale is based on the michlin star system.

 

About the Author

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Gareth Worthington BSc PhD is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the world’s doctors on new cancer therapies. His debut novel, Children of the Fifth Sun, won in the Science Fiction category at the London Book Festival 2017. He has a number of passions, including: martial arts (he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore), studying ancient history, and most of all writing fiction. Born in England, Gareth resides in Switzerland.

 

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Website: http://www.childrenofthefifthsun.com

 

 

 

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BOOK EXCERPT:

 

 

 

Location: Somewhere on the Southern Indian Ocean

 

 

 

No one saw the attack coming.

 

The first blast tore a hole in the hull at 1:37 in the morning. By 2:15 the aft portion of the supply vessel, Marion Dufresne II, was pointing to the starless sky, while its nose was dipped below the frigid black ocean. A cutting wind battered the exposed keel and the remaining crew who managed to hold on to the outer railings.

 

Freya Nilsson clung to the thick frame of the eighteen-ton oceanographic crane, though it too was already slipping beneath the waves. She cried out, but her voice was drowned by the  howling Antarctic maelstrom and the ship’s three, huge, Wartsila diesel engines, now churning nothing but air. Freya shivered uncontrollably, her hair and clothes frozen to her skin. “KJ!” she

 

cried out, again.

 

Her son didn’t answer.

 

Freya sobbed, tears freezing halfway down her cheeks. “KJ, where are you?”

 

A flash of lightning illuminated the angry ocean and a thick layer of clouds covering the heavens, but the attacking vessel was nowhere in sight. A deafening clap of thunder filled the air

 

followed by a wave of needle-like raindrops that shattered across her face. The vessel reared up and the engines roared. A muffled explosion beneath the water cleaved the ship in two and the nose began to sink.

 

Have to jump, Freya thought. Can’t let them take KJ! She pushed off the crane and dropped into the icy ocean below. Despite already being frozen, the shock of the glacial water

 

stole the breath from her lungs. Before she could swim to the surface, Freya was sucked under. Tumbling down, down, down, she struggled to find her bearing. Her lungs burned, poisoned with

 

carbon-dioxide. Instinctively, she kicked and fought and pulled until somehow, as if pushed upward, she eventually broke the surface.

 

Freya took a massive gulp of life-giving salty air, only to be pulled beneath again as a piece of the ship crashed into the ocean beside her. The falling debris dragged her farther and farther into the deep. She jerked and thrashed, but it only served to steal the energy from her stiffened limbs. Blackness enveloped Freya’s mind, the cold claiming her will to fight. Yet, even as death stalked her, she couldn’t let go. KJ needed her. She couldn’t die. Refused to die. Freya summoned her last drop of power and kicked. Once. Twice. Three times. And then, she could breathe again. The wind whipped her jet-black hair about her face, and the rain stung her eyes. But she was alive.

 

The silhouette of the supply vessel bobbed in the distance, ass up, before gurgling down into its watery grave. Gone. Still the attackers were invisible. With only the lasting image of where the Marion Dufresne II had just sunk as a destination, Freya paddled forward. Fighting against the chop of the ocean, she inched along. The spray blinded her and the salt burned, but she had to find him.

 

“KJ where are you?” she called. “Answer me, baby. Please.”

 

 

A Pirate’s Calling Book Tour

The Dangerous Legacy
A Pirate’s Calling Book 1
by Darren Simon
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Thin, pale, awkward, bullied, Sam Every is a thirteen-year-old who finds
comfort among his friends and his days at the beach. The ocean
beckons to him. It is where he feels safest. Fitting in no longer
matters when he is near the Pacific’s rolling waves. Gazing toward
the endless blue where it touches the horizon, he imagines the ports
he might someday reach and ponders his future.
Little does he know an apparition—a hauntingly beautiful girl from the
sea—will lead him farther from his home than he could ever dream,
for destiny has given him a dangerous legacy
Deadly Waters
A Pirate’s Calling Book 2
Thirteen-year-old Sam Every has traveled back in time to the Golden Age of Piracy to
face Captain Jem Slayer, master of the dark arts. Deceived into
handing Slayer the ultimate weapon, the Sword of Zel-Kar, Sam has
lost his hands, sliced off in his first clash with the evil pirate.
But all is not lost.
Sam’s friends have found their way back in time, and with the help of the
pirate hunter, Benjamin Hornigold, have rescued him from the island
where Slayer marooned him. Now, aided by a new band of rogues and a
mystery friend, Sam must rise above his injuries and find the
strength to again face Slayer before it is too late—before the
future is forever shattered.

REVIEW: These books are absolutely amazing. Granted i love just about anything with pirates, but i could not put my phone down when i was reading them. Theres just something about reading about pirates that makes me want to not put a book or books down. I have some excerpts that i will post below, and you guys can make up your own minds on if you would like to read the books or not.

Rating: For both books i would give them each 5 stars on a normal rating scale. On my scale which is modeled after the michelin stars i would give them a 3.

Excerpt for The Dangerous Legacy:

 

The Dangerous Legacy

 

Thunder erupted again in the distance. The splash of a second cannonball, closer than the first, rocked The Mutineer. But had the cannon fire come from Fog Island or another vessel? “Who’s after us?” Sam shouted.

 

The man who had saved them sprinted to the tiller to take control of the sloop before he bothered to answer Sam’s question. He pulled sharply on the tiller. The sloop lurched to the right until the deck nearly touched water. Sam fell and rolled against a crate. Seawater spilled into the boat and drenched him. His back tingled again.

 

The burning blade! Did it call to him? If so, he ignored it. A fire sword magically embedded in his back would not stop The Mutineer from capsizing, which the boat was about to do. It didn’t. Instead, the sloop’s speed doubled as the man brought the craft in line with a stronger windstream.

 

“Look!” the man pointed to the right of The Mutineer. Sam, now back on his feet, stared in the direction he pointed. Through the darkness was the outline of a large craft three stories high. “The way I see it,” the man shouted over the crash of water against his ship’s hull, “if Maximilian Black is after you, you must have angered Captain Jem Slayer. Slayer is a bloodthirsty pirate with his own fleet and enough wealth to command an army of pirates; and Black is Slayer’s right hand.”

 

Sam held onto the railing for balance and inched closer to Sarah. She watched the mystery man from the side as if… as if she doesn’t want to make eye contact. Maybe she doesn’t trust him as much as she said. Maybe she senses something.

 

Sarah grasped his hand and gently squeezed.

 

He nodded to her. “It’s going to be all right,” he lied.

 

The man continued to shout his explanation. “Since Black failed, I assume Slayer has sent a warship to do what Black could not. Kill you!” He looked at the sails of his sloop. “Hang on, young ones! We are going to race the wind!”

 

One more explosion cut through the night. A cannonball screamed as it hurtled toward them. “No!” Sam mouthed moments before the cannonball splashed into the sea yards from the hull. Water sprayed onto the deck.

 

“Ha, you bloody heathens! You shall not catch The Mutineer tonight!” The man held the tiller with one hand and shook a fist with the other.

 

As they pushed farther out to sea, the moon emerged from behind a cloud and revealed the pursuing ship. The glow showed a vessel with three masts topped with squared sails.

 

Two rows of dark squares dotted the length of her hull— gunports. So this is what a warship looks like. We’re dead. A cloud began to eclipse the moon, but before it did, Sam saw the mark emblazoned on the flag that soared above the ship— a skull and bones. “Pirates!”

Excerpt for Deadly Waters:

 

Deadly Waters

 

Come on, you bastard. Show yourself!

 

He’d had enough of this world pushing him around. Enough of Slayer. Enough death. Enough of being scared of the next threat. No more! The time had come to start kicking some ass. Closing his eyes, he concentrated on the magic within him. He had to figure a way to control his powers. To command them to life… now.

 

Think, Sam! Words flashed though his mind. Ancient words. An incantation. Atamou Runfora Tananou. He knew what the words meant. Serve me now. His arms and wrists vibrated. His eyes shot open. A crimson glow surrounded his stumps. Yes!

 

“Captain, three points off bow,” a young crewman shouted from the bow. “Looks like mountains rising from the sea.”

 

“What say you?” Rackham whipped out his spyglass and held it to his eye. He climbed atop a railing, grasping a shroud with one hand. “Hell’s bells. I’ve never seen the like. Devil boy, you best see this. Me thinks this be our destination.”

 

Sam joined Rackham at the bow. The glow around his stumps vanished. The pirate captain leaped from the railing and held the spyglass up to Sam’s eye. Peering through the telescope, Sam gaped at the discovery.

 

Actually, stone pillars— maybe ten in all— towered over the sea, like rows of skyscrapers along a city block. How was such a thing possible in the middle of the ocean with no shore— no island— visible in any direction? The pillars shouldn’t be there, but they were. As if by magic. “That’s where we have to go.” Sam again thought of the incantation. His stumps ignited. “Get us there, Captain. Leave the beast to me.”

 

A terrible roar bellowed, rocking the ship to the starboard side.

 

Sam stumbled against a chest. The icy touch of fear rose up his back, threatening to steal his courage. Men around him grabbed onto lines, the long guns— anything to keep from falling. When the ship righted itself, he crossed to the port side. No way was he going to cower.

 

This showdown was going to happen. “I’m waiting for you.”

 

The monster rose from the deep off the port side. A massive serpent with two reptilian heads. A serpentine body, covered with diamond-shaped scales towered over the ship’s sails. Two necks branched off, each with a dragon head and snout filled with dagger-length teeth. A line of spikes stretched from the top of each head like Mohawks.

 

Sam’s chest burned. His heart beat like a horse’s hooves charging over a dirt road. “Come on, you filthy snake. You want me. Here I am. Come and get me.”

 

 

Darren Simon is a former longtime newspaper journalist who now works in
government affairs on California water issues and teaches college
English. In his spare time, he is a freelance magazine writer.
Guardian’s Nightmare is his first novel. The second book in the
series is also under contract with Divertir Publishing. He resides in
California’s desert southwest with his wife, two sons and two crazy dogs.
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Deadly Rising Blog Tour

Deadly Rising A Booke of the Hidden Novel #2 by Jeri Westerson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pub Date: 10/23/18

Things were quiet in Strange Herbs & Teas. For about a week. Our crossbow slinging hero and her ragtag gang of Wiccans tuned in to the paranormal have earned some rest. But when Kylie learns that the Booke may have released not one, but two creatures of horror out into the world, it’s up to her to save Moody Bog. Again. Calling upon the devilishly handsome demon Erasmus once more for help, Kylie’s determined to handle the mischief of the Booke and go back to a normal life. But when digging through Moody Bog’s history leads her to the ghost of her grandfather, the past she once knew is turned upside down. Can Kylie save the town and her grandfather, or will the horrors of the Booke be too much to handle?

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Booke of the Hidden A Booke of the Hidden Novel #1

“Westerson creates an utterly believable history of witches, demons, and magic for her claustrophobic New England village including a heroine with enough spark, smarts, and stubbornness to keep both the bad guys and the deliciously dangerous love-interest on their toes.” —Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker series

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden, bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of Moody Bog’s biggest secret. While puzzling over the tome’s oddly blank pages, Kylie gets an unexpected visitor—Erasmus Dark, an inscrutable stranger who claims to be a demon, knows she has the book, and warns her that she has opened a portal to the netherworld. Kylie brushes off this nonsense, until a series of bizarre murders put her, the newcomer, at the center. With the help of the demon and a coven of witches she befriends while dodging the handsome but sharp-eyed sheriff, Kylie hunts for a killer—that might not be human.

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Ok so first off i want to apologize for not having any pics up right away. I seem to have lost them somewhere. I’ll dig around my email and see if i can’t find them later. For now though i’m going to give you my review pf both books and post an excerpt from one.

I really loved this series. I’m not even sure if i can pick a favorite out of the two, but i really like book 2, granted i loved book one as well though. It was almost like i was able to be there with Kylie and experience the same things she did. I would definitely read theae again and if there happens to be a third one in the works i would read it as well. I think i found another new series that can go with my favorites. Anyways here’s an excerpt for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

 

Excerpt:

A scene between the demon Erasmus Dark, and the heroine, Kylie Strange discussing the Booke of the Hidden.

 

“Mortals,” he muttered with a sneer. “I—who have been intimately intertwined with the book, captured by its covers for thousands of years—I don’t even know what it does or why. Do you think for one moment I like this? That I like being yanked about from century to century, to listen to the mewling of each Chosen Host as she does her job. Do you think I truly enjoy taking my—”

He stopped, shutting his lips as if locking a door on them.

“Taking your what?”

“Never mind,” he growled. “This is my lot in life. I was created for this. And I shall be part of it until the end of time.”

“I don’t think so.”

“What do you mean you ‘don’t think so’?”

“I’m stopping this Booke. This is the last generation of crap from it. Its days of taking a Chosen Host are over. My family…” I laughed, thinking about it. It’s our curse. Did we bring it over to the New World? How long had my ancient ancestors been entrusted with this thing? Cursed by it? “When I close the covers of this Booke, it isn’t opening again for anyone else.”

He folded his arms. “Oh, how the arrogance of the human race astounds me. Go on. Tell me. Explain exactly how you are going to do that?”

I shrugged. “I don’t know. But I’ve got my Wiccans. We’ll figure something out. I’m not alone, you know.”

His expression faded and his arms fell away from his chest. “I see. You…you think to succeed where others have failed. Well…the others were alone. Perhaps…perhaps there may be something to what you say.”

That gave me hope. No, I wasn’t alone. If those other Chosen Hosts had struck out on their own without any back-up, then of course they had little chance. Ha! I had my little army. There was a chance. But then…  

“What happens to you?”

He looked toward the floor, his long hair hanging over his face and hiding his eyes. “Then I…cease.”

“Cease. What do you mean ‘cease’?”

When he lifted his face there was no expression either on his face or in his usually expressive eyes. “I fail to exist. Or in your parlance, I die.”

“What? No. That…can’t be right.”

“My sole existence is to serve the one who opens the book. There is no other reason for my creation. When the book dies, so, too, do I.”

“We’ll find a way. We’ll find a way to…um…unbind you.”

“And why, by Beelze’s tail, would you want to do that?”

I breathed. There should have been a lot swirling around in my mind but there wasn’t. Only the aspect of this stupid demon’s non-existence. I couldn’t fathom it. I didn’t want to. Striding forward I took his face in my hands and kissed him.

There were suddenly arms around me holding me close. His mouth opened and his lips—so hot, so wet—kissed me urgently, as if it was his last day on earth. I tried not to think about that and just surrendered myself to simply feeling.

He nipped my bottom lip and grazed my chin with his teeth. His mouth was on my neck and I arched toward him. I could feel his hardness through our clothing and I had a flash of about a week ago of my bed, the quilt, the body of a god, and the wildness as we let ourselves go. I began vaguely wondering about the kitchen floor when he suddenly drew back. I nearly fell backward when he released me and turned away.

Stumbling, I adjusted my stance and wiped the wet from my mouth.

His back was to me, and his shoulders were heaving with great gusting breaths. “Damn you,” he murmured. “We…can’t.”

“We did once.”

“That was my arrogance. And my folly.”

I breathed, trying to control the tremors in my body. How he could get me into such a lather I’ll never know. Even harking back to my evening with Ed, it had been good with him…but it was never like this.

“Okay. All right. Let’s focus on what’s important. My grandfather’s notebook.”

I supose its now time for the ratings of the books. I would give both a solid 3 on my rating system, which translates to five stars on a normal rating system. I’ll come back later and add in pictures.

Los Angeles native and award-winning author Jeri Westerson writes the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Mysteries, historical novels, paranormal novels, and LGBT mysteries. To date, her medieval mysteries have garnered twelve industry award nominations, from the Agatha to the Shamus. Kirkus Review said of her latest Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery A MAIDEN WEEPING, “Once again Guest’s past misdeeds actually help him in the present in a case that includes plenty of red herrings and an interesting look at medieval jurisprudence.” Jeri is former president of the SoCal chapter of Mystery Writers of America and frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums. She lives in southern California with her home-brewing husband, a complacent tortoise, and 40,000 bees. Website * Website * Facebook * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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