Sunday, 15 September 2019

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 Henry’s tale-David Pipe -Literary fiction, humour, canine, coming of age

If like me you love dogs and want a smile then this could be the very book for
you! Henry is a (talking) Border Terrier of six months. He lives in Watford with
his Mama and Papa Alan and Jenny. Alan loves his dogs and all animals whereas
Jenny is more “bovvered” about her designer wardrobe and what others think
of her, how she looks etc. I had to smile at some of her expressions- “Bow Jolly-
they spell it funny here Alan” (beaujolais wine) which gets her personality across
accurately and quickly. Henry has several friends, one of which has been left by
his owners when they emigrated. I believe that this is an important point to
make. Animals are a commitment and not to be taken lightly. Holidays and other
things have to be arranged with care when there is livestock to consider so I am
glad David brought this point in. Henry has some adventures and goes on some
travels with his friend Bully,  and learns of the ups and downs of life. There are
some rather crude albeit doggy related scenes and for me the constant
repetitiveness of “Princess” Diana was rather grating (every 3 pages at one
point). On an accuracy note-technically not Princess- not royal by birth hence
not entitled. That said this is an entertaining humorous read but not for little ears. 

Henry’s Tale Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy, lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny.
Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes,
handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high
life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive. An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad
and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend
Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first
time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love. Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to
Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry? Purchase Link -

Author Bio – David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar
school then the University of Hull where he took a B.Sc in chemistry. He worked in
the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying for a PhD
in organic chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and
Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully
took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound
down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has
produced Sacrificing Starlight, a timely reminder of the risks our children face
and Henry's Tale, where ghostwriting for his furry friend he describes the
emotional growth of a puppy on the rollercoaster of life, compressed into a few
weeks because puppies learn faster than their staff.   When he's not writing David spends his time travelling, reading, swimming and
jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry. Social Media Links – Twitter @dfpwriter FB

Friday, 13 September 2019

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Ring Fenced by Zach Abrams-psychological thriller
Benjamin leads several lives under various disguises. By day he is Ben a respectable
banker businessman. By night he is a porn author and company owner. To his parents
he is Benjie and single, to his wife his parents are Jewish and “wouldn't accept her
or the children” and he is Bennie. To his girlfriend he is Jamie and untamed. A life of 
many facets with clothes and even watches to reflect each persona. When his wife
is being blackmailed Ben has the contacts to sort it out for her and make it go away.
When his carefully separated lives begin to mingle Ben has to act smart and fast.
Oh what a tangled web we weave...This is well described and researched in terms
of the businesses and how Ben has acquired them. A very cleverly thought out
plot and characterisations. I have just discovered that this is Zac’s first novel.
Wow and respect. This comes across as a highly experienced writer with an
excellent eclectic music knowledge knowing how to draw you in to the plot
and leaving the reader not quite knowing where it is going in a very good
way. A very different enjoyable read.
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Ring Fenced Sex. Money. Power. Control. Benjamin wants it all. He is Bennie, a loving husband and father; Benjie, a beloved son. He climbs the ladder as Ben,
a corporate banker, and rakes in money as a bestselling author. And when he wants to escape
it all, Benjamin styles himself as Jamie — the lover of a beautiful musician. His life, in a word, is perfect. But after years of keeping his separate personae a secret,
cracks begin to appear in the fa├žade. When an unexpected series of events topples Benjamin’s carefully crafted world, his
separate lives collide with dire consequences. Purchase Links Ring Fenced is on an Amazon Countdown Promotion – selling at 99c /99p from 11-15 Sept 2019

Author Bio – Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has
spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it's only fairly recently
he started writing novels. "It's a more honourable type of fiction," he declares. Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written
the psychological thriller 'Ring Fenced' and the financial thriller 'Source', as well as
collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories. Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title 'Mind Your Own Business'. The first, 'So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord' is already available. Social Media Links – Website : Facebook: Twitter: @authorway

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Here To Stay

Here to Stay- Mark Edwards- psychological thriller
Elliot owns a lovely large house and garden bought with the proceeds of a
successful website sale. Being community spirited he opens his garden on the local
open garden day and seemingly unwittingly meets Gemma who proceeds to save his
life when he has an anaphylactic reaction to a sting. Their relationship progresses to
the point of marriage. He knows little about her family only having met her brother
who lives a short drive away. Her parents and sister Chloe are in France. We get
occasional chapters about a couple doing something, we know not what, rather
cloak and dagger. When Gemma asks if her parents and sister can stay “just for a
couple of weeks” until they find somewhere, Elliot is pleased to help and to finally
meet them. However it soon becomes clear that they are far from a normal family.
Chloe is very withdrawn and possibly ill and Gemma’s parents have their own very
odd agenda. Oooh!! Mark has done it again. Making me sit on the edge of my seat
with that anxious feeling in the pit of my stomach that something, just something
is amiss and just around the corner to keep me turning the pages. I felt for Elliot
and his naivety in not asking Gemma more about her family before they arrived
and about the scars that she is careful to hide. OMG the ending!!!
I won’t spoil anything. Hold on to your seat and enjoy the ride!
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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler -psychological thriller
*trigger warning domestic abuse
Maria has just killed her husband. Yes really. She can’t quite believe it has finally
happened. She hit him over the head with a chair leg, one that needed repairing. She
calls the police and hands herself in. Her husband was a well respected ecologist with
a large on-line following.  Lottie has been called for jury service, something she is
looking forward to with a mixture of anticipation, nerves and excitement. Her day to
day role is that of a wife and mother to Zain and Daniyal, so socialsing is limited to
toddler groups. Her husband Zain comes across as someone who not only takes her for granted but puts her down at any opportunity. Lottie is part of the jury for Maria’s
trial as she has entered a not guilty plea for attempted murder. Lottie soon finds in the
other jurors that there are a mixture of people, some to get on with and others to
avoid. Oohh!! This drew me in right from the start. There is a brilliant tension in the
chapters and the stories of both Maria and Lottie intermingled. Never a dull moment.
We all feel for those that are controlled or where coercive force is used and it’s not
always as simple as “just leave” as many still think. Abuse can take many forms and
can be husbands, wives, siblings or even parents that are the perpetrators.
A brave topic told not only carefully but very cleverly.
A brilliant page turning read.
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DEGREES OF GUILT - HS Chandler Published by Trapeze on 5th September 2019, Paperback original, £7.99 'Timely, anger-inducing and very powerful - it's excellent' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale. Maria is on trial for attempted murder. She has confessed to the crime and admits that she wanted her husband dead. Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide Maria’s fate. She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out. You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
A former barrister, HS Chandler is a pseudonym for bestselling crime author
Helen Fields, who practised for thirteen years in both family and criminal law.
Having extensively prosecuted and defended, she is an avid believer in the right
to a fair trial, and in the invaluable role that juries play in the British legal system.
Helen was born in Hampshire and now lives in the US. @HSCinkpen

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

WHAT GOES AROUND by Rachel Ellyn -psychological thriller
The ink is just about touch dry on Alice’s divorce settlement and her bank balance has
been nicely enhanced. Married for twenty eight years to a selfish, self centred,
controlling workaholic she feels justified in having taken herself on a luxurious holiday
to Nanm Paradi. This is no ordinary destination, this is paradise where magic is worked.
Alice is amazed at the understanding and knowledge of the staff, of how they appear
to know her situation and troubles, but then again they have seen it all before many,
many times. When she buys a trinket having been told to visit a shop that will sort out
her troubles she is sceptical that it is a voodoo doll but the thought makes her smile
and it eases some of the tension. When she discovers her ex has had an accident
could this be coincidence or something else at work? When he appears at the resort
with his new younger partner battle commences. Ooh! I loved this- it made me
smile. A woman scorned is no trifle to deal with as we all know- or have read
about. For those having gone through a break up, there will be that understanding.
This is a novella (120 pages) that I devoured in an evening. An excellent plot, a
little romance and many many smiles. 
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Book Blurb: Alice has been playing the perfect Southern wife for over twenty-five years. So when Bob
dumps her for some blonde bimbo twenty years her junior, Alice figures she's entitled to
every dollar she can bleed from him. And, once she's got the money, she's entitled to use
it on a much-needed vacation to Nanm Paradi, a Caribbean resort that sells itself as her
"soul's paradise". She's never experienced anything as luxurious as Nanm Paradi. The staff know her every
desire and cater to her every need before she even knows she needs it. She figures this
is how the really rich live and she's ready to take advantage of all of it--the fabulous
drinks, the beautiful views, and the handsome men. And when she discovers that
voodoo magic is also on offer... well, Bob hurt her bad. She can take some time away
from paradise to exact a little pain. Alice would have been happy to leave things at that.  But when she gets hit where it hurts--her bank account--Alice's game changes. It's no
longer about post-divorce romance. Now it's about revenge. What Goes Around is a little bit thriller, a little bit witchy, a little bit romance, and
a whole lot of sass. About Rachel Ellyn: Life and loves after the career.   With degrees in Finance and Economics, Rachel found wonderful success in the business
world, which took her I.T. and financial process consulting international. However, with
her mind focused on business, and with the lack of training and mentoring in her
personal life, marriage success eluded her.   After foraging on a path of self-awareness and exploration with a determination to
avoid repeating patterns again, she found the key to relationship bliss. Now, combining
her passion for writing and storytelling with her skills, knowledge, and drive that led to
her business acclaim, Rachel shares her off beat take on the world, and her findings
where life, love, divorce, and children are concerned.   Rachel is determined to be a publicist's nightmare by writing in multiple genres
including children’s fiction, flash fiction, romance, and suspense/thriller.   After multiple divorces, she is now happily married and lives in the Kansas City
Metropolitan area enjoying the household noise of her soon-to-be empty nest.

Monday, 9 September 2019

One Week ‘til Christmas  Cover reveal *******

Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.
Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.
Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…
When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.
It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.
There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?
For fans of Josie Silver, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes, this is one Christmas romance you don’t want to miss!

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Author Bio –
Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.
Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.
Social Media Links –
Instagram @belinda_missen

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Unseen Evil- Liz Mistry- Crime/psychological thriller
I love Gus. He is a no nonsense type of bloke that you would always want on your side.
He is DI Gus McGuire and his father is the local pathologist so they cross paths and a
few more things beside. A teenager receives a picture on snapchat and thinks it is a
prank. Less than twenty four hours later he learns that his friend really did have a
knife in his neck and will no longer be sending him such messages. Gus is having
his own issues. Someone is hand delivering letter and making threats. They are
astute enough to avoid any cctv and appear to know not only him but his
girlfriend and are taking pictures via a drone. Ooohhhhh!! This is one of those
books that to begin with you are not sure which character is talking as we are
only given the pseudonym. You very quickly know that that character is the evil
in the title and possibly still a child as they mention school. The powers of social
media can do much good but can also as we know spread rumours and complete
falce hoods. A group of young people thinking that through this media they have
power and are invincible. Oh the innocence and inexperience of youth. A very
well thought out plot and a clever one. A brilliant highly entertaining read 5*
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Book Description:

New Release from best-selling author Liz Mistry is number 6 in her D.I. Gus McGuire series.

Social Media can be the death of you …

The Snapchat
A twisted killer comes to the attention of DI Gus McGuire and his team when a teenager receives a Snapchat image of his murdered friend. 

The Killer
As the killer becomes bolder, using social media to publicise the murders, Gus fears there may be more than one murderer targeting young people.

The Stalker
Meanwhile, Gus comes under threat from a stalker who is not afraid to get up close and personal.

Can Gus protect his loved ones and catch the killer before another Snap is received?  

Author Bio:

Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with
three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not
necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she
describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.
Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.
In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp.

Social Media links

Facebook: @LizMistrybooks

Twitter: @LizMistryAuthor

Sunday, 8 September 2019

The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant-psycholoigcal thriller
A young girl goes missing in the middle of the night. Has she been taken from her
bed? This is a good neighbourhood so who and why?Taylor is a neighbour who wants
to help and takes on the facebook page for missing Brittany. She won’t settle until
she feels that everything possible is being done to find this young girl. Brittanys
family only moved in a short time ago and so no-one knows them well. When their
furniture was being moved in Taylor saw a bed more suited to an eight year old
than a preteen and thought at the time something didn’t quite add up. With
Brittany now missing more and more is adding to that theory.
This is one of those reads that slowly but surely envelopes you. Before you know it
you are turning seemingly faster and faster to find out what is going on. Chapters
are “by” different characters to give their side of the story. When secrets from the
past resurrect themselves the truth always outs. A clever and well thought out
premise and well rounded characters. I took to Taylor and her determination not
only to find Brittany but for the truth. There is a subplot, I won’t spoil anything
other than to say that we get occasional chapters from Brittany herself about her
life and what has been going on which adds to the tension of the plot.
A tense, gripping emotional read
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Book Blurb: Sometimes the past just won’t stay buried. When 14 year old Brittany Cushing disappears one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken. They can’t bear to think about who has done this and why, about what might be happening to their precious daughter.  Their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock, doing everything she can to help – organizing search parties and setting up a Facebook page. As this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past. Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs…. About Cathryn Grant: Cathryn's fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Shroud Quarterly Journal, and The Best of Every Day Fiction. Her story "I Was Young Once" received an honorable mention in the 2007 Zoetrope Fiction contest. She's the author of the Alexandra Mallory Psychological Suspense series, Psychological Thrillers, Suburban Noir novels, The Haunted Ship Trilogy, and the Madison Keith Ghost Story series.   When she's not writing, Cathryn reads fiction, eavesdrops, and tries to play golf without hitting her ball into the sand or the water. She lives on the Central California coast with her husband and two cats.  Social Media: Twitter: Facebook: Website: Instagram: Amazon Author Page: Purchase Links: Amazon UK: Amazon US: Publishing Information: Published by Inkubator Books on 8th September 2019.

The Note

The Note- Andrew Barrett- 5* A short story written in the first person by CSI Eddie Collins. Eddie is the sort of bloke who calls a s...