#BlogTour #Review Faceless by Rob Ashman @Bloodhoundbook @RobAshmanAuthor #NewRelease

Title: Faceless by Rob Ashman

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 31st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

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

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

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

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

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

The truth is closer than she could have ever imagined…

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Review:

I want to thank Bloodhound books and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book and Sarah Hardy for organising this blog tour.

DI Roz Kray has only been back at work for short time after a vicious knife attack, she is called out to investigate the complaints of a bad smell which turns out to be a young woman who has been brutally attacks and seemingly dead for a long time. Another body shows up and it seems they have a serial killer on their hands. Can Roz battle her own demons and get to the bottom of the case?

Now Rob Ashman has been on my radar for a while now but I’ve never actually read any of his books so I’m so glad that I finally got to read this one! This book is gritty, realistic, brutal and absolutely terrifying which to many people would seem off putting but I absolutely loved it.

This is a seriously addictive read. There were so many shocking twists and revelations I gasped out loud on several occasions (cue a lot of are you okays from my family).

Roz is a little OCD with bad eating habits (.i,e barely eats at all) and she is incredibly depressed but after losing her husband and being horribly scarred herself who wouldn’t be? I found myself really rooting for her especially as she ends up clinging onto the case with her fingertips as her senior officers start doubting her sanity.

I’m going to say that this book has one of my top fears in it, I’m not going to tell you what in case of spoilers but still I just couldn’t put this book down. Okay yes, there are certain aspects of the story which I found a little unbelievable but it’s so well written that I personally didn’t really think about it until I started writing this review.

Overall not for the faint of heart or those that are overly squeamish but a fantastic read and I hope there will be more DI Roz Kray books in the future!

Rating: 5/5

Author Bio:

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-twodownload (2) years.

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

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

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

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

Links:

Twitter: @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Ashman-Author-1428800800468097/

Website: http://robashman.com/

Bedtime Book Review Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin #BookReview

Title: Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 13th August 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars – or so she thought.
Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa’s bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison.

Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter’s safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it’s too late?

Review:

Before I start my review I’m going to tell you how I ended up owning this book. I got given book voucher for my birthday, went into the bookshop and there was a sale on, I spot the gorgeous cover and then glancing at the blurb I saw the words serial killer and I thought I’ll buy that. It has been sitting on my shelf for two years. I didn’t even realise until six months after I bought it, it was signed by the author!  So, yeah, I knew I had to read this as part of my next Bedtime Book Reviews.

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The book follows the story of Tessa, the only surviving victim of the Black Eyed Susan serial killer. She remembers nothing about the attack, thirty two hours of her life is missing. She did her best to move on but the imminent execution of Terrell Darcy Goodwin, the man convicted of her attack, somebody plants black-eyed susans under window. Is her monster back?

This is the third time I’ve tried to read this book over the years, I’ve never got past the first few chapters but after over a week I managed to get through the whole book.

The narrative is split between Tessa, in the present day and Tessie her teenage self back in 1995 just after the attack. Tessa is such an interesting character, haunted by the voices of the other ‘susans’ she has her own teenage daughter too and miraculously she doesn’t seem to be doing too bad a job at living a normal life. If I were in her shoes, the victim of a serial killer who I thought was still out there, I would be curled up in a padded room that I never have to come out of.

There is also her best friend Lydia who features quite a lot, who frankly for most of the story I thought was in her head (don’t ask me why). There’s that air of uncertainty around her, why hasn’t Tessa seen her for twenty years, was she a victim of the Black-eyed susan killer too?

I have to be honest writing about this review, I’m genuinely not sure how I feel about it. Was the writing good? Yes. Was the storyline good? Yes. Were the characters memorable? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Not exactly. I think it all comes down to unnerving air about the whole book and the fact I had to go back over sentences sometimes because they didn’t make sense to me the first time around.

Overall an intense and intriguing story that I’d probably recommend for super fans of psychological thrillers.

Rating: 3/5

About The Author:

Julia Heaberlin is the internationally bestselling author of Black-Eyed Susans as well as two other psychological thrillers, Lie Still and Playing Dead. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Detroit News and The Dallas Morning News. She has edited numerous real-life murder mysteries, including a series on the perplexing and tragic deaths of girls buried in the Mexican desert. She lives with her husband and son in Texas where she is at work on her next novel.

Up next on Bedtime Book Reviews – Chalk Man by C L Tudor.

#BlogTour #Review Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @rararesources

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Title: Raving About Rhys by Jessica Redland

Date Published: 23rd May 2013

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romantic Comedy

Description:

Bubbly Callie Derbyshire loves her job as a carer, and can’t believe she’s finally landed herself a decent boyfriend – older man Tony – who’s lasted way longer than the usual disastrous three months. Tony’s exactly what she’s always dreamed of… or at least he would be if he ever took her out instead of just taking her to bed. And work would be perfect too if she wasn’t constantly in trouble with her boss, The She-Devil Denise.

When the new gardener, Mikey, discovers her in a rather compromising position at work, Callie knows that her days at Bay View Care Home could be numbered. Can she trust him not to tell Denise? If she’s issued with her marching orders, who’ll look out for her favourite client, Ruby, whose grandson, Rhys, seems to constantly let her down? What does Ruby know about Tony? And what is Denise hiding?

Surrounded by secrets and lies, is there anyone left who Callie can trust?

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raving-About-Rhys-Jessica-Redland-ebook/dp/B01N6T85B0/

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Review:

Callie is happy with her life. She works as a carer at Bayview Nursing Home which she loves apart from one thing, her boss, Denise or as she calls her The She-Devil. She also thinks she’s found her perfect man in Tony who at forty five is old enough to be her dad. At almost a year together he’s last longer than all of her other relationships. But the cracks in her relationship start to show when a resident called Ruby says she knows Tony from somewhere and she is caught in a comprising position by the hunky new gardener Mikey. What is Tony hiding?

So I’ve decided to dip my toe back into a bit of romantic comedy, to have little break from all the murder and bloodshed I’ve been reading lately.

I read this lovely novella in just one day, I didn’t want to stop (happily there are three subsequent books, one of which I will be reading soon, Searching for Steven).

From the cover I was kind of expecting a bit of light-hearted fluff but this story goes so much deeper than that! The characters are complex and flawed, with a compelling story line, all set against the backdrop of a seaside town makes this the perfect summer read.

I liked Callie, she’s such a big hearted and caring person, she even tries to help her horrible boss Denise when she starts acting strangely. But I kept wishing for her to have a bit more confidence in herself!

Elderly resident Ruby I have to say is my favourite character. She funny, sweet and bit racy at time with her stories from the old days.

Yes, the story line may have been a little predictable but the author makes it her own and I am really looking forward to reading her next novel Searching for Steven.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio –

Jessica had never considered writing as a career until a former manager kept telling her that her_DSF1336-2 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.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @JessicaRedland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Website and blog: www.jessicaredland.com

#BlogTour #Review Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov #TeamJoffeBooks

Title: Murder Never Retires (Hillary Greene 12) by Faith Martin.

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 21st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
 
DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK! And this time she’s going to solve the most difficult cold cases.
 
Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.
 
She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.
 
Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie.
 
However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?
 
Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.
 
Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?
 
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.
 
MURDER NEVER RETIRES is the twelfth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
 
THE LOCATION
The village of Chesterton, just a few miles from the market town of Bicester. With recent development, the village (like many near large towns) is nowadays in danger of becoming a mere ‘suburb’ of its biggest neighbour. Especially since it’s a stones-throw from Bicester Village — the famous high-end designer-label shopping centre that brings large amounts of UK and foreign shoppers. But at the time of the original murder investigation, it was a village like many to be found in rural Oxfordshire. Surrounded by farmland, it was a peaceful, quiet location. Not the sort of place where you’d expect a shocking murder to happen

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a retired police detective. She had many years’ experience solving the toughest murder cases, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She was popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

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Review:

Hillary’s back! After only eighteen months of retirement she joins the Crime Review Team as a civilian consultant. Her new boss Superintendent Steven Crayle decides to drop her in at the deep end with a cold case that’s over twenty years old. Anne McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen, with no real forensic evidence and only one suspect that they can’t place at the crime scene, can Hillary crack the case?

So I know this is the twelfth in the Hillary Greene series but I think if you’ve never read any of the others books this is perfect place to give them a go as you are pretty much starting afresh. She has a new boss, new team even a new office, which is more of a cupboard, in the basement of the police HQ which they lovingly call Hades.

I like the fact Faith Martin retired Hillary, it’s given the series a whole new lease of life! I’d recommend this to people who are fans of the TV show New Tricks.

Hillary is feeling distinctly wrong footed investigating an old case and not being treated with the same respect or having the same powers as when she was a DI. She also has a new inexperienced team, who for the most part work part time. The only bright spot is her new right hand man, Jimmy Jessop, a retired detective sergeant, and a person who seems to understand her methods. Another downside to being back is she has picked up a stalker too. Add all that a complex case with seemingly no leads equal a real page turner.

There’s also a new bit of chemistry between her and her new boss Steven Crayle which I can’t wait to see how that works out.

Another great police procedural from Faith Martin that will have you intrigued from beginning to end.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different penAuthor photo (1) names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 12 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.
Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.
As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#BlogTour #Review Crimson Siege: Blood Riders by Jay Raven @jayravenauthor @Books_n_all #horror

Title: Crimson Siege: Blood Riders – Book One by Jay Raven

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 21st April 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…


When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choicehand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Review:

Anton Yoska survived the savage vampire wars and now is Lord Marshal of a small town called Brejnei. He leads a quiet life until his old army comrade Milosh Drubrick, with his ragtag band of bounty hunters, drag a vampire into the sleepy village. The vampire is none other than aristocrat, Stephan Modjeski and his family especially his ‘mother’ Kristina will stop at nothing to get him back. Who will survive?

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Personally I wouldn’t class it as horror, just mainly because I think horror should have me terrified and shivering under a cover, but I did think it was more of a good fast paced action story.

I loved the character of Anton, he’s devoted to his wife even though she is dying from fever, and determined to uphold the law even if it costs him his life. Apart from Pavel, his young deputy, Anton seemed to be surrounded by horrible people. Twisted Count Kravnik, who had been sent to over see the execution of two poachers, Nickru his other deputy who wanted his job and finally the bounty hunters who frankly seemed worse than the vampires!

I wouldn’t say this book is overly gory but I will warn you there are some really brutal themes in the book, rape is one of them, though thankfully it’s not actually shown within the pages, just referred to.

If I had one issue it would be the language was a little too modern (the use of the word ‘hot’ when describing a woman springs to mind), I kept having to remind myself it was meant to be set in the 19th century.

Overall a good start to the series and I’m interested to see what the author does next!

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past isJAY RAVEN AUTHOR PHOTO a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. 

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Links

Website: http://www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

#Review Murder At Work by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov

Title: Murder At Work by Faith Martin (Hiliary Greene No 11)

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Book Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Hillary will retire in a few weeks. But can her boss get Hillary to change her mind by putting her on a murder investigation?

The victim is found dead with his head bashed in with a piece of wood. Michael Ivers was a gambler and a notorious womaniser. He had few friends and there is a long list of people who might have wanted him dead.

Hillary wants to solve her final case as a police officer and she has just days left to find out who killed him. To add to her problems, her old enemy, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and is a prime suspect.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER AT WORK is the eleventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION:
A small industrial/business unit on the outskirts of a large market town. It has six units, including a scrap-metal yard, a builders’ yard, a shoe warehouse, a newspaper delivery depot, a garden supplies unit and an auto repair shop. Modern but unattractive, it is a small working community, where everyone knows everyone else, and most workers eat in a small on-site café.

THE DETECTIVE:
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK

THIS IS NOT HILLARY’S LAST CASE. SHE WILL RETURN TO INVESTIGATE MORE FIENDISH CRIMES.

Books 12-17 coming soon!

Review:

Hillary has decided it’s time to retire and nothing is going to change her mind but Commander Marcus Donleavy is giving it one last try to get her to stay, a murder case. Michael Ivers works for newspaper distribution warehouse and is widely known to be a Lothario, an awful boss and a gambler that was until he is found dead with his head caved in. There is an unpleasant surprise when Hillary and her team arrive at the warehouses in the form of her old DS and general pain in her backside Frank Ross. Will she solve the case before she retires?

So I’m reading this ahead of the blog tour for the next book Murder Never Retires which starts on Thursday.

Another entertaining and enjoyable read from Faith Martin! Last year, when I read the first novel in the series, Murder On The Oxford Canal, I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy these books as much as I have done so far. I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for introducing me to the fantastic series.

Poor Hillary! In her heart she doesn’t want to retire, the thought terrifies her but after the majority of her team has left and feeling that she is compromised as an officer she feels this is the only way.

I loved the re-introduction of Frank Ross, a character, even though he’s a nasty piece of work, I kind of missed from the last book. The obvious antagonism between him and the rest of the team makes it even more entertaining to read.

The case is a tough one, with no obvious suspects. Then we have Brian Vane in the background, her former boss who’s being transferred up to Hull but still wants to take revenge on Hillary (see previous two books, I don’t want to spoil it for you). Altogether it makes a gripping and enthralling read.

I think this has to be one of my favourites in the Hillary Greene series and while I know there are more books, which I’m happy about, even if there wasn’t this still would have been a good ending.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different penAuthor photo (1) names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 11 books in the series are available now.


Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#BlogTour The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise by Bob Collopy. @BobCollopy @shanannigans81 #Excerpt #Giveaway #BookPromo

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Title: The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise by Bob Collopy

Publication Date: 23rd June 2017

Published By: The Department of Smoke

Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Sci-Fi

Description:

New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edinburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35148208-the-phoenix-cycle?ac=1&from_search=true

Excerpt

Every wrist in the stadium beeped. Every boy and girl glanced down at the face of their watch. “00:10” then “:09” then “:08.” Everyone turned their heads to the west. There it was. Right on time, as always. The nightly storm. A wall of blackness had lurched up into the sky, swallowing the setting sun. The hairs on Steve’s neck stood up, urging him to get the hell out of there.

Instead he grabbed Leslie’s hand, who sat quietly quivering next to him, instinctively pressing her bow into her head for comfort. Steve knew her shaking wasn’t coming from Line’s yelling, the storm, or even the tank pointing at them. Her quivers never came from the barrel of a gun, no, the ragging agony she held within her was the very same thing that pushed him back into the sheets when the sun finally rose—are we going to lose each other?

Leslie’s mind pushed the feeling away for at least another moment. “It’ll be all right,” she whispered. Her brown eyes guided him to the dozens of mortar tubes pointing upward and outward on the vibrant green field and then to the perfect line of churning ash that approached the stands.

Unity can only be achieved and be maintained when it is the STRONG who come together and fly under one flag! We, like no other in the world, have created a unity that has never broken, has never FLINCHED! When the rest of the world saw THAT—” Line’s long arm pointed at the coming avalanche of black— “They all fell to pieces!”

The earth began to quake as the wall rose over them. Someone screamed. The mortars on the field fired as one at the roiling sky. The blackness spilled over the stadium, then slid over the perimeter of the frizzing wall of static that had encapsulated the field. No Phoenix Cycler had seen—only heard rumors from past Cycle Pref parties—this blackness that was sliding over and them whispering their deaths.

– The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

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About the Author:

Bob is pretty dope. Firstly, his name is Bob, so…yea. Second, have you seen him rock that suitAuthor Pic while in a maximum security prison? Epic.

Yea. That’s Bob. No psychological scarring with that author. Nope. Totally fine.

Gosh he looks good in suits.

Hey Have you read The Phoenix Cycle? He wrote that.

One suggestion before you read it and become one of those fans that leaves him roses by his doormat. Read her slowly. This book is not Twilight. She’s deeper than that. Take your time with her. Show the book you care. Cradle it and make it feel loved. If you do, she’ll be good to you. Go too fast and you’ll have no idea why she’s acting so crazy.

Website: http://www.philosophiesdead.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bob.collopy.75

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bobcollopy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4198544.Bob_Collopy

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May 22nd

IAMAGEEKINGGINGER (Review) http://iamageekingginger.wordpress.com

Tranquil Dreams (Review) http://klling.wordpress.com

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

May 23rd

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

The Genre Minx (Excerpt) http://www.thegenreminx.com/

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

The YA Book Divas (Interview) http://www.yabookdivas.com/

May 24th

J Bronder Reviews (Review) https://jbronderbookreviews.com/

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Interview) http://bansheeirishhorrorblog.com/

Bri’s Book Nook (Review) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

The Cozy Pages (Excerpt) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Wicked Good Reads (Review) http://www.wickedgoodreads.com

May 25th

Afire Pages (Excerpt) http://www.afirepages.wordpress.com

Port Jerricho (Excerpt) http://www.aislynndmerricksson.com

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review) https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com

Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com

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#Review The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #NewRelease

Title: The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 21st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly unputdownable psychological thriller will have you gasping at every twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

Review:

Wow, I have heard such good things about Shalini Boland and I can say after reading this, I’ve found out for myself her books definitely live up to the hype!

You ever start reading a book, then think to yourself just one more chapter, suddenly it’s one o’clock in the morning and you just desperately want to find out what happening at the end so you keep reading? Yep, this is one of those books.

Anna is an incredibly sweet, if naive character, she feels like she has the perfect life but she’s been keeping secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. The book charts her relationship with her ex Fin who is the hot bad boy at her school, that every girl wants, who she can’t believe picks her but their teenage love soon turns sour. He comes up with a crackpot scheme to make them rich, showing just how unhinged he really is. Fast forward ten years later and she’d happily married to the lovely Will then Fin comes crashing back into her life.

To me this book was a tense, action packed, heart pounding read with jaw dropping revelations that I couldn’t put down. Did I see some the twist coming yes, and the ending may have been a little unbelievable but this is such a great book I could forgive those minor details.

Overall an entertaining read that will have you gripped from beginning to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my advanced copy of this fantastic book.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two sons and their cheeky poodle-shalini-bolandterrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Her debut psychological thriller The Girl from the Sea published in June 2016 reached Number 1 in the US Audible charts. Her second thriller The Best Friend published in October 2016 reached a high of number 10 in Amazon’s UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row.

#BlogTour Q&A Married Lies by Chris Collett @JoffeBooks @crime_crow @Books_n_all #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks

Today I’m excited to bring you a Q&A with the lovely Chris Collett as part of the blog tour for her latest novel Married Lies, first a little bit about the book:

Title: Married Lies by Chris Collett

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters? Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “STALKED BY SHADOWS.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Books 6-7 coming soon

BLOG TOUR - Married Lies

Q&A with Chris Collett

For those readers who have never read your Tom Mariner series, can you give them a brief overview?

The series is a police procedural set in the city of Birmingham, UK. DI Tom Mariner works out of a suburban police station on the range of complex cases that might be expected in a huge multi-ethnic conurbation. As one reader/reviewer recently put it: If I was the victim of a crime, Mariner is the detective I’d want to investigate!

Can you tell us a bit about Married Lies?

Often the inspiration for the Mariner books comes from a news story or magazine article I’ve read. Married Lies followed on from a piece I saw about women who had been stalked, and eventually murdered, by someone close to them. I’m intrigued by the mentality of the stalker and the lengths that (usually) he will go to. Married Lies is primarily about a young woman who is being stalked by person(s) unknown.

Where did the inspiration for Tom Mariner come from?

The simple answer to that is I don’t know! When I embarked on the first book in the series – Deadly Lies – he really was an unknown entity. I knew how the story would unfold and what I wanted my detective to do to solve the mystery, but Mariner himself ‘evolved’ during the course of that book, and I hope he has continued to do so. While not based on any one person, I suspect that I’ve taken Mariner’s character traits and foibles from all sorts of people I’ve known – including me! His name also went through several previous incarnations, none of which felt quite right. But given that I grew up by the sea, and my great-great grandfather was a trawlerman, I like the idea that my protagonist is also a Mariner.


If you were to recommend one book everyone should read, what would it be?

The most affecting book I’ve read is Chris Mullin’s ‘Error of Judgement’ about the six men wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings (an event touched on in the third Mariner book ‘Killer Lies’). The revelation of such blatant (and violent) prejudice inside the institutions designed to protect us, along with that feeling of ‘it could happen to anyone’, is terrifying. It kept me awake for nights.

My fiction recommendation would be ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel. In Thomas Cromwell Mantel has taken an unprepossessing man and somehow created an enormously attractive and charismatic character. I found the book totally gripping. I was later lucky enough to see the RSC dramatisation at Stratford too.


What is a typical writing day for you?

I think because (like many writers) I started out when I was working full-time and had a young family, I’ve never had a regular writing routine. Instead it had to be fitted in with other things. What this does mean is that I’m pretty flexible about when and where I write. I do have a designated ‘office’ space, but often end up elsewhere. What has changed since I retired from the day job is that I have the freedom to spend much more time each day writing, which feels like such a luxury!


Tell us something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!). In my teens I was football mad and played in a women’s football team.


What are you currently working on?

While continuing to revise the original Mariner series for Joffe, I’m in the very early stages of the next (#9) Mariner outing. I’m also working another crime novel – working title Pure Evil – which I hope will be the start of another series with two new protagonists.
CHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go inChris Collett author photo jpg England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Bedtime Book Review Little Black Lies By Sharon Bolton #Review

Title: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Publisher: Corgi

Date Published: 19th November 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn’t let you go’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?Review:

Set in the Falkland Islands back in 1994, Catrin is teetering on the edge of sanity. It’s been three years since her best friend Rachel, killed her sons by carelessly leaving them in a car without the handbrake properly secured. Revenge is on her mind. She wants to make Rachel suffer but is she capable of committing murder?

Meanwhile a little boy disappears, the third in as many years. Suspicion quickly falls on Catrin and ex-soldier Callum Murray after they find the body of a child in the wreckage of an old ship. Are they innocent?

I’m a huge Sharon Bolton fan and this book has sadly been on my tbr for over a year now but I finally got round to it.

This is an epic sprawling novel, set against the backdrop of the wild and desolate terrain of the Falklands. The novel is separated into three sections, containing three separate viewpoints, Catrin, Callum and then finally Rachel.

It’s also written in the first person so you really get into the minds of each of the characters, each of them so life like. Catrin is so broken, haunted by the ghosts of her sons and the baby that didn’t survive. It broke my heart a little reading about her, thinking what I’d be like if anything ever happened to my son. Then there’s Callum, who at first I found a little creepy and a bit of a stalker (you find out later why he’s like that) who suffers from PTSD, having blackouts and not remembering what happened during them, an after effect from the Falklands war back in 1982. And lastly there’s Rachel, the villain for most of the book, but I still felt incredibly sorry for her, the guilt of the accident still weighing her down.

I have to be honest though, the pace was super slow for the majority of the book, I’m talking snail pace. The action for me didn’t really kick in until Callum’s POV which I think is over half way through the book. What saved it though, was the tension packed ending, that I could never have figured out in a million years, which I stayed up too late reading last night and now I’m a little tired writing this.

Overall, not the easiest of reads but definitely something you should stick with until the end.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Website: https://www.sharonbolton.com/

Up next on bedtime book reviews: Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

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