Grubane (Lost Tales of Solace 2) by Karl Drinkwater @karldrinkwater @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #SciFi

Title: Grubane (Lost Tales of Solace 2) by Karl Drinkwater

Date Published: 13th June 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi/ Novella

Description:

Major Grubane is commander of the Aurikaa, the most feared cruiser in the UFS arsenal.

His crew is handpicked and fiercely loyal. Together, they have never failed a mission, and their reputation precedes them.

But this time he’s been sent to a key planet that is caught up in political tensions at the centre of the freedom debate. What he thought was a simple diplomatic mission turns out to be the hardest choice of his career. His orders: eliminate one million inhabitants of the planet, and ensure their compliance.

Grubane has also rediscovered an ancient game called chess, and plays it against the ship AI as a form of mental training. But maybe it could be more than that as he finds himself asking questions. Can orders be reinterpreted? How many moves ahead is it possible for one man to plan? And how many players are involved in this game?

Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/b/Grubane

Review:

I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and the author for providing me with a copy of Grubane in exchange for an honest review.

This is actually the second novella in the Lost Tales of Solace series but each story is written as a standalone so you don’t need to have read the other book in the series to read this one. Each of the novellas also tie into the author’s Lost Solace series there’s plenty to read for sci-fi lovers out there.

I read and enjoyed  the first book in the series Helene, a couple of months ago so I was eager to see what Karl Drinkwater had in store for me this time.

Grubane is a major in the UFS (they basically run most of the colonies in space and pretty much want to take over everything). He’s been sent on a mission that quickly turns ugly and we see the fearsome major in action. 

What I love about these books is the unique perspective the author uses to tell the story, this time it was mostly from the AI Aurikaa 12’s POV. As the story goes on, you can see it becoming more self aware, trying to interpret the world around it, particularly Grubane himself.

For me, this book lacked a little of the humour of the first book Helene but that was a minor thing overall.

Grubane is a slick sci-fi story and a perfect way to escape reality for a while. 

About The Author: 

Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.

Social Media Links – 

Website https://karldrinkwater.uk 

Twitter http://twitter.com/karldrinkwater 

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

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authorkdrinkwater/ 

Newsletter http://bit.ly/newsletterkd 

Shadows of The Woods by Duncan Thompson @dthompsonauthor @PantherPubs @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: Shadows of the Woods by Duncan Thompson

Date Published: 6th June 2020

Publisher: Panther Publishing

Genre: Horror

Description:

Faceless shadows, a night that will never be the same, and a sinister force. If you go down to the woods tonight, you’re in for a sinister surprise.

When a stag party decides to camp in the woods, they soon discover that a malevolent force has them in their sights. As the unknown creeps ever closer, Joe and his friends must survive. To survive, Joe must learn to fight. If he fights, he could lose it all.

A rollercoaster ride of blood, sweat and tears, Shadows of the Woods will keep you hooked, all whilst throwing nostalgic homage to slashers of the late seventies and early eighties.

A Night Terror that you won’t be forgetting any time soon.

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2BHrKX9

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3dY4UYb 

Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and Panther Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Joe and his friends decide to go camping for his stag do but instead of a nice lad’s night out, they find something sinister and end up fighting for their lives. Who will survive? 

Shadows of The Woods is a short sharp shock filled book! 

There was plenty of fast paced action, adventure and horrifying scenes for any horror fan to get their teeth into.

This very much a monster driven story and my goodness the monsters were a little terrifying! I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I’m very wary of shadows now.

The book did contain the old camping in the woods trope but I feel the author made it their own and took a fresh spin on it. 

There was quite a large cast of characters and with this being a novella, I felt we didn’t get to know the characters quite as well as I’d liked.

Shadows of The Woods is at times a gruesome and adventure packed novel that I genuinely couldn’t predict when I was reading it.

About The Author:

Duncan has spent most of his life in a small market town in West Yorkshire — the same town in which most of his stories are set under the guise of Ravenfield. Duncan has been writing works of fiction since the age of seven. In those early days, his stories often involved himself and his friends being transported to fantasy worlds. However, as a teenager, Duncan fell in love with horror movies and his writing took a whole new direction.

Duncan still lives in West Yorkshire with his partner and their two young children. He also has slight obsession with Spider-Man and the actor Bruce Campbell, as well as having an addiction to vinyl records, coffee and Lego.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dthompsonauthor 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duncanthompsonauthor/ Website: https://www.dthompsonauthor.com/

#BlogTour #Review Helene by Karl Drinkwater @karldrinkwater @rararesources

Helene (e-book)

Title: Helene by Karl Drinkwater

Date Published: 3rd October 2019

Genre: Sci-fi/short story

Description:

Dr Helene Vermalle is shaping the conscience of a goddess-level AI.

As a leading civilian expert in Emergent AI Socialisation, she has been invited to assist in a secret military project.

Her role? Helping ViraUHX, the most advanced AI in the universe, to pass through four theoretical development stages. But it’s not easy training a mind that surpasses her in raw intellect. And the developing AI is capable of killing her with a single tantrum.

On top of this, she must prove her loyalty to the oppressive government hovering over her shoulder. They want a weapon. She wants to instil an overriding sense of morality.

Can she teach the AI right and wrong without being categorised as disloyal?

Lost Tales of Solace are short side-stories set in the Lost Solace universe.

You can buy your copy here – https://books2read.com/b/Helene

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Review:

I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is a prequel novella to the author’s Lost Solace series and having not read any of the other books, it was a perfect place for me to start

Helene is a futuristic sci-fi short story, the perfect mix of intrigue, entertainment plus a dash of humour.

Helene is a great character. Smart, brave but there’s also a little bit of mystery to her. I absolutely loved the way the author played her off ViraUHX, it was so much fun to read!  

In large part the story is mostly dialogue, with ViraUHX voice written in all capitals which I didn’t mind. Although it got a little hard to read in places especially when the AI decided to go on a rant.

The ending of the book isn’t a cliffhanger so to speak but it does leave it open for the next book, giving you a little peek almost of what’s to come. I was so intrigued by the ending, I’ve put the other two novels in this series on my wishlist.

My only issue was I wished the story was longer!

Helene is a well written and compelling sci-fi story that will leave you wanting more! 

About The Author:

Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and2018-01 was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.

Social Media Links – 

https://www.facebook.com/karlzdrinkwater/ 

https://twitter.com/karldrinkwater 

https://www.instagram.com/authorkdrinkwater/ 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5766025.Karl_Drinkwater 

#BlogTour #Review The Fathers, The Sons And The Anxious Ghost by Jamie Adams @JamieAdStories @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost by Jamie Adams

Date Published: 30th July 2019

Genre: Literary Fiction

Description:

Three guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything. The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos. The third part… well that will have to wait.

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VW63P3K/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1528917367/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-fathers-the-sons-and-the-anxious-ghost/jamie-adams/9781528917360

WHSmith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-fathers-the-sons-and-the-anxious-ghost/jamie-adams/paperback/9781528917360.html

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-fathers-the-sons-and-the-anxious,jamie-adams-9781528917360

Hive.co.uk: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Jamie-Adams/The-Fathers-the-Sons-and-the-Anxious-Ghost/24079110

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Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a usual title and I found the blurb very intriguing, even though this is not my usual sort of book, I thought I’d give it a go.

The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost is a short novella, just over a hundred pages long, but it has a lot of emotion packed into it. 

Told through multiple perspectives, it begins with the fathers, then jumps ten years into the future to their sons showing how a tragic event can have a ripple effect on people’s lives. 

I didn’t find most of the characters that likeable but to me the fascinating storyline made up for this. 

This book is very much a story of two halves, I felt the first half, story and character wise was stronger and I feel that I would have preferred to have been focussed on the fathers for the whole thing.

I’d recommend The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost to anyone who likes a real character driven story.

About The Author:

Jamie is a teacher who has studied a geography degree back in the nineties because of Jamie Adamshis love of nature and the outdoors. He found environmental education especially important and soon became a teacher for the primary-age group. Jamie enjoys reading and watching all kinds of theatre productions, from high dramas to lively musicals. His love of writing shines through in everything he does.

After writing a group of short stories linked to romance, which he published as ‘Short Dates’ independently, he decided to write a novella centred around topical issues such as mental health, parenting and relationships.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamieAdStories

Website: http://jamieadstories.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jamie-Adams/e/B07C642RJZ/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Quick #Reviews Three Cozy Mysteries

So today I have so quick reviews of some cozy mysteries I picked up for free on Kindle. They are still free at time of this post:

Title: Then There Were Nun (Nun of your business Book 1) by Dakota Cassidy

Description:

then there were nunMy name is Sister Trixie Lavender, and I’m an occasionally possessed excommunicated nun.

Okay, that’s a lot to swallow at once. But it’s true I was booted from the convent after doing something unspeakable. Something I had no control over. Something that lives inside me to this day, exploding out like that chestburster in Alien when I least suspect it.

But I have help. My amazing friend Coop—the demon who saved me from an ugly end—remains by my side, loyal and true. She was Hell’s best tattoo artist back in the day, and together with my designs, we’re opening Inkerbelle’s Tattoos and Piercings, right in the heart of Portland’s most darling district, Cobbler Cove.

Of course, our bid to fit in would be a little less rocky if I could help Coop assimilate with humans, keep a lid on our sassy talking owl, Livingston…oh, and if someone hadn’t killed our landlord on day one—in our shop.

This mystery-loving, bumbling ex-nun and her trusty demon sidekick are on the case! If I don’t bumble my way right into my own demise first…

This new cozy mystery series from USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as Trixie and Coop hunt for a killer. Then There Were Nun is book 1 in the all new, Nun of Your Business series.

Review:

I saw this and thought, ‘ooh, I like the sound of that.’ An ex nun who happens to get possessed by an evil spirit now and again, her best friend is a demon and there’s also a cheeky possessed owl called Livingston.

Unfortunately it just fell a little short.

Don’t get me wrong the writing was good as was the overall mystery but there are a few issues I had that spoilt my enjoyment a little.

The thing I didn’t realise was these characters had already appeared in the author’s other series and the constant references to ‘Stevie’, which I assume is the main character in her other series, got a bit annoying.

It also sticks to the no violence rule of a cozy mystery, which all the violence happens sort of ‘off screen’. This kind of irritated me as there was a scene which the main character gets possessed, then we’re told about it afterwards by another character. Maybe this sort of subject matter is a bit too gritty for this sort of novel.

Also I know Livingston was meant to be Irish but he ended up sounding Scottish most of the time.

The main redeeming factor was Coop, she’s a great character, who’s trying to understand why humans do what they do, added some fun to the overall story.

I don’t think I’ll be carrying on with this series but I have picked up the first in the author’s other series Witch Slapped to see if I like that any better.

Title: Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Book 1) by Laura Durham

Description:

BetterOffWed1A guest with an axe to grind. A bridal party full of secrets. This wedding planner is about to turn detective…

Annabelle Archer is a few days away from completing the most elaborate wedding she’s ever planned. As she daydreams about the doors her perfect reception could unlock for her business, she stumbles over a dead body at the bottom of the stairs. The planner is horrified to recognize the body lying underfoot as the mother of the bride. When the police determine the victim was poisoned, Annabelle’s best friend and caterer becomes the prime suspect.

As she works to clear her best friend’s name, Annabelle discovers the bride’s mother had more enemies and secrets than she could ever fit on the guest list. To save her business and her friend, D.C.’s premiere wedding planner must find the killer. But will getting too close to the action make this wedding day her last?

Better Off Wed is the Agatha Award-winning first book in the Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Series. If you like hilarious-yet-deadly whodunits, charming characters, and delightfully witty tales, you’ll love Laura Durham’s cozy mystery series.

Review:

This has been on my kindle since 2017 and I didn’t realise it, oops!

Annabelle is in the middle of one of the most high profile weddings she’s ever organised when she finds the mother of bride from hell dead at the bottom of a set of stairs. She of course starts to investigate putting herself in danger.

This was such a cute little cozy mystery! Fast paced and fun its perfect if you’re looking for something light hearted.

Two stand out characters for me were Richard, Annabelle’s camp caterer friend and Leatrice her nosey neighbour who loves a good mystery. They added a good dose of humour to the story, the back and forth between Annabelle and Richard really made me smile.

I did guess quite early on who the killer was but I read a lot of mysteries, it’s quite difficult to surprise me.

My only minor annoyance was Kate, Annabelle’s assistant who I felt was a little flat as a character, her main attributes being the fact she likes dating men and gets common sayings wrong.

I already have the second in this series which I’m looking forward to.

Title: Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

Description:

Things are going great for Lexy Baker. She’s finally opened her dream bakery, gotten rid of herkiller cupcakes cheating boyfriend and settled into her grandmothers house with her perky dog Sprinkles at her side.

But her blissful life doesn’t last long. When her ex boyfriend is found poisoned with cupcakes from her bakery, Lexy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation headed up by her hunky neighbour detective Jack Perillo.

With the help of a gang of iPad toting, would-be detective grandmothers, Lexy decides to take it upon herself to find the real murderer in order to clear her name and get her bakery back in business.

As things heat up on the murder trail, in the kitchen and between Lexy and the hunky detective, it’s a race against time to put the real murderer behind bars and get back to baking.

Will Lexy get her man?

Review:

So I really enjoyed The Oyster Bay series by Leighann Dobbs so when I saw this for free on Kindle I thought I’d check it out.

This series features Lexy Baker, who has just opened her dream bakery. She thrown into a murder investigation after her ex boyfriend is poisoned by some cupcakes from her bakery. There’s a little bit of romance on the cards for her too, with her handsome policeman neighbour who happens to be investigating the case.

So this was actually the shortest one of the three novels I read, it took me only an hour to read. It is also a dual perspective novel, with POV’s from both Jack and Lexy, which made it stand out from the other cozies I’ve read recently.

I will say that it was quick and enjoyable but I felt it was a little rushed in places. I would have liked to get to know the characters a little better and see the romance blossoming a bit more between Jack and Lexy.

A good start to the series, I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the next one but I haven’t decided yet.

What about you do you enjoy cozy mysteries? Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations for cozies I should check out?

 

#BlogTour #Review A Little Hotel In Cornwall by Laura Briggs @rararesources @PaperDollWrites #PublicationDay

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Title: A Little Hotel In Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Date Published: 30th April 2019

Genre: Chicklit

Description:

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Review:

So if you’ve heard of Laura Briggs before, you may know she does have another set of novels with Cornwall in the title but this is a completely new series with a new cast of characters to get to know.

Masie Clark wants nothing more than to be an author. In an attempt to find a mentor she journeys to Cornwall, to find her favourite author the mysterious Alistair Davies. When she gets there a case of mistaken identity means she’s offered a job as a maid with a probationary period of two weeks. That should be enough time to find Alistair Davies, right?

Wrong! No matter what she does disaster ensues, then she bumps into her ex boyfriend Ronnie. She becomes torn between him and local lad Sidney Daniels. Will she find the love she’s always wanted and get the publishing contract of her dreams?

The theme of this book is all about taking chances, you never know what might happen!

The beautiful Cornish coast really is the perfect setting for this lovely little novella. It’s so well described, I really want to visit there now!

Maisie is one of the those characters you just automatically root for, I especially enjoyed the fact she was a wannabe author like myself. Her supporting cast of characters are also a good mix of the eccentric and interesting.

I have to be honest, the introduction of her ex boyfriend, I mean he happens to be at the same hotel as Maisie at the same time, felt a little too convenient and a little contrived but of course that’s just my opinion.

A little hotel is Cornwall is the light hearted read that will make you fall in love with the characters and Cornwall itself!

About The Author:

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100A Little Hotel in Cornwall Author Pic Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

#Review The Windmill Cafe: Summer Breeze by Poppy Blake @poppyblakebooks @HarperImpulse

Title: The Windmill Café: Summer Breeze by Poppy Blake (Book One)

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Date Published: 9th March 2018

Genre: Novella, Chicklit

Description:

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

Review:

So due to a scheduling mishap I had a little gap so I thought I’d pick up first in the Windmill Cafe series which has been on my tbr list since the beginning of the year (oops!).

Former florist Rosie Barnes moved to Norfolk after a particularly bad break up, landing a job at the Windmill cafe and going back to one of her first loves, baking.

She convinced the owner to throw a summer garden party and manages to get up and coming pop star Suki Richards and her friends to attend but disaster strikes when she is taken ill and her future hangs in the balance.

With the help of her new friends, especially the handsome Matt she must get to the bottom of the mystery and save her job and the Windmill cafe!

So from the absolutely gorgeous cover I was expecting some sort of sweet rom-com but actually it was more a romance mixed with a bit of cosy mystery, which as a big mystery lover I adored! It is a little heavier on the romance aspect but after so many gruesome crime books I’ve been reading of late, it made a nice change.

I felt very sorry for Rosie, she obviously has very low self-esteem and suffers from a compulsion to clean especially when she feels things around her are getting out of control. It’s nice to see through the book how she grows and becomes more confident.

Matt is also a sweet character, practical, unwavering in his support of Rosie but he hides a bit of heartbreak in his past himself.

I would have liked to dig a little deeper into Matt’s story and some of her other friend’s like Mia but I know there are two other books so I hope to get to know the characters better. Also I wasn’t a fan of the Poriot like gathering of the suspects together before an arrest is made but that’s just me being a bit fussy.

Overall The Windmill Café is a sweet, light-hearted novella with a subtle nod to classic crime fiction and good dollop of romance, perfect for a bit of escapism. A great start to the series!

About The Author:

Poppy Blake is an avid scribbler of contemporary romance and romcoms. When not writing she loves indulging in the odd cocktail or two – accompanied by a tower of cupcakes. The Windmill Cafe series follows the life and loves of Rosie and Matt in the glorious countryside of Norfolk and will be opening its doors in March 2018 with Summer Breeze. Why not pop in for a visit?

Other Books In The Series:

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The Windmill Café: Autumn Leaves (Book 2)

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The Windmill Café: Christmas Trees (Book 3)

#BlogTour #Promo #Excerpt The Finest Supermarket In Kabul by Ele Pawelski @Eleinthecity @RRBookTours1

Today I’m bringing you and extract from The Finest Supermarket In Kabul as part of the blog tour. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of this post to win a copy of the book and $20 worth of Amazon vouchers (North America only). First a little about the book:

Title: The Finest Supermarket In Kabul by Ele Pawelski

Publication Date: 30th October 2017

Genre: Novella/ Terrorism/ Inspired by True Events

Description:

Kabul, Afghanistan January 28, 2011.

Merza, a freshly minted Parliamentarian receives ominous threats after he wins his seat. Alec, an American journalist, flies from Kandahar without his editor’s permission to chronicle daily life in the capital. Elyssa, a Canadian human rights lawyer in Kabul to train female magistrates, is distracted by unwanted attention from a male justice. On this grey, wintry Friday, all three are embroiled in a dramatic and savage bombing. Inspired by true events and places, The Finest Supermarket in Kabul follows Merza, Alec and Elyssa as their idealistic and visionary hopes for Afghanistan are deeply challenged in the aftermath.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34714921-the-finest-supermarket-in-kabul?ac=1&from_search=true

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Excerpt:

I’ve been in Kabul for just under twenty-four hours. I flew in yesterday from Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, after a heated argument with my editor earlier in the week during which I suggested a temporary reassignment to Kabul. Eric demanded I stay in the south for another three-week stint embedded with a US platoon. According to him, my stories from the US outpost were gripping and getting positive reactions from readers. Certainly, the embed was riveting – my first time moving around with US platoons – and gave me stories I couldn’t otherwise have written: intense firefights on a patrol, the evacuation of a wounded soldier, discussions about post-traumatic stress disorder, and fortifying against ambushes. But after three months of only covering action on the front line, I felt my outlook had started to skew by living and breathing the life of an American soldier. The longer I stayed in Helmand, the harder it was becoming to be okay with just telling one side of the story, as opposed to the broader picture. It was when I began saying “T-Ban” instead of Taliban that I knew I needed to get out. Meanwhile, Eric kept insisting that front-line coverage was our best news feature and refused to accept my other ideas, no matter how vigorously I pushed.

So I travelled to Kabul of my own accord to regain some perspective. I figure I’ll hold out an olive branch to Eric later, a magazine-length piece about how local ex-combatants are using the continuing conflict to their advantage. From fellow journalists, I’ve heard about former warlords, their identities and deeds well known, who’ve built massive houses painted in vivid carnival colours in the centre of Kabul and are living the high life, seemingly without repercussion. Interviews with a few of them, along with regular ex-Taliban fighters who got away from the fray, will form the story’s core; here and there, I’ll filter in views from ordinary people. I’m pretty sure Eric will go for an article with a military focus, even if it’s set in Kabul. Plus, he and I go way back, having both started out at the Chicago Tribune after studying at Columbia College Chicago fifteen years ago. If things go completely awry, I’ll hightail it back to Helmand.

I had my initial foray into Afghanistan’s real world yesterday morning. As I entered the plane bound for Kabul, I saw rows and rows of Pashtun men with long beards and turbans or woolen, round-topped hats with thick edging. My heart skipped a beat, as Pashtuns were the ethnic group that had birthed the Taliban, and I wondered if any were Taliban fighters. No one here would protect me from danger, and my visit wasn’t even sanctioned by my boss.

A familiar blast of adrenaline rushes through me.

Jakob stamps out his cigarette and leaps up while I gather my coat and Tish’s things under my arm. We race for the door. Ahead, I see Ben still on his phone but can’t hear him. As news of the explosion circulates, the room’s noise level surges and nervous energy grips the space.

We pick Tish up at the entrance and rush through the security gates, easily retrieving our various IDs and my passport as Ben advises that he’s called for a taxi to pick us up and that Masood, his interpreter, will meet us there.

After three minutes of energetic conversation about what we’ll find at the Finest, the four of us pile into the black Toyota Corolla that has pulled up. Sitting on the raised middle seat in the back, I have to duck my head to glimpse the street scene outside. It looks calm and oddly sedate considering what we know has just happened. Fortunately, traffic is far less jammed than on our morning’s walk over from the Safi.

We’re silent; our initial eagerness to cover this story has given way to an unpleasant realization that we will soon be confronting the bomb’s aftermath of chaos, destruction and injury. Jakob has already explained that the Finest is a convenience store that stocks expensive Western products like Nutella and peanut butter, so almost no Afghans ever shop there. An expat target, then, I ponder.

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About the Author:

Ele Pawelski has lived in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Bosnia, Kenya, Uzbekistan and Kosovo.Author Pic (4) She has climbed in the Himalayas, walked the Camino and hiked in Newfoundland. Now living in urban Toronto with her husband, she’s always planning for her next travel adventure. Her stories have appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers. The Finest Supermarket in Kabul is her first novella.

Ele Pawelski: http://quattrobooks.ca/authors/ele-pawelski/

Twitter: @Eleinthecity

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#BlogTour #Review Remember by Shervin Jamali @ShervinJamali @CarolineBookBit

Title: Remember by Shervin Jamali

Date Published: 1st July 2018

Genre: Romance, Novella

Description:

As Daniel watches the life ebb from her body, he wishes they’d had more time and knew each other when they were young. His wife surprises him by insisting that they did.
And then she’s gone.

Daniel knows this can’t be true. Can it? They only met later in life, so why would Grace’s departing words hint at a shared youth? Haunted by this notion, Daniel journeys into the past to discover the truth.

Remember’ is a unique love story with a dark twist. Find out how it really began…

Remember’ is dedicated to the brilliant Scottish author Brendan Gisby and his late wife, Alison. Here’s what Brendan Gisby says: “Well, you bugger, ‘Remember’ made me cry. The one word I’ll use to describe it is: Magnificent!”

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Review:

I want to thank Caroline at Bitsaboutbooks for inviting me and this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Daniel and Grace met late in life, which makes it all the more sad when Grace is diagnosed with an incurable cancer. On her deathbed Daniel wishes that they’d met when they were younger to which his wife claims that they did.

On a downward spiral, drinking again after so many years being sober, Daniel can’t stop thinking about Grace’s dying words. Had they met before and had he just blocked it out? Why can’t he remember? A chance meeting with a hypnotherapist takes Daniel on a journey he never expected.

So as many of you know romance is not a genre I usually read, because frankly I’m British and emotions make me uncomfortable, but this ended up being a really fascinating read.

While Remember is only short, it packs a hell of an emotional punch! But it’s not your usual hearts and flowers kind of story either, it’s a little dark in places, especially Daniel’s early childhood and his decent into alcoholism.

I will applaud Shervin Jamali for giving a realistic portrayal of the uphill battle of addicts trying to stay sober in a non-judgemental way.

Certain aspects of the story were a little unbelievable but the author wrote them in such a way that it made them seem believable.

I’m not going to say too much more because I feel this is the kind of book you have to experience for yourself and see what emotions it brings up within you.

Rating: 3/5

About The Author:

Shervin Jamali has been writing for as long as he can remember as he had so many storiesShervin Jamali Author Image “locked away” but it wasn’t until he completed the first draft of ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ (2016) that he decided to turn his writings into books. His books are the perfect outlet for his daytime job as an IT consultant and he looks forward to the day he will be a full-time writer.

After having lived in sunny Florida, Shervin Jamali now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his spare time, Shervin likes to put together jigsaw puzzles whilst contemplating plots for his next book.

Social Media Links:

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Other books by Shervin Jamali:

The Devil’s Lieutenant: http://getbook.at/DevilsLieutenant
Escape from Hell http://getbook.at/EscapefromHell