#BlogTour #Review The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island by BJ Rowling and DG Lloyd @BOTBSPublicity

Title: The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island by BJ Rowling and DG Lloyd

Publisher: Olympia Publishers

Date Published: 25th October 2018

Genre: YA Adventure

Description:

Some secrets are best kept hidden… and some are just too magical not to share.
Teenagers, who unexpectedly acquire a vast collection of magical, mystical powers and abilities, find an ancient map. This map leads them on a quest for buried treasure to a mysterious island filled with hidden secrets, booby traps and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. What could possibly go wrong? A lot!

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Review:

I want to thank Sarah Hardy at Books On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on this tour.

JJ finds a map in an old family relic which claims to lead to treasure, just what his cash strapped family needs. But, as he find out, along with his friends that this no ordinary map. They must solve clues, avoid booby traps, all with a heartless villain on their tails.

The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island is a nod to classic children’s adventure fiction with a magical twist. In fact this really reminded me of Enid Blyton books I read as a kid.

Misfit certainly describes this group of friends well! Each of the characters are so different it’s funny how they are actually friends! JJ, is determined, Digger is army obsessed, Genius is well a genius. They ended up dragging JJ’s older brother Aaron and Digger’s older sister Karli, along with JJ’s crush Sandra on the adventure. It was enjoyable watching each character grow and change as the story went along.  

My only slight issue was the fact that it’s classed as young adult but it felt a little bit more like a middle grade, especially as the characters are only thirteen and fifteen but of course that just my opinion.

The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island is a rip roaring adventure, full magic, mystery and mayhem!

About The Authors:

B. J. Rowling, a native of England, is an author, screenwriter, producer, actress and cousin of Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling.B.J Rowling & D. G. Lloyd

D. G. Lloyd is an American-Australian author, screenwriter, producer, actor and script coverage analyst.

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#BlogTour #Promo The Controller by Matt Brolly @MattBrollyUK @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello lovelies, today I’m bringing you a spotlight post as part of the tour for The Controller:

Title: The Controller by Matt Brolly

Publisher: Oblong Books

Date Published: 24th May 2019

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose.

It is six years since special agent Samuel Lynch left the FBI following the disappearance of his son, Daniel. Lynch believes an underground organisation known as The Railroad is responsible and has never stopped searching.

When Special Agent Sandra Rose investigates a house invasion gone wrong, she discovers the assailant has the legendary, and infamous, Railroad tattoo carved onto his back and he claims to know Daniel’s whereabouts.

Rose draws Lynch in to her case, and together they become embroiled in an unparalleled world of violence and evil.

It seems that to see his son again, Lynch will have to confront his greatest fear and face the ultimate test: an encounter with the Railroad’s enigmatic and deadly leader, The Controller.

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Controller-Lynch-Rose-Book-ebook/dp/B07P8953TK/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_3?keywords=the+controller+matt+brolly&qid=1557341148&s=gateway&sr=8-3-fkmrnull

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About The Author:

Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.matt brolly

He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers. The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 and a prequel, Dead Water, will be published in September 2019. In 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing).

The Controller, released in May 2019, is the first of a new thriller series set in Texas.

Matt also writes children’s books as M.J. Brolly. His first children’s book, The Sleeping Bug, was released by Oblong Books in December 2018.

Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children. You can find out more about Matt at his website MattBrolly.co.uk or by following him on twitter: @MattBrollyUK

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#BlogTour #Review The Gemini Experiment by Brian Pinkerton @FlameTreePress @annecater #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Gemini Experiment by Brian Pinkerton

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Publication Date: 30th May 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

Description:

In a secret lab, a team of doctors and scientists funded by a mysterious billionaire create the first human replica entirely from technology. The robot is prepared to host the digitized consciousness of Tom Nolan, a family man suffering from a terminal illness.

But when Tom’s replica escapes before the transfer can take place, he is faced with the horrors of an alter ego bent on death and destruction. When the experiment draws the attraction of spies, Tom is caught up in an international crisis with a showdown that could change the course of the world.

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Review:

Wow, where to start with The Gemini Experiment. I just couldn’t predict what would happen next while I was reading it!

Tom Nolan is your average guy with a good heart and happy family life, until he’s struck down with Lowrey’s disease which is a bit like motor neurons disease. He looking at a death sentence until his old friend offers him a chance at eternal life in the form of secret project funded by a mysterious billionaire.

He has his reservations but agrees, his likeness is used to create a prototype. Before they can put him into his new body they test it out with another person, a convicted felon who is dying of cancer.

The felon escapes inside the robot and commits crimes which are pinned on Tom. His hopes of being cured go down the drain but more sinister things are in play which could change the fate of humanity.

I started reading it, I thought to myself this would make such a good movie! There’s so much action, plenty of twists and good dollop of life or death situations. It’s not overly technical, so if like me you like sci-fi but don’t have the greatest knowledge of anything scientific I would definitely recommend it.

With regards to the robots, I also felt everything was explained well and I didn’t have any real questions.

I know this is science fiction but there were times where I thought to myself this actually might happen in the future! As the book went along though, I did think it got a little more out there and unrealistic but of course that’s just my opinion.

The Gemini Experiment is pure action packed sci-fi entertainment from beginning to end.

About The Author:

Brian Pinkerton tells stories to frighten, amuse and intrigue. He is the author of novels and short stories in the thriller, horror, science fiction and mystery genres.Brian Pinkerton Author Pic

His books include Abducted (a USA Today bestseller), Vengeance, Anatomy of Evil, Killer’s Diary, Rough Cut, Bender, Killing the Boss and How I Started the Apocalypse (atrilogy). Select titles have also been released as audio books and in foreign languages.

His short stories have appeared in PULP!, Chicago Blues, Zombie Zoology and The Horror Zine. Brian has been a guest author and panelist at the San Diego Comic Con, American Library Association annual conference, World Horror Convention and many other literary and genre events.

His screenplays have finished in the top 100 of Project Greenlight and top two percent of the Nicholl Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Three of the scripts have been compiled in a collection, Unreleased.

Brian received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, where he took undergraduate classes of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He received his Master’s Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Brian lives in the Chicago area and invites you to visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and at http://www.brianpinkerton.com. Brian is also a cartoonist and his web site includes his deranged cartoon series, The Ruts.

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight The Snowman of Zanzibar by Gordon Wallis @zimbabaloooba @rararesources

Today I’m shining a spotlight on The Snowman of Zanzibar by Gordon Wallis:

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Title: The Snowman Of Zanzibar by Gordon Wallis

Date Published: 13th March 2018

Genre: Action Thriller

Description:

Ex Rhodesian soldier Jason Green was frustrated and mildly depressed. The winter in London had been long and bitterly cold. The steady work as a freelance insurance fraud investigator was mundane and repetitive. This tedious monotony suddenly changes early on a frigid February morning when he is summoned to the offices of a wealthy investment banker in the City. The brief , to ascertain the source of the unanticipated wealth of the man’s high flying young son. The time frame , urgent. The payout , enormous. Inspired and rejuvenated , Green takes the job immediately. The roller coaster ride that follows takes Jason Green from the grimy streets of London to the beaches of Cape Town and ultimately to the dark tropical jungles of the spice island of Zanzibar. Intrigue , chaos , murder , betrayal and revenge follow swiftly as a series of unfortunate events unfold. Events far beyond Green’s control. Events that result in unspeakable violence and horror. The action comes hard and fast in this page turner and culminates in an ending that will leave the reader breathless.

You can buy your copy here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowman-Zanzibar-Gordon-Wallis-ebook/dp/B079GJ833Y

US – https://www.amazon.com/Snowman-Zanzibar-Gordon-Wallis-ebook/dp/B079GJ833Y

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About the Author:

Gordon Wallis is a 50 year old author based in Zimbabwe , Southern Africa. Born of Britishnam parents he has lived there all his life. A keen reader of thriller novels , particularly those set in Africa , he has travelled extensively in Africa , Europe , The Middle East and Asia. He runs a number of businesses in Zimbabwe and is single.

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#BlogTour #Review The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge @Bloodhoundbook

Title: The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 10th January

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

The widow. The secret. The liar.

The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?

Review:

So Sibel Hodge is an author I’ve seen around a lot but this is actually the first novel of hers that I’ve read. This is also a complete stand alone novel so you don’t need to have read any of her other books.

The Disappeared is an action packed and drama filled thriller spanning across the world, with dastardly business men, corrupt police and brutal assassins. I could, in fact, probably see this making a very good action movie.

It touches on some quite harrowing subjects, unfortunately I can’t really fully go into the them in case of spoilers but Sibel Hodge really paints of picture of the corruption and brutality that goes on in poverty stricken countries like Africa.

It’s written in both third person and first person but only in Nicole’s POV which I have to be honest I’m not a huge fan of and at times I found her a little annoying but of course that’s just my opinion.

I’d recommend The Disappeared for anyone who love action thrillers that dig that little bit deeper to have an emotional impact on the reader.

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About Sibel Hodge:

Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is asilbel hodge image passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

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Website: www.sibelhodge.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sibelhodge @sibelhodge

#BlogTour #Review Go Home Afton by Brent Jones @AuthorBrentJ @shanannigans81

Title: Go Home Afton (Afton Morrison book 1) by Brent Jones

Date Published: 25th June 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.

A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.

Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.

Go Home, Afton is the first of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

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Afton Morrison has a carefully crafted identity, a vegetarian librarian who reads to children with a pet goldfish called Twinkie but underneath all she can think about is murder, these impulses come in the form of an evil twin Animus, who sometimes Afton thinks is real.

While stalking her first victim, Kenneth Pritchard, a serial rapist who has been let go due to lack of evidence she feels a presence, a man in the shadows. Suddenly Afton is no longer the badass vigilante but the prey in a dangerous game.

This book is the first in the series and after reading it I genuinely can’t wait for the next one! It’s fairly short but so much is action and suspense is packed into it, with just the right amount of creepy to put you on the edge of your seat.

You may think, how can someone like Afton so hell-bent on murder be likeable but she really is. After the trauma of losing both her parents and an incident that happened just before she went to college, I really felt for her and understood that need for revenge on behalf of other people. I believe the best description of her from the book is ‘she’s a psychopath with a conscience’.

I like the fact it was written in the first person, Afton’s sardonic voice really comes through making her feel that much more real. Yes, she may not have the nicest things to say about other women but I feel that it’s mostly a mask to hide her insecurities. I also appreciate her description of Donald Trump as ‘Donald J Clownshoes’ that had me in stitches.

I will warn you that there is a cliffhanger ending but you don’t have to worry as the rest of the series is being released in quick succession, the next being in August.

I would recommend this book to fans of Dexter and if you’re looking for a good anti-hero for a main character.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the Author Pic (1)story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.

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#BlogTour #Review Tiger Temple by Steven Moore

Title: Tiger Temple by Steven Moore

Publisher: Condor Publishing

Date Published: 20th December 2017

Genre: Action/Adventure

Description:

A betrayed criminal. A kidnapped child. A deadly race against time.

On the Island of the Gods, expedition leader Hiram Kane is on holiday after a long season guiding in the Peruvian Andes.

When a good friend’s greed leads him to betray Bali’s most notorious gangster, their peaceful community is left shell-shocked after the six-year-old daughter of its leader gets kidnapped in a vicious and violent raid.

What follows is a whirlwind race across the paradise island to rescue the girl before ‘The Rooster’ takes his sadistic revenge, and with the waking giant of volcanic Mt. Agung threatening to destroy them all, Kane risks everything to prevent a devastating tragedy.

The Tiger Temple is the exciting new starter to the Hiram Kane adventure series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s action thriller will leave you breathless.

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Review:

I want to thank Simon over at Black Books Blog for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

I won a copy of the audio book via Simon’s blog, a few months back and having never listened to one before I thought I’d give it a go. Now it got a bit of getting used to at first mainly because, I don’t know if any of you feel this way, when I read I hear my voice and my accent in my head. So when the narrator is reading it instead it’s a bit disconcerting, especially as the narrator is a. male and b. American but as I carried on listening I saw that the narrator fits perfectly with the staccatostyle of writing. Will I try another audio book? Maybe but I haven’t made my mind up entirely yet.

Now on to the actual review!

Hiram Kane is visiting Nyuh Kuning a small and sleepy village in Bali when suddenly the peace and quiet is shattered by gunman who kidnap six year old Ayu, daughter Banjar Kelian (the head of the village) and the niece of his friends Putu and Ketut.

After a death defying motorbike race across the island, they lose sight of Ayu and Putu makes a shocking confession. He fell in with notorious gangster Jago aka The Rooster, a ruthless villain who deal drugs and illegal tiger parts, but stupidly crossed him. Now Ayu’s life hangs in the balance and Hiram must help get her back.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but it works perfectly well as a stand-alone.

This novella is packed with action from the outset, set against the tropical backdrop of Bali, a place I have only sadly seen on TV. It also shows that Bali is not exactly the tropical paradise everyone thinks it is, it has dark side, with the child sex trade, drugs and the illegal slaughter of tigers.

There are some real heart in your mouth moments, with the threat of a volcano about to erupt and poor little Ayu trapped in a cell that is rapidly filling with water! I could see this making a really good action movie.

The author has obviously done a lot of research about Bali and it’s culture but at times I felt it got a little bogged down in the details. Also I felt there wasn’t much information about Kane himself, there is a little in the epilogue but I’m looking forward to learning more about him in the next book, The Samurai Code.

Overall a great bit of fast paced escapism and a nice introduction to the series.

Rating: 3.5/5

About the Author:

Steven Moore grew up (apparently) by a beach in England. An avid (average) sportsman,Thumbnail Steve painter, photographer and reader, those loves were only trumped by his love of travel and writing. To date he has visited 53 countries, and has lived and worked on five continents. Highlights include trekking in the Andes and Himalayas, scuba diving all over the world, teaching English in Korea, and eating anything and everything, wherever he happens to be. Oh yes, and sampling local beers, obviously.

Steven now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, freelance journalist Leslie Patrick Moore, and though they’ve at last found a beautiful home base, the next adventure is always just around the corner.

Steven has recently published the first three installments of his action thriller series, ‘The Tiger Temple’, ‘The Samurai Code’, and ‘The Condor Prophecy’, to great acclaim, and the 4th, ‘The Shadow of Kailash’, is coming in spring of 2018.

Early tributes for ‘The Samurai Code’:

Starts fast and doesn’t let up.”

An unremitting whirl throughout.”

Thrilling from start to finish.”

Great action, history & a dash of mystery.”

Fast-paced and brilliantly written adventure thriller.”

“Moore has a crisp, economical style, and sets the scene well. The story, while bleak, is shot through with moments of pathos…compelling from start to finish” – Mark Dawson, bestselling author of the John Milton, Beatrix Rose, Isabella Rose and Soho Noir series.

Steven has also published a well-received literary coming of age novel, ‘I Have Lived Today’, as well as a popular short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’

To follow Steven’s writing career and learn about new releases, go to his imaginatively named author website, ‘Steven Moore, Author.’