July/August Book Haul

Hello lovelies! I always see these types of posts about and I realised I’d never done one myself so thought I’d share my July/August ebook haul with you.

Title: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis

Some people won’t let a little matter like death stand in their way …

A terrible tragedy leaves Hattie Hastings widowed and heartbroken. But her late husband isn’t about to take his demise lying down.

Torn between delight and frustration, Hattie struggles to convince friends and family of her ghostly predicament.

There’s also the small problem of best friend Cat’s ex-husband trying to worm his way back into her life. And both Hattie’s son, Johnny, and mum, Rachel have their own problems to face.

Bouncing between earth and the Afterlife, Gary discovers he has a mission. But what could it be, and will his beloved wife be able to help?

Title: Murder In G Major (Gethsemane Brown Mysteries #1) by Alexia Gordon 

Winner– Lefty Award, Best Debut Novel

Nominee–Agatha Award, Best First Novel

Chosen one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debut Novels in 2016

With few other options, African-American classical musician Gethsemane Brown accepts a less-than-ideal position turning a group of rowdy schoolboys into an award-winning orchestra. Stranded without luggage or money in the Irish countryside, she figures any job is better than none.

The perk? Housesitting a lovely cliffside cottage. The catch? The ghost of the cottage’s murdered owner haunts the place. Falsely accused of killing his wife (and himself), he begs Gethsemane to clear his name so he can rest in peace. Gethsemane’s reluctant investigation provokes a dormant killer and she soon finds herself in grave danger. As Gethsemane races to prevent a deadly encore, will she uncover the truth or star in her own farewell performance?

Title: The Penguin Killer by Ste Sharp

Brighton, during the glorious Britpop summer of 1995.

A second hand bookshop becomes the centre of a serial killer investigation when vintage penguin books are left at murder scenes.

Luke Redfern has just inherited the bookshop Red Books from his Grandad and is busy trying to make the big time with his indie band, Beachhead.

When Detective Mellor asks him to help find out who has been leaving penguin books at crime scenes, Luke is drawn into the mystery of what the papers are calling the Penguin Killer.

Title: Publishable by Death A.C.F Bookens

A bookstore, a grumpy newspaper woman, and a murder. Quiet St. Marin’s has just gotten a little more lively . . . and a little less alive.

All Harvey Beckett wants to do is read books, help the residents of St. Marin’s find the perfect book for that moment, and snuggle with her hound dog Mayhem. But when the small, waterside town’s newest resident discovers the body of the community’s persnickety reporter in her bookshop storeroom on opening day, Harvey finds herself bound and determined to figure out the crime. Her task won’t be easy, though, since the town is flooded with visitors for the first annual Harriet Tubman Festival to honor the community’s most famous resident. Plus, a quiet but charming mechanic named Daniel isn’t helping with her concentration at all.

Publishable By Death is the first book in the St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery Series by ACF. Bookens.

Title: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris 

Though a small town at heart, Lawrenceton, Georgia, has its dark side-and crime buffs. One of whom is librarian Aurora “Roe” Teagarden, a member of the Real Murders Club, which meets once a month to analyze famous cases.

It’s a harmless pastime—until the night she finds a member killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. And as other brutal “copycat” killings follow, Roe will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game, one that casts all the members of Real Murders, herself included, as prime suspects-or potential victims.

Title: The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant. As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.

And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs…

Title: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stephenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Title: The Creak on The Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir Translated by Victoria Cribb

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her colleagues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.

Title: Murder She Wrote: Killer in the Kitchen by Donald Bain

In the latest in the “USA Today” bestselling series, someone writes a recipe for murder.

Jessica loves the Leg & Claw restaurant, owned by young couple Brad and Marcie. And the restaurant is the couple s dream come true.

But when famed chef Gerard Pepe Lebeouf decides to open an eatery right next to theirs, tensions rise fast and hot and lead to a nasty confrontation between Lebeouf and Brad. So when Lebeouf is found dead with a knife planted in his chest, Brad becomes suspect number one. But plenty of others had a motive to kill Pepe, and it s up to Jessica to uncover who really added murder to the menu.”

Title: Black Cherry Betrayal (Claire’s candles 2) by Agatha Frost 

Claire Harris is excited to get the keys to her candle shop finally. A foul smell coming from the attic, however, turns her excitement into a living nightmare. There, she finds the body of Jane Brindle, the owner of the tearoom, which had stood in the heart of the village for decades.

Jane’s eventual retirement at eighty after years of fruitlessly hounding her daughter, Em, to take over the tearoom sent her to the south of France, or so everyone assumed. Jane never left Northash, but nobody is admitting to knowing what happened to her. Accusations fly everywhere, with many fingers pointing at free-spirited Em, and even some at Claire for daring to change the status quo.

How did Jane end up dead in the locked attic after having supposedly left the village for a new life under the sun four months previously? How is Jane’s impossibly wealthy 102-year-old mother, Opal, involved? Someone close to Jane killed her, but can Claire find out who before her candle shop dreams crumble around her?

Title: Funland by Richard Laymon 

Step right up to the land of fun…

Funland is another classic horror story from the master of the macabre, Richard Laymon. Perfect for fans of Dean Koontz and Clive Barker.

‘Laymon’s at the top of his form in Funland, his deceptively simple prose becoming by turns humorous, horrific, stunningly erotic. The funhouse climax is not to be missed. This novel belongs on every serious horror fanatic’s bookshelf’ – The New York Review of Science Fiction

The Funland Amusement Park provides more fear than fun these days. A vicious pack known as the Trolls are preying on anyone foolish enough to be alone at night. Folks in the area blame them for the recent mysterious disappearances, and a gang of local teenagers have decided to fight back. But nothing is ever what it seems in an amusement park. Behind the garish paint and bright lights waits a horror far worse than anything found in the freak show. Step right up! The terror is about to begin!

Title: Organized For Murder by Ritter Ames

Starting a small business is tough. Becoming prime suspect when your first client gets murdered is a killer…

A move to small-town New England meant a new start for the McKenzie family. When Kate opened her organizing business and immediately gained a rich client, she thought everything was finally stacked in their favor.

Until her client is found dead. Then the police take a hard look in her direction.

Things only get worse when forensics evidence finds her fingerprints on the murder weapon–and suddenly Kate shoots to the top of the list as prime suspect.

The stopwatch is ticking for Kate to prove she had nothing to do with the murder. The odds are further stacked against her when stolen items turn up in the McKenzie home.

She must trust her methodical skills and expert eye to sort out who is trying to frame her and uncover the real killer before she’s organized right into a jail cell.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

New Year’s Resolutions and 2019 recap #Goals #Blogger

Hello lovelies! I know I’m a little late with these resolutions but better late than never as they always say. So I’m just going to give you a quick recap of 2019’s resolutions and how I did before I set myself some for 2020:

2019

2019’s resolutions were:

Write a little every day. 

Hmm, I sort of failed at this. I did write a lot more last year, and I also took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time since 2018 but I can’t say it paid off that much. The only thing I can say is, finally, at the very end of the year, I wrote something that I’m excited about. I’ve even started working on a sequel.

Try more genre that I don’t usually read like:

Historical Fiction,

Non Fiction,

Romance,

Fantasy,

Fairytales,

Classics

Paranormal romance.

I did pretty well with this one. I discovered my new favourite rom-com writer Rich Amooi. I also read a few books like Bonnie & Stan, The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost and The Ten Thousand Doors of January, all of which were out of my comfort zone.

Cut down on blog tours.

Ha ha. I have no idea why I put this one down. I think I’ve taken part in more blog tours than the previous year.

Set my Goodreads goal for 100 books. The reason I only picked 100 is because I got to a certain point last year where I stopped enjoying reading, I want to take my time a little more this year.

Okay, so the final count was 135 books. I didn’t slow down but what can I say? I’m addicted to reading!

Get my NetGalley feedback ratio up to 80%.

A fail on this but last time I checked I was up to 73%, not too shabby I’d say.

Attempt my first read along.

Do you know I forgot I even did this one! I participated in a read along over on Instagram to read Pet Semetary by Stephen King.

So here are my 2020 resolutions:

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Get a handle on my FOMO.

So FOMO, or fear of missing out, is the bane of my existence. There were a couple of books this year I probably would never have picked up if I hadn’t been so caught up with not missing out. I have to remind myself, I can always buy them later.

Read more books from my shelves.

I own over two hundred physical books, of which I’ve read less than half. I’m not even going to count how many unread ones I have on my kindle.

Start editing my first cosy mystery.

I’m awful at editing (if you’ve read my reviews you may have seen the amount of typos that slip through the net). It’s something I’m really dreading but if I ever want to be published, I know I need to try harder.

Set my Goodreads target at 120 and carry on reading out of my comfort zone.

Finally get my feedback ratio up to 80% on NetGalley.

Sounds simple but I need to curb the urge to request books, they all look so good!

Give my blog a much needed makeover.

Yep, it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for months. Maybe even a change of blog name, so people stop confusing me for other bloggers.

Take better care of myself.

My health, including my mental health, took a nosedive at the second half of the year but as usual I just pushed through it and tried to ignore it, eating my feelings and gaining almost a stone in weight along the way. I can’t do this to myself any more, especially with the risk of diabetes having over me and I need to get a handle on it.

Thank you for reading! 

Have you got any resolutions for this year? If you’ve got any blog posts about your resolutions for 2020 please feel free to link them in the comments, I’d love to read them.

Top Reads of 2019! #HappyNewYear

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I thought I’d share my top reads of 2019 with you today. It was pretty tough, there was some fantastic books released last year but I’ve been cruel and cut it down to these next books. In no particular order:

He knows Your Secrets/He Is Watching You (DS Maddie Ives) by Charlie Gallagher

You can read my review for He knows your secrets here

You can read my review for He is watching you here

All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox

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You can read my review here.

Nothing Important Happened Today by Will Carver

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You can read my review here.

Blood Song by Jo Gustawsson

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You can read my review here.

The Escape Room by Meg Goldin

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You can read my review here.

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

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You can read my review here.

A Whisker In The Dark/A Twist In The Tail by Leighann Dobbs

You can read my review of A whisker in the dark here.

You can read my review A twist in the tail here.

Injections of Insanity (DI Paolo Sterling 3) by Lorraine Mace

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You can read my review here.

Dead Guilty (Calladine and Bayliss 9) by Helen H Durrant

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You can read my review here.

This Little Piggy (DI Rosalind Kray 2) by Rob Ashman

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You can read my review here.

Stalker (Joona Linna 5) by Lars Kepler

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You can read my review here.

There’s Something About A Cowboy by Rich Amooi

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You can read my review here.

Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell 

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You can read my review here.

Thank you for reading! Hope you all have a great New Year! 

#BlogTour #BookReview Ghoster by Jason Arnopp @JasonArnopp @OrbitBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Ghoster

Title: Ghoster by Jason Arnopp

Publisher: Orbit

Date Published: 22nd October 2019

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Kate Collins has been ghosted.

She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty flat. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.

Except for his mobile phone.

Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his texts, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.

That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognise. Scratch marks on the door that she can’t explain.

And the growing feeling that she’s being watched . . .

Jason Arnopp – author of The Last Days of Jack Sparks, a Radio 2 Bookclub pick – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .

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Review:

I want to thank Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for inviting me on this blog tour and Orbit for providing me with a free copy of Ghoster in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Collins thinks she’s found her perfect man in Scott but a few days before she is supposed to move in with him, he ghosts her, leaving behind only his mobile phone.

She wants to find out what happened to him, so she hacks his phone. Her life starts to spiral of control, can she stop what’s happening before it’s too late? 

Ghoster is one of those novels that you go in expecting one thing only for it to twist around and become something so unexpected and shocking that you find it hard to put down.

It starts out as a little domestic noir but the creepiness is really amped up as you go along, turning the book into more of a horror by the time you reach the end. As a lover of both horror and thrillers I really appreciated this.

I didn’t find Kate all that likeable, a little abrasive, a little obsessive but I think that works well in the story.

Truthfully, the first half of the novel is a little slow burn, it took me a little longer to get through it than usual but the second half had me racing along to find out what happened at the end.

Ghoster is a skillful mix of the supernatural and mystery that makes an intriguing and original thriller. 

About The Author:

Jason Arnopp is the author of the new Orbit Books novel Ghoster, which Barnes &jason arnopp Noble’s SFF blog has said, “just might qualify as the first true horror novel of the 21st Century.” The Three author Sarah Lotz calls it, “a fiendishly smart exploration of obsession and social media addiction”, while Cross Her Heat author Sarah Pinborough reckons it’s, “twisty, creepy and utterly absorbing.”

Arnopp’s previous novel was The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (2016), which has been described as “a magnificent millennial nightmare” (Alan Moore), “scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum” (Sarah Lotz) and “The Omen for the social media age” (Christopher Brookmyre). Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code) optioned the film rights shortly after the book’s 2016 release.

Arnopp co-wrote the official behind-the-scenes book Inside Black Mirror with Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.

Arnopp previously wrote and executive-produced the Lionsgate feature film Stormhouse and script-edited the Peter Mullan feature The Man Inside. He has also written for the worlds of Doctor Who (BBC), The Sarah Jane Adventures (BBC) and Friday The 13th (New Line Cinema).

In his past life as a rock journalist, he interviewed the likes of Bon Jovi, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N’ Roses. He was once surrounded by angry guards holding semi-automatic weapons at The Vatican. His Slipknot biography, Slipknot: Inside The Sickness, Behind The Masks, was released in 2001 and is now available as a Kindle Edition. Arnopp has also written a guide to journalistic interviewing, entitled How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else, which is also out on Kindle.

Arnopp’s latest non-fiction book is From The Front Lines Of Rock. Available in the Kindle Store now, it gathers 30 of his favourite nterviews he wrote as a rock journalist, with the likes of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Korn, Kiss, Faith No More, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails and Green Day.

When you sign up for Arnopp’s free newsletter at JasonArnopp.com, you can also download his short story American Hoarder for free. You might also want to check out his YouTube channel by searching for his name there. What a wonderful world.

Happy New Year! #NewYearsResolutions #BookBlogger #Blogger #Resolutions2019 #amreading #amwriting #Goals

Happy New Year lovelies! As is tradition I’ll be making some new year’s resolutions today but first a quick recap of 2018’s resolutions and how I did:

Reading:

Do my first Goodreads challenge, I’m thinking of setting my goal at 60 books. (manageable I think). I actually set it at 75 but I surpassed that by reading 163 books! I’m stunned I read so many.

Read outside my comfort zone. Again I was successful with this one too! I read paranormal romance (a genre I hadn’t even heard of before). I also rediscovered my love of horror and ghost stories. I even read a book all about death and grief!

Read books that have been on my tbr list for more than a year. This one wasn’t quite so successful, I think I managed one or two.

Writing:

Take part in both Camp NaNoWriMo (the one in April not July) and NaNoWriMo again. I actually did Camp NaNoWriMo in April but I didn’t do the proper NaNo just because I was going through a lot with my dad being ill and lots of other stress. One out of two ain’t bad!

See if I can edit The Taken into something readable. Oh god I blocked my monstrosity of a manuscript from my 2017 NaNoWriMo out. It’s currently gathering dust on my hard drive! Fail on that one.

Post a short story/flash fiction on my blog once a month. Another fail. I started out with such good intentions but only to do four short stories throughout the year.

Carry on blogging! I definitely did that lol!

So I didn’t do too badly but I thought long and hard about this years resolutions. I decided to keep it simple.

2019

So my 2019 resolutions are:

Write a little every day.

Try more genre that I don’t usually read like:

Historical Fiction,

Non Fiction,

Romance,

Fantasy,

Fairytales,

Classics

Paranormal romance

(any suggestions within these genres are welcome especially fantasy or romance)

Cut down on blog tours.

Set my Goodreads goal for 100 books. The reason I only picked 100 is because I got to a certain point last year where I stopped enjoying reading, I want to take my time a little more this year.

Get my NetGalley feedback ratio up to 80%.

Attempt my first read along.

And that’s it! Wishing you all the best for the year to come!

Do you have any resolutions this year, let me know in the comments section!

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My Top 20 Books of 2018 #TopReads2018 #Blogger #BookBlogger

Happy New Year’s Eve!  So that was my first full year of blogging over! I’m still over the moon that I managed to read 163 books this year. It’s been tough to compile this list and I left out so many fantastic books. If you click the links it will take you to my reviews!

So with out further ado, my top twenty books of this year are (in no particular order):

The Fake Date.

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Edna’s Death Cafe

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The Girl In The Gallery

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Fatal Promise

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Raving About Rhys

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The Millionaire’s Wife

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In Her Shadow

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The Innocent Wife

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Dead Bad

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Thirteen

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The Fear

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Fire On The Fens

Boathouse

The Siren And The Specter

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Before I Trust You

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Her Last Move

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Go Home Afton

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The Enigma

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The Life And Death of Eleanor Parker

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Three Things About Elsie

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And No Birds Shall Sing.

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And that’s it from me this year, I’ll be back tomorrow with my new year’s resolutions!

#BlogTour #Review Horsemen (DS Jason Smith 7) by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @Books_n_all

Title: Horsemen (DS Jason Smith 7) by Stewart Giles

Date Published: 2nd November 2016

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break.


Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. Smith was seen talking to the woman the night before.

Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter. Against his better judgment, Smith agrees and starts to ask questions, but the locals are not giving anything away. When Sophie’s boyfriend, Lewis Van Camp is found dead an hour before her funeral, Smith is baffled. Lewis was his odds on favourite for Sophie’s murder.

Smith quickly realizes that rival horse breeders, the Van Camps and the Phoenix’s are involved somehow. Everybody he speaks to talks of something that happened in New York the previous summer; something sinister involving these horsemen but nobody seems to know exactly what went on.

An action packed thriller filled with the twists, turns and red herrings we expect from Stewart Giles. This is an edge of your seat page-turner that will appeal to all readers of crime fiction.

THE SETTING

York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond.  She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Horsemen:

Just finished the latest Jason Smith book and thoroughly enjoyed the series so far. Great characters, clever storylines with excitement and humour thrown in. Well worth a read.’– Margaret Murray

Having read the previous Jason Smith books, I was waiting eagerly for this new addition – and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I’ve found them all engaging from the first page and so easy to become totally immersed in the story as it so carefully unfolded on each page.’ – Paul B

I’m a great fan of Stewart Giles and devour his books eagerly. I sometimes find that when I read a series I become bored and critical of the characters & plots but I never tire of Jason Smith.’ – Pat McCulloch

Another compelling detective story in the delightful DS Jason Smith series of thrillers. Jason finds he has to cross the Atlantic in order to solve a crime committed on his own doorstep. A most satisfying ending.’ Kindle Customer

I have read the whole series back to back and really enjoyed them, both plot and character wise. Really looking forward to next one, to see what’s in store for Smith’ – JeffKnowsStuff

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

Book 0.5    –       Phobia

Book 1       –       Smith

Book 2       –       Boomerang

Book 3       –       Ladybird

Book 4       –       Occam’s Razor

Book 5       –       Harlequin

Book 6       –       Selene

Book 7       –       Horsemen

Book 8       –       Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1       –       The Beekeeper

Book 2       –       The Perfect Murder

Book 3       –       The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH & DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1       –       The Enigma – will be released on 18th November 2018

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Review:

Today I have my review of the seventh in the Smith series, the Horsemen which if you haven’t read any in the series, I would highly recommend that you read at the least the book before this one (you can read my review of Selene here) or what I say would be even better to start at the very beginning with Smith.

DS Jason Smith is considering his future with the York police department yet again. He turns to his friend/psychiatrist Jessica Blakemore (who is currently residing in a mental health facility after a nervous breakdown) and she suggests some time off on his own.

The only problem standing between him and his holiday is a spate of armed robberies at the local McDonald’s, the franchises that are owned by millionaire Jimmy Phoenix. Using his usual powers of deduction, Smith solves the case and heads off on holiday on his own, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend DC Whitton. But as usual Smith finds trouble when the body of Sophie Phoenix, none other than Jimmy Phoenix’s daughter!

Smith is asked to investigate the death which leads him to New York and secrets that someone desperately wants to keep buried.

Another fast paced adventure in the Smith series! My heart was in my mouth when Smith gets arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and I genuinely didn’t know if he’d get released or not!

As usual Smith is his own worst enemy, drinking and smoking too much, going on holiday by himself instead of whisking Whitton off for a romantic time…I really want to give him a good shake!

I’m not going to say too much more about the story for fear of spoilers but I enjoyed Smith’s little sojourn to New York which is a place I’ve also wanted to visit, although if it’s anything like the way it is in the book, I’m not sure I want to go any more!

I have to be honest the storyline does rely a little bit on coincidences like Smith taking a holiday where Jimmy Phoenix’s daughter happens to be as well but that is just a minor issue.

Overall Horsemen is an action packed adventure, perfect for crime fiction lovers to lose themselves in for few hours.

About The Author:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling SG Author photo (4)around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links:
Website:
www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

#BlogTour #Promo The Ghost Of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman @rararesources @NatKleinman

Title:The Ghost of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman

Date Published:25th April 2018

Genre:Historical/Regency Romance/Mystery

Description:

At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.


Purchase from Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/2DKo8yB

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About The Author:

Natalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Natale Kleinman - Author PhotoGlendale.

Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.

Social Media Links –

Blog: https://nataliekleinman.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatalieKleinmanAuthor/
Twitter: @NatKleinman

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New Year’s Resolutions #writing and #reading #goals #newyearsresolutions

I thought I’d share my New Year’s reading and writing Resolutions with you all (a day early but I don’t think it matters!)

First I want to go back to resolutions I made at the beginning of 2017:

1. Edit my entry for last year’s NaNoWriMo Anya.

I did it! It took me about eight or nine months and I still feel it needs work but I’m quite proud I actually did it as this was the first novel I’ve finished and edited.

2. Start a blog.

Another success but again it took me a while to get started, in fact it was the end of May before I posted for the first time.  But now I have over a hundred followers (I have no idea how that happened!) and I post regularly on a Tuesday, Friday and sometimes a Sunday too!

3. Write another novel.

Another sort of success.  I completed NaNoWriMo for the second year running but I absolutely hate the story I wrote called The Taken but at least it’s out of my head so I can get on with new ideas.

4. Have a novel published.

This was an out there one even if I say so myself.  I was very naive when it came to the world of agents and publishers (not any more).  I currently have two rejections under my belt and several no replies.

5. Lose seven pounds.

Another out there one but surprisingly I almost did it.  I started last year at 11 stone 9 pounds and I’ve ended at 11 stone and 3 pounds.  Little bit proud to be honest.

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Okay so my resolutions for 2018 are:

Reading:

  1. Do my first Goodreads challenge, I’m thinking of setting my goal at 60 books. (manageable I think)
  2. Read outside my comfort zone.  I have several books on my tbr list that fit the bill (pics are below).
  3. Read books that have been on my tbr list for more than a year.

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Writing:

  1. Take part in both Camp NaNoWriMo (the one in April not July) and NaNoWriMo again.
  2. See if I can edit The Taken into something readable.
  3. Post a short story/flash fiction on my blog once a month.
  4. Carry on blogging!

 

So they are my resolutions 2018, I will post again the end of next year to see how many I actually stuck to!  What are your resolutions for the coming year?

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Liebster Awards! #blogger #newblogger #BloggersTribe

So I was nominated for the Liebster award I want to thank Nada at over at Early Bookish Birds for putting forward me!

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Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of questions
  • Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!

My Answers:

1. Favourite quote?

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living –Terry Pratchett.

2. Are you a student? do you work? WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?

I’m playing at being a writer when I’m not being a mum.

3. Last good book you read?

I’ve just finished I Found You by Lisa Jewell (review coming soon) which I absolutely loved. If love a good mystery then I’d recommend it!

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4. When did you start blogging?

I set this blog up last year but didn’t actually post on it until about six months ago.

5. What’s the song you have on repeat these days?

Okay, I’m going to admit this on the internet but, erm, Taylor Swift – Are You Ready For It?

6. Last movie you watched?

I’m really racking my brain on this one, it’s been a while but I think it was Zodiac, from 2007 with Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr an old one I know!

7. Are you in love?

Well I’ve been with my partner for fourteen years, I must be in love mustn’t I?

8. What’s your best friend’s name?

Well, cliché as it is but my partner but he wouldn’t like me publishing his name here!

9. Favourite Genre?

Mystery/Thriller, of course!

10. Is there a goal that you want to achieve out of blogging?

I don’t have any specific goals, it would be nice to lead to something bigger like reviewing for a paper or a magazine but for now I’m happy with this just being a hobby.

11. Can we be friends? *Puppy eyes*

Of course we can be friend Nada!!! 😀 ❤

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My Nominees:

Vicky – https://vickywhoreads.wordpress.com/

Jade – https://jadelmwrites.wordpress.com/

Author Tia Lee – https://authortialee.wordpress.com/

Jill – https://jilljemmett.com

Julie – https://juliedavide.wordpress.com/

Kerrie – https://ilovedreadingthis.wordpress.com/

Lauren – https://booksbeyondthestory.wordpress.com/

K.M. Allen – https://kmallanblog.wordpress.com/

Kiara – https://thenerdybibliophile.wordpress.com/

Oviya- https://ovicandid.wordpress.com/

Samantha – https://thebookendsofanintrovert.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

1. What are you reading at the moment?

2. Who is your favourite movie/book/tv character of all time?

3. What do you do in your spare time?

4. If you could visit anywhere in the universe, where would it be?

5. Favourite food?

6. Favourite book you’ve read this year?

7. What writer would you like to meet living or dead?

8. Favourite childhood movie?

9. What was the last TV show you binged watched?

10. Favourite Genre to read or (if you are a writer) to write?

11. Favourite author?

If I’ve nominated you and you don’t fancy doing this as a post you can always put your answers in the comments section below…