Reviews, Blog Tour

“Doctor Perry” Review

Hello Friends!

P1060011I hope you are having a good Friday. Do you have plans for this weekend? I plan on doing some writing and reading more. And… Eating some cake, since it was my grandaunt’s birthday last Thursday and we are celebrating it Sunday.

Now, let me stop talking about cake before I get really hungry. Let me talk about the reason why I’m writing this post.

I joined the blog tour that Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, hosted for Kirsten McKenzie‘s book “Doctor Perry“.

So thank you Rachel and Kirsten McKenzie for sending me an eCopy of this book and giving me a chance to read it and give my honest opinion about it. Free of spoilers like usual.

Doctor Perry


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Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home that he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar.

Hiding from a traumatic past, Elijah Cone wants nothing to do with the other residents at the Rose Haven, content to sit at his window waiting to die. He’s about to learn that under Doctor Perry death is the easy option…

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

Doctor Perrry Kirsten Head ShotFor many years Kirsten McKenzie worked in her family’s antique store, where she went from being allowed to sell the 50c postcards as a child, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases and seventeenth century silverware, providing a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing.

Her historical fiction novels ‘Fifteen Postcards’ and it’s sequel ‘The Last Letter’ have been described as ‘Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions’, and ‘Antiques Roadshow gone viral’. The third book in the series ‘Telegram Home’ will be released in November 2018 by Accent Press.

Her bestselling gothic horror novel ‘Painted’ was released in 2017, with her medical thriller ‘Doctor Perry’ following closely in April 2018.

She lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, an SPCA rescue cat and a kitten found in the neighbour’s shed, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter under the handle @kiwimrsmac.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | BookBub


My ReviewP1060012

This is the first book I read of Kristen McKenzie and I enjoyed it. It’s a Horror/Thriller novel about a doctor and his patients, and everyone and everything in between. It’s about trust and lies. About death and unexpected twists. With descriptions that gave me a vivid image, not only visual, but also sometimes even smells, that made the book slow down a bit which made the suspense linger.

Like I said, I liked the descriptions, and I also liked how different this book is. I haven’t read that many horror books, but the concept and the plot made it so much enjoyable. Well, it’s not a happy book, it’s a horror book and Dr. Perry is a scary man, but you know what I mean. The fact that the storyline and how things unfold kept me glued to my phone is fantastic. It means I’m enjoying the book and that I can’t put it down.

P1060038When we first start reading we met some characters, some important characters, and, for me, although I was curious to read the book, Kristen’s way with words made me step back a bit. It started to build up the tension and uncomfortable atmosphere that clearly said “There’s something wrong here.” Of course, from the blurb we already knew there was something wrong, but still the tension kept on building up.

I have said that Dr. Perry is scary, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but there was a weird feeling about him from the very first moment, even if you didn’t read the blurb you would feel it. It was layer after layer of craziness, mystery, scary truth and a touch of weirdness, lot of creeping feelings. And even though you know it’s fiction, you get at the edge of your seat, and can’t stop reading.

P1060035I found myself curious about all the characters and curious about the truths, and when I thought I had learned everything, another twist appeared or something happened that shocked me. That kept this interesting.

I do recommend this book. If you like horror you should check it out. I haven’t read a lot of horror/thriller novels (comparing to how many fantasy or PR books I have read), but I honestly quite enjoy the book and because I don’t want to spoil anything, just go read it and see for yourself and get your own opinion on this book. And seriously, just enjoy the thriller until the very end.


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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

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Reviews

“Sincerely, Me” Review

Hello Friends!

A couple days ago I shared with you the cover and blurb of the book I was slowing reading. A poetry book from Chelsea Girard, called “Sincerely, Me“, strong and emotional, and definitely inspiring and empowering.

Thank you Chelsea to let me read your book! Thank you for the eCopy in exchange for my honest review.


Blurb

P1050988Sincerely, Me is a collection of poetry that is derived from the mind of an anxiety filled young woman who wants nothing more than to express herself in a creative way. This book is a journey through the mind as you will encounter hardships, mistakes, love and broken hearts as you read through the pages of Sincerely, Me.
This is the second book in a three part series of poetry and yet again, another story to be told. Though these pages, I hope you become empowered, loved and feel more than just a walking statue, just waiting to break free from your already crumbling structure. Build yourself up and never believe you’re anything less than the beautiful swan.

Purchase from Amazon.

Don’t forget to go give Chelsea some love.

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Website


My Review

p1050990.jpgI think I have reviewed or thought about poetry since I was in high school, but I’m happy that I went to this journey. Happy, yes. Because the poems touched my heart, but I will get to that in a second.

First of all, I consider Chelsea my friend, my bookstagram friend. I have talked to her and we have exchange some thoughts and experiences. I can’t say I know everything about her, or that she knows everything about me, because I believe no one truly knows everything about someone. Nonetheless, when you read a poetry book, especially one as strong and vulnerable as this one, you feel connected.

P1050989Sincerely, Me” is an mind blowing and eye opening book, that is real. It couldn’t be more real than it is. It made me so full of emotion. It made me cry, feel empowered, connected, like I wasn’t alone, and mostly I felt like it was okay.

I always was a bit ashamed of my past, and that didn’t helped me in getting my self-esteem and confidence up and strong. I felt weak, and I was always saying to myself “the past is in the past” and I wouldn’t talk about it. It took me almost ten years to learn that talking helps, that talking can help others because maybe that will create connections and feel less alone.

P1050994This book and Chelsea’s way of writing poetry does that. The way she expresses herself and her experiences touches our hearts and create those connections and in the end by talking about this book, by sharing our thoughts and experiences because Chelsea’s poetry opens that platform, we will create a network. And in the end, I hope we can have the support we all need, the understanding without saying much.

Poetry was never my strength, but I love reading it. Chelsea’s writing comes from her heart and that makes it so much powerful and that’s one of the many reasons why I loved it. For that, I can’t truly review this book, I can only recommend it and hope you all can feel the emotion and connection.


P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“An Artisan Lovestyle” Review

Hello Friends!

As some of you may know, I’m on vacations and it’s been a good vacation so far. Today, for some reason I slept a lot more than I would have liked and I was planing on going for a walk this morning, which ended up confusing my mind and messing up my schedule. Vacations can be weird…

Nevertheless, I’m here to give you guys a review of one of the books I read this weekend, “An Artisan Lovestyle“, the second book of Kiltie Jackson‘s The Lovestyle Series.

You may remember the post I did for the cover reveal of this book. And now I can happily give you guys my thoughts about it. So, Thank you Kiltie Jackson and Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, for the eCopy of this book, in exchange for an honest review, and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour.

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Blurb

An Artisan Lovestyle - Hi-resAre you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree 
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38


Author Bio

An Artisan Lovestyle Head Shot PiccieKiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland. This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.  Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym! Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

36180515Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017. She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series. Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series) in the Summer of 2018. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:

  • “I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
  • “Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
  • “Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook |Twitter


My Review

P1050944.JPGI have never read Kiltie’s first book, this is the first book I read of hers and I’m don’t even mind, because even thought it’s the second book in the series it can be read as a standalone. And the only problem I got was that I wanted to read “A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle“.

When I read the blurb my first thought was that this was an unique take on the second chance in life and the all Death aspect of a book with some paranormal components. Plus I have never read anything like that and I was curious. Once I saw the cover I had this feeling that I was going to read a memoir or was listen to my grandma talk about her past while we were looking at photos.

Let me explain what I mean by that, when I was child my grandparents would tell me about their lives, about how their life went because of their decisions, how they learn about life from their mistakes and by trying to follow what they thought as right, how they grow up. That’s what felt like while a was reading this book. In some ways it was like reading how people learn, change, grab every opportunity and try and do their best and live their lives the best they can.

P1050980.JPGAs I kept reading, I would see Danny and Elsa just grab that new chance to live again. The way Kiltie wrote her characters made me connect with them, I felt like Danny and Elsa were part of my family and I was listening about their life-story and seeing them go through the motions of life, seeing them seize every opportunity and learning about letting go and begging to live again. I was rooting for them to succeed in accomplish their goals and the tasks. I was patiently waiting to see them happy because I knew they deserved it.

Even though the paranormal feel and the succeed in fulfilling their quests/tasks was quite unique, the romance was warming, the development of the characters felt real and the wonderful storytelling made the book so much intriguing, eye-opening and just fun to read.

The characters were fun and there were a lot of funny moments, especially when they involved Death, because I was not expecting that. From the very first few pages, I know I would be laughing and having fun. The balance between all the aspects in the book gave the characters a good setting and it made the plot light.

Kiltie was able not only to create and give voice to amazing character that we end up feeling connected to, but she was also able to write characters that we end up loving to hate. And we all know that we have to have those characters in books sometimes because they make the journey of reading so much richer.

P1050981The book talks about a lot of aspects. It’s about life, second chances, living with all the problems that the waves of life bring us. It’s about loss and coming to terms with that new reality, and I can connect with that. It’s about finding ourselves again and becoming the best version of ourselves. It’s about never giving up and keep fighting and grabbing every new chance we get. And everything, like a good memoir, or a good day spent with your family listening to old stories, it gives you a lot to think about. But that’s life!

An Artisan Lovestyle” is a warm, funny and very well-written book that I definitely recommend to my friends, family and followers.


Giveaway

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Don’t forget to check out the other blogger in this blog tour and check out their posts.

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P1050340Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Cover Reveal, Fantasy

Cover Reveal: “The Witch’s Tower”

Hello Friends!

I’m here to help out Tamara Grantham with the cover reveal of her new book, “The Witch’s Tower“, the first book in the Twisted Ever After Series.

I so want to read this book and I hope you guys find this book as exciting as I did.

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The Witch’s Tower

Publication date: March 11th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Ebook - Witches Tower darkGothel is a witch. Punished for the actions of her mother, her choice is simple: either she stands guard over Princess Rapunzel—or she dies. But just because a choice is easy doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. Protecting Rapunzel means watching as the princess lays trapped in a tower, bedridden by hair that is so long and heavy it’s slowly driving her insane. Gothel’s life has become one of imprisonment and solitude as well—until a prince and his handsome squire appear at the tower.

Only one object can cut Rapunzel’s hair and end the curse: a pair of magical shears. But the shears are guarded by the most terrifying witches in the land, who also happen to be Gothel’s aunts. As Gothel and the prince’s squire, Raj Talmund, work to form a plan, she finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious young man from the Outerlands. Unfortunately, his destiny is far more dangerous than she wants to admit: to save a princess, he must kill the witch who’s been forced to guard her.

THE WITCH’S TOWER is the first in an inspired new series of fairy-tale retellings from award-winning fantasy author Tamara Grantham.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40663689-the-witch-s-tower


Giveaway

The publisher is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the reveal, and you can try your luck here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232538/


About the Author:

TamaraTamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 200 five-star reviews.

Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. She has been a featured speaker at multiple writing conferences, and she has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.

Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks–which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds–and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made.

Social Media: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Awards

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello Friends!

I was nominated by Amy, The Little Booknerds in the Corner to do the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s my first time doing blogger awards but it was fun!


What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog

2.Answer the questions

3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions

4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post 


Amy’s Questions for Me:

1. Do you prefer to read Kindle or physical books?

Both actually. Books are books to me. I love to have the physical books, but when I can’t get them because only eBook are available at the moment, I’m okay with it.

2. Have you tried audiobooks? If you have, what do you think of them?

I have read some audiobooks, but not that many. I actually thing they are quite useful. The ones I have listen too, I did it will doing some cleaning at home or driving.

3. Who’s a blogger you most aspire to? And why.

I don’t think I have a particular blogger I aspire to be. I have a lot of people (author, bloggers, teachers,…), human beings, that have touched my life in any way, and that I have in my hearts for making me think, love, feel free, and enjoy a good book. Anyway, I don’t aspire to me anyone else. I aspire to be the best version of myself. I aspire to keep being respectful, honest, kind and human. And as a blogger, I just aspire to be honest and respectful with my posts and keep having fun and connecting with people.

4. Can you listen to music while reading? If you can what music do you mostly listen to?

Sometimes I do. It always depends on my mood. I listen to about anything. I usually just go to Spotify and put on a random playlist in a genre and then change it when I fell like it.

5. If you could give the first half of 2018 a rating, what would you give it? 

0 to 5? It would be a 5 for exciting. 4 for hard work. 4 for how many goals I accomplished so far (since I didn’t accomplished some of the goals I had in mind for this 1st half of 2018).

6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I enjoy being able to talk about books with people. And blogging opens up a door I didn’t have before.

7. Have you been to any conventions?

Not really. I have been to the annual book fair in Lisbon for the past 6 years, but that’s about it.

8. If you could give your past self-advice about blogging what would you tell yourself?

I only started this blog in January, but I have learned a lot. I would just say “Don’t stress about the post so much and just have fun.”

9. What time of the day do you normally read the most?

All the time. It depends on the day. When I was studying I would read during lunch break or once I got home, usually during the night. Now I’m on vacation so I read anytime I want.

10. How do you plan out your next blog post out?

I don’t really have a specific plan when I’m preparing my blog posts. If I’m a part of blog tours that week, I will put the information about the book and author in the post, just ready for the review and I will write the review once I finished the book.

Sometimes I schedule a post if I know I won’t be near my computer during the day I want to publish the post. But most of the time I get a draft of the post ready and the day before I post it, I will finish it (with pics and colors) so it’s ready to publish.

11. How many completed posts does it take for you to say its a ‘good blogging day’?

I don’t know. One I suppose. I’m just happy to be able to complete what I was doing and that’s about it. I try not to stress much about how many post I publish a day, or how many I completed and are ready to be posted. I just try to have fun with this.


My Questions:

  1. What’s the first book you remember reading?
  2. What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
  3. Do you have reading goals for 2018?
  4. What fictional world would you choose to live in and why?
  5. What do you think and say when people ask you to choose a favorite book?
  6. Who are some of your favorite authors? And have you met them in person?
  7. Do you like reading outside? Where?
  8. Aside from reading and blogging, what do you enjoy doing? What hobbies do you have?
  9. What made you decide to start a book blog? What was your inspiration?
  10. How long have you been blogging? And how do you think of the experience so far?
  11. What advices do you have for new bloggers, or people that are thinking about starting a blog?

The Nominees

  1. Sam – Literary Critique
  2. Heba – Bookaholic Trone
  3. Frankie – Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
  4. Jessica – Odd and Bookish
  5. Laura – LFBooks
  6. April – The Vagaries of Us
  7. Nikki – Saturday Nite Reades
  8. Sara – The Bibliophagist
  9. Norees – NoReadsTooGreat
  10. Empress DJ – Books and Bindings
  11. Elsa – Bookish Aurora

Thank you again to Amy for nominating me for this lovely award, it was really fun doing your questions.

P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Current Read

Current Read: “Sincerely, Me”

Hello Friends!

My bookstagram friend Chelsea Girard published her second poetry book, “Sincerely, Me” and that’s the book I’m currently reading.

It is a book that is already touching my heart and I haven’t even got to the middle of it. I reading little bit little and enjoying every thing poem she wrote.


Blurb

41Df95Ncb+L.jpgSincerely, Me is a collection of poetry that is derived from the mind of an anxiety filled young woman who wants nothing more than to express herself in a creative way. This book is a journey through the mind as you will encounter hardships, mistakes, love and broken hearts as you read through the pages of Sincerely, Me.
This is the second book in a three part series of poetry and yet again, another story to be told. Though these pages, I hope you become empowered, loved and feel more than just a walking statue, just waiting to break free from your already crumbling structure. Build yourself up and never believe you’re anything less than the beautiful swan.

Purchase from Amazon


Isn’t this cover so beautiful? The previous one was amazing too, but I like this one better, it just touches my soul and it goes so well with the poetry.

Don’t forget to go give Chelsea some love.

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Website


P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Unfinished Business” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I promised yesterday, on my “The Penance List” Review post, here I am again with the review of book two, “Unfinished Business“.

Thanks to Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, and S.C. Cunningham I was able to read this book in exchange for a honest review.

Unfinished Business


Blurb

Unfinished Business - EbookHe loved being him… he got away with murder.

She loved being her… until she met him.

The steamy roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the hypnotic sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, David is dead.

Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face.

Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables and make him suffer.  A woman unafraid of death is a dangerous thing. Has David finally met his match?

Purchase from: Amazon US | Amazon UK


About the Author

Unfinished Business Author Poc.jpgBritish Author S C Cunningham (The Penance List, Unfinished Business and The Deal) creates psychological and paranormal thrillers with a skilled mix of fueled tension, dark humor, and pulsating sex scenes. Her works offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Cunningham writes what she knows. Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Deal, the first in the Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker, thus sowing the seed for her thrillers The Penance List and Unfinished Business part of The David Trilogy. She is currently working on Book III For My Sins.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of rock music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the Police – Wanted & Absconder Unit, Intelligence Analyst, Major Crime Team, Investigations Hub.

Having worked in the music to film industry, she writes with film in mind. The Penance List has been adapted to film screenplay.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Google+ | Amazon US | Amazon UK

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My Review

If my exciting about this series was already evident in the review I did for book one, then I don’t know what to tell you guys. This is book two of the David Trilogy, which means it’s not over with this book and damn!… I do want to read the next one right now so I can know more.

P1050975After finishing “The Penance List” I immediately grabbed “Unfinished Business“, because I couldn’t wait much longer without knowing what happened next. In this review I won’t get into any details because I want to you guys to go read the first book (if you haven’t read it already) and the second book.

As you can read from the blurb, David is now behind bars, and if you read the first book you know why. And while I was reading the book I was always expecting something to happen. Maybe because S. C. Cunningham’s writing style is so engaging and you feel like you are in the book, living all those scenes with the characters. And that’s just means the writing style, storyline and characters create a connection with us.

Another thing I really like and that I think it’s very important is character development. And you can see that in this book. You get to see the effects that the events in book one had in Tara. Plus you get deeper into David’s mind.

P1050976Is that even possible, you may ask? It was for me. That’s the beauty of this book. You really do get stuck in this vortex of events and darkness and instead of coming out, you just dive in more and want to know what’s going to happen next. We get to know even more about his past and the thing is, I can’t help but feel sorry for him even though I know what he did in the present.

Based on his actions, David is a monster. Still his twisted mind as a way of captivating me while I read about him and his thoughts. Captivate because I’m trying really hard to figure him out. To figure out what is true and what he really wants in the bottom of heart. So the story is engaging in a weird way for me.

Nevertheless, S. C. Cunningham is capable of giving us enough light and fun moments for us to be able to just keep reading and balancing the strong subjects. And I’m talking about dark subjects, because she could go really dark with some subjects, I’m talking about sad, strong, infuriating subjects, like child abuse for example. When I read about books with subjects like that it always breaks my heart. The fact that the author could balance the amount of information dark and light is fantastic and just perfect.

P1050977I’m so damn happy I read this book (and the first one) because it’s a different series from the books I have read in the past few years, and I think I needed this genre and the way it is presented to just cleanse my mind and just get out of my comfort zone.

This book did not disappoint me and it was fantastic. I keep my opinion about this series. I recommend it to everyone that wants a book that is an unusual Thriller and Erotica book, and if you want to get out of your comfort zone.


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P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Reviews

“The Penance List” Review

Hello Friends!

P1050969.JPGHere I am again with a review. I had the pleasure to be a part of the blog tour hosted by Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, and have had the chance to read S.C. Cunningham‘s David Trilogy.

The blog tour is for book two, but Rachel was kind enough to give me the first book, “The Penance List” in exchange for an honest review. And here I am to give it.

Since tomorrow is my time for the review of the second book, I decided to give you all the review of the first book today. But before that let me give you de blurb.


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THE PENANCE LIST what happens when a scorned childhood sweetheart grows into a sexual tour de force, a fun loving career girl, her racy girlfriends and insatiable lovers get caught in his revenge? Sex becomes a weapon, hearts bait and straight tastes gay. What happens to hi-flying careers,clandestine affairs and wannabe starlets when the celebrity hungry press find out? Kidnap, murder, lust, intimate images going viral… he’s just getting started!

 

About the Author

Unfinished Business Author Poc.jpgBritish Author S C Cunningham (The Penance List, Unfinished Business and The Deal) creates psychological and paranormal thrillers with a skilled mix of fueled tension, dark humor, and pulsating sex scenes. Her works offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Cunningham writes what she knows. Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Deal, the first in the Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker, thus sowing the seed for her thrillers The Penance List and Unfinished Business part of The David Trilogy. She is currently working on Book III For My Sins.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of rock music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the Police – Wanted & Absconder Unit, Intelligence Analyst, Major Crime Team, Investigations Hub.

Having worked in the music to film industry, she writes with film in mind. The Penance List has been adapted to film screenplay.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Google+ | Amazon US | Amazon UK


My Review

P1050966.JPGThis is the first book I read of S. C. Cunningham and it’s the first in her David Trilogy. I must say that when I started reading the book I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew it would be different from anything I had ever read. And I was right.

As we start reading you are immediately falling down on this rabbit hole and you won’t wake up in Wonderland. S. C. Cunningham wrote the book in such a peculiar matter that I couldn’t help myself but loving how dark and mysterious the story was starting to be, and how ‘no-limits’ it was. And I was starting to expect anything to happen.

The flow of the book was great and it never let go of my attention. As we go deeper and deeper into this crazy and sinister plot, we get to know more the characters. They all are complex and flawed character, which gives the book an even real feel to it. With intense sensual scenes, suspense and gruesome moments, and the thriller that started to run through my body as I was reading… I can almost guarantee that you will go on an unexpected journey through this psychological thriller.

P1050967.JPGBrilliantly crafted, visual and devious,The Penance Listwill get you to experience the story as if you were a part of it. Each characters’ interactions leads to actions that makes the reader anxious for every page, an in the end the grand finale makes you want to grab the next book as fast as you keep.

I could talk about every character and let you all know my thoughts, but I feel like you guys will get as invested in their lives as I was, and you should decided for yourselves without my words running around in your mind, because I can assure you, you will already have many thoughts to keep you occupied.

I enjoyed every thing minute while reading this book and I couldn’t seem to stop reading at night despite all the darkness of the book. And I absolutely recommend it if you guys are willing to adventure into this dangerous and unusual, Thriller and Erotica book.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

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“The Guilt of a Sparrow” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this beautiful Sunday. A good day to go out and read a book outside.

Like I said in my Current Read post, this weekend I read Jess B. Moore‘s book “The Guilt of a Sparrow” and my last thought was “WOW”. That’s it. I’m still a bit mind blown. I loved the book a lot.

Thank you Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jess B. Moore for the book and a chance to give my honest review in exchange.

Before I show you guys my review (and I’m so excited about that), let me tell you about Jess and her book.

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Author Bio

fullsizeoutput_b4aaJess B Moore is a writer of love stories.  When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family.  She takes too many pictures of her cat, thinking the Internet loves him as much as she does.  She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love.  Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and will be available later in 2018.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Blurb

TheGuiltofaSparrow_coverMagnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves.

A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.

Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/guiltsparrow 


My Review

P1050965I don’t even know where to beginning with this review. I started the book knowing I would probably love it because it sound like the kind of book I love to read on a Friday night, in bed, with a cup of tea. From the blurb I know it would be a cute romance with some funny moments, strong family ties and just two people trying to figure out their lives. At least that’s what I hoped the book would be like. And I wasn’t wrong.

First of all, I loved it. From the moment we start reading about Maggie and her view of things, as we keep reading about her life and about the people in town (Dom and her friends)… From the moment we met Cotton from Maggie’s point of view to the first chapter in his point of view… I know I was in big trouble.

I found myself so focus in the book that if it wasn’t for my family, my cat and my body (hungry and tired), I wouldn’t have stopped so many times while reading this book.

P1050961First of all, loved every single name. So much fun in them! Magnolia and Cotton… So different from the usual names out there.

In some ways I could relate to Maggie and my heart goes out to her. For one, I’m 24 (will be in October, anyways), plus all the dating thing eludes me. Then again, I haven’t been on that many dates. Maybe none… I don’t know. Anyway, the fact that she is just figuring things out is something that I think we all can relate to.

Then there is Cotton. Even though he seems like he has a temper that could make him a danger, he’s such a teddybear. I must admit, I was starting to get mad at him at some point, but then he would do or think something sweet and there goes my heart.

P1050962It was a cute romance of two people that love each other. About families, about friendship and about taking care of ourselves for once, instead of just think about all the others. Because seriously, We have to take care of ourselves or we may loose who we really are in the process.

Alyssa and her decision to help out Maggie, reminds me of a conversation I had with one of my best friends, and that made me laugh. It was funny to me. And Dom was just a sweetheart and a good friend.

Overall, I loved it and I just have one thing in my mind: Can Jess B. Moore write about the other MacKenna brothers? Because I think Dom needs a chance in love too.

Do I recommend this book? That’s not even a question people should ask, because they should already be buying the book and starting to read it.


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P1050332Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess

Guest Post

Guest Post: Take Care of Yourself, and the Rest Will Follow by Frankie Reviews

In a world where everyone is constantly on the go and glued to their phones and computers, we sometimes forget about real life and taking care of yourself. Especially if you’re a book reviewer or writer, then life does tend to revolve around being pinned to a computer. But that sort of life as good and fun as it can be, it can also be very constrictive to your social life and health but most accurately your mental health.

The number of reviewers, authors and budding writers who suffer from or who are affected in some way from mental health issues is astounding. What’s more worrying is the people that don’t open up but choose to keep quiet that they are struggling. It is known as a taboo subject and at one time just to talk about such matters was scandalous. And yet as it affects so many of us in the world, as a society we should be more open, more accepting and more supportive of those who are struggling.

Everyone at times finds that things in your life are just too full on, it is at these times that you need to pull back, take a breather, a moment to reflect and then once your past it or have put what was stressing you out in order again, come back. Mental health illnesses or admitting that at times you struggle with something is not anything to be ashamed of, it is normal.

You Know Yourself.

You know you better than anyone else, and you know when you’re are feeling the strain. The best thing to do in these times is to pull back for a moment and take stock of what you’re doing and see what you can do reduce that stress level.

Turn of the Wifi, shut down the computer and back away for an hour or day. It is so liberating, and it can reduce your stress level immediately and so giving you the opportunity to focus on something other than stalking social media. Social media is extremely full on and very in your face, time away, even just for an hour can rejuvenate you far more than you could ever realise.

Keep Talking

It may sound easy, but for someone who has seen first hand just how difficult it can be for people who suffer from mental health illnesses, or struggle with something in their lives, just talking about it can be so very hard. But it is actually easier to open and be upfront to those you don’t know then it is to talk to family. This is where the writing or reviewing community comes into its own.

As negative social media can be, there is a good side to it and that is you find yourself connecting with people who are in the same boat as you. You become apart of a community and at times of need this community is a vital part of you getting the support you need. In a lot of cases you click with one or two people that you instantly think; “This person knows me, I have found my tribe”. These relationships are so special, and vital for your well-being, especially in your moment of need, these friends are always there.

And vice versa, if you think a friend isn’t acting like their usual self, just a quick message or email or text can be so beneficial. So, don’t be afraid, reach out!

Keep Active.

Did you know that just twenty minutes of exercise a day, can prolong your life and improve your mental health? It won’t fix whatever issue’s you have, but it will make your feel good by flooding your body and brain with what is basically a happy endorphin or it’s accurate name is BDNF, which is proven to make you feel better about yourself and that can’t be a bad thing, right?

Being tied to a desk or sitting in your chair all day is no good for you, the less active you are and more unfit you become and the more your stress levels rise, and your mood darkens. Step away from the desk, get out of your chair and just do something even if you can only manage five minutes at a time, those five minutes will be hugely beneficial for you.

I walk everywhere, I also read while on the exercise bike, and when not reading and writing I do a little Thai Chi. But whatever works for you. Whether that be walking, biking doing a bit of cleaning or gardening, or doing something like yoga or Thai Chi. Find something to get the blood flowering and let’s get those happy endorphins flooding the body.

So, twenty minutes of exercise a day will prolong your life, there was a study that said spending about twenty minutes doing something like crossword puzzles will help your mental health and most importantly will help prevent the likes of Dementia. There is no guarantee, but surely if there is a chance to prevent this deadly decease you would take it, right?

To do what you love you have to be in the best shape and frame of mind you can be. Keep talking, be yourself and know that if you happen to find yourself in a situation where you are finding life a struggle there is always someone out there to help you. Talk to family, friends or turn to your online ‘tribe’.


Frankie Reviews

IMG_-aog5g3Frankie is a dear friend of mine that I met online because of our love of Historical Romances. And I’m so HAPPY she was able to participate and write a guest post for all of you. Here is a little bio:

A continuous tea drinking, Yorkshire lass, avid reader and budding writer with a passion for history. There is nothing better in the world than reading a good book with the dog at your feet while drinking a good cup of tea.

Owner of book review blog; Chicks Rogues and Scandals and can also be found over at Francesca Writes the Past.

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