Blog Tour, Reviews

“Secure the Shadow” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Friday, and get ready for a book review.

Secure The Shadows“, written by Marion Grace Woolley, is a historical fiction published on August 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Marion Grace Woolley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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In 1824, a young man buttons up his redcoat and goes to war. Amidst the blood and devastation, he discovers a magical power which can save memory from the ravages of time.

1867 and a woman, living above a watch shop, meets two men who will change her life forever. As she ventures further into a world of séance and mysticism, she must decide whether to trust her own eyes.

In the present day, a rebellious artist finds herself photographing stillbirths for a living. At Little Angels, it’s not about what you can take from a picture, but what you can give.

The story of three lives, spanning the history of photography and our relationship with mortality.

Secure the shadow, ere the substance fades.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Author Content Warning: Death, stillbirths, suicide, drug use,  colonialism/racism 


About the Author

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Marion Grace Woolley is known for dark historical fiction including Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran and The Children of Lir. She balances writing with her work in international development and her hobby as a piano tuner. Marion currently lives in Rwanda.

Social Media Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

As many people that read my reviews may know, I love historical novels. I have always been fascinated by history, and book that take us through time and space are a great opportunity to make me curious. I always end up looking up facts and that time period.

In this novel, it’s even more exciting because we have a dual time line. In the synopsis there is this quote: “The story of three lives, spanning the history of photography and our relationship with mortality.” And although I was quite curious about the story and how it would unfold, I had no idea that I would be mind blown by the various elements in Marion Grace Woolley’s storytelling.

As we follow the each character, learning more about them as we turn page after page, I felt connected with them, understanding their motivations, struggles and emotions. They were well developed and I felt like they could be real, as if they were part of my family and I was listening to my grandparents tell me about them. That’s how much I enjoyed the characters, I loved that they weren’t perfect or black and white, just human.

I didn’t know, and still don’t know, much about photography and it’s history, but after reading this book I’m quite intrigued. It was an amazing aspect to have in the story, giving us a pillar for the characters to lean in. Giving us a link connecting he characters and our present with the past.

The book also talks about loss and memory, how society was back then, about everything the characters are going through during that time period. The connection to our past and future through photography.

Overall it was a surprising and interesting book, that made me enjoy the historical aspects of it, from the social to the cultural aspects, as well as the photography world. The setting and the descriptions were amazing and made the storytelling so beautiful.


Giveaway

For a chance to win one of the 3 x Paperback copies CLICK HERE.

(Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome – so long as Amazon delivers to your country.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Guest Post

Guest Post: Help the Aged! Getting rid of stereotypes in fiction, by R J Gould

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a different post. As part of a blog tour for R J Gould‘s “The bench by Cromer beach“, I have a Guest Post from the author. Enjoy!


Help the Aged! Getting rid of stereotypes in fiction

Coming across a podcast got me thinking about how old age is represented in novels. In (B)older: Making the Most of Our Longer Lives, Carl Honore challenges common clichés about the elderly – forgetfulness, stuck in their ways, bulging waistlines, no interest in a new relationship. Add that lot up and all they might seem to be doing is hanging around until death, while the actuality is that people are living longer and staying fitter than ever before. Adverts perpetuate the stereotype. Although more new cars are bought by the over-50s than any other group, how many car adverts feature older drivers?

As a writer of fiction, that podcast provided much for me to reflect on.  Perhaps particularly in my genres – Women’s Literary Fiction, Relationship Satire and Romance, the old, including the younger protagonists’ parents, are often merely seen as the problem to deal with that gets in the way of forming a relationship.

In reverting to stereotypes of the elderly, writers miss an opportunity to portray characters who are as active, creative, diverse and as interesting as their younger counterparts, perhaps even more so due to the juggernaut-load of baggage that they are likely to carry. In the real world, the late fifties onwards generation are seeking relationships in record numbers (they’re the fastest growing age group on online dating sites); are taking on new interests including extreme sports; and yes, are even having sex.

Beyond the fun of the writing, another aspect of depicting older people beyond caricature is the sales potential. There’s a large market out there of ageing baby-boomers. They were the first generation to embody youth culture, they were radical, and despite age, now refuse to be regarded as old or to behave according to previous norms and expectations. You’ll find them dancing at a Rolling Stones concert or setting off to a yoga retreat in India. They are big consumers of fiction and they want their novels to reflect their drive, resilience and determination. They aren’t merely hanging around waiting for dementia to set in or for their children to place them in a warden-controlled flat, so that’s not what they want to read.

These thoughts influenced my approach to writing The bench by Cromer beach, set in this beautiful, largely unspoilt, town on the North Norfolk coast. During my first visit there I noticed a line of benches overlooking the sea along the clifftop, all occupied by elderly citizens. One man peering down onto the beach particularly caught my attention and a fictional version of him is featured in this novel. What he thinks he is seeing is wildly removed from the reality – this is the starting point for a bittersweet novel featuring five lead protagonists including that man on the bench. As their lives intertwine, for each of them cracks emerge and restlessness grows. 

~ R J Gould


Synopsis

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Five people in a sleepy English coastal town. One year that changes everything. 

They seem to have it all. They’re in good health and are financially secure. They live in a pleasant and comfortable town. But as their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows.  

For Clive, is retirement the beginning of the end? Can fun-loving Saskia break free from her adulterous husband? Will Andy marry his childhood sweetheart? Is Jamie prepared to change his dishonest ways? Might Ellie’s happy marriage be shattered by temptation?

Heart-warming and heart-breaking collide in this novel about aspirations, expectations and the realities of everyday life.

Purchase Links: Amazon

Visit https://www.rjgould.info/   for a free copy of R J Gould’s award-winning short story The Kiosk.


Author Bio

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R J Gould is published by Lume Books and Headline Accent and is the author of five novels: A Street Café Named Desire, The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies and The bench by Cromer beach. He is a (rare male) member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Having been selected for the organisation’s New Writers Programme, his first novel was short-listed for the Joan Hessayon Award. ​​Ahead of writing full time, R J Gould led a national educational charity. He has published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.


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.

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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. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Sun, Stars and Limoncello” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Thursday. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and I’m so excited to share my thoughts.

Sun, Stars and Limoncello“, written by Stefania Hartley, is a romance novel, published July 7th 2020 by Totally Bound Publishing.

I want to thank Stefania Hartley for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Sonia believes that men equal heartache and disaster. Brad has sworn never to love a woman again. It’s a pity they’re so irresistibly attracted to one another.

After her traumatic teenage years, Sonia’s teaching job would be the best thing that has happened to her if it weren’t for Brad Wilson. Her arrogant, standoffish colleague never fails to rub her the wrong way. But when she’s faced with the choice between canceling the school trip to Sicily or accepting his ungraceful help, she swallows her pride and resigns herself to spending an entire week in close quarters with him. Little does she know just how close.

A tragedy from his past still haunts Brad, and he’s sworn never to let his heart be shredded by grief again. Loving another woman is not in the cards. That’s why his petite olive-skinned colleague is so very dangerous.

What could possibly go wrong when their mutual destination is one of the most romantic places in the world?

Reader advisory: This book contains references to teen suicide, accidental death and abortion.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Book Depository


About the Author

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Stefania Hartley, best known as The Sicilian Mama, was born in Sicily and immediately started growing, but not very much.

She left her sunny island after falling head over heels in love with an Englishman, and now she lives in the UK with him and their three children.

Having finally learnt English, she’s enjoying it so much that she now writes short stories and romance novels.

Her short stories have been longlisted, commended and won prizes, and are regularly published by The People’s Friend magazine.

In July 2020 her debut romance, Sun, Stars and Limoncello, will be published by Totally Bound.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Podcast | Blog | Goodreads


My Review

First of all, I have to say that as soon as I read the synopsis I was very curious to know how the story would unfold.

As we follow Sonia and Brad, not only are we taken on a school trip, but also have the chance to learn more about the characters. The amazing thing about this book wasn’t just the scenery of the romantic Sicily. I absolutely love that we are getting to connect with Sonia and Brad as they do it as well.

There are a couple of topics talked about in this story that are close to my heart, and others that I have seen the consequence in my family. The book was sweet and powerful, letting us reflect on the story the characters have experience, their feelings and wishes.

The book was character driven and I love those kind of stories, specially in this soft romance. There are some problems happening, but there is this focus on the interactions of the characters, not just the MCs but also everyone that takes a role in the overall story.

In general, I love the book. I loved how this story can be a good starting point to generate conversation. I can’t wait to see what else Stefania Hartley is going to write next, because I need more sweet romances that leave my heart full, but also gets my mind thinking. And the ending… Love that too! I hope we can get more of these characters in the future, even if it’s just an extra scene, I would love to read it.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“Hunter’s Secret” Review

Hello Friends!

Do you guys know what I love? A good series that keeps me excited to read all the new books. This review is of a book from a series I have been following and reading since the beginning.

Happy Publication Day, Val Penny!

Hunter’s Secret“, written by Val Penny, is the fifth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, a crime novel published on 8th August 2020 by Crooked Cat (Darkstroke).

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Val Penny for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.

Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.

Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?

Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?

Purchase Links: Amazon US


Author Bio

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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter


My Review

This is the fifth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries Series and if you are reading this review, and don’t know the series or the author, I highly recommend you go check out her books, because I honestly believe this is a series you should read from the beginning.

Since this is part of the series, I like to keep it free of facts that could be spoilers for any of the books. You know I have read the previous ones and I loved this one as much as the others.

The amazing thing about this entire series is that each time we follow DI Hunter in one of the journeys of figuring out the truth and reveal the culprit of the crime, we are also unveiling Hunter’s background and secrets.

This had a good balance for me, with past and present cases and Hunter leading us through the path to question, learn and be excited, until we finally arrive to the ending. Quite a fantastic mystery adventure, just the kind that makes me wanting. That may be why I always get very curious when a new book comes out.

From Hunter keeping me intrigued with his past and the relationship between him and everyone else… To the plot itself, and the motivations behind the crime… I was amazed by everything. It appears that Val Penny doesn’t get tired of surprising the readers, which makes me so happy.

Overall, I love the book. The uncovering of the truth. Learning more about Hunter and is past. See the action, the interactions, the brilliant descriptions and dialogues. Can’t wait to see what Val Penny comes up with next.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a .mobi of Hunter’s Secret by Val Penny CLICK HERE.

(Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“The Black Madonna of Derby” Review

Hello Friends!

You know when it’s too good to be true when you don’t mess up your schedule and forget to post a review. I have absolutely no escuse. I, apparentely, forgot to put this review on my calendar so I could make sure I had the review on a post and published.

And before I let you guys go and read my review and all the information about this book and it’s author, I want to apologise to Joanna Czechowska (the author) for not having this post published on the 1 Day Blitz, like I was suppose to.

Now, let’s go to the important stuff.

The Black Madonna of Derby“, written by Joanna Czechowska, is a Historical Fiction novel, published on October 2008, but now on Audible.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Joanna Czechowska for the Audible code of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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During and after the Second World War, 200,000 Poles were given leave to remain in the UK as thanks for their help during the conflict – this book is a fictional account of just one of those families. Set during the 1960s and 1970s, The Black Madonna of Derby traces the story of the Baran family living in a provincial town in England. Their seemingly ordinary existence hides secrets of past betrayal, madness, and tragedy. 

The story focuses on three generations: the elderly grandmother whose proud Polish patriotism hides dark events from the past that affect the present, the mother whose tries to meld her past life in war-torn Poland and Germany with her new life in England and the granddaughter who lives a double life culturally and linguistically – Polish at home and English outside. 

The swinging sixties in London is vividly recreated, as is the hardship of life under communism in the Poland of that time. This book is unique in that there are no other novels dealing with the story of second generation Poles in the UK. It is a story that deserves to be told, a story of a group of people who have had little attention in the literature. Listen to what they have to say. 

Purchase Link: Audible UK | Audible US


About the Author

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The daughter of a Polish father and English mother, Joanna Czechowska was born in Derby and studied history at University College London. She now works as a journalist. The Black Madonna of Derby, published in Polish under the title Goodbye Polsko, is her first novel. 

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

I love Audiobooks. I love to do chores, or go for walks and just listen to a book. And that’s what I did with this book. And what an adventure to listen while walking.

As we follow Baran family, focusing on three generations. The fact that I listen to this book instead of just reading it, made me feel as if I was listen to my grandma tell me our family’s story. And I loved that.

I enjoyed not only the narrator, through this 9 hour long audiobook, but mostly I enjoyed the plot, the way the story was told. I felt as if I was taken back in time, a moment in history I don’t know much about, but I love to learn more, especially through the eyes of a family, and not just a main character.

Quite and amazing story, and that can bring light into our minds about this Polish family living in England. About the way society was back in 1960s and 1970s. With secrets, tragedy and all the family interactions… We really feel involved.

Overall, I recommend this audiobook. I throughly enjoyed it and it trully felt like I was at my grandma’s house listening to my family talk about life and the past. All the crazy moments, all the pain and hardships, all the drama and romance.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win 5 x PB copies of The Black Madonna of Derby Enter Here

(UK Only) 

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize. 


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“As Luck Would Have It” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys are having a good start of August. Today I bring youthe first review of the month.

As Luck Would Have It“, written by Zoe May, is a Romantic Comedy novel, published 4th July 2019, by HQ Digital, HarperCollins.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Zoe May for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Synopsis

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Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo


Author Bio

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Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Social Media Links – Website | Instagram | Facebook


My Review

This isn’t the first book I have read of Zoe May, and I enjoyed it.

I love stories that sweet and fun, that have a good amount of romance and humor, because those are the books that are perfect for a sunny day. A good escape from the daily life we are having.

As we follow Natalie through this adventure, we are taken on a journey. Especially with all the hilarious moments and that takes Natalie and Will on the trip. I loved it!

I also loved the interactions. The fact that Natalie and Will already knew one another, gave the story a deeper understanding and the relationship was real. Which is fantastic because I love when there is a background story and have to learn about it as we read page after page.

Overall, it was funny and sweet, a good book for a summer day, and if you enjoy rom-coms this may be a good book for you.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“The House Party” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring a review for those that like Thriller mysteries.

The House Party“, written by Mary Grand, is a Mystery/Thriller novel, published July 21th 2020 by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Mary Grand for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Someone is about to die… Someone is about to lie…

At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.

The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.

All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…

The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight – insular,claustrophobic, and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secretsbetrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.

Purchase Link – Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble


About the Author

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Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel,

The House Party, which will be published by Boldwood in July 2020, is set.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bookbub | Website


My Review

When I first read the synopsis and saw the cover & title, I was intrigued. I have been trying to read more thrillers and mystery novels, especially this summer because it’s a genre that usually blows my mind and gets me excited and curious to read the next page, which I believe is a perfect recipe for a beach day.

That been said, this book I didn’t read it at the beach, but still, I read it during a hot night. Which ended up being an even better combination, although I couldn’t put the book down until my eyes and hand couldn’t deal with the light. Nevertheless, the next night I was back at it again.

This story follows Beth. And after her friend is killed thing take a thrilling turn, that lead us to trying to figure out what really happened, side-by-side with Beth. With a group of characters that have secrets, which we uncover as the story goes, we are taken on a mystery looking for answers and theorizing who’s responsible.

It is a ‘who done it’ kind of book and for people that enjoying the uncover of secrets and to figure out the truth, creating theories along the way… then this is definitely a book you should consider.

The scenery and the flow of the story helps with the tension and mystery of the plot, which is a good thing to have in this type of book. Also, it’s a group of friends, and that makes things even more weary, because we are suppose to truth our friends, especially if we know them a long time. Although, that means nothing, and this book reminded me of that.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I could say I had fun. I was hooked at various points of the storytelling because of the revelations or the questions. And I was satisfied with the ending, which is something that I hope for once I finish reading this genre of books.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Deadly Wishes” Review

Hello Friends!

For those that know me and have been following my reviews, the name of this author won’t be unknown since I have read and reviews her previous books.

Deadly Wishes“, written by Rachel McLean, is a crime novel, the first book in the Detective Zoe Finch Series, published July 17th 2020 by Catawampus Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel McLean for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Meet Zoe Finch, West Midlands Police’s newest Detective Inspector. She’s outspoken, ambitious, and damaged. And she’s working a case that could make her career, or cost her everything…

Fresh from the success of the Canary investigation into depravity and corruption at the highest levels, Zoe has attracted attention. Not least from Assistant Chief Constable Bryn Jackson.

But when Jackson is brutally murdered on the night of his retirement party, Zoe is dragged into a case that’s deeply personal.

All the evidence points to the victim’s downtrodden wife, who has secrets of her own. But Zoe begins to suspect all isn’t as it seems. Could Jackson’s death be linked to the Canary case? And what is her new boss, DCI David Randle, hiding?

Seeking out the truth will force Zoe to confront her own past and put her career, and her team’s lives, on the line.

Deadly Wishes is a gritty crime thriller perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and the BBC’s Line of Duty.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Rachel McLean

I’m Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

When I saw that Rachel McLean had a brand new series coming out I got really excited. With her other books she captivated my attention with the concepts of the stories, and I was very intrigued to know what the author would give us in this book. And I must say, I loved it!

In this book we follow Detective Inspector Zoe Finch in a crime and mystery journey that opens up the reader to a new adventure and series, with an ambitions and strong female main character. I absolutely likes Zoe, I found her relatable and interesting, the more I learned about her, the more I liked her.

Then there is the plot. The mystery behind certain characters and the murder left me curious. The details in the story that gave us a good visual and information about the characters and the situation. I was hooked and surprised. I felt like I was right beside Zoe investigating this crime and trying to learn the truth.

Overall, this was an amazing start of a series. I won’t go into details because I’m afraid to give out spoilers accidentally, but it had quite a lot of suspense and ‘wow’ moments. I can’t wait what other crimes is Detective Zoe Finch going to solve next.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Bookish Life

Livraria Good Books: Uma livraria com projetos brilhantes

Olá Amigos!

Hoje trago um post diferente. Sei que tenho andado distante do blog, mas para quem me segue no Instagram, sabe como está a ser o meu mês. Mas em Agusto vou regressar a publicar mais regularmente no blog.

Mas não é para um update que estou a escrever este post. É para vos falar da Livraria Good Books. Para quem não sabe, tive a oportunidade de ser uma parceira da Livraria Good Books.

Foi uma experiência incrível, repleta de livros e novos conhecimentos. For não falar nas amizades que estabeleci com as outras parceiras.

Achei então que devia fazer uma pouco de promoção ao fantástico trabalho que a livraria tem feito.

Para quem não conhece a Livraria Good Books, ela é uma livraria independente. Não só tem maravilhosos livros, novos e em segunda mão, como tem projetos fantásticos que vale bem a pena estar atento e descobrir.

📕Blind Date with a Book: para quem gosta de surpresas, esta é uma excelente opção para comprar um livro apenas sabendo algumas pistas.

Podem adquirir qualquer um dos livros e encontrar todas as informações necessárias e dicas no website: Blind Date With a Book.

📕Clube Good Books: que podem escolher participar na equipa ficção, orientada pela Ana Teresa, na equipa não ficção orientada pela Ana Ivo, ou até mesmo participarem em ambas as equipas! Porque eu sei quanto difícil é escolher apenas uma opção quando ambos os livros são fascinantes.

Relembro que já estão abertas as inscrições e compras para o mês de Agosto. Se querem saber quais são os livros, podem encontrar no website: Clube Good Books.

📕Projeto Folha em Branco: um live dinamizado pela livraria no canal do YouTube, onde ocorre uma conversa com um autor sobre uma temática.

Este domingo é com a Clara Novo cujo livro “A Descendente: O Despertar” foi a leitura da equipa ficção deste mês.

📕Retiros de Leitura: todos os mês há um retiro de leitura num sábado. As incríveis Anas fazem um live e acaba sempre por gerar interessantes conversas sobre o mundo dos livros. E quem não gosta de ler o dia todo e partilhar com outros o momento?


Estes são apenas algumas das coisas que ocorrem. Por isso fiquem atentos, sigam a livraria se ainda não o fazem, subscrevam à newsletter, e vejam o blog, porque quem sabe o que mais está para vir.

Uma das coisas maravilhosas desta livraria é que apoia imenso os autores portugueses. Algo que é tão importante e bom para a nossa comunidade livrólica.

Dito isto, porque não apoiar quem também apoia os nossos?


Se ficaste com alguma dúvida, sempre podem contactar a livraria através do email: livraria.goodbooks@gmail.com

Social Media Links da Livraria: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

Se tem alguma recomendação de livros que acham que deva ler podem enviar uma mensagem usando o formulário na página Contact Me.

Se desejarem juntarem-se a mim e serem convidados no blogue, escrevendo um post sobre um tema à vossa escolha, vejam a página Guests Post para saberem mais e para preparamos a sua visita.

Love,

Jess

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal “The Blood Society”, by B.B. Palomo

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a cover reveal for a Paranormal Novel, written by a friends. You guys know I love Paranormals, so this shouldn’t be a surprise.

The Blood Society“, written by B. B. Palomo, is the first novel in a brand new paranormal series called A Department of Vampire Extermination, and it will be published on August 20th 2020.


Synopsis

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When the world bites, you bite back.

Sammy Cordova’s life is complicated. Between grieving the loss of her longtime partner and the grueling task of hunting vampires, she can barely keep her head on straight. The last thing she needs is more chaos in her life, but as the daughter of the esteemed founders of the Department of Vampire Extermination, chaos comes with the territory.

When a company scientist suddenly dies in a freak accident on the same day she discovers a potential cure for a virus that is aggressively creating a world of vampiric beings, Sammy is eager for answers.

Forced to team up with Gray, a new hunter who better serves as an irritant than a partner, she has no choice but to temporarily swallow her grief, train Gray, and make sense of the world around her.

Will her desperate hunt for the truth put them back on track for a much-needed cure, or will it tear her already fragile psyche apart? Find out in this adrenaline-rushing paranormal romance adventure!

Pre-order Link: Amazon


About the Author

B.B. Palomo

B.B. Palomo is an American author from the state of Arizona. A writer at heart with a wild imagination, she has always had an affinity for the supernatural. Her debut novel began as a short story written in the fourth grade. While it was nowhere close to the writing prompt assigned, her teacher gave her credit anyway, noting the creativity B.B. demonstrated. This encouragement sparked her dream of becoming an author.

Even though B.B. was born in Arizona, she is not the desert heat’s biggest fan. Give her the subtle crunch of freshly fallen snow under her boots any day. In school, B.B. often used the old trick of hiding a book within her textbook while pretending to follow along with the rest of the class, though she still placed significant value on her studies. After graduating high school, she moved on to study business management in college.

B.B. now works as a licensed financial principal by day and works on her novels and blog by night. She is a wife and a mother—to an amazing daughter and a few fur babies—but when she does manage to find the time to unwind, B.B. enjoys a tall cup of coffee to go with a great book, all while daydreaming about the next story she wants to bring to life.

Social Media Links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads


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 or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess