Reviews, New Releases, Blog Tour

“Divide We Stand” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you the third and final book in the Division Bell Trilogy, “Divided We Stand“, written by Rachel McLean. This Political Thriller was published today, 20th November 2018.

Happy Book Release Day, Rachel!

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 by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

Divided We Stand EbookBritain is a country under surveillance. Neighbours spy on neighbours. Schools enforce loyalty to the state. And children are encouraged to inform on their parents.

Disgraced MP Jennifer Sinclair has earned her freedom but returns home to find everything changed.

Rita Gurumurthy has been sent to a high security prison. When a sympathetic guard helps her escape she becomes a fugitive, forced to go into hiding.

To reunite her family and win freedom for her son and her friend, Jennifer must challenge her old colleague and rival, the new Prime Minister Catherine Moore.

Will Catherine listen to reason and remove the country from its yoke of fear and suspicion? Or will Jennifer have to reveal the secret only she knows about Catherine, and risk plunging the country into turmoil?

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

A House Divided - rachel mcleanI’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

If you guy have been following my reviews, you know I don’t like to give that many details when it comes to a series that are very connected, book after book, which is the case of this trilogy. And you also know I have been reading and reviewing all the books in this trilogy.

This was a journey that I enjoyed taking because it was scary real, it felt that way because of Rachel McLean’s writing style. The power she gives to her words and to the characters was something I loved from book one. And reading this one was as an adrenaline rush and quite and intriguing finale book.

We still follow Jennifer Sinclair and we still get to uncover new secrets and new information. And this novel brings twists and turns, action, thrilling moments and that strong group of well written characters that keep develop with each book.

Speaking about the characters… As you have read in the blurb, Jennifer has earned her freedom and returns home. Of course, after everything that went on and after the long months away, the family dynamic is very different. That was something I like to read about because it was something I could relate too, since my dad had three years away working in another country and he could only be with us during the summer and Christmas time. So I know how hard things can be for a family. In this case, it was a harder context and the family had to deal with strong emotions and all the problems that came with the circumstances Jennifer was in.

Overall, I loved this all trilogy. I loved that it felt real, that it was thought provoking. And I loved that it talked about strong subjects and that exposes them to everyone in a brilliantly written novel. I totally recommend this book and all the ones in this trilogy if you like Political Thrillers.


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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“A Village Affair” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are having a good Sunday. I had a chill Sunday at home. Read, wrote a bit, and watched some movies with my mom.

Today I bring you my review of “A Village Affair“, written by Julie Houston, a Contemporary Romance.

I want to thank Julie Houston, Vicky Joss (from Aria) and the publisher for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun of the blog tour and give my honest review of the book.


Blurb

ARIA_Houston_ A Village Affair_ECassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head teacher at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.

As if it weren’t enough to cope with, Cassie suddenly finds herself catapulted into the head teacher position, and at the front of a fight to ward off developers determined to concrete over the beautiful landscape.

But through it all, the irresistible joy of her pupils, the reality of keeping her teenage children on the straight and narrow, her irrepressible family and friends, and the possibility of new love, mean what could have been the worst year ever, actually might be the best yet…

Purchase Links – Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Google Play


About Author

Julie Houston author picJulie Houston is the author of The One Saving Grace, Goodness, Grace and Me and Looking for Lucy, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle Number1 bestseller. She is married, with the two teenage children and a made cockerpoo and, like her heroine, livs in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

Social Media Links – TwitterFacebook | Website


My Review

P1070001This book is my introduction to Julie Houston’s work and it was quite an amazing book. It was real, relatable, emotional, fun book that was pleasure to read because I felt invested in the main character’s life.

In this book we get to met Cassie and she has the kind of life one would view as perfect, but as we all know, life is hard and it’s not a bed of roses. So, as we read in the blurb, she discovers that her husband was having an affair. When I read that I knew this book would be about life and I was happy to read it and go in this journey with Cassie.

P1060954Like I say, it was a book about life and life isn’t always pretty or perfect. This book showed us how life can be unexpected, how we have to be resilient and keep fighting and rediscover ourselves. As a reader I loved that, I loved that by reading about Cassie’s life, and connecting with her, I got to think about my own life and my family. In a way, it was thought provoking.

But now only Cassie was a great character. In this book all the characters were intriguing and had their own voices. They were well written characters that were left in a state of openness to development. That’s always something amazing to read because it gives strength to the characters, making them seem real.

P1070028You get a feel of community, for better and for worse, and as a young woman that lives in a small town surrounded by other small towns, I get it and I could relate to it. So that was fun to read about and see how everyone connected and interacted with one another.

Now… the plot… The author did an amazing job in captivating my attention and taking me on this journey. There were twists and turns that made the book feel real, and those surprises combined with the well written characters are what really makes the book special.

Overall, loved the story and I’m curious to read other books by this author, since I loved her writing style and the plot.


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Love,

Jess

Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Armed and Inked” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are having a great day. It was a busy day for me. I was at a conference all day once I got home my eyes were burning up a bit. And I could only post this review right now. Nevertheless, I’m excited to share my thoughts and photos with you guys.

Armed and Inked“, written by M. S. Swegan, is a Contemporary Romance novel with some suspense, published on April 6, 2018.

I want to thank M. S. Swegan, the publisher and NetGalley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and give my honest review of the book.


Blurb

cover145300-mediumDylan

I’m the new piercer at my friends tattoo shop, and business is good. Truth be told that when I took this job, I didn’t expect it would change my life, but here we are. I mean it’s my dream job, so easy right?

Wrong.

When the owner’s sister comes back from college to assume her role as part owner, in charge of advertising and office work, I find that I might just be screwed.

She awakens something inside of me, and even though I’ve tried, I just can’t shake her. I’ve never felt this way about anyone before, especially not like this.

I want her, and once I find out she might feel the same way, someone tries to destroy this once in a lifetime chance at forever.

Our lives are on the line, but I won’t go down without a fight. I’ll die if I have to, just to see that she lives.

Lilly

I came home from school ready to work and help out around the shop. I thought I would be able to fall right back into things, just like before I left, but I never expected I’d fall this hard.

Working around Dylan is dangerous, only because I can’t think of anything else but him. He consumes every thought, every feeling, and most of all every square inch of my heart.

Then one day someone rips me away from my new life and I don’t think I can survive it. I’ve tried so hard to fight this and break free, but I’m losing my grip.

I know deep down he’ll save me, he has to, because if not I’m going to have to let this nightmare come to an end.

Purchase Link – Amazon


My Review

P1060899I always love books with tattoo artists. I find tattoos an amazing way of expressing ourselves, and personally I want to get some tattoos in the near future, I just got my first one this week. So the first time I saw the cover and read the blurb I was immediately curious.

This romance novel about Lilly and Dylan, and I much say that as newly graduated young woman, I could relate to Lilly, although she already know what she will be doing and I’m still thinking about my options. Nevertheless, she was a fun character to read about. Then there is Dylan, and he was sweet, kind, hot, and determined kind of person, and it was refreshing to read about a piercer instead of just tattoo artists. Plus he was an ex-military man, which of course just adds some extra power to his personality.

P1060923That been said, I think the characters were well written, and I would love to read more books about other characters. I would love to read Jen and Maddox’s love story, there were so sweet and Jen was a firecracker, I would love to have a friend like her that knows how to tattoo. And then there is Shane. Can I read about about him too? He needs love. And there is something about him that is mysterious and I’m curious about it.

Besides the characters I loved the plot. Although the romance was sweet, but since this is a contemporary romance that is also in the erotic genre, it had some hot sexy scenes. They had chemistry and they really were very cute together, and you could see that from the initial attraction, their relationship started to develop and you could see they really cared about each other and that it wasn’t just attraction.

Overall I loved it. The plot was great, I loved the suspense because I wasn’t sure who was behind it all. And I recommend it, just keep in mind that it’s a erotic romance.

A Contemporary Romance novel with tattoos, great friends, sexy scenes and suspense that made me stay at the edge of my seat and want to read more, no matter if it was the mystery or the erotic scenes.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“Visions of Zarua” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s Friday! How are you doing? What are your plans for the weekend? Tomorrow I’m going to be away all day since there is a conference that I will be going to. And hopefully, I will be able to read, do some writing on my novel and work on some posts.

But today I bring the review of “Visions of Zarua“, written by Suzanne Rogerson, this is a fantasy novel published on 16th November 2015. So… Happy Book Birthday!

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

Visions of Zarua


Blurb

Visions ISBN 978-1518802393 Visions of Zarua coverTwo wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Purchase Link – Amazon

Visions of Zarua is only 99p for a limited time to celebrate the book birthday.


Author Bio

Visions author photo 2018 (2)Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads


My Review

This is the first book I’m reading of Suzanne and it was a good introduction to her work because I saw her writing style and got to know a ‘new-to-me’ author. I was captivated about this book as soon as I saw the cover, it had that vibe that said this would be an intriguing, epic, spooky, mysterious novel. And that’s what I got.

This book had a great concept since it’s told from two different time periods, 350 years apart. And that’s different and I wasn’t confused about that because it was like reading a book with different POVs. after getting it and understanding the novel in that perspective, I get use to it and understand where the characters were, and who they are, and what time was.

Speaking of the characters, it was a great group with well developed characters, that have flaws, issues, dreams, ideas, beliefs, needs, and you could feel their emotions and feel empathy for them, get curious about their secrets and thoughts, and want to know more about what they are going to do next. In the end I felt connected to them.

The author created an amazing world with relatable characters, many secrets, magic and a touch of romance in a great recipe for a wonderful fantasy standalone novel. Besides the magical aspect of this story, there is mystery and action and that’s always something I like in fantasy books because it makes it dynamic and intriguing.

Overall, I loved the book. It was a refreshing fantasy novel with the right elements that made the plot interesting, and the author’s writing style was what connected everything and made it amazing.


Giveaway

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Jess

Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews, Uncategorized

“Hot For His Girl” Review

Hello Friends!

I have read a lot of books in the past few month, but whose review I haven’t done yet, so I’m trying to do those reviews this month and next month, so all the books I have read this year will have reviews. This book is one of those. I read it while I was in France and I loved it so much, so I’m very excited to finally share my thoughts with you all.

Hot For His Girl” is a contemporary romance, written by Rachel Blaufeld, published on 1st October 2018.

I want to thank Rachel and NetGalley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and give my honest review of the book.


Blurb

40023733Andonia “Andi” Schwartz is the kind of gal you love to hate. Snarky, skinny, and jaded, Andi’s goodness lies hidden beneath her sharp edges. But it’s there . . . this independent single mom has it going on.

Reid Fellows is a lovable dude. Bespectacled tenure-track statistics professor by day, shirtless blogger by night, he’s a catch on paper and easy on the eyes.

Andi wields her power and unruly commentary from behind her laptop as the anonymous proprietor of The UnAffectionate Blogger. Reid’s blog, Grill and Groom, began on a dare. Now, he regularly shows his abs of steel while grilling.

He may love this gig more than his day job. She needs her page views and advertisers to support her daughter. Until the two meet and spin a web online and IRL . . . in real life.

What happens when two bloggers fall for each other?
A new blog is born.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About Author

27ef868543abf9c4e16439c1aeb8f0bdRachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Coming-of-Age Romance, and Sports Romance. A recent poll of her readers described her as insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking up the heat in the dead of winter.

A devout coffee drinker and doughnut eater, Rachel spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing the aforementioned goodies while she plots her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end as lusciously as her treats.

As a side note, Blaufeld, also a long-time blogger and an advocate of woman-run anything, is fearless about sharing her opinion. She captured the ears of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and running a business, often at the same time. To her, work/life/family balance is an urban legend, but she does her best.

Rachel has also blogged for The Huffington Post and Modern Mom. Most recently, her insights can be found in USA TODAY, where she shares conversations at “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After.”

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found courtside, tweeting about hoops as her son plays, or walking around the house wearing earplugs while her other son, the drummer, bangs away.

To connect with Rachel, she’s most active in her private reading group, The Electric Readers, where she shares insider information and intimate conversation with her readers.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | Electric Readers Group


My Review

P1060805This book was my introduction to Rachel Blaufeld’s books and writing style, and I must say that it made me curious to read more of Rachel’s books.

This novel appealed to me because of the blurb. It got me at “statistics professor by day, shirtless blogger by night“, and the fact that the characters were bloggers is something I can connect with and that was fun. Speaking of blogs, Andi’s posts are so funny! Loved them! And I think it was a great touch to the story, because it give us some insight to some aspects of her personality.

P1060921So, Andonia (awesome name), aka Andi, is an anonymous blogger and she’s a single mom, meets Reid, a kind and handsome man. I’m not going to describe the plot, but let’s say that the book is a romance that made me sigh, shake my head, and laugh. Their relationship developed from the first time they met face to face, until the end of the novel, and it was great to read because it was dynamic, cute, interesting, and there was that “when will the secret be uncover?” kind of feeling.

The characters had their own defined personality and voice, and I could relate to somethings and empathize with them. Plus, they felt real, and if they were I would definitely be their friend. There was also the fact that Andi is a mom and that changes the dynamic in the plot and the interactions between the characters. And speaking of her daughter, she was so cute! And Andi is a good mom, you can see how much she loves her daughter and the fact that she would do anything to keep her daughter safe, and give her everything that she needs.

P1060947The storyline was great too. It was engaging, funny, relatable, sweet, and it let me happy in the end of the book. There was that secret pending, and the drama and tension because of it. There is some fun and action scenes and some slow and intriguing scenes that opened up for the understanding of the characters’ personality.

Overall, I loved this book and I recommend it to everyone that loves romance novels. It was an exciting book, full of fun moments and romance, with a writing style, plot and characters that grabbed my attention from page one.


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Jess

New Releases, Reviews

“Only Human” Review

Hello Friends!

“Be the unlikely hero of your own story.”

P1070015If you guys know me and have been following on Instagram you know I have been very excited about my friend Chelsea’s book “Only Human“. And I am planing to buy all her books, paperbacks, once I have a job and give them to the local school’s library, because I truly believe they will help people and that teachers and psychologist can use them and do projects and activities with kids. But I will talk about that in my review.

 My amazing friend Chelsea Lena Girard, has written three poetry books (including this one) and she has published a psychological suspense/thriller called “A Delicate Flower“.

I’m so happy that I had a chance to read and review this book and you will know why in my review. So I want to thank Chelsea for allowing me this chance.


Blurb

Only HumanOnly Human is the third book in the Unspoken Agreement Poetry Series. Through mental health, love and inspiration, know that you are Only Human.

Purchase Links – eBook | Paperback

Don’t forget to add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads.

Get the other books in this poetry series if you haven’t read them yet:

Unspoken Agreement | Sincerely, Me

Also, don’t forget to get Chelsea’s psychological suspense/thriller if you haven’t yet:

A Delicate Flower


About Author

Screenshot_2018-10-19 Chelsea Girard no Instagram “HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO MY THIRD CHILD, A Delicate Flower 😭❤️🤣 This b[...]I review for professional book publishers such as Simon and Schuster Canada  and Hachette Books. I am always looking for a new book to review.

I tend to draw to novels that draw away from love stories and more towards suspense and personal experiences shared from one person to the next. I love books that make you feel for the character and give you a sense of fulfillment when you claim their happiness as you’re own.

I am always busy with school, work and with my family but I always leave time out of my day to relax with a book and some tea. For me, it’s a form of escape from the world that I am surrounded by, where I can escape to a world where I can draw a connection to the book characters and their stories.

​- Chelsea Girard

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

(Edited the review to add some extra thoughts.)

P1070031I have been very excited about this book since Chelsea Girard started to give us glimpses of the book. From the dreamy and touchy cover, to all the poems in the book… this was an amazing poetry book, that although it marks the end of the poetry series, it give us (the readers) an emotional journey, bringing us connection and energy.

“Be the unlikely hero of your own story.” Is one quote that was powerful, hopeful, empowering, and true. And that’s just one verse in this book full of poems and sentences that are a mix of emotion and strength. I could feel the connection to Chelsea and to everyone that have been dealing with mental health, because I went through it too.

P1070014We all have demons, some are related to mental health, others are daily life issues that have changed our hearts, lives, dreams or path. That’s why this book, and all the others in the poetry series, touched me so much. The author have a way with words, and she’s just writing about her experiences and what she sees, feels and believes, and even that sounds like she was in my mind and wrote what I felt and believe. That’s why I think this book connects people.

P1070022But I could feel that connection via our strength and humanity. Yes, because this book is different from the previous poetry book in the series. Where the other one was emotional and melodic, this one is that plus strength. And it show us that we are all human and that it’s okay to feel sad, okay to love, okay to feel, okay to dream, okay to have a bad day or a good day, and okay to enjoy the little things in life. To just be who we are.

I could share many poems and quotes that could serve as an example of what I feel on my daily life, or that could show you guys what I mean about the humanity aspect that I saw in this book. But I’m not doing that because I want you guys to go read this book and feel whatever you need to feel and see in the poems.

Then there are the illustrations. The illustrator did an amazing job. The illustration enriches the book and they are amazingly done and there is this simplicity and beauty in each line, each illustration, that connects them to the poems and caught my eye every time I saw them.

P1070009For me it was about connection and humanity. About being who we are and still being human and part of our community. About enjoy every day and never give up our dream despite the thought in our head, and despite the hard and bad days. As a Social Educator, I could see many activities being done based on some of the poems in this book and I would honestly love to do that in a school.

Overall, I loved this book. A book that gave me strength and I didn’t even realized that I had some tension I needed to let go off and resolve until I read some poems that made me think. So, it was a thought provoking, melodic, empowering, emotional and human book.

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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.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“The Fourth Victim” Review

Hello Friends!

How have you been doing? I have some exciting things coming up this week. I’m hoping to get the posts done tomorrow so I can post them this weekend. And after a couple of days free of reviews, I’m back to schedule with this one.

The Fourth Victim“, written by John Mead, is a crime fiction novel, published on 28th October 2018.

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

The Fourth Victim


Blurb

image1Whitechapel is being gentrified. The many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace, tranquility and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder.

Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Matthew Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight.  And, it looks as if the inspector is already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with her head bashed in, down to a mugging gone wrong.  The victim deserves more.  However, the inspector isn’t ruling anything out – the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer.

Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Water Stones


Author Bio

image2Born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built. I was the first pupil from my local secondary modern school to attend university.

I have travelled extensively during my life from America to Tibet. I enjoy going to the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that I am an avid ‘people watcher’ and love to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. 

Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in my novels are based on real incidents and people I have come across. Although I have allowed myself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.

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My Review

This is the first of John Mead that I am reading and you have been following my reviews for a while you know I enjoy crime novels a lot, so of course I was intrigued about this one, especially since the blurb and the title attracted my attention.

From the plot to the characters, this novel had amazing aspects that I loved, and I will talk about some of them, because the others I can’t say because their are part of the plot and that would take the fun out of it and I would be giving spoilers.

First of all, the author gave the book some great descriptions and dialogues that made it possible for me to visualize the scenes and that ended up being engaging and dynamic, besides it made my imagination work and my me use senses in a way. And I believe that is a great thing in a crime and mystery book.

Besides the writing style, another thing that made this book engaging was the fact that it had plenty of action scenes that gave the book some movement and it made me stay at the edge of my seat wanting to read more and excited to follow the characters in this story.

The book felt real because of the setting and the characters. Speaking of the characters, I liked them too. I felt like the investigation team was amazingly well created, each member had their voice. Actually all the characters had their own voice and story, each made it very interesting and real.

Overall, I liked the book a lot, and it had technical Police Procedural aspects as well as the mystery and action to make the book intriguing and captivating.


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Jess

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“The Best Boomerville Hotel” Review

Hello Friends!

How are you guys doing this raining Sunday? And yes, it’s raining a lot here in Portugal, so I hope you are all safe and sound at home.

Today I bring you my review of “The Best Boomerville Hotel“, written by Caroline James. This standalone Contemporary / Romantic Comedy was published 6th November 2018.

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

The Best Boomerville Hotel


Blurb

TBBH high res coverLet the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

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Author Bio

CAROLINE JAMES (PROMO SHOOT 26.06.2018)Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

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My Review

This is my introduction to Caroline James’ books and writing style. From the title to the blurb, from the plot to the characters, “The Best Boomerville Hotel” was a unique contemporary romantic comedy that was amusing and delightful to read.

I’m always excited about a ‘new-to-me’ author because I get to learn about his/hers writing style. In this book, Caroline gave us an engaging book with funny characters, each with their own stories and personality traits that made it novel diverse and interesting. Plus, it actually made me wish I could book a vacation at that hotel so I could me them.

Of course there were some entertaining moments that made me laugh and others that were cute and happy. Despite all that, and despite being a romantic comedy, it still had some deeper subjects, that made me think about made me emotional for and with the characters.

Overall, this novel made me happy and I’m glad I got to read it and find a new author with an amazing writing style and the ability in creating characters that make me wonder and curious about their lives and stories.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“The Cuckoo Wood” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this lovely Friday. Do you guys have plans for the weekend? I plan on writing and reading, and hopefully work on some reviews.

Today I bring the first book in a series. “The Cuckoo Wood“, written by M. Sean Coleman, is book one of “An Alex Ripley Mystery” series. Published on 25th July 2018, this is a mystery thriller novel.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M. Sean Coleman for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

The Cuckoo Wood


Blurb

The Cuckoo WoodA THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery.

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Author Bio

The Cuckoo - MSeanColeman_AuthorPhoto_HiResBorn in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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My Review

This is the first book I’m reading of M. Sean Coleman, and what a great introduction to a series and to a ‘new-to-me’ author.

P1070019Since this is the first book in the ‘An Alex Ripley Mystery’ series, we get to met for the first time Dr Alex Ripley. An amazingly well written character, with depth and complexity, and quite engaging and relatable character. Of course that wasn’t the only character in this book that made me curious and that made this story so much more intriguing.

The storyline was quite intriguing too. A connection between old case and new case. Maybe a paranormal related event. A village with superstitions and secrets. Yeah, this was my kind of book for sure. It was unique and I was curious from page one and every chapter just fed my curious mind.

The author’s writing style elevated everything. The storytelling had a good pace and flow, with some amazing descriptions, narrative and thrilling moments that made me wonder about the truth and about the secrets.

Overall, I recommend this book. And I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil anything. So go get this book and read it. This book will take you on a journey through a village and through old and new cases involving secrets.


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Fantasy, Writing Wednesday

Writing Wednesday “Circle of Knowledge”

Hello Friends!

This November I decided to join in a participate in NaNoWriMo, so I have been working on a novel called “Narsir“, a fantasy novel that follows the inhabitants of Narsir in a collection of short stories linked by the power of magic and a mysterious entity.

So, today, for the Writing Wednesday post, I’m sharing the first chapter of my novel and it’s call Circle of Knowledge“.


In a world where monsters live together, legends and myths appear in the pages of the books of the Circle Knowledge since the creation of Areth.The magic that dances around the world, an element of the essence of all Narsir, is what allows the Circle’s witches the ability to understand the manuscripts and transcribe them into the common languages.

At first, the stories were passed by word of mouth, by human folk who distorted the truth to their advantage and used it to terrorize the following generations with tales.Painting the image of all other magical races as savages and monsters.Ignoring that the human beings are also magical beings created by the Great Creators of Narsir.It was by seeing the destruction of the truth that the Witches of Knowledge decided to join and form the Circle of Knowledge.

Using their word comprehension skills, the first witches used magic to call all the stories worthy to the manuscripts placed in the sanctuary.And every day, as the night began, one of the Five Great Books was taken from the altar and another was placed in its place.As the next day ran, the witches transcribed all the words into a book, keeping in each book the same story in all the common languages.When all the stories in that manuscript were transcribed, the magic words disappeared, and the Great Books would be put to rest for three days until it could be used again.The next night the process was repeated.

As the years when by, the stories were copied and shared freely by all folk through the teachings of storytellers who received copies of the books. Humans, though they did not believe the stories, listened and passed them on to the next generations as if they were no more than tales created by storytellers, yet the word passed on and the truth existed. Finally, the word’s peace reigned for decades.

Generation after generation, the Witches of Knowledge increased the territory of Areth, the Castle-Archive of the Word. They formed an alliance with their Brethren from the Circle of Freedom and established a hierarchy within the Order. However, with a hierarchy comes authority, and with authority comes thirst for power. After two hundred years since the creation of the Circle of Knowledge, Topaz Howler rose in the hierarchy and asserted herself as the leader of the Order.

Under Topaz’s leadership, the Witches of Knowledge kept transcribing all stories, but there would be no more freedom of the word.Books after books… Rooms after rooms… Generation after generation… Topaz and her descendants remained in power, increasingly limiting access to stories that did not meet the requirements set by Topaz.

Behind the walls guarded by Warriors from the Circle of Freedom, Areth raised, ever greater than previous decades. Thousands of books remain hidden, thousands of stories remain in the darkness of the corridors of the restricted section. These stories defined peoples, generations, legends and myths. However, although the creators of Narsir gave the power to control the magic of the word to the Witches of Knowledge, the Circle became a place full of corruption.

Since the creation of Narsir that magic is a part of every living being, but Topaz didn’t want everyone to understand their power.All folk who were not her allies would be keep in ignorance, listening only to the stories which the Heirs of Topaz desired.Yet in the gloom of Areth, a group of rebels gathered.

Believing in the values ​​of the first Witches of Knowledge, the rebels planned the extermination of the Heirs of Topaz.In that century, Topaz’s heir was Ruby Howler, a paranoid woman who didn’t even trust her own family.Fearful of losing her power and leading position, Ruby tried to do what no Witch of the Knowledge had ever tried to date.She tried to destroy the books in the restricted section.

Aided by sympathizers Warriors of Freedom, the rebels saw their plans rapidly modified to protect the forbidden books from imminent destruction.In a battle like never before, hundreds of rebels and sympathizers died, but their goal was achieved, all books were saved.

Despite the victory and to proof of her suspicions, Ruby went crazy. Some say it was the Gods who cursed her for the act she tried to perform. In a moment of madness, she committed suicide after killing her husband, a mighty Warrior, and her three daughters. It seemed to be the end of the Heirs of Topaz, were it not for Ruby’s sister, at the age of fifteen, who had survived the battle against the rebels.

A change of leader, but the rules remained the same.Control and power holding hands in that Order.The truth remained fragmented to the world.Fear reigned Narsir.Wars between all folk, within the species and between species.Millions died.And yet the world did not know the truth, unaware of the stories of goodness, of love, of compassion between two beings who could be different, but that shared the same faith, shared the same dream.

The Ancient Gods were no longer venerated by all people.And behind the walls of Areth, more generations of Witches of Knowledge were born, lived and died in fear, working hard.If they were lucky they would receive rewards for their work, but the less fortunate… they lived in slavery.Cleaning the entire castle, making copies of the approved books.

Corruption increased. It was with the arrival of Opal Howler, great-granddaughter of Ruby’s sister, another twist arose in the history of Areth. Opal would stipulate that all copies made would be sold. What was once a distribution of knowledge, following the commandments of the Gods and the working ethics of the first witches, was completely destroyed by thirst for power and greed.

A consumer mentality began from that day on. Stories continued to be transcribed from the Great Books into the Basic Books. Some books were copied repeatedly by slave witches, and most of those transcribed were kept in the restricted section. More and more the number of enslaved witches increased and the number of elite members of the order diminished. The witches who were before rewards from donations, were now rewarded for the money the Order earned from selling the books.

The Elite remained in power and in possession of the great wealth and from the first year of trade the leaders of the order were nicknamed Heirs of Opal. Generation after generation, the trade of books continued. The storytellers who once distributed books now sold them, yet the people had no way of buying books, so, a whole village would gather to buy some books that were used in schools. It was not with the ordinary inhabitants that the Elite earned their fortune, it was with the other elites of other folks, tribes and kingdoms. It was those that had accumulated their fortune through the generations and the conquests.

After the battle, the rebels and sympathizers who had survived fled Areth and never returned.Some said they were planning their revenge away from the castle to avoid being discovered, having spies inside the Circles of Knowledge and Freedom.However, all this had been rumors.After so many decades, rumors turned into legends.Legends that the Elite ignored, and which the slaves used as a flame of hope.It was this hope that kept many witches alive, determined to keep on working and staying alive.Hope that one day they would be saved.

It’s with hope and the dream that one day the truth will be free and the word have peace, that a young woman takes care of be restricted section without the Elite know. For the young witch, those books contain messages that would help the people of Narsir, but if she copied them and withdraw these stories from Areth the Heirs of Opal would know. So, she remained quiet, doing your job in the transcription section of the Great Books, along with nine other witches who worked with her.

It’s in the transcription section that it all begins. From transcription to separation of books. Under the guard of the Observers, no witches had how to escape their work. The tension in that section was even heavier than in the rest of the castle. Areth was the terror of thousands and the paradise of tens. But for the young witch, that castle was just an archive that had to be released from the moorings of prohibition.

And even if it was the last thing she did in her life, she would free the word from the books. She will meet the rebels. She will be a spy. She will protect all books in the restricted section and all books that in the future were considered forbidden. To fight to the death if it were necessary, with the last drops of magic in her essence, she would save the future of the world. One story at a time…


I hope you enjoyed this chapter. Let me know what you thought and ask me questions about Narsir and future short stories and I will do a post about it and answer your questions.


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