Attack of the Alien Dung (Pet Defenders) by Gareth P. Jones [Giveaway!]

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Attack of the Alien Dung (Pet Defenders) by Gareth P. Jones

Hi All!
Today is my spot on the Attack of the Alien Dung blog tour and I am here today to give you a chance to win the book! For how to enter the giveaway, keep reading to the end of the post!


About the Book

Attack of the Alien Dung The Pet Defenders Code:
1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you.
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!

Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!

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About the Authors

Gareth P. Jones is the best-selling author of many books for children, including the NINJA MEERKATS series, and THE CONSIDINE CURSE, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 award. Gareth also works as a producer of TV documentaries and lives in Forest Hill, south east London, with his wife and children.

Twitter. Website.

Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Puffin and Faber.

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Giveaway

I have one copy of Attack of the Alien Dung to giveaway to one lucky person! All you have to do to enter is comment below with the animal you would love to have as your pet! (Even if they’re not normally kept as a pet!)

Entrants must be 13 years or older or have parental permission to enter.

Winners will be notified by e-mail (so make sure you provide yours!) and will have 28 days to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Entries will close at 6pm on Thursday 16th February

Good luck!

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The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series by Chris Lloyd

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The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series by Chris Lloyd

Hello All!
Today I am here on the The Elisenda Domenech Investigation Series blog tour and I have for you a review of the first book in the series – spoiler – I CANNOT wait to read the next two!

Before I get into that part of the post though, here’s some information about all the books in the series!


About the Books

City of Good Death An intense and brilliantly realised crime thriller set in the myth-soaked streets of Girona
A killer is targeting hate figures in the Catalan city of Girona – a loan shark, a corrupt priest, four thugs who have blighted the streets of the old quarter – leaving clues about his next victim through mysterious effigies left hung on a statue. Each corpse is posed in a way whose meaning no one can fathom. Which is precisely the point the murderer is trying to make.

Elisenda Domènech, the solitary and haunted head of the city’s newly-formed Serious Crime Unit, is determined to do all she can to stop the attacks. She believes the attacker is drawing on the city’s legends to choose his targets, but her colleagues aren’t convinced and her investigation is blocked at every turn.

Battling against the increasing sympathy towards the killer displayed by the press, the public and even some of the police, she finds herself forced to question her own values. But when the attacks start to include less deserving victims, the pressure is suddenly on Elisenda to stop him. The question is: how?

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City of Buried Ghosts Be careful what you dig up…
Still recovering from the tragedy that hit her team, Elisenda takes on a new case. Except it’s not new. On an archaeological dig by the coast a body is uncovered, seemingly executed with a spike thrust through the base of the skull – an ancient tribal ritual. It soon becomes clear that this body is neither ancient nor modern, but a mysterious corpse from the 1980s.

Assigned to the case along with her team, Elisenda soon uncovers a complex world of star archaeologists, jealousy and missing persons. They find a dark trade in illicit antiquities, riddled with vicious professional rivalries. And even though she’s staying close to the crime scene, Elisenda is also never far from enemies of her own within the police force.

Just as the case seems to become clear it is blown wide-open by another horrific murder. Elisenda must fight her personal demons and office politics, whilst continuing to uncover plots and hatreds that were long buried. How far will she go to solve the crime? Is her place in the force secure? And can she rebuild her life?

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


City of Drowned Souls When a child disappears, the clock starts ticking
Detective Elisenda Domènech has had a tough few years. The loss of her daughter and a team member; the constant battles against colleagues and judges; the harrowing murder investigations… But it’s about to get much worse.

When the son of a controversial local politician goes missing at election time, Elisenda is put on the case. They simply must solve it. Only the team also have to deal with a spate of horrifically violent break-ins. People are being brutalised in their own homes and the public demands answers.

Could there be a connection? Why is nobody giving a straight answer? And where is Elisenda’s key informant, apparently vanished off the face of the earth? With the body count threatening to increase and her place in the force on the line, the waters are rising…

Be careful not to drown.

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My Review

How Long

I don’t often read books set abroad, especially not crime procedurals but I will definitely be rectifying that after finishing this book! City of Good Death is a compelling, mystery book that had me racing to reach the end to find out who the murderer was. Not only that, the location of Catalan plays a large role in the book and I absolutely loved learning more about the location and all of its myths and legends. This book was a very unique and gripping read.

Does It

What really won me over with this book was the way that the plot occurred. There were twists and turns that caused so many theories to appear in my brain but ultimately none of them were correct! I found it fascinating how Chris Lloyd has created a novel that is so very clever and still entertaining too. I am very much looking forward to reading more of his work for similar narrative style.

Take To

It took a short while for me to get all of the characters differentiated in my head but this is more to do with the vast number and the foreign names as opposed to being badly presented by Chris Lloyd. However, once I had them all filed away, I found them all really fascinating to read about. I specifically found Elisenda to be an intriguing protagonist for the book and loved how many pressures she was under and yet still managed to be kick ass and amazing at her job.

Catch a Killer

All in all, this was a very entertaining and interesting book to read. It kept me guessing throughout and I really came to love all of the main characters and cannot wait to read more about them in the next two books! This book is compelling, intense and mysterious. It is a book that many crime lovers will absolutely love as it holds a very interesting case between it’s pages. I would definitely recommend this book and I am also really looking forward to reading the next one!


About the Author

Chris Lloyd photo Chris was born in an ambulance racing through a town he’s only returned to once and that’s probably what did it. Soon after that, when he was about two months old, he moved with his family to West Africa, which pretty much sealed his expectation that life was one big exotic setting. He later studied Spanish and French at university, and straight after graduating, he hopped on a bus from Cardiff to Catalonia where he stayed for the next twenty-four years, falling in love with the people, the country, the language and Barcelona Football Club, probably in that order. Besides Catalonia, he’s also lived in Grenoble, the Basque Country and Madrid, teaching English, travel writing for Rough Guides and translating. He now lives in South Wales, where he works as a writer and a Catalan and Spanish translator, returning to Catalonia as often as he can.
He writes the Elisenda Domènech series, featuring a police officer with the newly-devolved Catalan police force in the beautiful city of Girona. The third book in the series, City of Drowned Souls, is published on 6 February 2017.

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Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent

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Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Lying in Wait blog tour and I’m here today with a review of this fab and thrilling book!

Before we get to that though, here’s some info on the book in question.


About the Book

Lying In Wait PB The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don’t plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden.

Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart.

But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks. And his obsession with the dead girl’s family may be the undoing of his own.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


My Review

This was my first Liz Nugent book but I can tell you now it is not going to be my last. I was addicted to this book from the very first sentence until the very, very chilling last sentence. It is a twisted, clever, and intense book that completely took me by surprise. I was filled with so many emotions while reading the book and I just wanted things to work out. I was internally screaming as the plot unfolded and by the end I was just completely shocked and blown away. This book is incredible, powerful and honestly, a little horrifying too. I would highly recommend it!

The one thing that drew me so perfectly into the story is that from the get go we know there has been a murder and who the murderer was but we don’t exactly know why it happened. We witness the cover up and how the lives of those involved are changed completely because of it. Thus begins the narrative of the main protagonists of the book. I felt this was done particularly well as it jumped from one character to the next as time moved on. It was clever, kept the reader interested and was a brilliant way of drip-feeding the important aspects of the story line without getting to the big reveal. I cannot express enough how brilliant the ending of this book was.

All of the characters in this book were very interesting to read about. From Lydia and Andrew, to Laurence, Helen and Karen. They all brought something to the story in different ways and they were all very, very different people. I found them easy to imagine as real people and I always love that in books. I also absolutely loved all of the character arcs and how they went from who they were at the beginning of the book to who they become at the end of the book. I don’t want to say too much but I will say that Laurence was probably my favourite character and really kept me turning the page but I also really loved Karen and just wanted everything to be okay for her.

Overall this book was a bone-chilling read that gripped my soul. It was intense, powerful and twisted. It had everything that I love about thrillers in it and I was hooked from the beginning. I am still reeling about the ending and wish I could talk to someone about it! It is wonderfully written and very unique book that has me itching to get my hands on another Liz Nugent book! As said above, I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you love thriller novels and want to be shocked!

Four Stars


About the Author

Liz Nugent 2 (c) Beta Bajgartova Liz was born in Dublin in 1967, where she now lives. She has written successfully for soap opera, radio drama, television plays, short stories and animation for children.

Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver was published to critical and popular acclaim in March 2014. It quickly became a firm favourite with book clubs and reader’s groups. In November of that year, it went on to win the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards and was long listed for the International Dublin Literature Prize 2016. She was also the winner of the inaugural Jack Harte Bursary provided by the Irish Writers Centre and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Dec 2014. Her second novel, Lying in Wait, was published in July 2016 and went straight to number 1 where it remained for seven weeks. Liz won the Monaco Bursary from the Ireland Funds and was Writer in Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco in Sept/Oct 2016. In Nov 2016, Lying in Wait won the prestigious RTE Ryan Tubridy Listener’s Choice prize at the Irish Book Awards.

Aside from writing, Liz has led workshops in writing drama for broadcast, she has produced and managed literary salons and curated literary strands of Arts Festivals. She regularly does public interviews and panel discussions on all aspects of her writing.

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Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward

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Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward

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Hi All!
Today is my stop on the Playlist for a Paper Angel blog tour and I am here today to share with you information about the book and to give you a chance to win this book and the first book in the series!


About the Book

Playlist for a Paper Angel One child found, one child missing – what’s the connection?

DS Jan Pearce is still searching for her missing son. When she finds a little girl, Elise, alone in a pram in a busy town centre, she must unravel a mystery that takes her to the edge of her emotions. Then another child, Dara Price, goes missing.

Lisa Connelly, Elise’s mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.

Jan finds herself balancing her search for her son with finding Dara. Her right hand man, Mike Waring, is on another case so she and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must solve the puzzle and find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


About the Author

Jacqueline Ward Jacqueline Ward writes short stories, novels and screenplays. She has been writing seriously since 2007 and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. Jacqueline won Kindle Scout in 2016 and her crime novel, Random Acts of Unkindness, will be published by Amazon Publishing imprint Kindle Press. Her novel SmartYellowTM was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016. Jacqueline is a Chartered psychologist who specializes in narrative psychology, gaining a PhD in narrative and storytelling in 2007. She lives in Oldham, near Manchester, with her partner and their dog.

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Giveaway

I have one set of the DS Pearce ebooks for one lucky winner to win! All you need to do is comment on this post with your favourite crime authors!

Winners will be notified by e-mail (so make sure you provide yours!) and will have 28 days to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Entries will close at 6pm on Friday 3rd February


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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Hi All!
Today is my spot on the The Keeper of Lost Things blog tour and I have for you all something a bit different. The lovely Ruth Hogan is sharing with us one of her prized possessions and where she got it from.

First up, some info on the book.


About the Book

The Keeper of Lost Things 2 Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

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The Keeper of Lost Things is out now, priced £16.99, published by Two Roads books.


If You Go Down the Woods Today…

by Ruth Hogan

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This teddy bear was one of my early finds and I rescued him from a shop doorstep in town on the way home from the Bedford River Festival one year. My husband said that I should leave him there in case someone came back looking for him. But the bear looked so forlorn that I couldn’t bear (no pun intended) to leave him there. He is now part of the KEEPER window display in The Eagle Bookshop in Castle Road, and it would be lovely if the person who lost him saw him there and came to take him home.


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The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James

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The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James

Hi Guys!

Today is my stop on the The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake tour! I was supposed to be sharing with you my review of this book but unfortunately due to getting ill I haven’t had a chance to finish the book yet – but I am over halfway through and it is SO GOOD – so instead I am going to share with you information about this fab book and then I will review the book later on – hopefully later this evening or tomorrow morning!

So, without further ado, here is the book I’m reading!


The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake Daisy Delaney’s life is pancake-flat. A talented baker and passionate lingerie specialist, she has wound up with no one to bake for and a career that hasn’t proved successful. But when she starts a delicious relationship with famous French author-chef, Michel Amiel, everything begins to look a bit more exciting.

That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.

As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers…

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My Review

As soon as I heard the premise of this book I wanted to get my hands on it. It sounded fun, upbeat and something that I would very much enjoy. Fortunately I was indeed correct. The story line kept me entertained from start to finish and I really found it interesting and was very curious about where everything would eventually lead. I would definitely recommend the book and I am very glad that I gave the book a try.

What helped to make this book so entertaining was the writing of the book. It was easy to dive into the story and know exactly where you were and what was happening. It was also really interesting to read about the story behind the scenes, as such – I’m not delving any further than that so as not to ruin the plot! I loved the way the author let the story flow and more than anything, absolutely loved the ending as it reflected how I felt about things so well.

As always, my favourite part of every story is the characters and I thought there were some very unique and different characters in this book. At first I struggled to warm up to our main protagonist, Daisy as she is a very different person to who I am, but I soon fell in love with all of her little quirks and just wanted things to go right for her. But my favourite character, despite having a very small role in the book was actually Daisy’s best friend, Kitty. I thought she went through so much and got so strong as the book continued and I mostly just loved that Pippa James thought to include this.

All in all, while I did have a few issues with the story while I was reading it, I soon fell in love with the book and was very pleased with how it all ended. I found this to be a very charming book, but also very intriguing and interesting to see how everything came together and how everyone played their part. I will definitely be keeping an eye on further books from Pippa James and if you like cakes, books, and romance, you should definitely give this book a read!


About the Author

Janey as PippaPippa James is a full-time writer with a love for food, fashion and all things French. She is best known as Janey Louise Jones, author of the fantastically successful Princess Poppy series, with sales of 4m+ copies to date. Before Princess Poppy took over her life, Pippa James had always intended to write contemporary fiction, and this debut novel is the start of a brand-new series. Pippa James is mother to three sons.

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School Wars Blog Tour!

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School Wars Blog Tour!

Hi There!

Today is my stop on the School Wars Blog Tour and I am here to support St Grizzle’s! I love Karen McCombie’s books and this one is brilliant!

Without further ado, here’s some more info about the book and then I have a stunning guest post from Karen herself!


About the Book

Hi I’m Dani and my mum loves penguins’ bums more than me. Otherwise she’d never dump me in some stuffy old school while she heads off to the Antarctic.

And it gets worse. When we arrive at St Grizelda’s School for Girls, the school’s had a drastic makeover. Gone are the uniforms, the rules and … er, most of the pupils and staff.

In their place is TOTAL CHAOS.

We’re greeted by a bunch of stampeding eight-year-olds, a head-butting goat and a crazy head teacher wearing a plastic-spoon crown…

Somebody get me OUT of here!

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Top 10 School Stories by Karen McCombie

*Swoooop…!* That was the sound of me carefully side-stepping the obvious school story of them all (soz, JK). Instead, I have a smattering of new and old, serious and seriously funny school stories for your reading pleasure.
You’re welcome.

1 ‘Wigglesbottom Primary – The Toilet Ghost’ by Pamela Butchart
Pamela is the number one choice for this list, since she’s a) a very funny writer and b) sets most of her stories in school. I found it hard to choose between the excellently named ‘Baby Aliens Got My Teacher’, ‘My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved School Dinners’, but in the end I opted for one of the ‘Wigglebottom Primary’ series. This is because Becka Moor did the illustrations for ‘Wigglesbottom’ as well as my newbie book ‘St Grizzle’s School For Girl’s, Goats and Random Boys’. (Yay!)

2 ‘A Little Princess’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Let’s go old skool with this riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of Sara Crewe, who finds herself deposited at Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Girls in London, while her dad is off fighting in the war. When he’s presumed dead, Sara goes from indulged, number one student to browbeaten maid in no time at all. Anyone who doesn’t gasp and “ooh” at the attic transformation scene is no friend of mine.

3 ‘Takeshita Demons’ by Cristy Burne
Miku has moved from Japan to London, and is rather taken aback when the supply teacher at her new school turns out to be a Nukekubi – a bloodthirsty demon whose favourite snack is children… *erk* Can she and her best friend Cait save her little brother from this flying-headed, otherworldly freak? They’d better!

4 ‘Drama’ by Raina Tegelmeier
‘Smile’ is a big favourite in our house, especially for a certain teen with braces. ‘Drama’ stars Callie, who joins the – no spoilers here – drama society at school. Another easy-read graphic novel choice that hits the spot in terms of friendships, crushes and school angst.

5 ‘Down’ With Skool’ by Geoffrey Williams and Ronald Searle
I think I discovered my battered copy of ‘Down With Skool’ during a teenage trawl of charity shops (my favourite Saturday afternoon occupation). It was Ronald Searle’s spidery, searingly sharp illustrations that caught my eye, but Geoffrey Williams’ irreverent take on life in posho boarding schools of the 1950s made me snigger madly. St Custards and Nigel Molesworth – what a wizard wheeze, chiz chiz.

6 ‘How To Write Really Badly’ by Anne Fine
American schoolboy Chester moves to Britian, and finds himself stuck in a boring classroom next to Joe, who struggles to write well. This very funny story trips along speedily, and is deceptively simple… the underlying message of appreciating each other’s different talents is told with a lightness of touch, as you’d expect from former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine. [Karen does a little curtsey.]

7 ‘Withering Tights’ by Louise Rennison
‘The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey’ is the mighty and much missed Louise Rennison’s follow-up to the ‘Georgia Nicholson’ series of books, and this is the first in the series. Tallulah has got herself a place at a performing arts school in the unlikely setting of the Yorkshire Dales. Expect a pacy read packed full of Louise’s trademark zingy and brilliant buffoonery.

8 ‘Maggot Moon’ by Sally Gardner
If it’s still sometimes an uphill struggle to be dyslexic in the school environment in these enlightened times, try being Standish, the central character in Sally Gardener’s stark and strange dystopian novel. Written off by teachers, bullied by fellow pupils, it’s only when new boy Hector starts at school that a little trickle of brightness enters Standish’s brutal world. Epic, but you might need a lie-down and a sugary tea after reading this.

9 ‘I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You’ by Ally Carter
Cammie Morgan is a spy-in-training at the elite Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Still, it’s all well-and-good to know fourteen languages and how to kill a man in seven different ways, but how does a not-so-average girl cope when she starts to fall in love with an ordinary boy? A fast and fun read in the ‘Gallagher Girls’ series, and scores highly in the Awesome Title Awards (which I’ve just invented).

10 ‘Beswitched’ by Kate Saunders
Modern-day schoolgirl Flora Fox suddenly finds herself zapped back in time to the tight-laced 1930s St Winifrid’s. Lots of gorgeous period detail envelope the reader as Flora struggles without her 21st century accoutrements, but with her new retro girl crew of Dulcie, Pogo and Pete. A totally enjoyable time-travelling romp.


About the Author

Karen McCombie2Karen McCombie has written over 80 books full of endearing characters and quirky humour; her series Ally’s World has sold over 200,000 copies. Born in Scotland, Karen now lives in north London. Karen loves her job, but is a complete fidget. She regularly packs up her laptop and leaves Office Number 1 (her weeny back bedroom) and has a brisk walk to Office Number 2 (the local garden centre café).

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The Dry by Jane Harper

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The Dry by Jane Harper

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Hi All!
Today is my stop on The Dry blog tour and I am here today to give you a list of my five favourite things about this book!

But first, here’s some more information about the book!


About the Book

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

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Five Favourite Things

Compelling

One of the reasons I fell so easily into this book is that it is written in such a way that truly hooks the reader in. I could truly imagine the situation and the scenario and everything that was happening as though I was watching a film and it all moved along in such a compelling and fascinating way. It is everything that I love about reading.

Addictive

As the story continued moving along, I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down and continue on with my normal life. A part of me was always in the book, thinking about the characters and what had happened. I was so curious about the outcome and I kept coming up with my own solutions which made me love the book that much more.

Mysterious

As with most crime novels, there is a sense of mystery that surrounds this book but for some reason I found it even more brilliant to read about in this book. Everything seems shrouded in the unknown in this book with more than just one mystery to uncover as the book goes along. It really brings the reader in and keeps them wanting to read on. You find yourself flipping the pages quicker to work out how everything is connected and where it is all going to lead. I, for one, really wanted to try and work it out myself as well, which always makes reading more interactive and interesting.

Captivating

With all of the ingredients above, it’s hard not to see how this book would also be captivating but I think what really drew me into this book was the characters. They were all so full of life – and also not full of life due to situation they’re in – and that made them very interesting to read about. I really loved the main protagonist and found him to be a truly marvelous character to follow as he tried to deal with everything that was happening. You could tell that he was holding on to a secret and that he really didn’t want to be back in his home town and all of that just made him feel so mysterious and fascinating to read about.

Powerful

Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the best things about this book was how powerful it was. It was gripping, addictive, captivating, etc, but it was also just full of brilliant writing that kept you glued to the page. I’d, admittedly, been in a little reading slump before this book but it vanished as soon as I opened the first page of this book. The author is an incredible writer who has written a brilliant crime novel that will keep you hooked until the very last page. This atmospheric novel is not one that you want to miss.


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Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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Hi All!
Today is my stop on the Brake Failure blog tour and I’m here to tell you all about the book and a chance to win a $25 Amazon Voucher!


“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”

Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is upper-class English, rigidly brought up to marry a man from the pages of Burke’s Peerage. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control. Until …she ends up in Kansas.

Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch. What she doesn’t know is, she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart.

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person. Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England, but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to erupt. She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure. And he’s not thinking about her car.

With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria. She joins a Survivalists group, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials. Accordingly, she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time. She falls in with a gang of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law. At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul. She desperately wants him, but knows she can never have him.

She’s angry at the emotions he arouses in her. Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket.

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun.

What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper? And why did she shoot Mr Right?

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About the Author

1648178 Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancesto
rs on her mother’s side. Alison was a photographic model for a wide range of products, such as Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up. She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial.

A disastrous modelling assignment in the Scottish Highlands gave Alison an idea for her first romance novel, Face to Face. It was taken up by Dinah Wiener, the first agent Alison sent it to. Three weeks later, Alison signed a two-book deal with Hodder & Stoughton. Subsequently, Face to Face was published in English, German and Dutch. “Vain, but wildly funny leading lady.” -Scottish Daily Mail. It was also chosen as Good Housekeeping’s “Pick of the Paperbacks.”

Unfortunately, Alison then suffered from Second-Book Syndrome. The publisher’s deadline loomed but Alison couldn’t think of a story! She found the whole experience a nightmare; and this is why she cautions first-time authors not to sign a multi-book deal unless they are prepared!
Alison lived in Kansas for two years. She loved the people, their friendliness, the history and the BBQs! Now, she lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley.

Alison’s previous release, THE DOUBLE, was published to rave reviews:

“Proof of her genius in writing fiction…Excellent.” –San Francisco Book Review.

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Apocalypse All the Time by David S. Atkinson

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Apocalypse All the Time by David S. Atkinson

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Hi Guys!
I’m here today to tell you all about David S. Atkinson’s new book, Apocalypse All The Time. I also have one copy of the book to giveaway to one of you! Just enter the rafflecopter below!


About the Book

apocalypse-all-the-time Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism.

Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.

Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

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About the Author

david-s-atkinson David S. Atkinson has devoted his free time to reading and writing for as long as he can remember. His writing focus is primarily fiction—short stories and novels—though he expresses himself through poetry and nonfiction as well. David also has a fondness for obtaining college degrees, with four at the latest count (B.S. in computer science from the University of Nebraska Omaha, J.D. from Creighton University, B.A. in English literature from the New York Institute of Technology and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Nebraska).

Originally from Nebraska, David now spends his nonliterary time working as a patent attorney in Denver, Colorado.

David is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust on January 1, 2017), Not Quite So Stories, Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® finalist, First Novel (under 80,000 words)) and The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards finalist in humor). His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and other literary magazines and journals. Contact and learn more about David and his writing at www.davidsatkinsonwriting.com.

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The Giveaway

One lucky winner has a chance to win an ebook of Apocalypse All The Time by David S. Atkinson. To win enter the rafflecopter below!

- Entrants must be 13 years or older
- Winners will be notified by e-mail
- Winners have 28 days to respond. If no response is received a new winner will be chosen.
- E-mails will be deleted after the giveaway
- No purchase necessary

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What draws you into this book?

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