Friday, 21 July 2017

Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft -- Book Review & Q&A with the author - #Avon Books



TITLE - Just For The Holidays

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

PUBLISHER - Avon Books

PAGES - 400 e-book

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SYNOPSIS 


The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday…

In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…

A glorious summer read, for you to devour in one sitting - perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.



MY REVIEW 

I wanted a nice cosy pool side read for my holidays, so the the title of this book sounded ideal. I was not disappointed.

I loved the characters in this book, especially the strong and independent Leah; Aunt; Sister; Best friend; lover and all round great girl. 
Leah was just the person you'd like as a friend. Just add to the mix a sexy man next door and you've got yourself a great read!  

The Author has obviously done a lot of research for this book, from the landing of a helicopter in an emergency situation, to the beautiful descriptions of the Gite and it's wonderful setting in Alsace. The region sounds incredible. The Authors' writing really brings the location alive, so much so, that you could almost believe you'd been there yourself! You'll want to add it to your bucket list of destinations to visit. 

The plot is a great mix of family trials and tribulations. There's a family drama around every corner. Love struck teenagers and tense affairs flow throughout. 

I thoroughly loved this read, and it was perfect for the poolside, just as I wanted it to be. This is another great book by Sue Moorcroft, who never fails to disappoint. It's a holiday must! 

UPDATE - I am pleased to say that this book has now just been given "Best Seller" Status on Amazon! 

My Q & A With Sue Moorcroft 

1. Do you read your book reviews? If so how do you deal with bad or good ones? That’s if you ever get any bad ones!

I do read book reviews, yes. I certainly check out any a book blogger takes the trouble to post. When a book’s freshly released then I view online reviews too. The good ones put a big smile on my face and I simply accept the bad ones. Anyone is entitled not to like my books – I don’t like every book I begin so how can I expect 100% love from others? I do prefer anyone being critical to be so for good reasons. The reviewer saying she hated the prologue when there is no prologue, or that she bought the book by mistake so is giving it one star doesn’t, for me, fall into the ‘reasoned’ category.

2. How do you select the names of your characters?

Most of them come out of my Dictionary of First Names or my ‘naming baby’ books. Sometimes I’ll hear a name and store it up to use. The names of my hero and heroine in my Christmas 2017 book, Give Me Till Christmas, came from gravestones!

3. What did you edit out of Just for the Holidays?


A lot of stuff about helicopters. As there’s a forced landing in Just for the Holidays a pilot offered to take me up and demonstrate autorotation, which every helicopter pilot needs to have at his/her command to get back to earth safely if the engine cuts out in mid-air. An account of this can be found in the bonus material at the end of the book but there was more about it in the book itself before I realised I was letting my research show.

4. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book or do you do it as you go along?

It varies book to book but for Just for the Holidays I went to the French region of Alsace for four days to visit the city of Strasbourg and a nearby village. After a lot of networking I got an introduction to the pilot/owner of a helicopter maintenance company, Skytech, where I was able to research Ronan’s job and I was introduced to an aviation medical examiner and someone in aviation insurance. Leah’s job, in chocolate products, I was able to research largely online, but I spoke to somebody who has worked in product development kitchens too. I research at almost any point in the creation of a book.

5. What does literary success look like to you?

In commercial terms, top 10 for both ebook and paperback. I achieved #1 for The Christmas Promise ebook but that doesn’t mean I can do it again! In less obvious and simple terms, success is when someone says they’ve enjoyed a book I’ve written. If it kept them awake or if it got them through a bad time - even better!

6. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Get on with it. Make sure you avoid the snakes and climb the ladders.

7. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?


I write under my maiden name and keep my married name for family stuff. I would write under a pseudonym if there was a good reason, but I’m glad not to have had to, so far.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected
themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart; The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’. 

Catch up with Sue below:-

Website // Blog // Facebook // Facebook Author Page // Twitter // Google+:
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Showcase ~ #66 Metres by #J F Kirwan ~ Spy Thriller ~

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66 Metres by J F Kirwan

66 Metres

by J F Kirwan

on Tour July 17-31, 2017

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Carina
Publication Date: August 25th 2016
Number of Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780008207748
Series: Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #1
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 


Synopsis


A chilling and utterly compelling thriller that you won’t be able to put down!

The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.
Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.
And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…

Read an excerpt:

‘Let’s see if you can really shoot. Give her your pistol,’ Kadinsky said to one of the henchmen, the one with a pockmarked face – Pox, Nadia named him – who immediately lost his sense of humour.
She took the weapon from his outstretched hand, weighed it in her palm. An old-style Smith & Wesson. God knows why the guy had it. Most blatnye preferred semi-autos, Makarovs or the older but higher-velocity Tokarevs. She checked that it was loaded, all six bullets nestling in their chambers. She glanced at Kadinsky, thought about killing him. But the other henchman, the fat one with slicked black hair – hence, Slick – had his Glock trained on her, his lopsided leer daring her.
Kadinsky waved a hand towards Katya, five metres away. He tilted his head left and right, then settled back against the soft leather, took a gulp of whiskey, and smacked his lips. ‘The red rose in the bowl of flowers behind her left ear. Shoot it. From where you stand.’
Slick’s eyes flicked toward Katya, gauging the angles. His leer faded.
Nadia stared at her sister and the rose. Most of it was behind her head. Only one leaf of the scarlet blossom was exposed. She swallowed, then lifted the revolver, and took up a shooting stance like her father had taught her. Right arm firm, elbow not fully locked, left hand under the fist, prepared for the recoil. She had to do it before anger built and disrupted her concentration. She cocked the hammer, lined up the shot, then spoke to Katya’s serene, trusting face: ‘Love you,’ she said. Then she breathed out slowly, as if through a straw, and squeezed the trigger.
Masonry exploded behind Katya. The crack was so loud that three other men burst into the room, weapons drawn. Kadinsky waved them back as Pox peeled the revolver from Nadia’s stiff fingers. Petals fluttered to the floor amidst a plume of white powder from the impact crater in the wall. Katya sat immobile, pale, the hair on the left side of her head ruffled as if by a gust of wind. A trickle of blood oozed from her left temple, and ran down her cheek.
Katya, lips trembling, beamed at Nadia. ‘Still alive,’ she said, her voice hoarse. She touched the graze with an unsteady forefinger.
Nadia began to shake. She folded her arms, refusing to give Kadinsky the satisfaction.

Excerpt from 66 Metres by J F Kirwan. Copyright © 2017 by J F Kirwan. Reproduced with permission from J F Kirwan. All rights reserved.
J F Kirwan

Author Bio:

Barry (JF) works by day in aviation safety, and writes at night. He is also a diving instructor and has dived all over the world. He got hooked on writing when people started arguing about his characters as if they were real people. He is married and lives in Paris, because the coffee is better there, and he needs coffee to write.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Something to Be Brave For -- Priscilla Bennett ~ #Endeavour Press ~ Book Review


TITLE - Something to Be Brave For

AUTHOR - Priscilla Bennett

PUBLISHER - Endeavour Press

PAGES - 225

BUY LINK - Click here

SYNOPSIS

Would you die for love…?

Christmas 1997 and Katie Giraud is taking refuge under her grand piano.

Just a few short years after marrying Claude, she now lives in fear for her safety and that of her young daughter, Rose.

Claude, the dashing and charming Frenchman she’d fallen in love with, so attentive and considerate during their whirlwind courtship, has become a monster.

Nothing she does is right and she constantly walks on eggshells, terrified that she will unwittingly inflame his anger.
He humiliates her, he violates her, he beats her…

But Claude is a well-respected, highly successful surgeon, always so polite and thoughtful to everyone but her. As a result, he has succeeded in creating the perfect fa├žade behind which to hide his true self.

Katie’s parents think the world of him, his own patients adore him – everyone loves Claude.

So, who will ever believe what he does behind closed doors?

This story sensitively lifts the lid on the processes of an abusive relationship, which anyone who has ever experienced will identify with, and for those who haven’t, will answer questions like, ‘Why is she putting up with that?’

Something To Be Brave For is a deeply moving account about one woman’s battle for survival.


PRAISE FOR PRISCILLA BENNETT

“A unique—yet still universal—story of domestic violence.” — Rosemary Rogers, Author of eight books including the New York Times bestseller Saints Preserve Us!

“A gripping novel portraying domestic violence in today’s society.”— Christopher Dodd, CEO, Motion Picture Association of America

“The book is a compelling, graphic and brutally honest account of domestic violence in high society.” — Oliver Koppell, former Attorney General, New York State and sponsor in the New York Legislature of laws making domestic violence a crime.

“An inspiration to all the women, and people, who have struggled against the domestic violence in their life.” — Ben Kallos, New York City Council Member serving on the Women’s Issues Committee

“Unlike Faust, in Priscilla Bennett’s spellbinding novel, Katie Callahan Giraud doesn’t make a deal with Mephistopheles, she actually falls in love with Mephistopheles and marries him.” — Lewis Burke Frumkes, Author, “Advice for Young Writers” and Host of the Lewis Burke Frumkes Show



MY REVIEW

Meet Claude, Famous Plastic Surgeon. Respected highly by Katie's Father, an eminent surgeon. So much so that Claude and Katie ended up as a couple, then marry. 

This book handles the emotional subject of Domestic Violence, a subject I'm passionate about through my paid work and previous volunteer work with Victim Support. 

The Author delicately handles the subject and shows how a couple on the outside can be the envy of everyone who meets them; outwardly seen as being a happily married and successful couple, but behind closed doors the story couldn't be more different. The Author shows how one party can be so controlling and capable of psychological damage that goes unseen and unreported. With no help from outside parties when a cry for help comes along, even when children are involved, it becomes a desperate situation. The book shows how a victims strength of character can eventually shine through and I really liked the character of Katie and kept willing her on all the way through the book.

The book is completely indicative of cases I've seen like this, having spoken to women like Katie, and to me it is extremely well researched. I would love to think that this book would empower other women reading it who are in a similar situation.


This is a very emotional read. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Priscilla Bennett was born in Boston . . . and never left. She became an emergency room nurse in a large Boston hospital until she retired. She and her husband devoted their lives to raising their three children.

As an ER nurse, Priscilla saw firsthand the devastating effects of women who were physically and mentally abused through toxic relationships with family members, boyfriends and spouses. These experiences inspired her to write this novel to help and encourage women to escape and to heal. And to remind them they are not alone.


Catch up with the author here: - Webpage // Facebook // Endeavour Press

UK Agencies who can help victims of domestic violence:- Womens Aid // Refuge // National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) // Victim Support

Thank you to the author for allowing me to review her book in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for this review.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Don't Close your Eyes by Holly Seddon ~ #Corvus #Atlantic Books ~ Book Review


TITLE - Don't Close Your Eyes

AUTHOR - Holly Seddon

PUBLISHER - Corvus

PAGES - 336

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SYNOPSIS

Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she's just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can't be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship...



MY REVIEW

The book centres mainly around twins Sarah and Robin. It moves between the present day and the late 1980's early 1990's, as the girls were growing up. The family they belong to is dysfunctional and then some! If you're an only child and always wanted a sibling, you would be pleased you hadn't grown up in a family like this. 

It starts off as a nice cosy read, with a loving family. It soon escalates into an awkward, broken mess, with many secrets and full of lies, which come back to haunt them.

I enjoyed getting to know all the characters at the start of the book, and it flowed seamlessly throughout, going from present to past and back again, with short chapters which I prefer in books going back and forth in time. I did lose some interest a bit when Robin was living in Manchester and watching her Neighbours from behind closed doors. It struggled to grip my attention although it did fit into the story. The pace did pick up about 3/4's of the way through when the tension rose and the secrets flowed and unfurled and my attention was gripped once more.

I would have liked the ending to have been expanded a bit more into where the lives of the four women were going, and how they were going to unite, but overall it was a fairly enjoyable read. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.

Her first novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller.

Her second novel DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES was published in July 2017.


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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cover Reveal ~ #Lost in the Lake by #A J Waines ~ Pre-order now!





TITLE - Lost in the Lake

AUTHOR - A J Waines

RELEASE DATE - 7th September 2017

PRE-ORDER NOW - Click here

SYNOPSIS

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

The second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.

Pre-Order on Amazon from 13 Jul

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AJ Waines has sold over 400,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) in 2016. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or join her on Twitter, Facebook or on her Newsletter.


#Policeman Pete and Maisie The Calf & Policeman Pete & The Adventurous Tortoise by Barbara Ann ~ Book Reviews


TITLE - Policeman Pete and Maisie the Calf
AUTHOR - Barbara Ann
PUBLISHER - Creative Locations Ltd
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"This little story, which is actually my favourite, happened to a lamb that had a difficult delivery. As I had already wrote Book One about sheep I decided to substitute the lamb with a calf. The local sheep farmer was delighted with my husband’s handy work of putting a Plaster of Paris splint on the lamb’s broken leg. The lamb made a perfect recovery."


MY REVIEW 

I am loving these childrens books. I can't believe that they are based on real life incidents as they are just so innocent.

This book is about Maisie the Calf who is injured, and how Policeman Pete helps her. Once again it has delightful illustrations and I just know that any young child will fall in love with them. 

The writing itself is perfect for maybe perfect for pre-school children, and the illustrations bring the story to life too, making it a lovely read. It's certainly a great series of books to collect. 


TITLE - Policeman Pete & The Adventurous Tortoise
AUTHOR - Barbara Ann
PUBLISHER - Creative Locations Ltd
BUY LINK - Click here

"Friends of the family have a Hermann Tortoise, he is a great adventurer and does often disappear. He can usually be found in the garden hedgerow or the flower beds. He is a great character."


MY REVIEW 

This cosy little story is about the Headmistress of the local school, Miss Lucy, finding a Tortoise slowly crossing the road. The story talks about the Tortoise and it teaches children about them, and how to identify how old they are.It's about how the children help find who the Tortoise belongs too. With this book I found that it's slightly more educational than the other books that I've read by the author. 

Once again gorgeous illustrations that I know children will adore as it really brings the book alive.

These books need to be shared as they are wonderful little books. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


"With the children now grown and away at University I began to look forward to the "Retirement Years". The farm was too big for just my husband and I to manage. With this in mind I remembered with love the wonderful times and the little dramas that had happened in and around the farm and villages.
Putting pen to paper I began to write down the little happenings involving the various animals that had occurred over the years, this was purely done for my own benefit and for any future grandchildren that I may have.
Many months later my daughter, by chance read the stories and found them delightful, so much so that she encouraged me to share them with others.

Policeman Pete is a trademark of Creative Locations Ltd. (2014)
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ABOUT THESE BOOKS 

All the happenings of the Policeman Pete books are based on true occurrences from the villages of Saddleworth, a civil parish that is made up of 7 villages that nestle in the foothills of the Pennines. 

POLICEMAN PETE'S "Tip of the Day"
 
Policeman Pete says always try to keep with your Mummy and Daddy and hold their hand. Do not run off, you must always tell each where you are going.

For Policeman Pete’s Holiday Safety tip from yesterday please visit Books From Dusk Till Dawn https://booksfromdusktilldawn.wordpress.com/ and for tomorrow’s tips check out Rae Reads http://raereads1.blogspot.co.uk/ and also Writing Around The Block https://cphilippou123.wordpress.com/


For each book sold, a donation will be made by Creative Locations Ltd.
Every donation will go to a charity called ‘The Blue Lamp Foundation’ set
up in 2010 by the late P.C.David Rathband, charity number 1138319.
This charity gives financial support to all 999 emergency personnel who 
become injured in the line of duty.
For each book sold, a donation will be made by Creative Locations Ltd.
Every donation will go to a charity called ‘The Blue Lamp Foundation’ set
up in 2010 by the late P.C.David Rathband, charity number 1138319.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Bad Blood by Brian McGilloway ~ Blog Tour ~ #Giveaway ~ #WitnessImpulse

Bad Blood by Brian McGilloway

Bad Blood

by Brian McGilloway

on Tour June 26 - July 31, 2017

Synopsis:


A young man is found in a riverside park, his head bashed in with a rock. One clue is left behind to uncover his identity—an admission stamp for the local gay club.
DS Lucy Black is called in to investigate. As Lucy delves into the community, tensions begin to rise as the man’s death draws the attention of the local Gay Rights group to a hate-speech Pastor who, days earlier, had advocated the stoning of gay people and who refuses to retract his statement.
Things become further complicated with the emergence of a far-right group targeting immigrants in a local working-class estate. As their attacks escalate, Lucy and her boss, Tom Fleming, must also deal with the building power struggle between an old paramilitary commander and his deputy that threatens to further enflame an already volatile situation.
Hatred and complicity abound in McGilloway’s new Lucy Black thriller. Compelling and current, Bad Blood is an expertly crafted and acutely observed page-turner, delivering the punch that readers of Little Lost Girl have grown to expect.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062684558 (ISBN13: 9780062684554)
Series: DS Lucy Black #4
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 

Read an excerpt:

The hall was already packed by the time Detective Inspector Tom Fleming arrived. The air was sweet with perfume and talc and, beneath that, from the farmers still wearing their work clothes, the scent of sweat and the smell of the earth.
The congregation were on their feet, being led in the opening hymn by Pastor James Nixon. Fleming smiled apologetically at those he squeezed past to get to a free seat in the third row from the back. The hymn finished, the assembly took their seats just as Fleming reached his, and settled to listen to the words of Pastor Nixon.
‘My brothers and sisters, it is a great honour to be here with you this evening and to see so many of you have taken the time to come and pray with me.’ His voice was strong despite his age, a rich baritone still carrying the inflections of his native Ballymena accent.
‘But it is a time of great challenge for us all. Daily, all good people face an assault on their morality with the rampant homosexual agenda that assails us and belittles everything we hold to be true and dear. Men of conscience are tried for refusing to make a cake celebrating homosexuality or print leaflets and posters furthering that agenda. And on the other side of the border, the Irish Republic has voted to allow homosexuals to marry, as if two women playing house is no different to the consummated union of a man and a woman. As if it is not a perversion which shames us all.
A few voices appended his comment with ‘Amen’.
Nixon raised his hands, acknowledging their support. ‘There are those who would silence me, silence us. They tell us we must accept homosexuals in our town, our shops, allow homosexual bars and public houses to operate on our streets. We must allow sodomites to teach our children and to corrupt our young. We must stay silent while a new Gomorrah is built next to our homes and farms, our shops and schools. They say I am dangerous. They say I preach hatred. They say I should be silent. But I say this: I say that there is no danger in truth. I say that there is no hatred in goodness. And I say that I will not be silent.’
Another chorus of ‘Amens’ greeted his proclamation, accompanied by a smattering of applause which began at the front and rippled its way through the hall.
‘I will not stand idly by as our families are exposed to sin and depravity. I will not countenance the laws of the land being used to protect profane persons, allowing them to indulge their lustful practices, forcing those of us with consciences to humour this lifestyle. It is an abomination. The people who practise it are abominations and, like those before them, they will end in fire and brimstone.’
Fleming glanced around at the others in the congregation. While one or two shifted uncomfortably in their seats, for the most part the listeners sat intently waiting for Nixon to continue.
‘Friends, only last week, I read of an African nation – a heathen nation, a Godless nation – who arrested two men for homosexual acts. One of these men was sixteen. Sixteen! And do you know what they did to the pair of them? They stoned them. They took them out of the town and they threw rocks at them until the pair of them were dead. And do you know what I thought? Shall I tell you?’
An elderly lady in the front row called out ‘Yes’, to the amusement of those around her. Nixon smiled mildly at her, as if indulging her.
‘Stoning was too good for those men. Every rock that struck them was a just reward for their sinfulness, their immorality, their ungodly behaviour. Every drop of their blood that stained the ground was a reminder that they deserved to die. It was the wages of their sin!’
***
Excerpt from Bad Blood by Brian McGilloway. Copyright © 2017 by Brian McGilloway. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Brian McGilloway
Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he was Head of English. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Lucy Black series, all to be published by Witness. Brian lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children.

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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Policeman Pete & The Disappearing Fish ~ by Barbara Ann - #blog tour - #BlueLampFoundation charity


TITLE - Policeman Pete & The Disappearing Fish

AUTHOR - Barbara Ann

SERIES - Policeman Pete Book 5

AGE - Pre-school upwards

BUY LINKAmazon UK 

AUTHOR'S BASIS OF THE STORY

A few years ago to mark our twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary my husband had an ornamental pond made in the garden and placed within it twenty-five goldfish. Then over the coming weeks I noticed that the grey heron had started to appear around the little garden pond. As I paid closer attention I saw him pinching one of the goldfish.

MY REVIEW
When I was asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing these books, as I don't often review childrens books, I was more than delighted as for each book sold, a donation will be made to "The Blue Lamp Foundation" set up in 2010 by the late PC David Rathband. This charity gives financial support to all 999 emergency personnel who become injured in the line of duty. I am part of that family. 

What makes me smile is that all the happenings in the Policeman Pete books are based on true occurrences from the villages of Saddleworth, a civil parish made up of 7 villages that nestle within the foothills of the Pennines. These stories have been collected and re-told by the author. 

The book is about Mr and Mrs Pollitt who build a pond in their garden to the delight of their children Harry and Emily. They buy 10 fish but the fish keep disappearing. The story tells who the culprit is.

I loved the illustrations which went along with the book as they really brought the book alive. It's a short story but will keep the interest of the children reading it as the pictures will generate discussion. 

The only thing for me is that I would have liked one last page, which could have shown what Policeman Pete did with the little Police hat he made, as I think that the children reading would have been interested in seeing that. However all in all this is a charming little read. 

I have two more reviews to follow on 13th July on other Policeman Pete books. 

Policeman Pete’s Home Safety Tips.

Tip 9 - Policeman Pete says that if you have a baby brother or sister not to put your soft fluffy toys in the bed or pram as it could stop the baby from breathing. Also this could happen to you if you put a plastic bag over your head it would stop you from be able to breathe and make you very poorly.

For Policeman Pete’s home safety tip from yesterday please visit Ali – The Dragon Slayer http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/, for home safety tip 8 check out Books From Dusk Till Dawn https://booksfromdusktilldawn.wordpress.com/ For the first of Policeman Pete’s Holiday safety tips please visit Ali – The Dragon Slayer http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


"With the children now grown and away at University I began to look forward to the "Retirement Years". The farm was too big for just my husband and I to manage. With this in mind I remembered with love the wonderful times and the little dramas that had happened in and around the farm and villages.
Putting pen to paper I began to write down the little happenings involving the various animals that had occurred over the years, this was purely done for my own benefit and for any future grandchildren that I may have.
Many months later my daughter, by chance read the stories and found them delightful, so much so that she encouraged me to share them with others.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Friend (With Benefits) Zone by #Laura Brown - Blog Tour - #Avon Impulse

Friend (With Benefits) Zone by Laura Brown on Tour June 26 - July 13, 2017 

Friend (With Benefits) Zone by Laura BrownBook Details

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN-13: 9780062495594 (ASIN: B01EFM8NC0)
Purchase Links: Amazon UK  I Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Synopsis:

I'm ridiculously attracted to my best friend.

Today is a bad day. The worst actually. After dealing with the constant manhandling that comes with being a cocktail waitress at a dive bar and surviving a date from hell, I see an eviction notice slapped on the door of my sketchy basement apartment. Great.
When my best friend Devon shows up at my door and uses his stubborn charm (emphasis on stubborn) to get me to move in with him, I give in. We've had about a million sleepovers since we met in the kindergarten Deaf program, but this time it's different because I can't stop thinking about his hard body covering mine, every single night.
I know Devon would do anything for me, but I'm afraid what I want to happen will ruin our friendship forever. And the more time we spend together in close quarters, the harder it'll be to resist the spark of attraction I've always felt. But maybe it's possible to have the best of both worlds: keep the one relationship I can't live without and indulge in an attraction I can't deny.
I guess the only thing we can do is try…

Read an excerpt:

I was still staring at my notebook when a light flashed by my tiny window. Outside someone stood with a flashlight, shining it into my apartment. I didn’t need to adjust to the light to know who that someone was with the one, two, three blinking pattern.
It took five steps to stomp over to the door. Dev came in once I wedged it open. He pushed the door closed.
“You can’t have your clothes back,” I signed, even as I was grateful to see him. When Dev was around, even this place sorta felt like a home.
“I don’t want my clothes back. Not now, at least. I wanted to make sure you were OK.”
I held out my hands, showing that I was fine. Even if I did scan my coffee table and breathe in relief that the eviction letter was face down in a crumpled mess.
He studied me, searching for all my little tics that spelled I was in trouble, tics only he knew. I blanked my face; otherwise he would latch onto there being a problem. A big one. Dev shoved a hand through his hair, those wavy locks rioting into one massive sexy-as-hell bedhead. I missed the days when he was a spindly little thing, before he grew into this hunk I could never unfriendzone. He meant too much to rock the boat, and I didn’t dare risk losing him. He scratched at a day’s worth of scruff, the black stubble contrasting with his pale skin. Then he kicked off his shoes, tossed his coat on the back of a chair, and plopped down on my bed in a way that had to have a spring or two digging into his back.
He didn’t budge.
I wanted to laugh. Forget me time—neither one of us had given the other the right to be alone since we first met. Still, I couldn’t let go of our usual bickering match. “Go home.”
He folded his hands behind his head, not moving. I crossed my arms. A few seconds later he sat up, grabbed my laptop off the floor, and flipped it open. “We’ll watch a movie.”
“My laptop can’t handle Netflix. You know that.”
He closed the laptop. “Right. Forgot.” He unlocked his phone and placed it on the bed.
“Tiny viewing tonight?”
“You refused to come to my place.” Underlining meaning: we could have watched on a large flat-screen TV.
Since there was no budging him now that he had settled in, I climbed onto the bed with him. He picked up the phone so we could watch, and I settled my head on his chest.
I didn’t pay much attention to the action flick he put on. Most days I loved the intensity of those movies. Tonight, those explosions felt too close for comfort. Instead I made a mental list of my options. Had to before Dev found out. He’d want me to stay with him. And being cuddled up with him, I had to admit, had potential. More so when I placed my hand on his firm stomach and took in a deep breath of the ocean scent of his soap. Problem was, I needed to be on my own two feet. The last person to take care of me—my mother—had failed. I couldn’t trust anyone else.
Not even Dev.
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Excerpt from Friend (With Benefits) Zone by Laura Brown. Copyright © 2017 by Laura Brown. Reproduced with permission from HarperCollins. All rights reserved.
 

Author Bio:


Laura BrownLaura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband's put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.
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