Friday, 20 April 2018

#BlogTour: Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts @benaroberts @rararesources

Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour.

Helen's children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.
The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.
With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.
Debut author Bena Robert's provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humor meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.

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My Thoughts:

Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks is a change from my usual type of read. I absolutely loved this funny quirky romance that had me giggling throughout. 

This book tells the story of Helen, in her forties and newly single, looking to transform herself and her life. The book follows a time line of six weeks, and what Helen gets up to during that time and the men she meets. 

There is a lot to like about this book but predominately for me was the host of entertaining and unique characters. The storyline is enjoyable and realistic and could be about any of us. 

I found it refreshing that the story centred on someone in their forties dating, it goes to prove that not all on line dating is done by young people. 

The story flows well and was engaging enough to keep me entertained throughout. It was so funny I had finished reading it before I knew it. 

A refreshing look at the dating scene and all of its consequences, all packaged up in a hugely comical and uplifting read. 

I really enjoyed this one.

About the Author:
Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as 'home.'

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was 'top 50 most influential woman in mobile.' Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.

Twitter - @benaroberts

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

#BlogTour: Visions by Helen J. Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources #Visions

Visions is available now and you can get your copy here, or enter the giveaway towards the end of this post. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. 

Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.
Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.
The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.
Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…
I am delighted to also share with you a trailer for the book. I hope that you enjoy it.

My Thoughts:

I am very happy to be able to talk about Visions today which is the second book in the Same Face Different Place series. The first Beginnings was reviewed here in January.

Visions sees the reader leave the 1970's behind and finds them smack in the middle of the 1980's the cultural references do well to tie the book to the time frame. Eleanor Chapman has spent years trying to get over the terrible gangland stuff that occurred in the 1970's. She leaves a peaceful life and she is settled in the countryside. The locals know her and she fits right in to the community. 

The peace is about to be shattered though when ghosts of the past turn up and the glorious Westbourne House is under threat what ensues is another battle of wills. Can Westbourne House be saved and peace restored?

Visions can be read perfectly well as a standalone but I would recommend reading beginnings first for the background and also it would be great to follow the series all of the way through. 

I very much enjoyed reading visions, the suspense was there as with beginnings but the pace was slightly slower. The characters came even more to life and this author is adept at scene setting and characterisations. The trademark suspense and intrigue are there throughout, a genuine battle of good versus evil. 

I can't wait to see what happens now in Book 3. 

Really recommended. 

About the Author:

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she
started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011 and published her debut novel, 'Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to have dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.
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Saturday, 7 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy @sophiestenduffy @legend_press #TheGenerationGame

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today. Legend Press are reissuing some of its most popular titles from over a decade of publishing. April 5th 2018 sees the turn of The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy.

Philippa Smith is in her forties and has a beautiful newborn baby girl. She also has no husband, and nowhere to turn. So she turns to the only place she knows: the beginning. 

Retracing her life, she confronts the daily obstacles that shaped her very existence. From the tragic events of her childhood abandonment, to the astonishing accomplishments of those close to her, Phillipa learns of the sacrifices others chose to make, and the outcome of buried secrets. 

Philippa discovers a celebration of life, love, and the golden era of television. A reflection of everyday people, in not so everyday situations. 

My Thoughts:

The Generation Game is a book I hadn't come across until I was approached recently to read it for its reissue. I am so glad I agreed to read it as it was like a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it very much. 

This book centres on Philippa Smith who has just had a baby, she is on her own and The Generation Game is her trip down memory lane as she recounts the story of her life. Crammed full of nostalgia that could have been wistful but wasn't. There are references to television programmes and anybody that was around in the 70's and 80's would love this book. 

A cast of lovable and unique characters underpin this story and evidence the fact that family are not always those that we are born into but those that we choose for ourselves. 

The Generation Game is an absolute joy to read, light and uplifting but never fluffy. There is of course touches of the serious and the author manages the perfect balance between the two. Beautifully written with characters that come alive and jump off of the pages. I raced through this wonderful book. 

A narrative that is littered with humour and characters that captured my heart, I couldn't help but become entranced by this trip down memory lane. Sophie Duffy is a writer that has her own unique style and one that I liked very much. 

About the Author:
 Author of 'The Generation Game' (2011), 'This Holey Life' (2012), 'Bright Stars' (2015) and 'Betsy and Lillibet' (2018)
Sophie Duffy is the author of The Generation Game (2011), The Holey Life(2012), Bright Stars (2015) and Betsy And Lillibet (2018). Her work has won the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and has been nominated for the Guardian Not the Booker and the Harry Bowling Prize.
She is a writer and creative writing tutor and mentor for CreativeWritingMatters, as well as an administrator for the Exeter Novel Prize and other literary competitions.
Follow Sophie at or on Twitter @sophiestenduffy 
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Outer Circle by Ian Ridley @IanRidley1 @Unbound_Digital #TheOuterCircle #RandomThingsTours

Published by Unbound Digital The Outer Circle is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy of the book here.

It's the morning after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. The city is relaxed as rarely before, delighted with itself at how spectacularly it has hosted the uplifting event. 

The capital, however, will be rudely and brutally awoken from its self-congratulation by a shocking atrocity committed upon innocent Muslims at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. 

How could it happen? Why did it happen? Is this a terrorist attack? Is it political? Or is it personal? 

THE OUTER CIRCLE is concerned with the culture of modern Britain. It follows five characters caught up in this tragic event and the aftermath of anxiety and reprisal as the answers dramatically emerge.

My Thoughts:

The Outer Circle is a bold and accomplished novel from the writer Ian Ridley. This is his first work of fiction and I certainly hope that it won't be his last.

Set in London 2012 mere days after the high of the Olympics. Everyone is warm and friendly and there is a camaraderie amongst strangers. On the next turn of the coin though an atrocity takes place at a Mosque in Regent's Park, this strikes fear into everyone. This book really deals with the aftermath.

The characters were wonderful vessels for telling this story, a story that had me engrossed. The London landscape was set perfectly, the unravelling of events was handled sensitively. I very much enjoyed following them throughout the story. 

The author has shone a light on subject matter that is sadly very current and very relevant. He has handled it with care but also produced a story that engages the reader and makes them think.

There is also a reflection of journalism as it is today and also racism. All subjects that were wonderfully handled.

The Outer Circle is a unique book on subject matter that everyone is aware of and is touched by. This thrilling read is really highly recommended by me. 

About the Author:
Ian is an award-winning football writer and the author of 10 books. A former chairman of Weymouth and St Albans City, he has been writing about football for over 30 years, having worked for various newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer.

Twitter: @IanRidley1

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

#BlogTour: 88° North by J.F. Kirwan @kirwanjf @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #88North

Published by HQ Digital 88° North is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy here.

The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

As the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.
The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…
But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?
The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.
My Thoughts:

88° North is the final instalment of the Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series. I am somewhat saddened by that, but my what a ride it has been. 

This book follows on from the last. Nadia is determined to defeat Salamander, he has already cost her so much and she has nothing left to lose. She doesn't have much time and the only information she has are some coordinates. It is a deadly and dangerous mission but one she is determined to carry out for the good of everyone.

This whole series has been exceptional and this final book does not disappoint the action ramps up a gear, the chapters are exciting and exhilarating. The pacing is phenomenal and the characterisations are excellent throughout. 

I have really enjoyed reading about the character of Nadia, it has made a really pleasant change to have that strong female lead and I liked her very much. 

88° North is absolutely full of suspense and page turning events, trying to keep up with Salamander was quite a task. The twists and turns are plenty and I never quite knew what was happening until right near the end. 

This is an outstanding series in a genre that I didn't know that I would enjoy. I loved it and think a lot of people will too. 

Sad to see it end but happy that others still have the pleasure of reading it. 
About the Author:
J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

#BlogTour: Psychosis by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 #Psychosis #RandomThingsTours

Psychosis is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy here.

When Hazel disappears, the police are convinced that her husband, Alex, has killed her. 

Three years after his conviction for murder, Alex and his sister, Alice, are devastated when their last appeal is rejected by the courts. With nowhere left to turn, Alice must start to put her life back together. 
Living in limbo herself, Alice has a chance encounter with Steve, an ex-solider turned PI who offers to look at the case files. Steve is convinced that the prosecution’s case is shaky at best, but can he find out the truth before it’s too late for Alex?

My Thoughts:

Thrilled today to be able to talk to you about Psychosis by Roger Bray. Blog tours have taken bit of a bashing lately but on the contrary I think they are wonderful. The great thing about taking part in blog tours is all the exciting authors that I wouldn't have come across otherwise. Psychosis is no different, exciting and exhilarating, I was invested in this one from the very first page. 

Alex is in prison for the murder of his wife Hazel, although her body has never been found the authorities and indeed the jury were convinced of his guilt. The evidence seemed circumstantial at best. Three long years on the inside and all avenues of appeal seem to be exhausted. A resignation to a life behind bars to be the only option. 

Alice is the sister of Alex, she has always stood by her brother and makes the weekly trip to visit, her life on hold and in limbo. She is under constant stress and pressure. The sentence of Alex also somewhat of a millstone around his sisters neck too. 

A chance encounter with a man called Steve in a coffee shop offers hope on the darkest of days. But what really happened to Hazel? Was Alex responsible? Can justice be served?

That folks is all I am going to tell you about the plot....

The characters here were realistic and well drawn. They were believable and likeable on the whole. Psychosis had a claustrophobic feel to it and you can tell the authors passion for justice and the words burst off of the page. 

Entertaining and believable, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to thriller readers. 

About the Author:

I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Twitter @rogerbray22

Facebook Author Page: Roger Bray Books

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