Book Review: Hunters Chase by Val Penny

I am delighted to be taking part in the Bog Tour and to be reviewing “Hunters Chase” by Val Penny, run by Rachel’s Random Resources.

The Blurb:

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.
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Author Bio:

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University.
Val has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books in February 2018. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published in September.
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My Review:
WOAH! I have found a new favourite series / character / author … A-MAZ-ING!
That this is a debut is stunning and I truly applaud Val on her book – I loved it from the off!  I love the bater between colleagues, something that often gets missed in other books, as well as the parts of the book that deal with tough subjects in a graceful way.
It was lovely to read a book set in Scotland – I’ve never been to Edinburgh but have wanted to visit for a while and now feel I will know it when I get there!
It’s hard to know what to say really – I loved the book and loved the story but I don’t want to give anything away as I truly think that this is the kind of book you just HAVE to go and buy and read for yourself.  You won’t regret it – the storyline is fast paced and well written and a real treat!
I have see other comments about the fact that this should be on the shelf alongside the best sellers and I totally agree!
Roll on September for part 2!
I give this .. 5 Stars – yes really .. 5 Stars!

 

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Book Review: You Only Live Once by Haris Orkin

I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for “You Only Live Once” by Haris Orkin, run by RABT Book Tours & PR.

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Humorous Thriller
Date Published: March 21, 2018
Publisher: Imajin Books
 
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Synopsis: James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.
When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.
This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.

About the Author:

 photo Haris_1-25-18_120 Final_zpsgdekycng.jpgHaris Orkin is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and game writer. His play, Dada was produced at The American Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse. Sex, Impotence, and International Terrorism was chosen as a critic’s choice by the L.A. Weekly and sold as a film script to MGM/UA. His original screenplay, A Saintly Switch, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred David Alan Grier and Vivica Fox. He is a WGA Award and BAFTA Award nominated game writer and narrative designer known for Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Mafia 3, and Dying Light, which to date has sold over 7.5 million copies.

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My Review:

I love a good spy thriller and this book didn’t disappoint!  I was entertained from page one right the way through until the end!
It was action packed and fast moving and was reminiscent of James Bond stories but also worked in another layer .. which as usual I can’t say too much about as I refuse to spoil things for you! Needless to say it was cleverly done and a breath of fresh air in this kind of book.
I loved the way the characters were written, especially the ‘side-kick’, Sancho and would definitely read another instalment of the pairs adventures.
Thanks so much to Haris and RABT for giving me the opportunity to be introduced to Flynn, James Flynn!
I give this book 4 Stars.

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Book Review: The Vanished Child by M.J.Lee

Today I am pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for “The Vanished Child” by M.J.Lee courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.  You will note from the tour dates that this was actually meant to be up yesterday and for that I apologise – my admin and organisation is usually spot on but this one appears to have fallen through the net and got written down on the wrong day! Oops!

The Blurb:


What would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?
On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and
temporarily placing him in a children's home. She returned later but he had vanished.
What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go?
Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets, and one of the most shameful
episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth. Can she find the vanished child?
This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a
standalone novel.
Every childhood lasts a lifetime.
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Author Bio:

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with
Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.
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My Review:

Before I start this you should know that I have been researching my family history for about 20 years, have done approx. 40 trees for friends and total strangers and work on it any time I am not reading!
I hadn’t read any of the first few books in the series (The Irish Inheritance – 1, The Somme Legacy -2, American Candidate – 3) but that wasn’t an issue as the book was easily read as a standalone. Having said that, they have sure been added to my Wishlist and will be bought fairly soon!
I loved it!  I have always said that my family is a little boring in the there has never been ay ‘juiciness’ in the past (that I have found so far) and so this book also taught me a lot.
I loved the split perspective between Jayne’s research int he present day and the story of Harry’s experiences in the past.  I learnt a few things about researching from Jayne but my oh my did I learn a lot about this particular part of our history and if I am honest, was left angry, tearful and dumbfounded.  In what world would a child be taken from foster parents who loved their foster son and wanted to ‘keep’ him to give him a good life?
Ours, apparently.
So now you’re probably thinking that this all sounds a little full on and perhaps not the most cherries of books and whilst I would agree that it isn’t a laugh a minute, it was a book I feel it was important to read and one that has taught me a lot about something I may not have known about otherwise.
Again, this one gives me a conundrum about rating – you know my thoughts about 5 Star books but this is also one that I feel a 4.5 just isn’t enough so 4.75 it is ..!

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Book Review: Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge

Today I am working with Rachel’s Random Resources to bring you the Pub Day Blitz and Book Review for “Forgive Me Not” by Samantha Tonge.

The Blurb:

How far would you go to make amends?
When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back. But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.
Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future… Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.
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About the Author:

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee.
Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
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My Review:

The whole premise of this book is so very believable that it makes the book a compulsive read.  We all make mistakes when we are young and some have an effect on the rest of our lives, just like Emma in this book.
It’s a pretty full on subject to cover but I think that Tonge does it well – there is no lightening of the harsh truths of addiction, alcoholism and dementia but it is handled in a way that shows that the author clearly knows a lot about these subjects and is imparting her knowledge well.
I love my namesake in this book (Emma!) – she is a brave woman and has persevered and overcome her challenges a way that some people can only wish for.  She is definitely an inspirational character and one that will stay with me for a while.
Considering her previous books seem to have mostly been in the romantic fiction genre, Tonge has done a fabulous job with this new book and I hope that she continues to write more books like this – especially with that ending .. WOAH!
Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Review: An Oriental Murder by Jane Bastin

Today I am bringing you a book review of “An Oriental Murder” by Jane Bastin together with Rachel’s Random Resources.

The Blurb:


The Pera Palas hotel in Istanbul, Turkey plays host to the Agatha Christie Writers’ Congress when
real life imitates fiction. The bodies of the Prime Minister and his occasional mistress are found dead in one of the hotel’s locked rooms surrounded by bodyguards. Seemingly, no one could get in or out, and yet…
Inspector Sinan Kaya is convinced that foreign agents are culpable, and that the murders are linked to the recent spate of killings of Turkish government officials. Within this complicated, crime riddled city, Sinan Kaya’s moral compass never falters. Not concerned with threats of dismissal from the force, he cuts his own path through the investigation, determined to uncover the truth.
An Oriental Murder is a tale of espionage and murder set against the backdrop of beautiful Istanbul, the ancient city where east and west meet.
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Author Bio:


Jane is a storyteller, writer, traveller and educator. Having lived and worked for over thirty years in Turkey, Jane has amassed a breadth of experiences that have led to the writing of the Sinan Kaya series of novels. Of course all characters and events are fictitious!
Fluent in both English and Turkish, Jane writes in both languages and has had a range of articles published in Turkish periodicals and magazines alongside British newspapers. Jane now divides her time between rainy Devon and sunny Turkey. TwitterFacebook.

My Review:

I am a MASSIVE Agatha Christie fan so it was that part of the blurb that caught my eye but you don’t have to be a fan to read this book .. at all, in fact I expected a little more about her than we got, but I guess that’s my fault and not the authors!
Bastin’s descriptions are wonderfully vivid; I have never been to Turkey but could almost imagine the streets and food as she described them so well! I was a little confused with some of the Turkish-isms so had to refer to Google, but it was only because I like to know specifics as I am quite a particular person, it certainly wasn’t needed in order to enjoy the story.
I have to admit getting a little lost on a couple of occasions but it wasn’t during an important plot line so managed to overcome it and move on. One thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the characters of Bea and her mother, Agatha and their relationship, especially the way they spoke to each other in public. I realise that it’s part of their character arc but in my mind it was just a little too much.
I was also confused about Ani and who she is – I mean we know she is an ex-partner of the Inspector but we don’t really get anything more than that so it kinda makes all the comments about her irrelevant in my mind.
Having said that, the book is good and I did enjoy it. If you are a mystery/thriller lover and enjoy very descriptive works (and potentially have been to Turkey) then you will love this book!
3.5 Stars.
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Book Review: Murder Never Misses by Faith Martin

I am delighted to be taking park in the Blog Tour for “Murder Never Misses” by Faith Martin and together with Books N All Promotions.  Thanks to Faith and Jill for the chance to read and review the book!

The Blurb:

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.
Three missing young women. One evil stalker. But Hillary doesn’t think it all adds up. Hillary is recovering from the vicious attack by her stalker. It appears that he is also behind the disappearance and murder of three women. Her bosses want these unsolved cases closed, but Hillary has a theory that will shock everyone.
However, as the truth comes to light, Hillary and the team are faced with a dire emergency — can they prevent an imminent murder? Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion. MURDER NEVER MISSES is the fourteenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE DETECTIVE

An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults.
Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!
Please note this is a revised edition of a book first published as “Walk a Narrow Mile”.

AUTHOR BIO

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts.
Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re­issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 13 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.
Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) came out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.
As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically­ inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

My Review:

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series but will definitely add them to my Wishlist! They are a series but I didn’t really have any trouble following what was going on but it did make me want to go back to the beginning and read the whole story!
I loved the way the stalker issue was written – it creeped me right out! I don’t want to say anything else as you need to read it with fresh eyes!
I love that the protagonist is an older woman too; she still has plenty sass and wit and her knowledge of the job she does is second to none. She is strong and caring and I really loved her!
The pace is fab too – just the right amount of action but nothing is straight forward and there are plots and sub-plots and all sorts going on too!
It’s an easy enjoyable read and one that you don’t want to put down as it has that feeling that it carries on without you when you are not reading it .. I know that sounds odd but I guess that’s the good writing!
4 Stars.

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Book Blitz: A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett

I am delighted tole taking part in the Blitz for “A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett today.

A PILGRIMAGE TO DEATH 
ALEXA PADGETT

Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

THE BLURB:

They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. But their day of reckoning will cost her everything…

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she’ll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral.

Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation, and her death was no random act of violence. With the criminals out for Cici’s blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.

Fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Stacy Claflin will love Alexa’s Padgett’s new edge-of-your-seat novel! Scroll up and click to start this fast-paced, high-octane mystery thriller!

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EXCERPT:

Sam brought his chair down with a soft thump as it hit the patio paver but he didn’t say anything for another long moment.

“Anna Carmen was my best friend. She helped me through a hard time—she helped me see what I couldn’t then.”

Cici’s lip trembled as she lifted her teacup. “I miss her, too. So much. Yesterday . . . it all came bubbling back up.”

Sam’s hand settled on Cici’s shoulder in that gesture of comfort she’d come to depend on.

“I know you do. And, yeah, I figured it would.”

Jaycee sidled up to their table and settled Sam’s large glass of iced tea on the table. Condensation formed on the glass, dripping down to wet the white napkin beneath it.

“I thought of something,” the girl said.

Both Cici and Sam turned their faces up to the teenager.

“Mr. Johnson told me one time he was meeting someone about a case.” Her brow wrinkled for a moment before she shrugged. “Does that help?”

Sam tugged at his short ponytail. “Maybe. Thanks, Jaycee.”

“Sure.” The girl skittered off to greet some new patrons.

“You think you know what the case is, don’t you?” Cici asked, pouring more tea into her cup.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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Blitz: Rain on Neptune by Lisa Jade

I am delighted to be taking part in another blitz today for “Rain on Neptune” by Lisa Jade and together with Sage’s Book Tours which is released on the 1st September.

THE BLURB:

Genre: Sci Fi, Dystopian

In the city of Pyre, only those with excellent genetics can visit Earth’s colony planets, including the legendary Orithyia. Those without this advantage live in relative poverty, under the forceful control of the Council.

Quinn isn’t one of Pyre’s elite, though she’s desperate to see the stars. After an incident with the Council’s thugs, she stows away on the latest ship to launch, the Neptune.

But when a series of deadly ‘accidents’ occur on board, Quinn and her new friends must figure out who’s orchestrating the attacks – and why.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Jade is a fiction writer based in the UK. She lives in Shropshire with her husband and mostly writes Science Fiction, Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic fiction. With two novels already available, she is currently working on a number of new projects.

Having joined her local writer’s group, Lisa has been involved with the creation of annual anthologies, as well as attending and hosting writing workshops. She also regularly takes part in flash fiction competitions and has had a number of pieces of short fiction published.

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EXCERPT:

I wait until the early hours before sneaking out. I creep down the stairs and past Dad’s room, reassured by his squeaky snoring, and pull my rucksack from the cupboard. I try to be even quieter than normal tonight – Alice decided to stay over for once, dozing in the box room that sits upstairs, next to mine. Perhaps she sensed some tension between the two of us and took it on herself to provide a barrier to keep us from clashing. I’ll never call her out on it, but secretly I’m immensely grateful.

Even so, I don’t want her to know where I’m going. If they wake in the night, they’ll know exactly where to find me; but they have no clue how often I’m out here. How often I slip away.

There’s an absolute silence over Level Four as I make my way towards the edge. Despite the warm day, the night is bitterly cold. I tug my jacket a little tighter around myself.

Eventually, I reach a rusted sign. DANGER – KEEP OUT is scrawled across it in what looks like spray paint. A half-hearted, last-ditch effort to keep people like me away from the Drop-off.

None of the Levels have external fences. The floor simply drops away into the darkness, meaning that a drunken stumble or accidental misstep can spell disaster. It’s not quite so bad on the upper Levels – they’re smaller, so falling just means you hit the next floor down. It’s still certain death of course, but here? When there’s nothing but miles of ocean below and no way of being found?

Only a lunatic would come out here.

I nudge past the sign and keep walking.

 

The Drop-off.

Here, the lights of Pyre fall away. The cobbles underfoot sink down into a smooth, white tile. This tile is always underfoot in Pyre, though it’s usually disguised by concrete or shrubbery. Sometimes, it’s bizarre to think about it. Pyre is just a massive airship floating over the Atlantic – and yet, somehow, it’s become a country in its own right.

But I don’t care about that – not right now.

Because as the lights fade, and the chaos of the day sinks back into the folds of my memory, I’m captivated by the stars.

The sky overhead is inky blackness decorated with a tapestry of stars. Swathes of deep blue and indigo swirl above me, highlighted every so often by a splash of pink. The lonely moon resembles a silver disc that sinks into the glittering canvas. And the stars themselves – a million tiny, indifferent specks, images created a billion years ago. Many are already dead, burnt out millions of years ago. In their place are millions of others, stars I’ll never see, patterns that will cascade through the sky like brushstrokes on a scorched, blackened wall.

I can’t help it. When I think about the beauty that must be out there, how long a simple thing might take, how impossible it all seems – I’m filled with strange emotions.

Excitement. Ambition. Hope. And a wonderful, indescribable, near-painful sense of joy.

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Book Review: When Life Gives you Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for “When Life Gives you Demons” by Jennifer Honeybourn courtesy of Xpresso Tours which came out TODAY!

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU DEMONS 
JENNIFER HONEYBOURN

Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

The Blurb:

Some people have school spirit. Shelby Black has real ones.

Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great uncle Roy―a Catholic priest―has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.

But Shelby knows how to keep a secret―even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her―even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

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MY REVIEW:

The cover totally got me interested in this one .. that and I have a deep fascination with all things demon thanks to a certain brotherly team on TV..! 😉

This was a really easy and quick read – I was shocked at how quickly the percentages were flying by but they do say that time flies when you are having fun and fun this certainly is!

There are so many interesting themes in this book – the teenage angst over a bit (not overdone and I think handled well), the teenage angst of feeling different and not wanting your friends or other school mates to know your biggest secret, the missing mother figure and I also loved the fact that our protagonist is a girl – its covered in the book about Exorcists being mostly men due to the rules in the Catholic Church so to write outside of that was brave and different!

You might think that the book would be scary considering its subject but one look a the cover should tell you that you are dealing with something a little different here, and you are!  Although there are intense parts, and the possessions are not made out to be light fluffy things, it is definitely readable for those that don’t usually do the horror genre.

The characters are wonderful – Shelby is just brilliant – sassy, caring, shy and a typical teenage girl – I loved her and would love to see more books about her and her adventures in the supernatural. As previously mentioned, there is a budding romance but it is not silly in the slightest and the object of Shelby’s affection is definitely attractive to the reader .. well he was tome anyway!

I would definitely recommend this for YA and contemporary fans and for anyone that, like me, likes a bit of PNR but can take the lighter side of it.

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Extract: Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie

I am pleased bring you an excerpt of Kirsten McKenzie’s new book, Doctor Perry courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.  I have to say that after reading this excerpt I shall most definitely be adding this book to my Wishlist!

The Blurb:

Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.  Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients

at the Rose Haven Retirement Home that he can offer warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar. Hiding from a traumatic past, Elijah Cone wants nothing to do with the other residents at the Rose Haven, content to sit at his window waiting to die. He’s about to learn that under Doctor Perry death is the easy option…

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About the Author:

For many years Kirsten McKenzie worked in her family’s antique store, where she went from being allowed to sell the 50c postcards as a child, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases and seventeenth century silverware, providing a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect of her writing.

Her historical fiction novels Fifteen Postcards and it’s sequel The Last Letter have been described as Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions and Antiques Roadshow gone viral. The third book in the series Telegram Home will be released in November 2018 by Accent Press.

Her bestselling gothic horror novel Painted was released in 2017, with her medical thriller Doctor Perry following closely in April 2018. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, an SPCA rescue cat and a kitten found in the neighbours shed, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter, FacebookInstagramGoodreads or BookBub.

EXCERPT:

Taken from Chapter 14

Every day Amber Jackson walks her twin sons to school past the Rose Haven Retirement Resort. She has a decision to make about her own father, and walking past the old folks home washes waves of guilt over her. Her sons may look angelic, but they have tendencies towards the macabre. Soon the boys, Jesse and James, won’t be Amber’s responsibility, nor will what to do with her ill father. But Jesse and James will become someone else’s responsibility, and problem…

“Jesse, hey Jesse, come see these,” called James Jackson to his twin brother, not so loudly that
their mother would turn, but loud enough for his mirror image to hear and come running.
“What’ve you got” asked Jesse Jackson, a complete clone of his brother. Their mother made
no effort to differentiate them and only she could tell them apart. The boys had identical
temperaments and leveraged their alikeness to their advantage.
“Baby rats, look!”
“Cool! Put them in my bag quick, before Mom sees them.” Jesse opened a schoolbag adorned
with images of the Incredible Hulk and a collection of key rings from various family friendly
restaurants where the over-priced nutrition-deficient food was disguised with free gifts and
bottomless soda cups.

The rats were deposited into Jesse Jackson’s schoolbag, to await a fate worse than the sewers
they’d come from, and both boys scurried after their mother as she carried on towards their school. The boys exchanged gleeful looks, today was turning out to be better than expected.

* * *

As the family walked past the Rose Haven Retirement Resort, their mother cast a nervous
glance towards the blank windows following them. Amber Jackson had a decision to make and it didn’t sit comfortably with her. She was embarrassed to be contemplating it, but with three children, an almost full-time job, and no husband, she didn’t have the time or energy to care for her ailing father, which made her feel like a failure. The longer she put off the decision, the worse she felt, but she needed to move somewhere cheaper and smaller, and fast because she was falling behind in her payments. She couldn’t manage any longer with her father holding them back. He was an extra mouth to feed and he took up a whole room which the baby needed. She needed the baby in his own room so she could finally get a proper nights sleep. It’d been forever since she’d had an uninterrupted sleep, so long ago she couldn’t even remember it. Maybe she should move into the old folks home and leave her dad to raise the boys?

The gussied up face of the Rose Haven Retirement Resort followed her harried progress. Amber quickened her steps, barking at the twins to hurry up or they’d be late for school. Little beggars were whispering about something and once again she felt like an outsider within her own family, shut out of their secrets and their play. It had been that way since they were old enough to open their eyes.

“Come on boys, stop dragging your damn feet or we’re going to be late and you’ll have to
explain to Miss Barnett why you’re late,” Amber chastised, turning for them to see that her face had an I’m not messing about look on it.

As she turned, the stroller went over the lip of the sidewalk, its front wheel catching in a
stormwater drain missing its protective grill. A grill which hadn’t been replaced despite more than one concerned citizen ringing the authorities about the hazard.

Amber Jackson’s forward momentum propelled her into the stationary stroller, the weight of
her body knocking it into the path of a monster of a Mercedes, a gleaming white beast hurtling
towards the screaming baby and his stunned mother lying dazed on the sticky bitumen.

The Mercedes driving mom slammed on her brakes and the smell of burning rubber filled the
air as the German engineering kicked in and the brakes did their job, stopping the car an inch away from Amber’s head.

Amber Jackson never saw the car in the other lane, the one driven by a learner driver whose
boyfriend had just broken up with her via text. Amber never saw the tears streaming down the
young girl’s face as she read her boyfriend’s pathetic excuse for the breakup. She never saw the girl take her other hand off the steering wheel to type an angry reply. And she didn’t see the little blue car pull slightly to the side now the driver had both hands off the steering wheel. But Amber
Jackson did hear the little blue car clip the side of the stationary Mercedes at just the wrong angle, which shunted it over her terrified face.

Amber’s face didn’t stay terrified for long; the rubber of the huge tyres stripped the skin from
her face and crushed the cartilage of her nose and her worries fell away with her skin. One of the
diamond earrings her husband had given her on their wedding day was pressed into the hot tar of the road, the other one was caught in the ridges of the tyre. Later, a mechanic would pull the tiny gem from its rubbery grave and slip it into his pocket. From what he’d heard, the woman who’d been wearing the earring didn’t need it any more. Hard to wear earrings when you don’t have any earlobes.

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