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#PublicationDay #Review ~ The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett @HarperImpulse @MicheleGormanUK

I’m super excited to be posting my review for The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square today on publication day. I have been tweeting teasers for a while so this book feels quite personal to me! Have a wonderful day Lilly 🙂 xx

One chance isn’t always enough…

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means travelling in a different direction.

She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is cancelling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbours and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

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About the Author

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.

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My Review

This is the second book in the Carlton Square series, Emma and Daniel are now wed with twins. Now as any young mother knows babies are hard work so two must be a nightmare! But Emma also has her business head on and is determined to open up a cafe.

The perils of interviewing and hiring staff are two-fold because she is keen to give under-privileged, troubled teens a break so the candidates are varied and challenging but the outcome so brilliantly described. Absolutely spot on with the attitudes, young Joe can’t quite grasp that he needs to work his way up the career ladder before becoming CEO and Lou is a hard nut to crack.

The cafe flounders while trying to establish it’s clientele, is it a ‘mummy’ park, a teens hangout or your coffee and wifi crowd? Emma works hard but there are also problems with someone in the neighbourhood who is trying to undermine her business.

With all this going on it would seem only fair that Daniel should support his wife to the fullest but oh no, he is as bad as another kid himself. He can’t or won’t do his share of the childcare .. understandably Emma gets pretty peeved which in turn creates marital tensions.

This is superbly written, the benefits of friendship and community support flows from the pages. Emma has such a determination to succeed that you find yourself willing her on at every turn, a good amount of tension trying to suss out who wants to damage the cafe. Some hilarious moments but if I had a husband like Daniel I would throttle him!

Lily Bartlett provides all the right ingredients for a stupendous book .. The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square will have you desperate to go and have a coffee and join in with the crowd. It would be a fabulous place to sit and people watch.

Thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC which I read and reviewed voluntarily 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Those That Remain by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct when a brutal serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, lands on his patch.

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and no family is safe from the savage, ritualistic murders that this sadistic killer is compelled to commit.

Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law.

But who can he trust and who is Mechanic?

Soon Lucas will learn that truth is more terrifying than he could ever imagine and in order to find the answers he needs, he might just have to put his life on the line…

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About the Author

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name            –  13 July

Pay The Penance     –  8 August

 

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

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Those That Remain is the first of a trilogy .. for once I have timed it right to jump in at the beginning and wowsers am I glad I did. A cracking debut from Rob Ashman. I tend to shy away from new books set in the US unless I have heard decent things abut them because on occasion they can be superficial or simply unbelievable. But this is from Bloodhound so I was fairly confident I would enjoy it.

Dark, gritty, gruesome .. the hunt is on for the Mechanic who is intent on destroying families. An added twist lies in the fact the Mechanic supposedly died three years previously. Detective Ed Lucas is on his tail along with his side-kick Detective Chris Bassano.

Poor Lucas has returned to work after some obvious trauma and is being eased back in gently by the FBI .. gentle is not something the Mechanic will allow though.

The intensity and anguish that oozes out is extreme. There are blatantly some terrible triggers that lurch the killer into action. The story touches on how events in childhood can have an awful effect on the brain and actions later in life.

I really liked both of these cops and their personalities carried the story and kept the reader immersed. It is a fast paced piece of work and you will take an uncomfortable ride with teeth clenched until the end.

If you are a hard core crime fan this will fulfil your needs, plenty of twists and scary moments. I will certainly be waiting for the next book rather impatiently. Excellent start Mr Ashman!

Thanks to the author and Bloodhound Books for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Policeman Pete- The Jumping Frog & The Missing Geese by Barbara Ann @Authoright @authorightUKPR @gilbster1000 @policemanpete

I’m thrilled to have several stops on this blog tour. Policeman Pete is a very cute character suitable for young children.

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, Barbara Ann.

This short story happened a few years ago to one of the farm labourers as he was working on repairing a dry stone wall. The frog actually jumped down the front of his shirt to the great amusement of his co-workers.

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My Thoughts

Very sweet and fun-filled. There is always a ‘problem’ that good old Policeman Pete can solve with a little help from his friends! An enjoyable introduction to the hazards of rural life for little ones. 

The winter of 1993 saw record temperatures dropping rapidly causing the pond next to the farm yard to freeze over very quickly. The two geese were actually rescued by straddling a long ladder from the bank to the island and my husband from the safety of the ladder broke up the ice freeing the two geese.

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My Thoughts

It isn’t only humans that get into a pickle. This lovely story highlights how dangerous a frozen pond can become. The geese had gone out as usual but it turned cold quickly and they become stranded. This gives an important opportunity to discuss water safety, just because the ice appears solid it only takes a tiny crack to become dangerous. The fireman demonstrates how the rescue was made.

Another lovely book in this series which encourages youngsters to think and ask questions. The stories are short but brightly coloured enough to hold attention.

Thanks to the author and Rachel at Authoright for my copies of this wonderful series. 

About the Author

Brought up and schooled in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at the age of 17, Barbara decided
on a nursing career. Later, she set up her own day nursery which she ran for a few years before supporting her husband in his busy profession. Fast forward to 2013, Barbara started writing and illustrating the Policeman Pete series. She currently lives at Brimmycroft Farm, in the small Saddleworth village of Denshaw, Oldham with her husband, horses, geese, ducks and cats. She is an active participant in charities involving law enforcement including the Blue Lamp Foundation. She has previously appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and been featured in the Oldham Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News.

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Policeman Pete’s Safety Tips

 Policeman Pete says it is better to wear something bright and light so it can be easily seen. This is very important if you are out walking in the dark, a reflector jacket or armband is really good as it will shine brightly so the car drivers can see you.

Please see my post from yesterday for tip 4, and come back tomorrow for another review and Road Safety Tip 6.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Liar by K.L. Slater @KimLSlater @bookouture

How far would you go to protect your family?

Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben but Judi isn’t so sure…

There’s just something about Amber that doesn’t add up. Ben can’t see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn’t want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

The further Judi delves into Amber’s personal life, the closer she gets to shocking secrets that could change everything. And Judi must make a decision that could lead to the most disastrous consequences.

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Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink’ and ‘Liar.’

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected a stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.

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Oooooh this book raised my hackles with it’s twisty, underhanded activities .. an insight into a family dominated by one member who thinks they have everyone’s best interests at heart. It is SO realistic at times and that makes it scary!

From the outset we know the end, no I’m not going crazy the ending is the beginning and this is the way the entire book plays with the mind of the characters.

A loving mother/grandmother Judi dotes on her ‘boys’ she is of menopausal age and there is an underlying feeling of sympathy as she struggles with her body ageing. Her marriage is not as fulfilling as it once was, Henry is retired and pretty much occupies himself with his clubs etc.

Son Ben is widowed with two young sons, Judi likes to help out and take care of them, as any loving grandma would.

However, she is extremely overbearing and bossy, I wanted to yank Ben away from her clutches and advise him to grow up and be a father to his kids instead of letting mum rule the roost.

Then along comes Amber .. Ben can’t quite believe his luck that he has found an ideal woman who will love him and his children. Just one problem Judi and Amber are soon at loggerheads in a typical in-law situation and tempers fray. Poor Ben stuck between the two women he adores but has no backbone to make a decision.

I didn’t like Amber from the beginning, she just riled me, there was something about her that I couldn’t put my finger on and her attitude towards the family seemed OTT. This is where K.L Slater does such a tremendous job because I was shrieking at most of them at times and this story really got under my skin. It is just so believable, well paced, down to earth and frustrating as an outsider looking in.

I think the only characters I had any inkling of feeling towards are Josh and Noah the grandchildren .. all the others are brilliantly horrendous! That is in no way a criticism I loved the premise and the fact the book produced such emotion in me.

If you like a good psychological thriller with enough twists and turns to make you dizzy then you will love Liar.

My thanks to the author, Bookouture and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review, which I did voluntarily. 

 

#BlogTour #Reviews ~ Policeman Pete ~ The Hungry Sheep & The Orphan Duckling by Barbara Ann @Authoright @authorightUKPR @gilbster1000 @policemanpete

I’m thrilled to have several stops on this blog tour. Policeman Pete is a very cute character suitable for young children.

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, Barbara Ann.

This short story was based upon the winter of 1963 which saw the country in the grip of severe snowfalls and record breaking cold temperatures. January and February saw many of the Saddleworth villages cut off for days on end. Many of the homes had no electricity as the overhead cables had collapsed under the weight of freezing snow. More than ever the camaraderie and neighbourly support was felt and shared by all in looking after each other. The severe weather caused the sheep from the surrounding Moors to take refuge in the village where farmers and villagers came together to provide emergency shelter and food for them.
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Beautifully illustrated, these books portray the reality of living in a caring community. While being ‘snowed in’ may be normal for country folk it will certainly help town/city children appreciate what an impact the weather has not only on people but the animals they care for.

It’s lovely to see the pulling together of the village and the positive outcome. When my son was little he always described the sheep he saw in the fields as Blu-tac this book reminded me of that.

This short story happened to one of our ducklings who we call Cheeky. He had been pushed out of the nest so we had hand reared him in the farm house next to the Aga. My two children Sarah and Adam took great care of him and did put on the orange flippers with much fun to encourage the chick to follow orange feet. He was lately successfully re-introduced to his family.
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My Thoughts

Again another valuable lesson from Policeman Pete on how to care for vulnerable creatures. It shows clearly how the chick will need warmth, food and protection. Cute pictures and the whole family becoming involved to create a happy ending for this particular duckling.

This duckling provided entertainment and an opportunity for the school to discuss hand-rearing. It goes to show nature isn’t always kind if the mother rejects the baby. I love the pictures and admire Pete for his hard work, great to see he can relax at the end of the day after a good job done. 

Thanks to the author and Rachel at Authoright for my copies of this wonderful series. 

About the Author

Brought up and schooled in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at the age of 17, Barbara decided
on a nursing career. Later, she set up her own day nursery which she ran for a few years before supporting her husband in his busy profession. Fast forward to 2013, Barbara started writing and illustrating the Policeman Pete series. She currently lives at Brimmycroft Farm, in the small Saddleworth village of Denshaw, Oldham with her husband, horses, geese, ducks and cats. She is an active participant in charities involving law enforcement including the Blue Lamp Foundation. She has previously appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and been featured in the Oldham Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News.

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Policeman Pete’s Safety Tips

Policeman Pete says that you should not run or play next to busy roads as the ball or toy could easily roll into the road in front of a car and that car may swerve and cause an accident.

For Policeman Pete’s Road Safety tip from yesterday please visit  Books From Dusk Till Dawn and please come back tomorrow for the next tip.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ He Made Me by Oliver Tidy @olivertidy @Bloodhoundbook #HeMadeMe

David Booker and Jo Cash are experiencing similar stuttering starts to their new lives on Romney Marsh when Rebecca Swaine turns up seeking help. Someone is demanding a lot of money from her husband and she wants to know why.

What do the dying words of one man – he made me – actually mean?

As the mystery unfolds people will come undone and reputations will be ruined before the answer becomes clear.

At the end of the day Mrs Swaine might end up wishing she’d let sleeping dogs lie…

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About the Author

Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.

 
A few years of having the life sucked out of him in the classroom encouraged Oliver abroad to teach English as a foreign language. The lifestyle provided him the time and opportunity to try his hand at writing.
 
Oliver’s success as a self-published author has led to his Booker & Cash series of books, which are set mainly on Romney Marsh, being signed by Bloodhound Books.
 
Oliver is now back living on Romney Marsh and writing full time.

My Review

So this is my first experience of anything written by Oliver Tidy .. yet again I’m jumping in on the second in a series (wish I could be organised and read in order!) I don’t feel I missed anything crucial by reading out of order but my curiosity has been piqued so I will go back at some point.

He Made Me .. the title could mean anything so what I had conjured up in my mind wasn’t necessarily true. Booker and Cash are the stars (for people of a certain age I had to keep reminding myself it wasn’t Tango and Cash) they form a great team and seem pretty well gelled together.

Set in Romney Marsh which sounds as though it should be rather bleak the pair are called on to solve a mystery. This has the feel of a nice older style of place with a quieter pace of life. Booker has a book themed cafe which sounds delightful .. I would probably sit with a cup of hot chocolate and listen to them both laughing and joking. Perhaps it’s the manner of writing but I certainly got a sense of being there and totally involved.

While it is essentially a crime story it has a wealth of entertainment. The investigation keeps the reader on their toes, the chemistry between David and Jo is just sizzling under the surface with a will they won’t they theme going on although Jo seems to take him for granted.

I was pleasantly surprised by this and will definitely be keen to read more by this author. Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Under a Tuscan Sky by Karen Aldous #Giveaway @KarenAldous_ @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK

Escape to Tuscany this summer with Karen Aldous’s brilliantly uplifting read. Perfect for fans of Erica James and Cathy Kelly.
A summer she’ll never forget…
When Olivia Montague’s grandmother passes away, she decides it’s finally time to make some changes in her own life. So she breaks up with her ‘going nowhere’ boyfriend and embarks on a journey to her Nonna’s home in Tuscany.
Until now, Olivia has always believed that she’s incapable of love, after being abandoned by her parents as a baby. But with each day spent at the gorgeous villa nestled in the rolling Italian hills, she feels her heart begin to flutter…
And when handsome antiques dealer Hugh St. James arrives on the scene, she realises things might be about to change forever!
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Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine! Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the USA would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in ‘Karen’s World’. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!

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I have had the pleasure of reading books by Karen Aldous previously so I was fairly certain I would find Under a Tuscan Sky just as endearing. The cover screams warmth, freedom and naivety at me. 

Poor Olivia seems to have her fair share of problems, abandoned as a child by her mother and raised by her grandparents, stuck in a rut with low self esteem and a boyfriend Will who really isn’t lighting her fire any more.

So when Nonna dies and Olivia has to hot foot it to Tuscany to deal  with the estate, empty the villa and prepare it for sale it gives her a chance to spread her wings.

Now this wouldn’t be a romance without some suitable eye candy, the first man Olivia encounters is Alberto on the plane .. Italians are forthright flirts and he makes an impression on her. Next up is Hugh who is viewing the property, Olivia seems unaware that he is feeling the ‘spark’ and treats him as a friend no matter how hard he tries.

Add these two to the mix, the beautiful scenery, hidden secrets that are discovered. Will Olivia overcome all her anxiety and follow the road of self-discovery?

While I always enjoy any interaction with a handsome man Olivia seemed a bit dense in places. I realise she has had a difficult life but there comes a point where you have to grab the bull by the horns and start living. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed watching the whole story unravel.

Once again Karen has taken me on a journey with her easy to read writing, once you begin and get absorbed it is like wearing blinkers .. the rest of the world disappears and you only exist in the world Karen creates.

Perfect summer reading .. my thanks to Karen, HQ Digital, Jenny at Neverland and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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With thanks to the author and Jenny at Neverland Tours, I’m pleased to be able to offer a giveaway (UK only). The first prize is a £10 Amazon voucher, an eCopy of Under a Tuscan Sky and a signed notebook: second and third prizes are an eCopy of the book and a signed notebook.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh @bookouture

I am honoured to be a part of this blog tour .. a thrilling book. I would like to thank Lesley’s family and friends for the opportunity to read it and I send my condolences. 

Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him. 

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his diaries? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

Chilling and utterly page-turning, The Serial Killer’s Daughter is a compelling thriller, perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor, Rachel Abbott, and Tom Bale.

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About the Author

Lesley Welsh sadly passed away in April this year.  Lesley was born in Strawberry Field children’s home and raised on a notorious council estate in Liverpool. Later she moved to London where she studied English and Drama and worked as a freelance writer specialising in alternative lifestyles. Her articles appeared in CosmopolitanMarie ClaireRedBiteTime Out and many others before she established Moondance Media, a magazine publishing company. Her dark and compelling short story Mrs Webster’s Obsession was turned into a film.  Lesley moved to Spain and sadly passed away in April.

My Review
From the first time I saw this cover I had chills up my spine. What is revealed inside continued to do just that!

There are some human beings in this world who have absolutely no redeeming features and Don is such a creature. The twisted way his mind and actions dominate this story makes it an addictive read.

Right at the outset it becomes clear that this is going to be a gruesome tale .. the title kinda gives it away. I can’t imagine how Suzanne felt when she finally realises what her estranged father was. After meeting Rose who had lived with Don she gives Suzanne a collection of photos and his secret diaries.

Then begins the unfurling of the crimes, all the photos are of women, one of which is Sophie .. Suzanne’s friend who had mysteriously perished in a fire. Why did her father have that picture?

This requires a fairly strong stomach due to the graphic scenes depicted and the language is course and to the point but entirely fitting for the content of the story.

If you want a roller coaster ride with the tension building then this is a fine example. I’m not sure I actually liked any of the characters .. I felt sorry for a few of them after being mixed up with Don but my hatred of him and his cruel twisted mind overruled all other emotions!

A well written, page turner that I’m glad I had a chance to read. My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley. I read and reviewed The Serial Killer’s Daughter voluntarily. 

#BlogTour #Review ~ The Accidental Honeymoon by Portia MacIntosh @PortiaMacIntosh @HQDigitalUK @LoveReadRomance

The Accidental Honeymoon
by Portia MacIntosh
Released: June 16, 2017
Harper Collins

What happens in Vegas…When Georgie discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, only a few days before her cousin’s wedding, her whole world explodes. Facing a romantic trip to Vegas alone, she decides to go out and have some fun…
…but Georgie never expected to wake up wed! And even worse, she can’t remember who to. So when gorgeous Jack reveals himself as her husband, she can’t believe her luck – he’ll act as the perfect wedding date!
Even if it is their very accidental honeymoon, surely the newlyweds can keep their emotions in check for just a few days more?
Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Portia MacIntosh, author of It’s Not You, It’s Them. Perfect for fans of Rosie Blake, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

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Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it’s really like for women who don’t find this life stuff as easy as it seems.

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After reading a few thrillers recently it was a welcome change to have this amusing story to delve into. A fun-filled oh my goodness what else can go wrong type of book. 

Poor Georgie she really is a bit of a liability. She finds out her fiance has been cheating on her so not one to hide and mope she heads off to Vegas. Now for anyone who hasn’t been there it really does live up to it’s reputation that whatever happens in Vegas should stay there! 

 Georgie decides to have a drink, gamble and hang loose … what does all this result in … a marriage she has no recollection of .. whoops!

Anyway, being on a plane with your new ‘husband’ isn’t really the time to make any plans other than to follow through on her main priority .. attend her cousins wedding in the UK.

The antics her and Jack get up to are hilarious at times. Georgie is a character that I liked one minute and the next she infuriated me because if a mishap was going to happen you just knew she was involved. Jack was a swoon worthy hunk who did his utmost to blend into the family dramas and continue the charade that he was in fact Georgie’s errant fiancee and not actually her drunken ‘mistake’.

Although predictable in places this is a gem of a book for sheer entertainment value and to make you chuckle out loud. Will the family wedding go ahead without a hitch and more importantly will Georgie find her ideal man?

The Accidental Honeymoon will be a great pool-side read .. many thanks to Portia, Helena, HQ Digital/Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Shadows by Conrad Jones @ConradJones @Bloodhoundbook #Bloghounds

Suicide. Drugs. Murder.

DI Braddick is put on the case when a hijacked drug deal has resulted in murder and an eye witness goes missing. When victims are discovered strung up from the rafters of an abandoned fish factory, on the Anglesey coastline, the police are baffled as to what went on. A deserted trawler found at the scene helps Braddick put the pieces together.

Could this be the work of a notorious Russian crime family?

When an undercover officer goes missing everything points to an informer for the family and it is clear they will stop at nothing to  silence the leak and have their revenge.

As the body count rises Braddick will come to realise that no one is safe…

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About the Author

I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.

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OMG what a stonking great read. Shadows by Conrad Jones grips you by the short and curlies and doesn’t let up until you reluctantly put it down at the end. Put aside enough time to read the majority of this in one sitting because your stomach or mind won’t thank you for prolonging the agony of suspense!

This makes no apologies for being a gritty, dark crime thriller. The seedy world of drug pushers, torture, murder, suicide it’s like living in a different world but the reality is this probably does happen …. sheeeesh, give me a dull ordinary life any day, but I confess I was riveted by this.

The writing is blunt and descriptive, it makes for a speedy read simply to find out what happens. I have been missing SO much by not having read any of his other books. I was willing to read and review this one purely because it is published by Bloodhound .. I haven’t had a dud one yet from them and I am grateful they have enlightened me to some fantastic authors and the crime/thriller genre is fast becoming my go-to for entertainment.

In this we have a mix of Russians (baddies) Liverpudlians, Welsh and Irish, can DI Braddick sort this muddle out!?

Thoroughly enjoyed this and have no hesitation recommending Shadows .. now excuse me while I head to download some more by Conrad Jones!