Good morning my lovelies. So I realise that I suck and haven’t done a monthly round up since July!! I’m not proposing to go back and do them as that would be crazy, but I have pulled together January and February and I promise, I will try to keep on top of it each month!! I know sometimes you guys don’t have time to read each post, so a round up is always good and helps me to see what I’ve been up to.
We haven’t had any Meet the Author posts for January & February but I’m so excited that this is relaunching in March, so keep your eyes open!
This year is going to be a bit less busy than last year as work is so busy and I’m trying to put less pressure on myself…..BUT in January in February I managed 14 reviews, 2 cover reveals and 1 promo!!!
From this month, I’ve added in an extra few lines in bold below at the top of each review to give you my brief headline thoughts but make sure you click in and read the full review if you’re interested!
So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to…..
blog tours & Reviews
Death of an Asylum Seeker by A. P. Martin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“This is an absolutely brilliant story – any crimes lovers out there will thoroughly enjoy this. It certainly had me coming back for more whenever I had a spare 10 minutes!”
….he doesn’t notice the watcher quietly move up behind him. Just after he passes the rushes, swaying in the water as the breeze picks up, he senses someone near. Beginning to turn, he catches, out of the corner of his eye, a glimpse of rapid movement. Before he has any time to react, the long-bladed knife has pierced his flimsy clothing, cutting right through his back.’
When a body is discovered in the boating lake of a city centre park in Newcastle upon Tyne, newly promoted DI Sam Snow is delighted to have the chance to lead his first big investigation. Especially when it puts him back in touch with psychologist Olivia Clavel, who has recently relocated back to her home city. However, Snow still bears some scars from a previous case and he can have no way of knowing how the new investigation will both force him to challenge his commitment to upholding the law and rock his life to its very foundations.
No Mercy by Robert Crouch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“This is another fabulous book by Robert. His writing style is so easy to read and follow which makes it an absolute joy.”
When justice lets you down, what’s left?
Highways Inspector, Derek Forster, couldn’t go on after the death of his wife. Even though he had a secret lover, he took his own life. Or did he?
Samson Capote, the restauranteur from hell, brutally attacked and left to die in a deep freezer. Did he antagonise too many people, or was he sharing Forster’s secret lover?
Millionaire entrepreneur, Clive Chesterton, drinks too much, falls from his yacht and drowns in Sovereign Harbour. Why did he have Forster’s missing journals in his cabin?
When Kent Fisher becomes a murder suspect, he realises he could be the next victim of a killer who shows no mercy. With time running out, can Kent identify the killer before the killer gets to him?
Agricola’s Bane by Nancy Jardine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“The descriptions are wonderful as usual, letting you really immerse yourself in the story and imagine what it was like being there.”
A.D. 84 Northern Roman Britain
Nith of Tarras helps Enya of Garrigill in the search for her kin, missing after the disastrous battle at Beinn na Ciche fought between the Caledonian warriors and the mighty Ancient Roman legions. Enya soon has a heartrending choice to make. Should she tread Vacomagi territory that’s swarming with Roman auxiliaries to find her brother? Or, should she head south in search of her cousin who has probably been enslaved by the Romans?
The Commander of the Britannic Legions and Governor of Britannia – General Gnaeus Iulius Agricola – is determined to claim more barbarian territory for the Roman Empire, indeed plans to invade the whole island, but finds not all decisions are his to make. It increasingly seems that the goddess, Fortuna, does not favour him.
The adventures of the Garrigill clan continue…
Blog Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources
“This story had me absolutely and completely sucked in from chapter one. I was there in the story with them!”
“Even though we’re in January, I already feel like this is going to be one of my favourite books of the year!”
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.
But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.
Tour hosted by Compulsive Readers
Apartment 6 by Stuart James ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Apartment 6 has a fantastic storyline and characters which will completely suck you in, have you hooked and have your heart racing. I honestly didn’t want to put this down.”
Be careful what you wish for…
When Meagan was five years old her mother was viciously attacked and murdered.
Now an adult, she herself is the victim of an abusive relationship. Meagan is desperate to escape but doesn’t have the courage to leave.
So, when Meagan meets Oliver, a decent guy who is on the rebound after a failed relationship, the two strike up a connection. But when Meagan confesses that her husband is abusive, it leads Oliver down a dark and dangerous path.
Just how far would you go to protect someone?
Oliver is about to find out and be pushed to his very limits…
Tour hosted by Book On The Bright Side
“If you’re in to music, or are perhaps slightly older and a fan of this sort of music, then you will adore this book. Even if you’re not and you’re looking for an interesting read and you enjoy an autobiography then definitely check this out.”
A large section of the book is focused on the crazy Cliff Richard era. We worked not only with Cliff, but many other artists from Elton and George Michael on Live Aid to making hits including a number One with Shaky, plus studio time with Pink Floyd, Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart, Lulu, Linda Ronstadt, INXS, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, recorded two albums with The Shadows, another with Gerard Kenny, others were with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Dixon, Sheena Easton (in Caribou Ranch Studio), toured the World several times, made the US top ten with Devil Woman, oh and I sang The Likely Lads TV Theme (and for a lad from Shildon, Co. Durham that’s great).
Toxic Deception by K. C. Gillis ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I’m looking forward to seeing what other stories Jordan can get herself wrapped up in, and whether they turn out to be as dangerous as this!”
Strange symptoms. Bloody secrets. Can one reporter solve a medical mystery before she ends up in a body bag?
Jordan Reed put her world on hold to hunt down corruption. So when the gutsy journalist gets tipped off about blood money changing hands at a pharmaceutical factory, she dives into the story. With an otherwise healthy worker dropping dead of multiple organ failure, Jordan suspects something far more sinister than a simple accident…
Daring to go up against big pharma, she gains an ally on the inside and recruits two friends to join the investigation. But after a string of false leads and tight-lipped witnesses, she ties her case to disturbingly similar evidence in a medical trial on the other side of the globe. And if she doesn’t expose the lethal conspiracy soon, Jordan is terrified she and her team could be the next victims of the lethal cover-up.
Can Jordan take down a greedy corporation before they sacrifice more lives in the drive for profit?
Tour hosted by Damppebbles
An Unsettled Grave by Bernard Schaffer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Bernard Schaffer is fast becoming one of my favourite authors when it comes to police investigations, thriller, action and mystery.”
Before being promoted to detective, Carrie Santero was given a rare glimpse into the mind of a killer. Through her mentor, Jacob Rein–a seasoned manhunter whose gift for plumbing the depths of madness nearly drove him over the brink–she was able to help capture one of the most depraved serial killers in the country. Now, the discovery of a small human foot buried in the Pennsylvania woods will lead her to a decades-old cold case–and the darkest secrets of her mentor’s youth.
“Nobody trusts an animal that tries to eat its own kind.”
Thirty years ago, a young girl went missing. A police officer was murdered. Another committed suicide. The lives of everyone involved would never be the same. For three agonizing decades, Jacob Rein has yearned for the truth. But when Detective Carrie Santero begins digging up new evidence, she discovers some answers come with shattering consequences.
“…..a thought provoking story of a young girl trying to find her way in life and the relationships surrounding her.”
Can you leave the past in another country?
Francesca Maier knows little of her father’s home country or her parents’ life together before she was born. A summer in Berlin brings the past – and its secrets – alive. Adrift in a foreign city, she finds an unexpected friend in east Berliner Antonio – but what will he sacrifice to save her?
‘Saving Francesca Maier’ probes the secrets every family hides and the choices we make in a volatile world.
“…….the sort of book you want to curl up with when you want a cosy, enjoyable and light hearted read that will uplift you, make you happy and put a smile on your face.”
The New Year brings unexpected revelations at Wynter House.
Neva Grey’s Christmas brought several surprises. Now a shocking secret has life-changing consequences for the Wynters, as the New Year brings revelations … and relatives to Wynter House.
It also brings Hazel Smart and Amelia Goodbody. And it’s not just Adam and Rafe Wynter who are pleased Hazel and Amelia have come to stay. Olivia Wynter will enjoy bossing nurse Hazel around and she also makes it clear Amelia – who is handling the marketing for Rafe’s new business venture – is far more suited to be her grandson’s girlfriend than Neva will ever be.
Whilst Amelia is ensconced at Wynter House, Neva is busy with her new hair and beauty salon in Merriment Bay. Perhaps she should enlist her niece, Sasha’s help because just when she thought she had found the love of her life, old secrets, ghosts from the past, and new arrivals might shatter all her dreams.
At least she has her best friend, Jo Duncan to lean on. But newly single, Jo is determined to have some fun, both at Wynter House and in Merriment Bay. And so is Adam Wynter.
Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources
“An epic fantasy, but with some real world references that will get you thinking! You won’t be able to not fall in love with these characters who will suck you in and have you laughing throughout.”
Revelation by Jo Fenton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Another fantastic thriller from Jo, that I pretty much read in one day!”
A student, Rick, is found dead in halls of residence.
His friends get caught up in the aftermath: Dan, who was in love with Rick; and Becky, who is in love with Dan.
Their fraught emotions lead them into dark places – particularly a connection to a mysterious Kabbalistic sect.
Will Becky discover who killed Rick in time to save her best friend?
Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources
Rain Town by Andy Donaldson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“If you’re looking for something to read with your kids next, then you should seriously consider this – you will love it as much as your kids!”
‘Is there anyone there?’ he tentatively enquired at the shadows. There was no response. Must have been a cat he thought. His pulse calmed and he wiped the sweat from his brow. The young thief turned away from the alley and the road and once more urged his feet to move on. ‘What are you doing little boy?‘commanded a booming voice from the alleyway.
Sidney Rain is an ordinary man with an ordinary job in an ordinary town. Except for the fact that sometimes at night he dresses up as a superhero and heads out living his fantasy. But he’s putting on weight, about to lose his job and he’s generally not feeling particularly super at all.
Stanley Rain is Sidney’s 12 year old son. He’s an ordinary boy with ordinary friends at an ordinary school. But that school is being taken over by a local entrepreneur and is changing for the worst. And Stanley is not going to let that happen without a fight.
When a mysterious theft takes place, Stanley and his friends will need to turn detective to help save their school. And after being fired at work by his new boss, Sidney will need his friends to help save his soul.
“[This book]…… will bring out all your emotions; it will help you to understand a tragedy from someone else’s point of view; It will warm you as well as sadden you, but mostly it will inspire you.”
Blurb: It was early one sunny January morning in 2005 when Jacquie, who was up to walk our dog, quietly lent down to me in bed, lightly kissed me on the cheek, and whispered: “Love you, see you later.”
Those were the last words she ever said to me. We follow the events of that day, the hospital, the surgery, the police, the eleven month murder trial, the press conference, and where myself and my boys are now, thirteen years on.
What hints and tips I used to keep us positive, whilst rebuilding our lives and looking to the future.
* These books are biographies or true stories – therefore, I have not rated them (as I find it unfair rating someone’s life!) Please read the full reviews for my honest thoughts.
promos & Q&A’s
As always I want to say a massive thanks to the wonderful tour organisers who I know work their butts off!! As well as a huge thank you to the authors and publishers who have provided me with a copy of their books in return for an honest review.
An extra special thank you to those authors who have directly reached out to me and asked me to review their books, and for their patience with the delays – I truly appreciate your understanding – so thank you!
If any of the reviews have inspired you to read any of these, I would absolutely love to know what you think so please comment below, or get in touch on social media.
Have a wonderful day everyone.