Wow ~ WHAT. A. MONTH!!! I’d suggest getting a cup of tea or a glass of wine before you read this……buckle up beauts, it’s a LONG one!!!
So June was a fantastic month – not having a job clearly suits me!! I’ve managed a record breaking (for me!) TWENTY-FIVE Reviews, EIGHT Meet the Author Interviews, FIVE Promos, ONE Guest Post and ONE cover reveal…..PHEW!! 40 posts over 30 days is CRAZY!!
I’ve interviewed some fantastic people, discovered some amazing new authors, read some more of my favourite authors books and discovered a new favourite series! More than 10 of the 25 reviews were 5 stars so make sure you check them out below ~ you may find something you love too! Click on the title to take you to the review. Enjoy…….
Meet the Author
Blog Tours & Reviews
Keep Her Silent by Theresa Talbot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Do that which is good and no evil shall touch you’ That was the note the so-called Raphael killer left on each of his victims. Everyone in Glasgow – investigative journalist Oonagh O’Neil included – remember the murder of three women in Glasgow which sent a wave of terror through the city. They also remember that he is still at large…
When the police investigation into the Raphael killings reopens, Oonagh is given a tip off that leads her straight to the heart of a complex and deadly cover-up. When history starts to repeat itself, it seems the killer is closer than she thinks. Could Oonagh be the next target…?
No Bodies by Robert Crouch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A missing wife. A crooked caterer. A recipe for love or murder?
Colonel Witherington doesn’t believe his wife, Daphne, ran off with caterer, Colin Miller. Neither does family friend, Kent Fisher, when he discovers she left behind her most valued possessions.
He picks up a trail that went cold over a year ago and uncovers a second missing wife.
Is there a serial killer on the loose in Downland?
When a young girl is rushed to hospital after a visit to Kent’s animal sanctuary, he faces ruin.
But it’s nothing compared to the horrors he faces when he closes in on a killer who leaves no bodies.
A killer flu pandemic exacerbated by a shortage of the only effective treatment has the West Coast of America in a panic. Journalist Joe Hames, flying in to save his job and cover the story has an ulterior motive: to make contact with his long-lost former girlfriend and love of his life, Cassie.
Joe tries to find Cassie, whilst also trying to get hold of information on why the death toll is higher in California than anywhere else before any of the other journalists that have descended on the city. At the pharmaceutical company where she worked, Joe finds out that Cassie is dead: she was run down by a cable car two weeks earlier. When he goes to her funeral, he is surprised to find that he has become a person of interest to the police.
Or did she die? Joe begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, and in the fog-drenched streets of San Francisco, Joe unravels the real story resulting in a finale played out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Someone was really going to die this time, and not of the flu.
Tour hosted by Damppebbles
No Remorse by Robert Crouch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An old man dead. Dementia or murder? Threats won’t stop Kent Fisher from finding out.
At luxury retirement home, Nightingales, appearance matters more than the truth. But what is the truth? Was Anthony Trimble killed as he predicted? If so, who wanted him out of the way, and why?
Kent puzzles over the only clue Trimble left him. Do the numbers come from a takeaway menu or are they a mysterious code that could reveal his darkest secret?As Kent digs deep, people start dying.
Will Kent win the race to discover the truth, or become the next victim?
The Memory by Judith Barrow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Today has been a long time coming. Irene sits at her mother’s side waiting for the right moment, for the point at which she will know she is doing the right thing by Rose.
Rose was Irene’s little sister, born a chromosome short, an unwanted embarrassment to their mother Lilian but a treasure to Irene. Rose died thirty years ago, when she was eight, and nobody has talked about the circumstances of her death since. But Irene knows what she saw.
Over the course of 24 hours their moving and tragic story is revealed – a story of love and duty, betrayal and loss – as Irene rediscovers the past and finds hope for the future.
Will you help Arnie and Mia check if our world is happy? Will you join them on their adventure? Let’s find out how we can make our world happy again.
Is My World Happy? is more than just a book. It is an interactive educational book, not just for children (ages 4 to 8 years) but also for adults. Arnie and Mia were wondering if the world they live on, Planet Earth, is happy. They decided to take you on a journey all around the world. They found plastic bottles, sad animals, smoke above cities, deforestation and so decided to ask you if you would join them on a mission to make the world happy again. The book contains worksheets on this environmental topic for children, parents, and educators. If we try a little harder, together we can create a better future.
Bad People by Craig Wallwork ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THREE MISSING CHILDREN. Over the past three years, the quiet Yorkshire village of Stormer Hill has lost three of its children. No bodies were ever discovered. No evidence found. No witnesses.
THE WRITER. Struggling to find inspiration for his new novel, celebrated crime author, and ex-police officer, Alex Palmer, believes the story of the missing children could end his writer’s block, but is he prepared for the story that’s about to develop?
THE DETECTIVE. Tom Nolan, a seasoned detective and loner involved in finding each missing child. Nolan is tasked with chaperoning Palmer and walking through each case. But as both men revisit the past, and dig deeper, neither are prepared for the chilling discovery to why the children were taken.
THE BRETHREN. A secret cult. Two men, and a series of brutal and unimaginable murders spanning over seven years with one intention; to show the world that death can be justified if it’s for a greater good.
Three Rivers by David Blake ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A body caught on the end of a mast, another skewered by a rhond hook, and a chain of evidence Tanner cannot accept.
As a twisting gale howls its way over Barton Broad, DS Jenny Evans joins a handsome old friend to help rescue the crew of an overturned boat. But when they discover a body, snagged on the end of the mast, one murder soon follows another, leaving DI John Tanner with a race against time, desperate to prove that the most obvious suspect isn’t who everyone seems to think it is.
Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.
Tour hosted by Book On The Bright Side
Nightmare Asylum – Despised by day, tortured by night. A midwifery student’s life disintegrates into a terrifying nightmare, after a disturbing encounter with the notorious child killer, Evelyn Green. Dark secrets from Lydia’s past unleash a truth that conjures her fears into unspeakable horror.
Other Deadly Delights – Tales from the psychotically unsound and deadly deluded. A stalker turns serial killer; a cleaning lady is imprisoned in the basement, there’s a prophetic warning for a woman in peril, and an android with love addiction, plus many more… a deliciously dangerous collection of short stories, ranging from psychological horror to paranormal, sci-fi and noir.
Dare you enter the nightmare Asylum?
The time is fast approaching when humans will meet the Elves of Laniakeea for the first time.
How and where will they meet?
Has someone or something arranged this meeting?
How will the Elves deal with the backward bumbling humans from the Earthan dimension?
How will the humans cope with the magic of the Elves, and of Elvina, the most powerful wand in the cosmos?
Be prepared to be entertained.
Be prepared for magic.
Unparalleled adventures await you!
Harbinger by Olga Gibbs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I’m coming to take what is mine!”
The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she hoped it would be, and it is only a matter of time before she is hunted and dead.
The only way to survive is to accept her destiny and to fight back.
But upon her return to Uras, Ariel is rejected in her own domain and has to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of another ruler.
She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into the most unexpected places to find it.
Tour hosted by Fraser’s Fun House
Beltane by Alys West ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Struggling artist, Zoe arrives in Glastonbury seeking inspiration. The small Somerset town is steeped in myth and legend and Zoe’s sure it’ll be the perfect place to work on a book about King Arthur. But behind the shops selling witchcraft supplies and crystals real magic is being practised.
When Zoe meets Finn her life changes forever. Not only is he a druid connected to the ancient energies of the earth but she dreamed about him long before they met. Finn’s life is in terrible danger and Zoe’s dreams start to reveal more of the plot against him.
After dreaming of a deadly battle at a stone circle on Dartmoor, Zoe starts to wonder if the dark magic around her is playing tricks of its own or if she really can see the future. Will she learn to trust Finn, and herself, in time to stand any hope of surviving the powerful magic that will be unleashed at Beltane? Or is it already too late?
This gripping story of magic, romance and the supernatural will entrance fans of Deborah Harkness and Phil Rickman and keep you spellbound until the very last page.
Granville is in a mess once more.
The streets are infested with Charge, a deadly synthetic drug concocted by an enigma known as The Chemist.
Tommy finds himself in the midst of scandal yet again, as terrifying danger closes in on him; drugs, deaths and deception.
After hitting a rocky patch with Kirsten and things at home as tricky as ever, Tommy feels as though he is invisible.
But when Detective Brightwell calls upon his help in cracking the case, Tommy is immediately immersed into the Granville underworld, with the key surely lying with infamous crime family, the O’Clearys.
With the threat of Smiler looming, trustworthy people are hard to find. So who can he count on this time to help him muddle through this impossible situation?
The Rise of the Chemist is the second book in the Granville Series, sequel to The Disappearance of Timothy Dawson. It is a young adult fiction book, following Tommy’s difficult battle for justice, in a town where crime rules.
A series of teenage deaths triggered by a deadly synthetic drug, thrusts Tommy into the midst of an undercover operation. The targets? The Chemist, creator of the lethal, designer substance known as Charge, and the O’Clearys, a local crime family with their fingers in all kinds of illicit pies.
With one eye looking over his shoulder for the threat of Smiler (book one), Tommy must decide between what is right and what is easy.
With complications arising with Kirsten, and the relentless drive of Detective Brightwell, he finds himself questioning everybody and everything.
Once injected into the O’Cleary family, Tommy comes face to face with a harsh, brutal reality, which he scrambles to escape from.
But is it too late? Will Tommy find a way out? Will Granville ever be safe from Charge?
Find out in The Rise of the Chemist.
Tour hosted by Book On The Bright Side
Lesson of Love by Prue Phillipson ⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️
Lesson of Love is a moving and candid story of a relationship between a mother and daughter in the face of life-changing illness.
Prue Phillipson’s first-person account is interspersed with diary excerpts and documents the difficult yet rewarding experience of caring for a mother with dementia. This unflinchingly honest story details the various stages of the illness and how Prue coped whilst her mother changed, becoming ever more distant.
Prue found that her own faith was strengthened as a result of turning to God through the immensely powerful and comforting use of prayer.
This is an inspiring story that will encourage all readers to have faith in testing times.
Tour hosted by Random Things Tours
Storm Witch by Alys West ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Although not a witch herself, magic had always been part of Jenna’s life, guiding and nurturing her childhood. Her mother Nina was a member of The Order of Spellworkers and Druids, enforcing the laws of the magical community. But six winter solstices ago Nina was murdered. Six winter solstices ago the other members of The Order died or disappeared. And six winter solstices ago Jenna banished magic from her life, fleeing back home to Orkney.
Jenna thought she had re-built a calmer world for herself until her ex Hal returns, and someone starts to practice dangerous magic on the islands. When water, sea and sky elements are being manipulated to destroy, maim and kill, how can she deny handsome druid Winston’s plea for help?
As seer Zoe Rose foretells of a catastrophic storm which will engulf Orkney, Jenna and her friends must race against the elements to stop the storm witch. Only through chaos will Jenna find the answers she’s been searching for. Only through chaos can her heart decide who is the right man for her. And only through chaos will she finally discover who killed her mother.
‘Storm Witch‘ is the sequel to ‘Beltane‘ but can be read as a standalone. Beltaneand Storm Witch are the first two books of The Spellworker Chronicles.
Kia is half-human, half-elf and the most powerful empath in the cosmos. Her destiny has already been written. She has to confront the warring factions pouring through the portals on the elvish dimension of Laniakeea. Her challenges seem insurmountable. Having a finger amputated by the Krandokrall, facing up to a sorcerer of immense magical power and masterminding the greatest battle to have ever taken place.
Will Elvina the wand help her?
Will her human instincts let her down?
Will she be victorious or will she die trying?
The answers balance on a knife-edge.
Every several million years there is a phenomenon known as the ‘cosmotic shift’. Laniakeea will be thrown into turmoil; as will the now integrated Earthan dimension.
How will Queen Haruntha withstand the possible destruction and overwhelming odds that face her and her dimension?
How will this unsettling time end?If at all?
It is written in the elvish scriptures that a being that is well-known, and of high importance will die. Who will that be?
Will Elvina the wand be powerful enough to restore calm, peace and the status quo before it is all too late?
Ari’s Adventure by Elle Sweet ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Finding out her husband of over twenty years is cheating on her? Check.
Laid off from her job the very same day? Check.
Ari had a very bad day and flees to Moonshire Bay to relax, heal and figure out what she really wants. At least she knows what she doesn’t want – a relationship.
Jack Callahan has been playing it safe in all aspects of his life after a failed business and a horrible misjudgement of someone’s character. Living in Moonshire Bay allows him to coast through life with his shields up and blinders on.
So what happens when Jack and Ari start working on a project together? Can their newfound friendship and attraction overcome their lack of trust?
Tour hosted by Damppebbles
Sweet Pea Summer by Alys Murray ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can you ever really forget your first love?
It’s been eight long years since May Anderson’s high school sweetheart Tom Riley drove down Main Street in his truck, leaving Hillsboro—and May—in his rearview mirror. Now he’s back and, try as they might, the pair can’t avoid each other.
As Hillsboro prepares to host the prestigious North West Food and Wine Festival, Tom and May are reluctantly called in to plan the big event. Tom needs May’s help to repair his bad-boy reputation and, with the whole town counting on them, May and Tom need to learn to trust each other again.
May is determined to protect her heart, but a lot has changed since high school. She can’t help but notice how the skinny boy she used to know is now a man who perfectly fills out his button-down, and Tom can’t seem to tear his gaze away from May’s sweet smile. It’s clear old feelings are surfacing again, but there is a secret keeping them apart and, until they find the courage to face it, their second chance summer will be only that…
A heartwarming story about first love, family and the importance of second chances. Fans of Jenny Hale, Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr will adore Sweet Pea Summer.
Tour hosted by Bookouture
Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
She’ll care for you. Until you’re dead.
Maureen might be getting on in years but she’s fiercely independent and smart as a whip.
But when she falls and injures her ankle, her daughter Alva is convinced Maureen can no longer take care of herself and is determined to get her some help – which comes in the shape of local caregiver, Dolores.
Maureen tries to say no, she’s fine on her own, but it’s not so easy to get rid of Dolores. She seems to be everywhere, poking her nose into every corner of Maureen’s life, implying to Alva that her mother is getting senile and will soon need constant care.
Maureen feels as if she’s under siege 24/7. And she knows in her heart that there’s something not right about Dolores… But no one will listen.
Then one of Dolores’s other charges dies in mysterious circumstances and Maureen realises she may be fighting for a lot more than her independence.
Because once Dolores has you in her care, death may seem like a sweet release.
The stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of K. L. Slater, Teresa Driscoll, and Andrew Hart.
Tour hosted by Damppebbles
Bad Magic by A. M. Stirling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When Richard meets his cousin Amanda for the first time in twenty years, he’s still afraid of her; she bullied him throughout his childhood and sexually abused him when they were teenagers. He owns a struggling art gallery that only survives because his wealthy grandmother pays for it. But now Amanda’s back in his life, things look set to change. She’s out to make trouble, drugging Richard with Rohypnol, faking a burglary and trying to persuade their grandmother to change her will. Richard’s heard a rumour she murdered her mother. Fearing for his grandmother’s life and his inheritance, he decides to give Amanda a dose of her own medicine.
Tour hosted by Damppebbles
Jemima Dewberry wears her heart on her sleeve. Her weakness for bad boys, coupled with her track record for making bad decisions has led to endless heartbreak. The only trouble is, she can’t seem to kick the habit.
On top of that, her “dream” job at Yorkshire Portions magazine hasn’t turned out to be what she’d hoped, and she seems to have developed the knack of annoying her boss without even trying. It doesn’t help that the new girl seems to have taken an instant dislike to her. All that’s keeping her there are her best friends Anna-Lisa and Aidey, who have picked up the pieces of her shattered heart more times than they care to remember.
When Jemima’s latest boyfriend turns out to be no better than the rest, the hurt and humiliation is almost unbearable. She declares she’s finally through with love, and swears off men for life. But when charismatic Caspar De Verre walks into the office with his dangerous good looks and mesmerising smile, she’s utterly captivated, and her promises to Anna-Lisa and Aidey not to let her heart rule her head are soon forgotten.
But is Caspar all he seems? Anna-Lisa and Aidey have their doubts. And Herbert, the happy-go-lucky black Labrador Jemima’s looking after, doesn’t seem to like him either.
As Jemima falls for Caspar’s charms she finds herself being forced to confront the struggle between her head and her heart. But which one will prove the most powerful?
And will Jemima get the happy-ever-after she so desperately craves?
Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources
They’d left their daughter with us, their only child, and we hadn’t protected her. That was all they would see when they looked at us—that we had failed them.
I count down the days until we can leave the city behind and return to the beach house. Where James and Katie can roam free over the dunes, like they did as children, and Peter will swap his 6 a.m. starts for the stacks of fluffy pancakes he lovingly serves up for our family breakfasts. These sun-drenched, golden days, just the four of us, are what I hold on to all year long.
But this summer Katie’s best friend will be coming with us. I tell myself the girls will have fun together, pushing aside the doubts I have about this uninvited guest. Isa. With her corn-silk hair and luminous skin, who manages to overshadow my daughter at every turn. Who has been dumped on us by her own parents, too caught up in their petty dramas to see what is right in front of them.
Because I can see it. There is something dangerous about Isa. Something more than a carefree girl, testing boundaries as she approaches adulthood. She threatens to cast storm clouds across my beach house days. I feel as powerless to stop her as I would in the face of a hurricane.
By the end of the summer, Isa will be dead. And I will have to face her mother. I don’t know if I will be able to find the words. How can I begin to explain that she never really knew her daughter at all?
Tour hosted by Bookouture
‘Gripping…crime fiction with a difference. This is a novel full of layers and depth, focusing on class and corruption in India with compassion and complexity.’
LIES. AMBITION. FAMILY.
It’s a dark, smog-choked new Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.
Jatin’s home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.
Across the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all …
In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover long-held secrets before it is too late.
Shunned and struggling at home and school, teenager Lorna Davies clatters into chaotic and charismatic Shay O’Driscoll and Leon Barrett at an illegal rave in 1995. As Lorna’s talent for dancing sees her unexpectedly employed in the strobe-lit heart of 90’s club culture, her world is turned on its head by her budding friendship with Shay and Leon. For the boys, their high-risk lives endanger all three of them in an association that blurs the lines between friendship and dependency.
As the risks escalate, Lorna’s best friend Hannah, her brother Dan, her bully-turned-protector Nico and her unexpected friend Rosa watch with concern as she is thrust ever closer to harm in an intoxicating new landscape. When life-threatening events threaten to separate them permanently, Lorna, Leon and Shay juggle love, loyalty, sacrifice and exploitation as their lives change beyond recognition. Will the losses they face break them all?
promo’s & Guest Posts
Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe ~ A Wish for Jinnie by Audrey Davis ~ The First Lie by A. J. Park ~ Esme’s Gift by Elizabeth Foster ~ The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn ~ Blood & Silver by Vali Benson
As always I think it’s really important to send a millions thank yous!!
First up to all the wonderful authors that contacted me to ask me to review their wonderful books ~ Theresa Talbot, Robert Crouch, Judith Barrow, Michael Ross, Craig Wallwork, Sonia Kilvington, Alys West, Damyanti Biswas and Nia Lucas. Some of you had to wait a while and I really appreciate your patience.
To all the blog tour organisers who work so hard ~ THANK YOU! You have a tough job and I know you are under-appreciated at times. You lot are absolute stars!
Thank you to all the authors and publishers for providing me with copies of the books, whether ebook or paperback.
Thank you to all the authors who came over to talk to me as part of my Meet the Author feature. I absolutely love learning about each and everyone of you, and the posts are some of my most popular!
And as always, a massive thank you to anyone that reads my blog! I truly appreciate it, and if you’ve made it this far then you’re an absolute saint!! Again, If you have any suggestions for new features, anything you’d like to see or any improvement to my reviews – please do let me know. I’m always grateful for feedback!
So that’s it…..what a month!! July is even crazier, so I best go get my head back in a book!
Have a wonderful evening everyone.