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Psychotopia by RN Morris

March 22, 2019 - 6:54 am No Comments

I am happy to be on the blog tour for Psychotopia, the latest book by RN Morris. At the end of this post there is a chance to be the lucky winner of a hardback edition of this book

Blurb

A game for the times we live – and die – in. Enter Psychotopia, a dark new dystopian novel from the author of the acclaimed Silas Quinn mysteries.

PSYCHOTOPIA, LEVEL ONE. Create your own boutique psychopath, then deceive, manipulate and be ruthless, spreading mayhem and destruction to reach the next levels.

It’s the computer game for our times. After all, the amount of crazy in the world is increasing. Senseless violence on the streets is becoming the norm. Can Dr Arbus’s ground-breaking device identify and neutralize psychopaths before it’s too late? In this increasingly dysfunctional world, surely Callum standing by Aimee after her devastating encounter with Charlie is proof that real love and goodness can still win in a world that’s increasingly rotten . . . Or can it?

Here is my review of this dystopian book :

Psychotopia by RN Morris

Published by Severn House Digital on 1st February 2019

240 pages

After reading the blurb, I thought I knew what the book was about. I presumed it was about a VR game, how wrong I was.

Set in a dystopian Britain, where it was predicted that psychopaths were soon to be the majority. This book tells the stories of 3 characters that are affected living in this world. Inspector Glen Parfett is an overworked Police Officer. His job was to bring in psychopaths, who he can spot just by looking at them. Working on the National Taskforce, he has his most difficult case when a young girl is charged with murder. Aimee, is a trainee architect, quite a quiet girl, but a serious mistake one weekend changes her life forever. Oscar Winslett is the Head of Game Development at Alpha Games, he is in the process of designing a new VR game called Psychotopia. A narcissist and a psychopath, a pretty dangerous man to know.

Running through the story were internal notes outlining the new VR game. It got me thinking what would people’s reaction be if a game like this would be released and how popular would it be. I enjoyed this element of the story as you follow the concept of the game from the first idea. The inclusion of new technology like MindNet in the book, gives it a sci-fi feel and helps explain the fear and the new crazes that appear overnight when it has been broadcasted over the channels. The more you learn about the Arbus-Lubany machine, the more you wonder if it will save society.  

Written in 3rd person, helps you read the different characters’ stories without any confusion. At the start, they are three individual characters stories, but as the story continues, their stories merge into one. You get an understanding how they cross paths with each other, and how each action affected their lives.
As you are reading their stories you get embroiled up in their lives and the further you go into the story.

Even a few days after finishing this book. I am still thinking about the story. Whilst there are some violent scenes in the book, this did not disturb me, it was the idea how easy the psychopaths blend in. The story is evenly paced and Aimee’s story took me on a rollercoaster of emotions.

This is the 1st book I have read by this author, so I did not know what to expect. I enjoyed this well-plotted book and with plenty of twists, it kept my interest. I am going to check out his other books. A good dystopian sci-fi read.

Purshase link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychotopia-R-N-Morris-ebook/dp/B07KX3QK7V

Author Bio –

R. N. Morris is the author of ten novels. The latest is PSYCHOTOPIA, published 31 October, 2018.

A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin HouseThe Dark Palace and The Red Hand of Fury. The next novel in the series, The White Feather Killer, will be published in April 2019.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris.

He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

Want to connect to the author

FB https://www.facebook.com/Psychotopia-298585774308801/

Twitter http:// @rnmorris

Website http://rogernmorris.co.uk

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Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

March 20, 2019 - 5:54 am No Comments

So it’s my turn on this blog tour.

Blurb: Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

Published by Creativia on 30th November 2018

257 pages

A lottery win, an ancient ruin and supernatural goings-on. 

Claire Bennett was a likeable character, living an ordinary life in Colchester. Since she was old enough to work, she had always worked in a bank, that was until she won the lottery. However, winning all that money never changed her, as she was always embarrassed when people brought it up. I thought she was brave purchasing a derelict building, as whilst she could speak Spanish, she did not know anything about the history or what to expect when she got there. Her impulse buy also showed what a dreamer she was and that she wanted a better life away from the humdrum of Colchester.

I was reading this whilst the UK was hit by Storm Gareth and whilst I was hearing the wind and rain, I was so envious of Claire. I have never been to Fuerteventura, but I enjoyed reading about the island and with all the detail, I could tell that the author had a passion for this part of the world. The historical element made the story come alive as you got to learn more about the house and the former occupants of the island. It also enforced my belief that Claire did not want to brag about her money, as she was uncomfortable every time she read about the actions of the nobility. Because you learn so much about the house, the haunting of the house has you wondering who is behind it and with the workman refusing to work on the property, was it a dangerous spirit. Paco’s passion for Olivia Stone, adds another twist as you get drawn into her mysterious disappearance and also adds a romance element to the book. The author had a way of bringing even the smallest character to life, the picturesque detail lets you easily imagine the locals and you get to find out as much about Gloria who run the local café as you do about Claire.        

This is a gentle slow-paced mystery, which I read fairly quickly. With its mixture of genres, this has got something for a lot of readers. This is the 1st book I have read by this author and checking my kindle I am glad to say I have some more of their books to read.

Buying link http://viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

Author Bio –  Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 

Social Links

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Website https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768657.Isobel_Blackthorn

Twitter http://@IBlackthorn

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl.

March 19, 2019 - 7:42 am No Comments

So my time has come on the blog tour to showcase New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl. Here is my review

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

Published by Solaris on 12th March 2019

239 pages

As soon as I read the blurb for this anthology, I knew that I wanted to read it. It ticks all the boxes when I look for an anthology, horror, sci-fi and fantasy. With any anthology I go in with an open mind, I know I won’t love every story but I can guarantee I can find some new authors who I will go onto purchase their work.

New Sun has 17 short stories that will introduce you to various cultures and religions, creatures from other realms and so much more. Each story was completely different and you will change genre from one story to the next.

For the purpose of this review, I will write about the ones I really enjoyed.

 The Fine Print by Chinelo Onwualu: The story about how one man wants to change the rules to protect his son. As you read this story, you learn how much Nuhu’s community rely on the Djinn for survival. The idea of the perfect woman (Spells) being got from a catalogue enforced the town’s need. The descriptive style of the author enabled you to imagine the spells, the views of the men and the desperation and determination of Nuhu to break the contract.  

Unkind of Mercy by Alex Jennings: Alaina-Rose talks about Johnny the love of her life and the strange feeling that something is in the room with her. I love reading stories that gets your imagination working. The story written from Alaina-Rose’s POV, helps you see how these mysterious creatures are starting to affect her and lets you decide whether it is supernatural or extraterrestrial.

The Freedom of the Shifting Sea by Jaymee Goh: Mayang an unusual sea creature and the affects she has on a mother and daughter. I really enjoyed this story. Yes, Mayang was a sea creature, but it was a story about love and loss. This story was beautifully written. You are drawn into their lives and as this story is told over a long period of time, you see how Mayang changed the lives of Salmah and Eunice.

One Easy Trick by Hiromi Goto: Marnie has a bit of a belly but after a trip into the forest to collect mushrooms, it all changes. As I was reading this story, I did not know what had happened to Marnie and rereading it, I still do not know what she did. However, that did not stop me enjoying this story, my favourite scenes were when she went back into the forest and her conversation with a bear. Reading this reminded me of the Adipose from Dr Who.

Kelsey and the Burdened Breath by Darcie Little Badger: This was my favourite story. Kelsey and Pal, her spirit dog earn a living rounding up lost souls. Written in the 3rd person, makes you feel that you are following her step by step. Tracking down the burdened breath tested her skills. This is a paranormal thriller and I would love to read more of Kelsey and if there were a series I would definitely buy it.

I am glad I got to read this anthology and as expected I have now added more authors to my list to look out for. If you are looking for refreshing stories than pick up this book. 

This Strange Hell by CJ Sutton

March 17, 2019 - 9:41 am No Comments

So it is my turn in the blog tour for This Strange Hell.
Published by Crooked Cat Books on 15th March 2019 and with 369 pages.
Want to know about the book here is the blurb:


A suited man runs from a burning tower in Melbourne as bodies rain down upon him.

Before the city’s millions can compose, he boards a train into the countryside. Hiding his identity and changing his appearance, the man finds his way to Sulley Ridge, a lawless town in the heart of the harsh Victorian outback.

The following day, a burned man wakes up in a hospital bed. Surging with rage, he speaks a name. Within an hour, the suited man’s face is across every screen in the country. It’s the greatest manhunt Australia has ever seen.

But as he tries to camouflage in Sulley Ridge, he soon realises the town has its own problems. Under the iron fist of a violent leader, the locals are trapped within slow and torturous decay…

As we learn more about the night of the burning tower, the connection between the suited man and the burned man threatens to leave a trail of destruction across the state.

Here is the story of a man on the run from his past, as the line between sanity and evil is danced upon.

Here is the tale of This Strange Hell.

So you have read the blurb and here are my views

My review

At the start of the story, the running man was made out to be evil and uncaring, but as I learned more about him, it was hard to believe that Brady Lockhart was behind all those deaths. Ending up in Sulley Ridge, a lawless town enabled the author to introduce us to some unsavoury characters. As you find out more about the evil going on, it makes you wonder how Brady was going to survive and who he could trust. The mystery burned man from the start gave a sinister feel to the story and whilst he was horrifically burned, there was a sense of feeling that he was hiding something.   
This book was addictive, not giving much away at the start, you want to carry on reading this story to find out more. I started this book late Sunday night and had to force myself to close my kindle, so I could get some sleep. As soon as I was able to on Monday, I picked it back up and finished it before the end of the day. This story brought out so many emotions, hate for the person who set the fire and caused those deaths, shock when more of the story was revealed and a lump in my throat when I neared the end. The characters were believable and well developed and with the descriptive style and their backstories enabled you to make a judgement on the characters as you meet them. The story was well plotted and was a fast pace as you always felt that time was running out for Brady. The story was bloody and to the point. The graphic scenes enforced the danger Brady and the residents of Sully Ridge were in. It is not often that I get squeamish but there is one scene that had me curling my toes. The only issue I had with the whole book was there were times that I had to re-read a sentence to work out who the character was as it was just” The man” “The boy”, but it did not stop me enjoying this book. This is the first book I have read by this author and I will look out for more of their work.

Purchase link http://mybook.to/thisstrangehell

Want to know more about CJ Sutton

Author Bio –

C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Masters in journalism and creative writing and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C. J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate was his debut novel, released by Crooked Cat Books on July 18. It is available now – mybook.to/dortmundhibernate

His new novel, This Strange Hell, will be released on March 15.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/c_j_sutton

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Website: http://www.cjsutton-author.com


Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

March 10, 2019 - 7:16 pm No Comments

Rosamund: A Psychic Surveys Companion Novel (Book 3) by Shani Struthers

Published by Storyland Press/Authors Reach on 17th January 2019

168 pages

If you have read any books in the Psychic Surveys series, then you will already know Ruby Davis, but who did she inherit her powers from. Documental evidence has come to light, written by Rosamund, an ancestor of Ruby explaining her powers.

Growing up without her mom, Rosamund spent all her time in their stately home Mears House. Having no contact with the outside world, Rosamund now 16 spent all her time reading and drawing. When she did see her dad, all he asked was “What do you see?”.  

Reading this story from Rosamund’s POV, conveyed just how lonely she was, her only contact was the maid Josie and she was torn between wanting to be friends and her place in the house. However, when she went to London with all the new sights and smells she was like another person. Her acquaintance with Constance showed her what she had been missing when it came to female companionship. However, things take a turn for the worse and as her dad shows her his real reason behind his obsession, she finds a friend in the most unlikely place and slowly she understands her abilities.

This was a well-researched book and from chapter one, you are transported into the Edwardian era. Some of my favourite scenes where Rosamund’s trips to London as you saw Rosamund blossom whilst you were reading. Whilst you are aware that this is a ghost story, it was done subtly and as you are reading, there are no clues that Rosumund is talking to a ghost. This gives it a believable feel as Rosamund was unaware of her gifts. This was a quick read and as the story builds into a life or death situation, you get the feeling that all is lost.

Whilst this is part of the psychic surveys series, this is a standalone and is a good introduction to the author’s work.