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The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay

June 12, 2019 - 5:43 am No Comments

I am on the 1-day blog blitz tour for The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay. A collection of three short stories that you can read whilst you are having a coffee. This book at the time of review is free on Amazon.

Blurb: The Lynmouth Stories

Beautiful places hide dark secrets … 

Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:

– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.

– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.

– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy  becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.

All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.

The Lynmouth Stories by LV Hay

Published 3rd December 2018

I enjoy doing blog tours as I am always finding new authors. Reading their short stories gives me a taste into their work and The Lynmouth series ticks all the boxes.

With just three stories I read this book in less than 30 minutes, just perfect to read in my lunch break.

Starting with In Plain Sight, it tells the story of Meg and her son Danny abducted from a carpark, whilst out shopping. Throughout this story there were a sense of fear whilst Meg waits to find out what will happen to them.

Killing Me Softly: The tale of Catherine and her mystery visitor. This story had a creepy feel to it, mainly because he visited Catherine at night. Not knowing much about him, it is only at the end we find the real reason for his visits.

Blood and High Water. Naomi is on a short break with her husband and young baby. This was my favourite of the three. I loved the twist at the end.

Living in a coastal town, I know just how bleak the winter months are. The descriptive writing had you feeling that you were there watching the scenes unfold. All three stories have a dark feel to them and I wish there were more to the collection. As a new to me author, I am off to find some of their other books to read.

Purchase Link – http://myBook.to/LynmouthStories

Did You Know …?

Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.

Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.

Author Bio –

Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books. 

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The House of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas

June 11, 2019 - 5:30 am No Comments

I am pleased to be on the blog tour for The House of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas, the 2nd in the Sarah Bennett Mysteries.

The House of Secrets

Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.

As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead.

Unsure who she can trust, Sarah must solve the mystery of the soul determined to haunt her, and save Dr Geisler and herself from an unknown threat.

This book was previously published as WEEPING IN THE WINGS

Having read The Spirit of Grace, the 1st Sarah Bennett mysteries, I was keen to carry on with this series and share my review for The House of Secrets

The House of Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas

Published by HQ Digital on 11th April 2019

252 pages

Following on from Sarah Bennett’s father’s murder trial, Sarah gets given a job working with psychiatrist Dr Matthew Geisler. With his fascination into the supernatural, Sarah sees it as a chance to escape the public eye.

Whilst I have read The Spirit of Grace, you don’t have to, to enjoy this story. Anything that was relevant from book 1 was explained in detail, without spoiling the flow. I liked that Sarah was still inquisitive and even having suffered a life-threatening accident, it didn’t stop her trying to help Minna, who was having a really bad time at the Geisler’s Institute. Although there were times that Sarah was put under a lot of pressure from Zeke, Dr Geisler and even Alysse, she was still determined to find out who was behind the threats.

Whilst Zeke being housed in the hospital for his injuries pleased Sarah, as he was so close to her, there were moments that she doubted the real reason he was there. At times it did get annoying as Sarah knew what Zeke did for a living and should have understood that there were occasions that she could not be his No1 priority. However, this did not detract from the mystery and they did work well together.

Whilst the story centred around the characters already mentioned, there were some other characters, that had their own story to tell. Mr Collins, an accomplished pianist, Cynthia Forrester whilst being Sarah’s friend was also a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle and Aunt Lillian, an eccentric older lady who was Cynthia’s aunt.           

The supernatural element was stronger in this story as Sarah was adjusting to her gift and it helped that she had a fan in Dr Geisler. The mystery was well plotted and whilst I had my suspicions who was behind the threats, I could not work the reasons behind them. The story built up to a dramatic ending, with everything explained in detail.

This series can keep going and I hope there will be more to come. If you like historical fiction with an element of supernatural then this is a series for you.    

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/House-Secrets-Sarah-Bennett-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07H3DKQQ4

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Secrets-Sarah-Bennett-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07H3DKQQ4

The House of Secrets is 99p throughout June as part of the June Kindle Monthly deal.   The Spirit of Grace, book 1 in the series is also .99 throughout June. 

Author Bio –

Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/TLThomasBooks

Game of Crones by Jay Raven

June 10, 2019 - 5:13 am No Comments

A good way to be introduced to new authors is to read a collection of their short stories. Game of Crones by Jay Raven, was one of those introductions.

Blurb: Game of Crones: Tales of Witchcraft and Wickedness

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry  her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving  a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself  – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost. 
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…

Here are my thoughts:

Game of Crones by Jay Raven

Published by Jay Raven books on 9th April 2019

117 pages.

One of my favourite reads are an author’s short story collections. It gives you the chance to fit in a short story if real life is getting in the way. In this collection there are 8 short stories with one thing in common, Witches. Each story was unique to the collection and they all ended with a twist that I never saw coming.

When I read a collection, there may be one story that I don’t enjoy. However, in Game of Crones I loved them all and it was hard to pick a favourite. Even whilst writing this review I keep changing my mind of the one story that stood out for me. Bonfire of the Vanities and Prince Charming had me laughing how the stories ended, both for different reasons. Although my favourite ending to a story was Changling and I am sure that if I was not reading it on public transport, I would have gasped out loud.

At just over 100 pages this was a quick read and you can read a story in your coffee break. The stories are all set in a different time and place and due to the author’s fine detail gives you the feeling that you are there.  One thing I could not get over was how much was crammed into each story. There was comedy, intrigue, suspense, vengeance and so much more, that kept me hooked. As I said at the beginning of my review, Jay Raven is a new to me author and they have just gained another fan

This is a perfect read for anyone that enjoys fantasy

Purchase Links: Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

Amazon USAhttps://www.amazon.com/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

Meet the author: Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at www.jayraven.co.uk

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Untitled Beauty by CE Wilson

June 6, 2019 - 9:22 pm No Comments

One of my missions is to read more of my books that I have had on my kindle for a while. Whilst this may be an endless task, I will slowly chip away at my reading list.

Untitled Beauty by CE Wilson

Published by Live and Love the Fantasy Publications on 13th October 2016

166 pages

You only have to turn on the TV, flick through magazines or even scroll through your social media, and you can see how obsessive some people are with their looks. Untitled Beauty is a story about Grace or more commonly known as Eleven, a young adult who has lived in a world that was controlled by their looks. The higher your score the better life you had.

Grace was rare in the middle of the look gauge, she was what they call a potential. She could get prettier if she had the right buyer.

As you follow Grace, you think her life could not get worse but as she lives with her new family, she is treated more like a pet and her only friend, Reese, a trainer seems to have alternative motives. But as more is known Reese, you can understand why is paying so much attention to Grace. The treatment of her “family” was barbaric and I did wonder whether she would have been better off living back in isolation.

Luckily for Grace, she is very strong-willed and even when she is humiliated or battered and bruised, she gritted her teeth and survived.   

The story is a fast-paced read as there was always something happening. The last third of the book was non stop and whilst it did not end on a cliff-hanger, it did leave me wanting to carry on with the series and as it is on kindle unlimited, I am looking forward to carrying on with Grace’s adventure. This is a dystopian book with a difference and it was a pleasant change to read a story which did not involve the ending of the world. This story is perfect for teenager or adults who are looking for a story that will make you think about how we view society      

An extract from Time of Lies by Douglas Board

June 5, 2019 - 4:24 am No Comments

So after yesterday’s extract of MBA, today I have an extract from Time of Lies by Douglas Board

Blurb: In 2020 the UK elects its own Donald Trump as Prime Minister – Bob Grant, uneducated Bermondsey geezer and self-made millionaire. The election slogan of Bob’s BG party is ‘Britain’s Great! End of!’.

Zack, a Guardian-reading out-of-work actor, can’t believe that his brother Bob has his finger on Britain’s nuclear trigger. Patrick Smath, the Eton-educated permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence, practically wet himself at having to tell Bob Britain’s most closely-guarded secret for the last 25 years. In the closing pages of the novel, Patrick is lying naked on the playing fields of Eton. Angela Deil is a big cheese TV presenter/journalist. ACERBIC has been Britain’s most closely-guarded defence secret for 25 years. The black dots indicate the defence staff who were in on the secret and have died. Bob tells the story

Extract: Behind the naked buttocks a row of oak and birch, and a sycamore in a garden; behind the sycamore a house in shadow; behind the house exploding orchid petals of pink, with pistils of sunlight landing on Dutchman’s playing fields. Dutchman’s and Agar’s Plough alone comprise more than twenty of Eton’s playing fields. I shift on my collapsible golf stool and swig coffee from a flask. It’s just gone five thirty in the morning.

The man is naked, shivering on mown grass, his head face down towards the west. As the planet’s rotation propels him feet-first towards the sun, he sees between blades of grass the school he attended for six years. Rope from a ship’s chandler tethers his wrists and ankles to pegs. On his left buttock ‘Britain’s Great! End of!’ has been written in purple lipstick. The bleeding from his left earlobe, now augmented with a single diamanté ring, has stopped. An hour ago he writhed and pissed himself.

‘Your after-action police protection was a shocker,’ I comment. The police officers parked outside Patrick’s house hadn’t noticed a night-time drone skimming the tarmac to arrive underneath them, releasing a gas. ‘Still, sevoflurane isn’t the kind of vile shit you used on me. The binding and gagging had to be on the generous side but they’ll be up and about stopping black teenagers again in no time.’

‘Dawn. So what’s going to happen?’

‘Angela Deil, with a news camera.’

‘Spinning some cock and bull story about how you were drugged and hypnotised will be a waste of time. You may not have noticed but your current reputation stinks.’

‘Please think of your bodacious plot as the Yorkshire pudding in our meal: beside it is beef which has hung and matured in the dark for twenty-six years. Its incredible flavour is about to become a worldwide phenomenon. Don’t bite your lip so hard, Patrick, you’ve bled enough already.’

A column of ants climbs up Patrick’s right shoulder. A ping on my phone says Angela is maybe ten minutes away. A grasshopper tires of blades and lands on the curls of Patrick’s hair. Most grasshoppers are vegetarian, but to this one the column of its neopteran kin looks like lunch on the go.

‘So, the black dots in the ACERBIC room.’ I slop water from a plastic bottle over Patrick’s nose and lips. He sucks in what he can.

‘What about them?’

‘How young they were. I mean, some of the generals were well old when they were snapped, but they still haven’t kicked the bucket. They do say being a senior officer is like living in Switzerland; it’s particularly good for your health.’

‘The adjutant I knew died of a particularly aggressive cancer.’

‘Why did you have any youngsters in on the secret? Of course, it was far too inky work for all the gold braid pinned to that wall. But then being young and junior and all that, they’re not quite as trustworthy, are they, as the ruling class? No peerages or knighthoods to lose. Not quite enough skin in the game. They risk succumbing to the sweet smell of cash. So a risk, but one which you managed. You might call it cancer – I’ll call it a life-shortening dose of being junior.’

Purchase Links:

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Lies-Douglas-Board-ebook/dp/B07199TZQ5

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Author Bio

Douglas Board is the author of the campus satire MBA (Lightning Books, 2015), which asked why so much of the business world is Managed By Arseholes. Time of Lies, his second novel, is a timely exploration of the collapse of democracy.

Born in Hong Kong, he has degrees from Cambridge and Harvard and worked for the UK Treasury and then as a headhunter. He has also had a distinguished career in public life, serving as treasurer of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and chairing the British Refugee Council.

As well as writing fiction, he is the author of two applied research books on leadership, which was the subject of his doctorate. He is currently a senior visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London. He and his wife Tricia Sibbons live in London and Johannesburg.

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Twitter: @BoardWryter

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