#BlogTour Piza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier.

About the Author

Lives in Los Angeles. Pizza Girl is her debut novel.

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About the book

Eighteen years old, pregnant, and working as a pizza delivery girl in suburban Los Angeles, our charmingly dysfunctional heroine is deeply lost and in complete denial about it all. She’s grieving the death of her father (who she has more in common with than she’d like to admit), avoiding her supportive mom and loving boyfriend, and flagrantly ignoring her future.

Her world is further upended when she becomes obsessed with Jenny, a stay-at-home mother new to the neighborhood, who comes to depend on weekly deliveries of pickled covered pizzas for her son’s happiness. As one woman looks toward motherhood and the other towards middle age, the relationship between the two begins to blur in strange, complicated, and ultimately heartbreaking ways.

Review

I don’t want to lay her issues at the door of a title like perinatal depression. At the core it is something much simpler – that the child of an alcohol addict may fall prey to addiction at the the sign of any hurdle. Pizza Girl slips slowly into the grip of the same addiction that tormented and ultimately caused her father’s death.

She finds herself in a bit of a predicament – she is eighteen and pregnant and whilst others seem to be overjoyed at the thought, she finds herself slipping into a large dose of denial.To counter the denial she makes a connection with a random person. Someone she just happens to decide to do a favour for.

The favour itself takes on a greater meaning – the parent and child relationship, perhaps one she would have preferred. The care, to attempt to please unto the last detail, as opposed to the most certain neglect the alcoholic addiction of her father would have caused.

It’s both an interesting and sad story. A tale of human connections created by chance with irreversible footprints left in both lives. An abused and neglected child and wife, but the child especially reveres instead of feeling disdain, perhaps because it is an easier picture to live with.

I’m hoping Frazier takes this win and opens up a wee bit more and gives us the real emotional depth bubbling at the surface. Let the pain speak for itself, the insecurities shine brighter than the sun on a cloudless day. This is an inching in and a slow reveal, and I expect to see much more from this author – if she opens the doors wide open enough.

Buy Pizza Girl at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 17 Sept. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BookBirthdayBlitz The Rue Stone by Janet Stock

Today its my turn on the BlogTour The Rue Stone by Janet Stock.

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About the Author

Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella.

My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live. All four books are available on Amazon.

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About the book

The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.

Review

This is a short fantasy novella, about 75 pages, absolutely worth the read though. It’s paranormal romance with elements of folklore and myths.

The rue are known to the people of the village. They built the village inn in an attempt to connect with the mortal folk, but different always remains different to some people. So with time the rue became a distant memory and a thing of myths the older people would talk about now and again.

Tales of how they seek endlessly for that one woman they will connect with and eventually return to. Beings of beauty who captivate and enthrall the one they attract, which is exactly what may happen to one of the young women who works at the inn.

Stock has a compelling idea that can be developed into something bigger, perhaps with more depth and complexity. Where do the rues come from or their stones? Why men and not women? Magic, myth and fantasy. 

It will be intriguing to see if the author returns to fantasy in one way or the other. Aside from that the writing promises a good read regardless of the genre.

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#BlogBlitz The Awakening of Claudia Faraday by Patsy Trench

Yesterday it was my turn on the Blog Blitz The Awakening of Claudia Faraday by Patsy Trench.

About the Author

Patsy Trench lives a quiet and largely respectable life in north London. Claudia’s story shows a side of her normally shy and reserved nature that is little known, even to her friends and acquaintances. Her previous books, about her family’s history in Australia, are entertaining and informative accounts of that country’s early colonial beginnings. She began writing late, and in a previous life she was an actress, scriptwriter, playscout, founder of The Children’s Musical Theatre of London and lyricist.

When not writing books she emerges from her shell to teach theatre and organise theatre trips for overseas students. She is the grateful mother of two clever and grown-up children, and she is addicted to rag rugging and, when current circumstances permit, fossicking on the Thames foreshore for ancient treasure.

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About the book

‘It got better, in time, though to be truthful it always felt more of a duty than a pleasure: a little like homework, satisfying when over, and done well, but never exactly enjoyable. But then nobody had ever suggested it could be otherwise.’

This was the view of Claudia Faraday, 1920s respectable wife and mother of three, on the subject of sex. That is until an unexpected turn of events shakes her out of her torpor and propels her back into the world revitalised and reawakened, where she discovers, as Marie Stopes might have said: Approached in the right way, even homework can be fun.

Review

I think this goes far beyond Lady Chatterley discovering passion and experiencing a lust that leads her from temptation to brave and relentless discovery. Claudia is a middle-aged woman, neglected by her husband, her motherly nest empty, with seemingly no other purpose than to just…be.

An accidental encounter opens her eyes to so many experiences she has been missing. Awakens the need for more, both self-exploration of her sexuality and the exploration of her sexuality by others. A flower who has finally blossomed and been introduced to a world of pleasure. This is her journey – this is her awakening.

Is was interesting how the self-doubt that is piled upon women, especially those of a mature age, was woven into this story. Claudia spends so much time looking for the next thrill and  waiting in anticipation of finding and experiencing more, that she completely overlooks the fact she is a desirable woman to whom one should expect sexual partners to flock. 

It is almost hammered into women daily that age equals not being attractive or desirable to anyone. In fact this probably helps to speed along the process of aging – the thought of going from a woman who is noticed and appraised to a woman is glanced over and dismissed.

Trench combines the charm of the early 20th century with a facet of womanhood that hasn’t really changed that much at all. We put the pleasure of others before our own, because society tends to deem it be correct that way. And goodness gracious me if one does endeavour to discover and enjoy pleasure, and demand it no less – well I never, what would people say?

Buy The Awakening Of Claudia Faraday at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Prefab Publications; pub date 16 Aug. 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Orfeia by Joanne M. Harris

It was my turn on the BlogTour Orfeia by Joanne M. Harris yesterday, but due to unforeseen circumstances I am posting today instead. This beautiful book is illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins.

‘The stunning new novella from No 1 bestselling author Joanne Harris: Orfeia is a gender-flipped retelling of the Orpheus Myth.’ 

About the Author

Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French writer, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. In 2000, her 1999 novel Chocolat was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Chocolat has sold over a million copies in the UK alone and was a global bestseller. 

She is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen. Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16 and runs the musical storytelling show Storytime. Joanne lives with her husband in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born. Find out more at www.joanne-harris.co.uk or 

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About the book

When you can find me an acre of land, Every sage grows merry in time, Between the ocean and the sand Then will you be united again.

So begins a beautiful and tragic quest as a heartbroken mother sets out to save her lost daughter, through the realms of the real, of dream, and even into the underworld itself. But determination alone is not enough. For to save something precious, she must give up something precious, be it a song, a memory, or her freedom itself . . .

Review

I can only recommend you buy a hardcopy of this beautiful book. It may only be novella length with 224 pages, but the illustration and the story make up for the length. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it as a gift and it is one of those books that takes up a special place on your bookshelf. 

It’s inspired by folklore or the myth of Orpheus, who tries to return to the Underworld to be reunited with Eurydice, but cannot do so whilst alive. The myth also speaks of him playing a mourning song to call on death, depending on the variation of the retelling. The songs and sound of grief, longing and love are important in this story.

Harris takes the tale and puts her mark on it as only she can. Orpheus becomes Orfeia the grieving mother, who returns to the world she has forgotten to find her lost child. To do so she must also enter a world, which demands death as an entrance fee, but before doing so she must also remember and adhere to the sly and often insidious games of her people. The people she left behind to live the life of a mortal, which in retrospect has only caused her grief.

I have to say the first chapters were heartbreaking. It was as if Harris was reaching out from within the pages and squeezing my heart. Words so beguiling and yet simultaneously brutally frank. One wonders, why isn’t there a word for mother or father who has lost there child. We have a title or phrase for everything else – perhaps the hope that one never has to endure said situation is why it remains nameless. No shout-out to the universe, hence no echo returning to inflict such pain. If only that were true.

I absolutely loved it.

Buy Orfeia at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in hardback by Gollancz on 3rd September 2020 – £14.99. Buy at Amazon comBuy at Waterstones.

#BlogBlitz The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson

Today it’s the Blog Blitz for The Unquiet Spirit by Penny Hampson.

About the Author

Some time ago Penny Hampson decided to follow her passion for history by studying with the Open University. She graduated with honours and went on to complete a post-graduate degree.

Penny then landed her dream role, working in an environment where she was surrounded by rare books and historical manuscripts. Flash forward nineteen years, and the opportunity came along to indulge her other main passion – writing. Penny joined the New Writers’ Scheme of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and  three years later published her debut novel, A Gentleman’s Promise, a  historical mystery/romance. Other books in the same genre soon followed.

But never happy in a rut, Penny also writes contemporary suspense with paranormal and romantic elements. Her first book in this genre is The Unquiet Spirit, published by Darkstroke.

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time). For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/

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About the book

A new beginning. A house with a past. A man with secrets. It was a dream come true…that turned into a nightmare.

Kate Wilson thinks moving back to Cornwall might be the answer to her prayers. But it isn’t long before she begins to have doubts. Is the house she inherited from her godmother haunted? Or is she going out of her mind? With a stalker, threats, and attempted break-ins, Kate’s troubles multiply.

Then there’s her enigmatic neighbour, the brooding Tom Carbis; a man with secrets he doesn’t wish to share. Can she trust him when he says he wants to help? In her quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding her, will Kate uncover more than she bargains for?

Review

Kate isn’t expecting to inherit anything from her godmother Win, so when she inherits an entire house in Cornwall it’s comes as a surprise, but not exactly a bad one. She is already spooked because she thinks someone is following her in her hometown, and multiple break-ins in her new home do nothing to alleviate her worries.

Her broody neighbour with the overly friendly dog doesn’t make her feel more at ease. She is afraid of dogs and her last relationship was a bit of a disaster. They can both keep their distance as far as she is concerned, but somehow they both seem to insert themselves in her life every chance they get.

Hmm it’s a question of tread lightly or give all the secrets away. This is a story of ghosts and the paranormal, but Hampson also has a strong sub-plot that plays alongside the ghost story. An important one, which tends to be silenced by the stigma surrounding it. Shame, guilt and embarrassment keeps the victims who suffer in the darkness. To admit is equal to being considered weak.

I liked the way the author approached this, by creating a character who is at first glance abrupt, rude and not very likeable. It’s an interesting way of showing the barriers and walls that are constructed to protect and heal, and how they are viewed from the outside by someone with no prior information about said person.

It’s an intriguing combination of mystery, ghost story and even a murder thrown in for free. It doesn’t stop there though because Hampson also adds a note of romance to the mixture.

Buy The Unquiet Spirit at Amazon Uk go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Crooked Cat / darkstroke; pub date 21 Aug. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

The Sound of her Voice by Nathan Blackwell – Audiobook

About the Author

Nathan Blackwell was raised on Auckland’s North Shore and attended Westlake Boys’ High School before commencing a ten-year career in the New Zealand Police. Seven of those years were spent as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, where he was exposed to human nature at its strongest and bravest, but also at its most depraved and horrific. He investigated a wide range of cases including drug manufacture, child abuse, corruption, serious violence, rape and murder. Because some of his work was conducted covertly, Nathan chooses to hide his true identity.

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About the book

Some murder cases you can’t forget. No matter how hard you try.

The body of a woman has been found on a pristine New Zealand beach – over a decade after she was murdered. Detective Matt Buchanan of the Auckland Police is certain it carries all the hallmarks of an unsolved crime he investigated 12 years ago: when Samantha Coates walked out one day and never came home.

Re-opening the case, Buchanan begins to piece the terrible crimes together, setting into motion a chain of events that will force him to the darkest corners of society – and back into his deepest obsession…

Review of the Audiobook

What’s different about this story in comparison to other police procedural crime reads written by authors with real life experience in policing is not only the authenticity, it’s also the intent. Blackwell really wants readers to comprehend the reality of working in law enforcement, especially when it comes to officers involved in violent, sexual crimes, perhaps more so when they are crimes against young women and children.

The emotional impact it leaves on their psyche, their lives and their relationships. Eventually it grounds down even the best and the strongest, and by strongest I mean the ability to disassociate and leave work at work. If you watch ex-police talk about especially vile crimes and/or cold cases that they have found hard to leave behind, you realise just how much damage crime does to everyone who comes in touch with it.

I especially enjoyed the frank discourse on the sexual assault. It highlights how the system lets victims fall through the cracks. Instead of protecting them and bringing their predators to justice the system helps to degrade the victims and let the guilty walk free. Free to commit more crimes.

The darkness has to be dealt with somehow, not taking it home and not letting it completely consume your soul is part and parcel of this story. There is a simple quick scene where Buchanan steps in for a more inexperienced police officer so the man will get a short reprieve from a brutal murder. Those moments speak to the ingrained brotherhood that exists within law enforcement agencies.

The narrator, David Thorpe, does an excellent job of giving listeners the atmosphere of the country and the New Zealanders. He absolutely does Blackwell’s story justice. I have to say I was particularly amused by the passionate swearing. 

Blackwell creates this symbiotic relationship between the fictional narrative, and the reality of horrendous and traumatic crimes, which Thorpe brings to life in this audio version.

Buy The Sound of her Voice at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Orion; pub date 18 April 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Listening Length – 9 hours and 42 minutes, Author – Nathan Blackwell, Narrator – David Thorpe, Whispersync for Voice – Ready, Audible.co.uk Release Date – 18 April 2019, Publisher – Orion Publishing Group Limited, Program Type – Audiobook, Version – Unabridged, Language – English.

#BlogTour Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Accidentally in Love by Belinda Missen.

About the Author

Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away. 

Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.

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About the book

In the space of a week, Katharine Patterson has quit her job, decided to move back home, and broken up with the guy she thought was the one. No big deal. Because Katharine has a plan. She’s going to open her own art gallery, just like she’s always wanted. What she’s not going to do is worry about boyfriends.

Then she meets Kit, a handsome and talented local artist. He might be the most stubborn person Katharine has ever met. He might also make her feel like no one ever has before. And Katharine might be about to fall accidentally in love…

Review

Claps and waves a flag in support of Katharine in the office scene

There is nothing more condescending than being stuck in a position without the possibility of advancement, because your gender negates all of your qualifications, experience and clear ability to do a better job than your male counterparts.

The last thing she needs when her entire future has just gone up in smoke is her family trying to play matchmaker, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing if their choice wasn’t an arrogant, self-involved artist. The type that thinks that her own art and aspirations are pathetically immature, and he smirks at her lack of knowledge of mainstream art, especially as an supposed art expert.

I found this point quite interesting – that mainstream artists don’t get a platform or an opportunity to show their art to a larger audience, because the gatekeepers of the art world keep them locked outside. The focus always seems to be on the old classics, the dead, and the over-hyped and funded artists.

Although in essence a romcom, the author has grounded the story in realism, well as much as you can when you are writing an uplifting feel good read. I think this will resonate with many readers because it’s relatable. Families can be funny, they interfere, they can be eccentric and they can be annoying.

Missen captures all of that, but more importantly she captures the intent, which is predominantly a genuine love and concern.

Love isn’t a television film or episode. It’s complicated, messy and it isn’t always a fun filled breathless experience. It hurts. It can also be an exhilarating and freeing experience when you find someone who understands you, the things you like and what makes you laugh.

Sometimes love and relationships are just around the corner waiting to be discovered, accidentally in love is exactly the right title.

Buy Accidentally in Love at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ Digital; pub date 11 Sept. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.  Buy from Nook, Apple, Kindle, Mondadori, Angus & Robertson, Google, !ndigo or Kobo at books2read.

#PublicationDayPush The Merry Month of Murder by Nicola Slade

Today it’s Publication Day for The Merry Month of Murder by Nicola Slade.

About the Author

Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the International Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.

She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries. The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, an Amazon best-seller, the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.

The Merry Month of Murder, the second book in The Fyttleton Mysteries – Published 10th September 2020

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About the book

It was teatime on Tuesday, and nobody had died yet…

May 1918 – In a world where the men are at war and the women keep the home fires burning, Christabel Fyttleton is faced with domestic crises involving lodgers, rationing, maypole dancers and Kaiser Bill (don’t ask!) – as well as her most daunting challenge ever.

Not only that! There’s a sudden death – again – as though she hasn’t enough to cope with already. But is it murder, misadventure, or merely misfortune?

Review

Although this is described as a cosy murder mystery series I think it wanders more into realms of family dynamics. A light-hearted family saga that is cemented by the historical settings and the surroundings. The murder aspect becomes almost secondary to the emotional and often witty moments between the characters.

Even the characters themselves are in on the game when it comes to dealing with the tough as it is thrown at them and trying to make light of the repercussions of the war. What good is drowning in despair when life has to go on? The Fyttleton women have a whole box full of escapades and I particularly like the ironic tone the story is infused with.

Slade combines the serious and often desperate times experienced by those left behind, stoking the home fires as they say, whilst loved ones were fighting for their country overseas. She takes the moments of desperation and turns them into moments of laughter. The reader can smile and forget the serious side of their situation for just a second. The end of the war is near and yet the losses, the devastation and aftermath of the war, are leaving a trail that will touch everyone in some way or the other.

It’s a cosy family mystery series that will appeal to readers who like their murder light and humorous. The author also delivers some more serious historical aspects of the story, which is what probably gives it the in-between genre feel. Let’s see what the Fyttleton women fall into next – they sure do have an affinity for finding bodies and crime everywhere.

Buy The Merry Month of Murder at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: darkstroke  –  Crooked Cat pub date 10 Sept. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour Ravishment by James Walker

Today it’s the last day on the BlogTour Ravishment: The first diary of Lady Jane Tremayne by James Walker.

About the Author

James Walker – Retired lawyer, and still active charity worker, living in Kent,with a keen interest in European history, who’s published six novels including Aliza, My Love and Ravishment.

‘My first book, Ellen’s Gold is a historical drama set in the early nineteenth century. This was followed by My Enemy, my love set in the First World War and I think he was George, a drama also set in that era. I then published Shamila, a story of forbidden love between a Moslem and a non-Moslem, set in the near future, before in the last year publishing Ravishment, which is whodunnit, set in 17th century England. Finally, this was followed by Aliza, my love, which is set in Nazi Germany.’

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About the book

A 17th-century whodunnit – It’s 1653 and Lady Jane Tremayne has inherited the estate of her late husband.

When a young woman is raped, as Lady of the Manor, Jane decides to investigate, assisted by her closest friend, Lady Olivia Courtney. Then the stakes are raised when the rapist strikes again.

More than just a whodunnit, this is an absorbing tale of a brave woman living in dangerous and unique times.

Review

Lady Jane Tremayne is shocked to discover when a young girl is sexually assaulted that she believes it was a gentleman of good standing. She is eager to get the word out so the other women can keep themselves safe and is interested in finding the fiend who did this. She isn’t even above investigating the crime herself, and no man is above suspicion.

Set in 17th century England the story is also infused with the political and religious unrest of the time, where supporting one monarch can mean a death sentence only a few months or years later. Alternatively staying silent about affiliations can also cast a shadow of suspicion or cowardice over someone.

The title of the book really says it all: ravishment – the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will. It’s paradox that it can also mean: a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction. That in itself hints at the way sexual crimes, especially against women, are viewed by the public and perhaps more so by men in general.

What is really disappointing is the fact that opinions towards these type of crimes haven’t really changed very much or the way the general public is often eager to blame the victim. Just the fact that a pregnancy resulting from a rape was considered an affirmation of consent. That’s without the whole she must have invited the advances of the gentleman in question. Same old same old, eh.

This is the first in the Lady Tremayne series and hopefully not the last, especially given certain things mentioned in the last chapter.

Buy Ravishment at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : The Conrad Press; pub date 30 May 2019. Buy at Amazon comBuy from Conrad Press.

#BlogTour Freedom of the Creed by N.J. Coleridge

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Freedom of the Creed by N.J. Coleridge.

About the Author

N.J Coleridge finds time to write when he is not performing his official duties as his daughter’s “royal servant.” He has always had a passion for the frontier and the old-west. Freedom of the Creed is his first novel. For more adventures featuring Saoirse be sure to read the novella “A Prayer for the Dying”.

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About the book

The Woe-Be-Gone boys, a vicious gang of outlaws rushes south through the American frontier, leaving desolation in their wake. On their trail is Saoirse Creed, a bounty hunter with a debt to pay. Her only chance to pay that debt rides with the gang, but what depths will she sink to achieve her goal.

Now, as she tracks them down to a town on the precipice of despair, Saoirse must overcome the final hurdle in order to capture her man and return to a life that she thought was all but lost.

Review

Saoirse may appear to be a weak individual waiting to be picked off by any criminal or deviant waiting to find a victim, but she is fierce, trained and not afraid of pulling the trigger when she has to. She is hot on the heels of her prey. Stalking and sniffing him out like a bloodhound who has the scent.

Sometimes the stalker gets too confident though and ends up being the target for another predator. Can she stay ten steps ahead of her enemies and still manage to find the person on her wanted list?

One thing is certainly very clear when you read this, the love Coleridge has for the old west, the frontier and the genre of western fiction. It’s very much a forgotten genre, regardless of whether it is in book or screen format. By adding a feisty woman as a main character with a slightly modern vibe to it the story is given an interesting flair.

Coleridge gives readers the feeling of old meets new. The old west uncovered, as the true amount of violence, violation and abuse is uncovered. The pink shaded glasses give everything an aura of romance, as opposed to the fierce competitive and deadly kind of life it actually was.

It will be interesting to see where the author takes Saoirse and the Creed family from this point forward. Will she be able to change the path her loved one has chosen or is she already being a hypocrite by embarking on a similar one?

Buy Freedom of Creed at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon com.