#BlogBlitz A Good Demon is Hard to Find by Kate Moseman

Today it’s my turn on the Blog Blitz A Good Demon is Hard to Find by Kate Moseman.

About the Author

Kate Moseman is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer who lives in Florida with her family and enjoys going to theme parks as frequently as possible.

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About the book

Sometimes, a date from hell is just what you need…

When Erin thoughtlessly lays a curse on Mark, her cheating ex-husband, she doesn’t expect a well-dressed Great Earl of Hell to show up in her kitchen to fulfill the curse (and make damn good coffee while he’s at it).

Andromalius specializes in wickedness and revenge. He’s ready, willing, and able to rain down hell on Erin’s ex—but when Mark announces a hasty new marriage, Erin needs more than just revenge. She needs a date to the wedding.

Review

Erin is a woman scorned. A woman filled with pain, hatred and disappointment. Her life has been turned upside down and she has been betrayed. Her ex-husband Mark isn’t satisfied with getting what he wanted, he also wants her to fade away so nobody remembers his transgressions.

She accidentally conjures up a demon who is willing to take care of her problem or perhaps just annoy him a little, but the demon isn’t exactly what it says on the box.

I’m not sure Andy the demon fits the usual stereotype everyone is used to. He is kind, considerate, likes to take care of people and makes a darn good cup of coffee. Erin finds herself so distracted by the demon that suddenly the distressing events that fill her head are no longer as important as they were before he turned up.

It’s an entertaining paranormal romance. Moseman combines the paranormal with the humour of a romcom.

Although the story never gets too serious there is actually a nice little message hidden inside. There is always a way forward even when things look dire and feel incredibly painful, and giving away energy to things you cannot change is a waste of time.

It’s lighthearted escapism and a fun read.

The second book in the series, A Witch’s Work Is Never Done is due to be released in October of this year.

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#BlogBlitz Winter’s Gift by Florence Keeling

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Winter’s Gift by Florence Keeling.

About the Author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage children.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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About the book

Bea Winters is in desperate need of a fresh start. Being bullied at work is not her idea of fun and she longs to follow her dream of becoming a published author. When an advert appears in her local paper to work in a publishing house in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale, it sounds too good to be true.

She strikes up an instant friendship with gorgeous aspiring author, Eddie Richards and her dashing millionaire boss Scott Summers. But all isn’t as it seems in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale.

How does the local clairvoyant know her name? Who does the little black dog that keeps appearing belong to and why does she keep bumping into the mysterious Charlie?

As she starts to unravel the truth, it seems that everyone in Bea’s life is keeping secrets.

Review

Bea finds life a little tedious at the moment. At work she is being systematically mobbed and her dreams of being an author are going to remain a dream. Unbeknownst to Bea her luck is about to change for the better if she will let it.

The stars seem to be aligning for her, whether she wants them to or not. She gets an interview at a small publishing house in a rural area and decides to try her luck. Perhaps she can use the experience to gain a foothold in the industry and finally get her work published.

The small village of Bloomsdale comes with a good portion of handsome men, quirky characters and something odd Bea just can’t put her finger on. The local alleged clairvoyant knows things she couldn’t possibly know and this small dog keeps turning up everywhere Bea is.

It’s a feel good story with romance and magical realism.

Although there are moments of drama and discord, in general this is a light-hearted read. Keeling infuses this story with the same kind of magical realism as her Lily Mae Walters stories. She combines the serious with laughter and the tough moments with a lot of hope. At the same time she delivers a story with a bit of mystery and perhaps even a teensy bit of magic.

Buy Winter’s Gift at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing; pub date 15 Nov. 2018. Buy at Amazon com.

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#BlogBlitz Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer & The Velvet Knife by Lily Mae Walters

Today it’s a two book blitz for Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer & Josie James and the Velvet Knife by Lily Mae Walters.

About the Author

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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About the Teardrops of Summer

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

Review – Teardrops of Summer

This is the first in a series of books following Josie, as she discovers her real heritage and experiences adventures starting at the age of thirteen. It’s a book for readers aged nine and upwards I would say, and younger if they are advanced readers.

Josie is quickly approaching her thirteenth birthday, which is unbeknownst to her a very important one. One which will open doors into a part of her future she could never have imagined. The shy often insecure young girl becomes the main character in a legacy of light and darkness, as she is thrust into a mystery filled with many surprises. One of the more pleasant surprises being a rather talkative furry ball of valour.

It’s a mixture of fantasy, adventure and mystery with a colourful cast of characters and plenty of potential. The author can take this anywhere, especially because Josie can wander between two very different worlds.

I felt at times that there were a few leaps or gaps, which could have been ironed out to give it a less disjointed feel. Younger readers are much more used to being confronted with complex plots these days, but simple and easy means a bigger audience. There is also the whole oppressive Handmaid’s Talesque nature of the hidden world. Although Josie does make the occasional comment about how sexist the rules are, and how oppressive the world of Suncroft is for girls and women, I hope it is something the author comes back to in future books. Josie fights for equality, whilst hunting down nefarious magical fiends perhaps.

Walters caters to the readers who like to lose themselves in worlds within worlds and the promise of secret gardens hidden behind invisible doors. It is written for younger readers, but will probably appeal to older readers too. I look forward to seeing what Josie gets up to next as she navigates  the worlds she straddles, and in time I hope she will learn to love herself and her beautiful hair.

Buy Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing; pub date 1 Jun. 2018. Buy at Amazon com.

About The Velvet Knife

“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.

With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.

What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

Review

This is the second book in the Josie James series, and although both can be read as standalone novels I would suggest reading the first one too to get the gist of the characters and the story of Suncroft.

The story began with a special birthday. When Josie James turned thirteen she was introduced to a hidden world – a world only certain people can find and experience. One where certain deceased grandparents live. They aren’t dead of course, but death is a great excuse to disappear into a magical world.

This time Josie has to return to the secret village to help discover who The Velvet Knife is. A mysterious person who leaves riddles leading to the identity of the Knife. At the same time Josie learns more about the destiny she has been chosen for or rather has to fight and prove herself worthy for.

It’s part fantasy, magical realism and mystery. A read for children aged eight and upwards, although younger advanced readers and of course older readers will get a kick out of it too.

I’m going to stick up for Josie here and agree that coming and going in a haze of fog is highly irritating and puts her at a huge disadvantage. In her home world, where her parents and school mates live she never remembers her time in the village of Suncroft. Eventually it will put her at a disadvantage if evil does happen to seek her out on the outskirts of Suncroft.

It will be interesting to see what comes next for Josie and the village of Suncroft in the next part of the series, The Trial of Ages.

Buy Josie James and the Velvet Knife at Amazon Uk o go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing; pub date 16 April 2019. Buy at Amazon com.

Audiobook #BlogBlitz Daisy May’s Daydream Parade: Treasure Island Adventure by Arran Francis

Something different today – a Children’s Audiobook. It’s my turn on the BlogBlitz for the Audiobook Daisy May’s Daydream Parade: Treasure Island Parade by Arran Francis. Narrated by Annette Chown

About the Author

Arran Francis is the creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies radio and has worked as an audiobook producer on behalf of MacMillan Audio, Audible and Harper Collins. He launched Wombat and Jones Audio in 2019 with the aim of writing children’s novels to be released exclusively in audiobook format.

The audiobooks for the Daisy May’s Daydream Parade and Wombat & Jones series were released last summer with further books in the series and standalone titles being scheduled for publication in 2020.

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About the book

Eight-year-old Daisy May is the writer and star of her very own TV show, Daisy May’s Daydream Parade, which broadcasts live and exclusively in her imagination.

In the latest episode, Daisy May finds herself on a desert island where she discovers a map that leads to buried treasure, but what appears to be a simple quest to find riches soon turns into a roller-coaster ride as evil pirates, grumpy gorillas and a fire breathing dragon stand in her way. However, when travelling across polluted ocean waters and trash covered beaches, Daisy May soon realises that the hunt for treasure can wait — there’s a much bigger issue in need of urgent attention.

Daisy May’s Daydream Parade audiobooks show how 8-year-old Daisy May confronts her real life problems in the stories she writes as she floats off into her daydream adventures.

Review

This is part of a series of adventures featuring a young creative entrepreneur with the most colourful and vivid imagination – Daisy May is a producer, writer and the absolute star of her own tv series Daisy May’s Daydream Parade.

In this adventure Daisy May is off to find a hidden treasure in the middle of a desert island, whilst trying to find it she discovers that the oceans are polluted and the beaches covered in rubbish. Suddenly the treasure doesn’t seem as important.

It’s a wonderful audiobook adventure for children between the ages of 4 to 7, although I am sure Daisy May won’t mind if both younger and older audiences share her adventures with her – just be mindful of the evil pirates and fire-breathing dragon.

I think the form of audiobook as an entertainment, teaching and relaxation tool is highly underrated, especially when it comes to children and young people. Reading is important, but being able to actually listen and enjoy a book read by a narrator is completely different. It’s not the same thing as Mom, Dad or Nan reading a bedtime story either.

I really love the way the author has combined the vivid imagination of a child and important issues of the world they live in today. The moral of the story being that fun can wait, whilst we save the place we live in or make it a better place for living beings to live in. Given the intense curriculum and topics young children are confronted with in the 21st century, teaching them about pollution and littering for instance are absolutely stories that will interest them.

At the same time Francis adds fun and adventures to make an important listening experience an exciting one too.

Buy Daisy May’s Daydream Parade: Treasure Island Adventure on Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Wombat and Jones Audio; pub date 9 January 2020. Buy at Amazon comOn Audible UKBuy via Wombat and Jones.

Listening Length – 1 hour and 50 minutes, Author – Arran Francis, Narrator – Annette Chown,  Audible.co.uk Release Date – 09 January 2020, Publisher – Wombat and Jones Audio, Program Type – Audiobook, Version – Unabridged, Language – English, Categories: Children, Ages 5-7.

#BlogBlitz Spider Games by K.J. McGillick

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Spider Games, the first A Conspiracy of Betrayal series, by K. J. McGillick.About the Author

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

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About the book

How do you kill a spider?

Kate O’Brien is pure dedication; she believes in the justice system. This feisty, no-nonsense attorney works herself to the bone every day, tirelessly building her reputation and career. She is on the path to being a legal star. That is until her corrupt law partner, Bill Brown, a criminal defense attorney, achieves a degree of notoriety which attracts the interest of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

When the inconceivable happens, Bill is arrested, charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking and money laundering leaving the law firm in chaos. As Kate slowly digs her way out, what she finds sends her down a dark path that could lead to her imprisonment or death. Bill has meticulously set her up to pay for his malevolent crimes. His cohorts, fearing she knows too much, have marked her for death. Can she stay ahead of the FBI and unravel crimes that reach as far as China and Russia? Or will she need to assume a new identity to save her own life?

A fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Suspenseful crime fiction with twists and turns throughout this masterfully plotted novel keeps you on the edge of your seat. It may be read as a standalone and serves as the first book in the series, A Conspiracy of Betrayal.

Review

It might only take you a few pages or chapters, but I can nearly guarantee you will at some point either feel sorry for Kate O’Brien or think she is way out of her depth. She starts the story off on the wrong foot and never really manages to get on the right one.

It is just one hit after the other. At first she is blindsided by what she perceives to be accidents, miscommunications, a partner too lazy to fill her in on details, but eventually even she twigs to the fact that somehow something is wrong in the state of Denmark.

Then the question becomes – is she an innocent bystander or a convenient patsy? What starts out as stepping in for another lawyer, as the drunken and violent wife of a reputable member of society is arrested for murder, quickly spirals into something that stinks worse than a sardine sandwich locked in a car during a heatwave.

It’s a legal, police procedural and has a modern urban crime fiction vibe. It has a certain snark to it, is fast-paced and it’s fair to say you never know what’s behind the next door. The main character is this interesting combination of sassy lawyer – someone who has no clue what’s going on or what she is doing, and the pivotal figure in a – no, wait she still doesn’t know.

This is the first book in A Conspiracy of Betrayal series. This is my fourth book by McGillick and in my opinion the best I have read by this particular author so far.

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Read my reviews of One: Rage Vengeance Murder, Two: Mind Games and Murder and Three: Deception Love Murder by K.J. McGillick.

#BlogBlitz One Last Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton

Today it’s my turn on the Blog Blitz One Last Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton.

About the Author

I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai.

After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now written the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

The Shots trilogy is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.

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About the book

Can first love ever be reignited?

One Last Shot concludes the trilogy of Freddie and Jo-Jo, which has moved through time in a series of flashbacks, showing how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over three decades later. At the end of the second book, An Extra Shot, Jo-Jo tells Freddie about her dark secret. Confused, vulnerable and in a state of shock, he says he needs time to think about what to do next. Jo-Jo’s right to be worried. Freddie doesn’t react well…

Review

This is the last book in the trilogy – the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to read the others per se, because this can be read as a standalone novella, but if you want the entire gist of their story I would advise reading Another Shot and An Extra Shot too.

In the account of their relationship this book deals with the fallout of a dark secret Jo-Jo decides to reveal to Freddie, which has unexpected consequences for both of them.

Taking into account that the author says this is semi-autobiographical I hope the reactions to Freddie and his attempt to deal with his pain aren’t based on real conversations, because they are uninformed, insensitive and ignorant.

Lack of understanding is the last thing Freddie needs when his emotional turmoil drives him to most extreme thing he can think of. Pull yourself together – get over it – it will be fine – those just aren’t the right things to say or the best way to deal with him. Find more informed help, and if you read this and are in a similar situation or are having thoughts like Freddie this absolutely isn’t the response you should expect or deserve.

I found the bouncing back and forth into different timelines and experiencing the memories of Freddie and Jo-Jo a little disjointed in a sense that it was often difficult to comprehend the connection the author was trying to make from one memory or experience to the other, and how it related to the present.

It’s very much as Brotherton says himself, a cathartic process. A rush or waterfall of emotions being pushed forth into the atmosphere.

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#BookBirthdayBlitz From Here to Nashville by Julie Stock

Today it’s the Book Birthday Blitz for From Here to Nashville by Julie Stock.

Enter the Giveaway below to Win a signed paperback copy of From Here to Nashville, a bookmark and a guitar magnet (Open to UK Only)

About the Author

Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.

Julie is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

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About the book

Two worlds, 4,000 miles apart. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

Rachel Hardy dreams of being a successful country music singer in Nashville’s Music City, four thousand miles away from her lonely life in Dorset. When Jackson Phillips, an independent record label owner, encourages her band to audition for a nationwide ‘Open Mic’ competition, she decides they have nothing to lose.

But when she starts to fall in love with Jackson, the stakes suddenly get higher and she finds herself with a great big dilemma on her hands. Should she abandon her dream and take the easy way out or should she leave the life she has always known behind and take a gamble on a man who has personal demons of his own?

Follow Rachel and Jackson as they learn to trust in love again to see whether their music really can unite them.

Review

Career or love – what a dilemma, eh? Rachel has to make a choice between following her dreams or following her heart. It really depends on which one is more important. Or can she have both?

Rachel comes to the attention of Jackson, an independent record label owner, whilst singing with her band. He suggests they audition for a competition, which may lead to bigger opportunities, like the dream Rachel has of being a country singer in Nashville – the home of country music.

The emphasis is on the pull and push romance between Rachel and Jackson, which is built upon the relationship Rachel has with her music and lyrics. The desire to achieve success on a certain level, to be able to share her passion. It becomes a battle between what she wants and what she needs. Her ambition and path to success isn’t necessarily what her band wants though.

It’s a romance – more of a traditional contemporary read about love.

This is the first book in the From Here to You series. Some of the characters that have a more minor role in this story tell their own stories in the next book. I think Stock purposely doesn’t develop certain characters, so it’s an opportunity to show depth in the next book. You can give depth and background in multiple books without boring the reader, when they interact with different storylines and characters they can evolve differently.

Buy From Here to Nashville (From Here to You #1) at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Clued Up Publishing, pub date 16 Feb. 2015. Buy at Amazon com.

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