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Hope for Dad

This week I am  featuring my book Play the Game. In this little teaser, Stella is talking about her dad. After a family tragedy, Stella copes the best she can, but her father found it much more difficult.

He was supposed to take care of her, instead she finds herself looking after him. All she wants is her dad back to the way he was, and as the years pass by, that hope begins to fade.

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Two Books, Two Re-reads

Once upon a time I used to read books again if I like them. As long as a reasonable length of time had passed and enough for me to forget most of the details. I’ve also been known to read books two or three times! They had to be very special.

These days there are so many books out there I don’t do it any more – until now.

These are they:

 

Out of all the books I read, these two books, very different from each other, have stayed with me. Once in a while stories that you read ages ago come back to mind. Often I find I don’t remember anything about them, except I loved them. Or as with these two, certain scenes in the book come to mind from time to time.

The first book, I was luckily enough to win a paperback copy a few years ago. It was a large book, posted from the USA to me in the UK and must have cost a lot. It was signed  by the author, and at the back it said:

*****Warning: This book contains sexual content (and a violent sexual scene) and language that is not appropriate for audiences under eighteen years of age.****

That put me off slightly. Did I want to read a book like that? I wasn’t sure and it sat on my shelf for a while.

The other book, The Day of the Wave, I can’t recall where I saw it or how I came to have it on my Kindle. I can only guess that as it was based the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand back in 2004, I was drawn to it.

Although I couldn’t really remember the storylines. From each of these books there were those scenes I mention.

In Metamorphis a party where Cameron the heroine, overhears something her boyfriend Dax is telling his friends. She is utterly horrified. I couldn’t remember what it was but remember being really shocked. It made me stop reading, gaze up blindly, thinking, w-what????

In the The Day of the Wave, it was also a sort of party, this time on a boat.  Izzy and Ben are the main characters. They both experienced the horror of the wave. Ten years later they meet up. Izzy has never been to the sea since, but was braving a boat ride. All was going well until someone throws here in the water. It brings back all her memories and she has a panic attack. Ben dives in and rescues her. It was so moving, I think I stopped breathing while I read it.

I loved these books all over again and if you get a chance to read them too, please come back here and tell me what you thought.

Metamorphis UK
Metamorphis US

The Day of The Wave UK
The Dave of the Wave US

 

 

Joni Martin, Friends, Family & Love Series

Genre: Mystery/Romance

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When an obsessive admirer takes love to a whole new level, life takes a bizarre turn for 24-year old Lydia. She finds it difficult to adjust to and escape her new circumstances.

Her housemate Rob becomes more and more concerned about her when she does not return home from a night out with her friends and tries everything in his power to find out where she is.

Can Lydia escape the clutches of her obsessed admirer or will she be forced to adjust to living her life according to Sam’s beliefs and wishes?

Books the Friends, Family and Love series:

  1. Captive Love
  2. Freed Love 18+ / Freed Love censored
  3. Hidden Love
  4. Lost Love
  5. Holiday Love (due out August 2018)

This is the debut novel of this writer and weaves together love, suspense and psychological factors. If you like books by Karen Rose, Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs (some of the author’s favourite authors), you may wish to check this writer out as well.


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

This is a story about a guy who falls in love with a girl except he is obsessive and thinks that she will love him back. He want to set up house with her and live together happily ever after as she becomes his little wifey, cooking and cleaning and caring for him.

Of course, it is all in his head and the twist in the story is that he spikes her drink and kidnaps her and imprisons her in his basement.

The chapters are then divided into different first person viewpoints. We go into the main character, Lydia first and what she feels waking up tied to bed and not knowing where she is. She copes very well as I’d go balistic.

Then we move to Sam, her kidnapper and it is interesting to see what is running through his mind as he prepares to bring her home. He is totally irrational, of course. It makes interesting reading.

Finally, we go to Rob, Lydia’s flatmate. Here we go through the motions of him discovering she hasn’t come home, and checking with her friends and family.

I particularly liked the short chapters and felt like I was moving through the book quickly. It could have been a gory book but it wasn’t. it was all told in a without frightening scenes, all kind of matter of factly. In other words, anyone can read it and enjoy the fascinating insight into the minds of others, especially the psychotic Sam.

It is a good easy read. I will get to read the others soon, and am intrigued with the second which is an 18+ version.


Who is Joni Martins?

Joni, I met on a group that shares each other’s tweets on Twitter. She has the most glum and sad profile photo I have ever seen, and I thought it was an old fashioned photo she had got from somewhere. To my embarrassment she said, no that’s me. Luckily, she comes across as nothing like her photo suggests. She is very friendly and helpful and seemed to laugh at my faux pas. She uses it like that to keep her identity fairly private.

She was born in the Netherlands and now lives in the United Kingdom with her family. That’s why you will see on her Amazon page that her books are also available in Dutch.

Joni has always loved writing  but couldn’t do it while working full time, so now she has retired she can focus on it. Like me, she is a multi-genre writer, and I can tell in the book I read how there is a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, and crime. It makes it far more interesting when it is mixed up like that.

You can follow her on her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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A Glutton For Punishment

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This is an Electric Eclectic Book, and a novelette especially if you want a quick read or are looking to find new authors. The book is being officially launched on the Electric Eclectic Facebook page on 20th May. You’re welcome to join us.


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

Oh this book!

I was reading a story in one of the author’s short story collections –  Choice Cuts and came across a story called Happy Religious Observance. Although I’ve read a few from this author before, it suddenly stuck me how imaginative he is. How he comes up with his ideas, I just don’t know. All his stories are clever, but now and again one of them is sheer genius. This book is one of them.

A Glutton for Punishment tells of a future where it is a crime to be fat. The story seems  plausible as the author picks up on things in our every day society. Lynda is the main character and she is in denial about her weight (aren’t we all!) until she is sent to Fat Camp, but this isn’t the Fat Camps we know. This is a internment camp.

I liked Lynda; she grows in confidence and becomes stronger. Due to circumstances she loses weight and even meets a man. Being the romantic person I am, I had hopes. Then I remembered: This is Michael J. Elliott.  He doesn’t do romance, he does horror, and I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

I’m not going to give you any kind of clue as to what happens, but I’ll warn you – it’s chilling to the core. I’m still shaking at the thought, and it’s really the stuff of nightmares. Very cleverly thought out and crafted.

This is the genius of Michael J. Elliott.

As always, if you read it, I would love to hear what you think as well.

 

The Anglesey Murders – Unholy Island

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Description

DI Alan Williams is called to the recovery of two bodies from the sea at Trearddur Bay, during a storm. The lifeboat crew suspect they’re fishermen, washed away by a wave but they’re wrong. Alan and his detective sergeant, Kim Davies, realise the men were beaten and tied together before they entered the water. Two miles along the headland at Porth Dafarch, a third victim is found but there are no obvious links. As the number of victims increases, a major investigation team battles to unravel a deadly puzzle which, appears to have links to a series of historic murders from the 90’s.

In 1995, Peter Moore owned and operated the cinema in Holyhead. It is thought he assaulted over 40 men and he was arrested and charged with four murders, which he’d committed in as many months. He was jailed for life in 1996 and is still the only recorded Welsh serial killer. Fast forward to today and Detective Inspector Alan Williams is investigating a series of murders with uncanny similarities to the Peter Moore attacks. Is there a copycat on the loose or are the murders connected to the local underworld, which controls the supply of narcotics across North Wales and the North West? Finding a motive, is the challenge he might not win. ALL THE TIME THEY’RE TRACKING THE KILLER, THE KILLER IS STALKING THEM…

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Amazon US


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

I saw this advertised in one of the Welsh Facebook groups and was immediately drawn to the cover. It’s a house called Craig y mor and sits on a hill overlooking Trearddur Bay in Anglesey. Locals call it the haunted house because as children it scared them. It’s actually quite stunning. Last year the BBC used it as a location for filming The Safe House.

The book is based on Anglesey, and on the side of the island where I live. I particularly loved that the lead Detective stopped into my local Spar shop. I was also able to relate to many of the places it talked about, and those I didn’t know, made me want to run off and find them just so I could walk in the character’s footsteps.

Apart from all that, it is a great story, told really well, with good strong characters. It’s a bonus for me living in the place it is based. If you don’t know the area, you’ll still enjoy a really good crime novel.

I often talk about twists at the end and things I didn’t see coming. This had an ending I’ve never seen before. Yes, there was a surprise which wasn’t hinted at previously, only it wasn’t that which caught my attention. It was the very poignant author’s note that came after the story had ended. It endeared me to the main character even more.

Great story that I would give six stars to if I could.

Undercover Crime Shorts

Screen Shot 2019-05-20 at 09.38.09Genre: Short Stories/Crime

Description

Under one cover for the first time a collection of Crime Shorts from Jane Risdon featuring previously unpublished stories which will have you on the edge of your seat.

Seven very different crime stories for you to enjoy.

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Amazon US

 


Karen’s Book Buzz Review

When I found out this author had written some crime shorts, I knew they would be good as I’d previously read some of her short stories. Jane Risdon has a magic pen. She knows how to write a tale that will intrigue and lure you in.

Seven ‘long’ short that were cleverly inspired by crime and murder.

Sweet Sable: The Red Siren is the first story and set in the thirties, it immediately created an atmaosphere of a times gone by. This crime noir tale was good start to the book.

Apartment 206c, couldn’t have been more different as it brings us bang up to date. We’ve all overheard people talking through walls, and China, the main character, hears her neighbours arguing. A fast past, heart thumping story with a twist.

Murder by Christmas – this was very clever. It’s started with the reading of a will, and certain people have to do certain things before they get their money. Very clever story.

The Watchers was a sad crime I felt. Two people who didn’t quite connect up again as we find out all it not what it seems.

The Honey Trap, and we have all heard of them and this one plays out as we meet the assassin.

The Look is similar to the previous one, and another cleverly written story. Although they were both good, I liked this one better because I love a strong female character.

The seventh story is called Undercover and is an extract from the author’s forthcoming book. I didn’t read this one, so you will have to make up your own mind about it.

I enjoy Jane Risdon’s writing and read her book Only One Women, which I absolutely loved. It takes the reader back to the rock n roll sixties. You can read my review here.

Jane also wrote a short story which I featured on the Magic of Stories site called Summer of Love, and is well worth a read.

Bad arse biker chicks, The Outsiders on motorbikes and more awesome featured books.

Outlaw

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Lawless Justice is book 3 in the OUTLAW series but it is not a sequel, thus it can be read as a stand-alone.

I wanted to write a story about a female MC as I had already published two, male MC stories. Of course, that’s the norm.
Even though there are only a handful of female MC novels out there, I wanted to bring a little something extra to the story.
And that’s how the sexy, feisty and violent women of the Kittnz MC came about.

I also have to give Quentin Tarantino a mention for his film Death Proof and his bad arse ladies who inspired me to write Lawless Justice.

LAWLESS JUSTICE is free on Kindle Unlimited

More From OUTLAW

The first book of the OUTLAW series is In Times Of Violence. For now, only the Young Adult version of this book is available. Eventually, the 18+ version will be back in circulation and then finally the OUTLAW box set will be available.

In Times of Violence came about after I read the novel, The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton. I had my own story to tell and as there wasn’t much competition (back then) I decided to write my own novel. I think I was 21 when In Times of Violence was first published.

˃˃˃ A raw emotional story about love, betrayal, and sacrifice.

“In Times of Violence had an addictive storyline. I actually got up in the middle of the night to finish reading it. I loved Jade, although I don’t fully understand her or her motives.”

“Do not miss this book. Jade, Marcus and Dylan will bring out the feels.”

“Remember it’s not always blood relatives that make a family!”

Screen Shot 2019-05-15 at 10.12.49Jade had been sheltered most of her life. Living in an isolated village with only sex and drugs to entertain. Her mother is an alcoholic and her father doesn’t give a damn.

Her only way out is to beg her Aunt to allow her to stay as a guest in their London house.

Jade meets fate head on in the form of Marcus, president of the Tyrants MC. She finally finds a family that loves and respects her and they are not BLOOD. Nothing comes easy to Jade and she is forced to fight to keep her title and status. Then just when life starts to go right, one-night changes everything.

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… Hiram Kane is in Prague to visit his friend and mentor, Professor John Haines, when a deranged Neo-Nazi kidnaps a dozen innocent Jewish children. Kane and Haines suddenly find themselves drawn into a deadly race against time to save the victims, before the psychopathic modern-day monster twists an ancient Jewish myth to her wildly unhinged and nefarious desires. Innocents will die. That is inevitable. The question is, how many can Hiram Kane save? The Golem of Prague is an exciting new intro novella to the bestselling Hiram Kane action thriller series. For fans of Russell Blake and Clive Cussler, Steven Moore’s latest offering will leave you breathless. To delve into the globetrotting world of Hiram Kane, download your copy of The Golem of Prague, today!

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Screen Shot 2019-05-15 at 10.17.35They killed the wrong man. Now they’re going to fix their mistake.  

After a man is found murdered in a multimillionaire’s son’s house, it soon becomes clear that it was a contract hit disguised as a robbery. However, the hitman made a mistake and killed the wrong person. The intended target was the owner of the house, Jeff Hackett. Who is after Jeff and why?
The lead investigator, Detective Miranda Murphy, finds evidence suggesting that Jeff’s own father ordered the hit on him.
As she wades through the web of lies and deceit, Miranda uncovers a plot to steal a four-hundred-million dollar fortune–a plot that has succeeded.

To bring the conspirators to justice, Miranda will have to risk her life and be as crafty as her opponents.

The bad news is, Miranda cannot trust anyone. The good news is, she carries a gun and is not afraid to use it.

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