Celebrating Authors of Colour with Ann Girdharry @GirdharryAnn

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Join author Ann Girdharry as she celebrates and recognises 10 new Authors of Colour over on her web page. Today Ann has featured a review of Lola’s House by M. Evalina Galang, a non-fiction book that details the horrendous experiences of the Filipino women who were imprisoned during World War II to be used as sexual slaves. Continue reading “Celebrating Authors of Colour with Ann Girdharry @GirdharryAnn”

#BlogTour Review: Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks

It is my great pleasure to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. My thanks to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for inviting me to join the tour. Yet another stunning read from Orenda Books and you can read my thoughts on it in just a moment after I share the all important booky bits.

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Falkenberg, Sweden. The mutilated body of talented young jewellery designer, Linnea Blix, is found in a snow-swept marina. Hampstead Heath, London. The body of a young boy is discovered with similar wounds to Linnea’s.

Buchenwald Concentration Camp, 1944. In the midst of the hell of the Holocaust, Erich Hebner will do anything to see himself as a human again.

Are the two murders the work of a serial killer, and how are they connected to shocking events at Buchenwald? Emily Roy, a profiler on loan to Scotland Yard from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, joins up with Linnea’s friend, French true-crime writer Alexis Castells, to investigate the puzzling case. They travel between Sweden and London, and then deep into the past, as a startling and terrifying connection comes to light.

Plumbing the darkness and the horrific evidence of the nature of evil, Block 46 is a multi-layered, sweeping and evocative thriller that heralds a stunning new voice in French Noir.

Continue reading “#BlogTour Review: Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks”

#BookLove: Alexina Golding (@bookstormer )

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Welcome back to #BookLove. Today it’s blogger Alexina Golding’s turn to take over the reins and help us spread a little book love by sharing a few of her favourite books.

About Alexina

AGI was always an avid reader as a child, going to the library, reading on the reading train and taking as many books home as possible.

My reading throughout my life has fluctuated with how busy I have been, so varied from books, to magazines, to both, to back again.  Genres changed across the years too.

With running a business from home ( well actually, just about to change careers), I found I couldn’t always go out, with the invention of the kindle. This meant that I could read and download books as and when.  I do still love paperbacks and hardbacks, but the kindle is great for ease and I have found so many new independent authors.

So, with teens, a house to run, cats, a husband and a business…I read to escape, imagine and enjoy another world. I don’t watch much television.

What I do is read, what I would like the blog to do is give something back to the authors, to shout about their book, to share what I have read with others.

My favourite Genre is Psychological thrillers, but I read a broad range of books, and mix them up as I go along.

I recently met Anthea Bell, who has translated so many books, including Asterix. What a whole new aspect of reading that taught  me, I am going to more and more book launches, and events. I was lucky enough to be able to attend Harrogate this year, I didn’t know two years ago such things existed. So as well as reading books to escape, I am escaping to book events.

This is what I want to share with you through the blog, my reading life…

I have met so many fantastic people, and through this have just started working for Bloodhound Books Publishing Company, A dream come true…

You can follow Alexina at her blog: www.bookstormer.co.uk, or on Facebook and Twitter.

What a reading space right?

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Childhood Sweetheart
Favourite book from childhood

Enid Blytons books….various and Sweet Valley High.

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First love
The first book you fell in love with

OMG, I don’t know..all of them! I read so much as a child…. I would devour them. I just loved reading. I guess though, it would have been Virginia Andrews  Flowers in The Attic, it was like nothing I had read before and my first grown up read, in my early teens.

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Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with

Adam from Flowers For the Dead, you shouldn’t love him…but you do.

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Weirdest book crush
Well… duh

Sarah E England’s Tanners Dell, the second in the trilogy, and it is more the placement and setting that I fell in love with rather than the characters…it is haunting and clever. I don’t usually read occult horror…

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Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end

Into The Darkest Corner as I didn’t want to know the outcome… and it has stayed with me for so long and it changed my reading genre to dark and devious.

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The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.

I haven’t read books from Agatha Christie, or Stephen King and need to rectify that this year. Crime reads are new to me and although I read so many, I haven’t read any from these authors!

Secret love
Guilty Reading pleasure

Reading The School Gate Survival Guide more than once, it isn’t something I do, with so many great books to read, but I can re read that one…the characters are simply wonderful and it is like being home when I read that book.

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Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre

Crime thrillers – at the moment it is Malcolm Hollingdrake’s series, I just love his writing style, so I battle between him and Steven Dunne. It is I think due to the depth of the story and they bring everyday crimes to us with a twist, but both authors in their own individual way. If they both brought a book out at the same time, I would have a battle with which to read first.

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Favourite read of the last 12 months

Betsy Freeman Reavely, all her books are so different and heart wrenching in a dark way… Her favourite of mine is Beneath The Watery Moon, mainly because I wanted to save the character and not read to the end, and also because she nearly made me throw up with the twists and turns near the end of the book….

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Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?

The School Gate Survival Guide By Kerry Fisher and it would be to most of my friends, even if you don’t read womans fiction this has it all…

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Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.

The Wishing Tree by Enid Blyton,, it was such a joy to revisit and re read It to both my children and it was magical and I really wish I could climb a tree and visit another land some days.

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Thanks Alexina. Some great choices in there and I can see a few more books finding their way into my TBR list fairly soon…

What do you think everyone? Do any of these books make your #Booklove lists too? Join me on Saturday when Kirsty Ferry will be confessing all about her #BookLove. There are some classics in store for you all there!

Have a brilliantly bookish day all

JL

Review: The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney (@trisha460; @Bookouture)

Happy publication day to Patricia Gibney whose book The Missing Ones, the first in the Detective Lottie Parker series, is released today by publishers Bookouture. I have my review to share with you but first, here’s what the book is about.

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The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.


The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how? Continue reading “Review: The Missing Ones by Patricia Gibney (@trisha460; @Bookouture)”

Blog Tour: Isolation Junction – Author Q&A with Jennifer Gilmour (@JenLGilmour; @emmamitchellfpr)

Today I am delighted to take part in the blog tour for Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour, the story of one woman’s struggle to find a way out of an emotionally abusive relationship. Jennifer has kindly taken some time out to answer a few of my questions, but first, here is what the book is all about.

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Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’. She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business. It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

Continue reading “Blog Tour: Isolation Junction – Author Q&A with Jennifer Gilmour (@JenLGilmour; @emmamitchellfpr)”