Wednesday, 31 August 2016

REVIEW: The Last Confession Of Thomas Hawkins



The Last Confession of Thomas HawkinsName: The Last Confession Of Thomas Hawkins

Author: Antonia Hodgson

Source: Recieved For An Honest Review

Star Rating: 1 Star

About The Book: London, 1728. Tom Hawkins is headed to the gallows, accused of murder. Gentlemen don’t hang and Tom’s damned if he’ll be the first. He may not be much of a gentleman, but he is innocent. He just always finds his way into a spot of bad luck.    It’s hard to say when Tom’s troubles began. He was happily living in sin with his beloved, Kitty Sparks — though their neighbors were certainly less pleased about that.  He probably shouldn't have told London’s most cunning criminal mastermind that he was "bored and looking for adventure." Nor should he have offered to help the king's mistress in her desperate struggles with a brutal and vindictive husband. And he definitely shouldn't have trusted the calculating Queen Caroline. She’s promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue, but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man.     Now Tom must scramble to save his life and protect those he loves. But as the noose tightens, his time is running out.


To begin with this book really appealed to me as i love historical fiction , but just didn't impress which is why i couldn't finish this book. I found that the story-line and the characters confused me a lot and i couldn't see this story going anywhere after 100 pages but i gave it another 50 pages and the story started to bore me which is why i decided to put the book down. This book wouldn't put me off any more of Hodgsons books as it was the plot-line and the characters that put me of; not Hodgsons writing style.


Antonia HodgsonAntonia Hodgson was born and grew up in Derby. She studied English at the University of Leeds. Her first novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea, won the CWA Historical Dagger 2014 and was shortlisted for several other awards. Its sequel, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, was released to widespread acclaim in 2015. Her third novel, A Death at Fountains Abbey, comes out in August 2016.













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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

REVIEW: HOLD STILL BY TIM ADLER


Title: Hold Still

Author: Tim Adler

Source: Received For An Honest Review

Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About The Book: A nerve-twisting thriller from bestselling author Tim Adler. How much do we really know about those we love? Kate is visiting Albania with her husband Paul, a much needed break from Paul's stressful website business. 'Hold still,' says Kate, taking a picture as Paul steps onto the hotel room balcony. 'We'll always be together,' Paul responds. Suddenly there is screaming below and a blaring car horn. Kate stares down from the balcony at the broken body of her husband lying lifeless in the street. Overcome with grief, Kate can't accept the truth of Paul's tragic death, and replays the incident over and over again, searching her pictures for a vital clue to what really happened. When she meets the enigmatic Priest at a grief support group, they journey together into a dangerous world of violence and secrets as Kate realises what Paul really meant when he said he would never leave her......


This book follows Kate who photographed her husbands death and is convinced he was murdered. Throughout the story we follow her every move into trying to figure out if her husband was murdered or if it was a tragic accident.

For such a basic story plot-line, this story did not disappoint. It wasn't such a great beginning but as I got into the book it picked up and left me hooked. The ending came out of no-where and left me in shock! I was disappointed when the story ended as i really wanted the story to continue. Lets hope Adler writes more stories in he future as i will defiantly be purchasing more of his books after reading this phenomenal book.I would defiantly recommend this book to any person who loves to read a thriller.


Tim Adler is an author and commissioning editor on The Daily Telegraph, who has also written for the Financial Times and The Times. His debut self-published thriller Slow Bleed went to number one in the Amazon medical thriller chart while influential review site Crime Book Club made it a Book of the Month. Its follow-up Surrogate has stayed in the Top 40 psychological thrillers for over a year and was a Book of the Month on E-thriller.com. 










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Thank you to Urbane Publications for the review copy.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

BLOG TOUR: POLARIS BY BETH BOWLAND: INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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Polaris by Beth Bowland
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher:  Month9Books


Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.



Interview:

Can you give us a brief overview of the book?
Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.

What gave you the inspiration to write the book?
A few years ago, while flipping through a Christmas card catalog. I came across a photo of an old country farmhouse with a snowy background. On the card there were kids playing outside and a horse and carriage in the background, all decorated for Christmas. I didn’t give it much thought at first and continued flipping through the catalog, but something made me flip back and look at it again. This time, in my mind, I saw the same farm house, but the kids, horse, and carriage were gone as were the Christmas decorations. In its place was crisp black sky, with the ground heavily covered in snow, and one young teen boy walking toward this house in the snow, as a meteor streaked through the sky. I stared at that one picture for the longest time and knew it was the opening for Polaris. This, along with my love for conspiracy theories and planets gave me the inspiration to write the story.

What is your favorite/least favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is Nakal, he really is a stinker, but once you understand his history, you feel sorry for him, but he’s still a villain. My least favorite is, Henry Kessler, he is just so sneaky.

Do you have any plans to release another book in the future?  
I’m currently working on another novel. I can’t wait for everyone to meet these boys. They are really something else.

How long did the book take to write?  
The idea for Polaris actually came to me in September 2009! I started writing it January 2011. Got a few chapters in and stopped to work on something else. Finally got it finished late 2013. Received the offer 06/2014 from Month9Books and published 08/2016. Wow! Seven years total.

What is your favorite part in the book?
When Nakal goes through his rite of passage.


About The Author:



Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.







Monday, 15 August 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Dragon Sphere (Nation of Dragons #1)- EXCERPT + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY


This is my stop during the blog tour for The Dragon Sphere by Abel Gallardo. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 8 till 21 August, you can view the complete tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-the-dragon-sphere-by-abel-gallardo/


The Dragon Sphere (Nation of Dragons Book 1) by [Gallardo, Abel]
Title: The Dragon Sphere


Author:Abel Gallardo

Genre: Fantasy

About The Book: Landon Brown, fifteen year old high school football star, is always on the top of his game. That is until he receives a visit from an uncle he's never met with information about Landon's father, who disappeared without a trace thirteen years before. Landon learns that the life he's been living is a lie and that his true nature is powerful and dangerous. He's half dragon and a threat to the delicate balance that has kept dragon society hidden from humans for hundreds of years. 

Landon now must learn about his dragon heritage and train to control his incredible abilities with the help of the Elder Dragons, a bizarre trainer named Alpha, and other dragonoids like himself. 

He quickly realizes that the mysterious world of dragons, spirits, and secret societies are not for the weak. Tasked with finding the Dragon Sphere, an ancient relic harboring a terrible power that could destroy the world, Landon recognizes that he just might be way in over his head. Will he be able to control his new-found power in time for the fight of his life?




Excerpt



“I can see him,” she said in disbelief. “I can make out his form. It’s as if the air is bending around his body. He’s about twenty yards straight ahead, and about ten feet off the ground. It looks like he’s waiting for something.”

Just then I heard a loud rush of wind swirling towards me. The force knocked me to the ground. I picked myself up right away.
“WATCH OUT!” yelled Aurora, as I felt the full force of a fist against the left side of my face.
The wind demon swirled towards Aurora. She rolled to the side, then put her hand up and blocked a blow from above. With a clenched fist and eyes closed, Aurora pounded the air, hoping to hit the demon. It was a powerful blow that summoned a strong gust of air with its force. I noticed dust and small fragments of rock blast off from the ground as the demon’s invisible body landed on them. I ran to the spot where the demon had hit the ground, hoping to hit him while he was down. Before I could even swing, though, I was lifted ten feet in the air and dropped straight down.
As I was about to land, Aurora pushed a pocket of air towards me to break my fall. Unfortunately she missed, and I ended up hitting the ground. I landed hard on my back. Nothing was broken and my head didn’t hurt; I took it as a good sign.
“Are you okay?” shouted Aurora.
I nodded and asked where the demon was. Before she could answer, she shot a powerful gust that blew me away.
“What the…?” I called to her as I rose angrily to my feet. Then I suddenly realized what she had done. The demon had been right above me and had smashed a crater into the ground where I was lying just seconds before. If she hadn’t pushed me back, he would’ve tackled me deep into the earth.
“He’s down!” she yelled.
Dust, pebbles and other debris slid into the deep crater created by the wind demon. I felt an intense rush of energy flow through my body as I willed the freshly made crater, where the demon had landed, to collapse onto itself. I compacted the rocks, dirt, and branches into a spherical shape and enclosed the wind demon within it.
“LET ME OUT!” called the demon. “I am Soldier the mighty. I will destroy you stupid kids!”
“We should let Alpha know that we trapped him,” Aurora suggested.
I nodded in agreement but was speechless. I was astonished that the earth listened to me. The energy that ran through my body actually moved the ground. Aurora waved her hand in front of my face and snapped me out of my shock. She looked exhausted, even though we’d only been out here for a few minutes.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Those wind blasts drained me,” she said, her warm smile assuring me she was okay.
We turned back to the cave to inform Alpha of our success.
“AAARRRGGGHHH!” screamed the wind demon, as he exploded the rocky sphere he was trapped in. The demon was furiously gasping for air. I could see him now; his body was covered in dirt and other debris. He was about six feet tall, with a muscular build, and he was wearing… was that a toga?
“Where did you get the dress?” I mocked.
The demon howled in anger and swirled towards us. Aurora and I evaded his attack by rolling away from each other. I got up quickly, sprinted towards him and punched him in his midsection. Before I could get another punch in, he blasted me with a gust of wind that knocked me on my back. But the dusty figure was holding his gut with his left hand and wincing in pain. Aurora shot a blast of wind at him that pushed him face first to the ground. Instinctively, I raised my right arm and willed a patch of earth below his face to rise up and strike him.
The demon roared.

Interview



Q: Can You give us a brief overview of your book?

A: The book is centered on fifteen-year-old Landon Brown, who discovers that he’s a dragonoid, dragon/human hybrid. If being a human teen wasn’t hard enough, Landon sure has his hands full learning about his dragon heritage and the new abilities he’s starting to develop. Landon needs to find himself, develop his powers, and search for his father, who has been absent most of his life. Landon learns that his father is an Elder Dragon and was searching for a powerful orb, known as the Dragon Sphere, when he was last seen. Landon volunteers to search for this ancient relic but soon after realizes that the world of dragons, spirits, and secret societies may just be too much for him to handle.
 
Q: What gave you the inspiration to write the book?
A: I have always been a huge fan of dragons. Couple that with my love for mystery books and all of a sudden I had a drive to write something that I would enjoy reading. I loved writing my own fantasy/mystery stories as a child so the motivation to write my own novel has been with me since then.  

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: I’d like to say I’m bi-polar when it comes to my favorite authors. I love beautifully written and philosophical adventures such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I just thought Mary Shelley’s work was one of a kind for its time and that is always inspiring. I also love the fun, fast-paced writing of Pittacus Lore—I Am Number Four, and Rick Riordan—Percy Jackson and the Olympians. R.L. Stine also had a great influence on me as a child and I still love reading his Goosebumps books to my son.

Q:How long did it take to write the book?
A: Being inspired is a magical thing. In college I would dread writing papers more than ten pages and I had to do that quite a bit. Once I got out of college though, I had a strong desire to write but now I had more time to write about the things that really interested me. It took me one full month to write my manuscript and that was usually at night, as my day job and social events still needed my attention during the day-time hours.

Q:Who is your favorite character in the book?
A: This is a hard question to answer. I love all the characters and they all play a very special role in my book. Even those characters that have a minor role still hold a lot of weight in my mind. I’ll answer this question by saying that Alpha, Landon’s trainer, was the most fun for me to write. He’s serious. He’s funny. He’s crazy. He has a split-personality. What’s not to love about him?   

About The Author


Abel Gallardo

Abel Gallardo was greatly influenced by Greek mythology, comic books, and the fantasy/mystery novels he had read as a child. Shortly after graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, he began writing stories that reminded him of the adventures he cherished growing up. Abel Gallardo now lives with his wife and children in Albuquerque, NM.  

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

BLOG TOUR: LEAVING TRISCUIT BY WILL POLLOCK

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Welcome to my tour stop of "Leaving Triscuit" by Will Pollock, presented by Elite Book Tours.  To follow the full tour, please visit here.

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Say “hello” to better good-byes! “Leaving Triscuit” is a blueprint on how you can heal the stress of leaving pets while you’re away for work or leisure. This poignant and personal story is woven with advice from animal- and human-behavior experts who contribute affirming, indispensible strategies to strengthen and even improve the unique bond between pet and parent. Using picture imaging and harnessing the innate, unspoken connection between pet and parent, your separation anxiety will fade away and a greater understanding will be formed.

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EXCERPT

Triscuit gazed at me with forlorn eyes and a worried mug. Agitated and distressed, she was in effect saying, ‘Good grief, not again.’ Triscuit hopped on the bed and straight into the suitcase, as if to plant her flag and insist I pack her, too. As a canine parent, you know this doggie agenda: eyes as big as saucers, ears pinned back, shoulders slumped, spirit hanging low. Like Triscuit and so many other dogs and cats of her intuitive ilk, she knew.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Will Pollock is a freelance multimedia journalist, content wrangler, artist and author based in Atlanta. His love of dogs and animals began early on when his family owned a Great Pyrenees in New York City named Yeti. He decided to write “Leaving Triscuit” after the stress of leaving his beloved Rat Terrier, Triscuit, while on a three-week trip to Ireland. Separation anxiety is a problem for most pet owners, and the tips and strategies Will learned from experts will help ease that pain.


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Monday, 8 August 2016

REVIEW: THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING BY TIFFANY McDANIEL





Title: The Summer That Melted Everything

Author: Tiffany McDaniel

Source: Recieved for an honest review

Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Overview: Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere - a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he's welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he's a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperature as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestle with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.



This book reminded me of a roller-coaster, it had lots of ups and downs. Their were some parts of the book i really enjoyed and some i didn't enjoy. The beginning of the book showed great potential but sadly it went downhill in the middle of the book and towards the end of the book. My favorite moment of the book was when the main character( Fielding Bliss) Met the self proclaimed 13 year old devil (Sal). This moment of the book was incredibly gripping and made me think this book had huge potential but sadly further on it didn't live up to its potential. I didn't enjoy how the time frame of the book differed from 1984 to the future. On the other hand i enjoyed the characters and their wasn't a character i really hated and felt it was really easy to understand who was who. Overall I wouldn't read this book again but would RECOMMEND it. 


Tiffany McDaniel

An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel.






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Thank You Scribe Publications For The Review Copy