My Week In Books (w/e 15th March) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

I was just writing up the date for this post and was quite shocked that we are mid march already, I am sure it was only the 10th yesterday!!! 😀 It will soon be time to change my subject headings to something a bit more Spring-like, so time for me to head over to Canva.

This week has been a bit quieter for reading, well I thought it had been until I checked back on Goodreads. I do love using Goodreads for not only keeping a check on the books I have read for the challenge but, I also find the “My Books” tab really handy. It lists the books and the date I have read them, so it makes it an ideal “at a glance” tool when I write my weekly book updates.

While on the subject of Goodreads, I am currently 12 books ahead on my challenge and as I write this I have read 52/200 books so far this year.

So what have I read this week…

In last weeks post I had just read a few chapters of East Side Hustler by Leopold Bortinski. This is the 2nd book in the Alex Cohen Series and I am loving it. It is a hist/fic that took me to 1920 America. The setting is perfect as this story is rife with crime, mobs, racketeering and the appearance of a certain Alfonse Capone. A brilliantly atmospheric read that the author has done a cracking job with. My full review will be part of the Bog Tour that I will be opening and I am so excited to shout about.


The next book does not yet have a picture up on Goodreads and I don’t like to show them just in case they are part of a cover reveal. The Runaway by Linda Huber and what a cracking read it was. This is the first time I have read anything by Linda and I was delighted when I discovered she has loads more books out there for me to buy and read. The Runaway was very captivating and I loved the way the story was tackled. It is a story of a family that moves to a new area and gradually cracks begin to show. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the Blog Tour.


Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz is another Blog Tour read that even though is a crime book feels very different to the norm , in a good way. I really like the style that Simone has when writing and this is the latest in the Chas Riley series. The story has a topical feel to it as the focus is on a community that has no country, they have settled and have a self goverrn style system that makes the investigating hard due to a mistrust of authority and not talking to strangers. A really good read, but one that I think I would have got on better with if I could have read it in one or two sittings. I did occasionally find I lost the thread. I did have to backup and re-read a few paragraphs before I got the thread back again before continuing. Still a good read and I think it is one I will come back to.


I love this story and I finished listening to The Journey to the Centre of the Earth I have to say that this version with Tim Curry was not as good as I thought it would be. The story is great but I did find Tim’s voice to be a bit clunky on the place names, and I did find he sounded a little bit on the droning side. I did enjoy the story but this was not my favourite version. @nickimags at The Secret Library Book Blog mentioned having the Alan Dale version, I listened to this one a few years ago and tat one is the one I prefer out of the two.


What I am currently listening to

Continuing with my Classic Adventure Audio listens I got a copy of Arthur Conan Dolyle’s The Lost World. This version is narrated by John Richmond and he has a lovely voice to listen to. Only a few chapters in at the moment and I am enjoying it. This is yet another book that I have read a couple of times and I do love it.


What I am currently reading

I am looking forward to settling down with Mine by Clare Empson as I have not yet started it as I write this post up let me share the synopsis with you…

‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’

On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.

But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.

When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again… 


Well that’s another week done and dusted.

Wishing you all a fabulous week and see you all next time.

Yvonne xx

Endless Silent Scream by Tony Forder @TonyJForder #BOTBSPublicity #Crime #Bookreview

I am a big fan of Tony Forder and his Bliss books and I always get such a buzz when I read them as Forder uses Peterborough and the surrounding area as a backdrop for his stories. I lived in Peterborough about 25 ish years ago and so I recognise place names. I often find myself saying “Oh I know that place” or “Oh I had forgotten about that place”, I wonder how many other readers have little memory trips like this when they are reading a book!

I wish to say a huge Thank You to Sarah for my spot on the Blog Tour.

Anyway, enough of my babbling! Let me show you what Endless Silent Scream is all about…

From the author of the bestselling DI Bliss crime series comes another gripping police procedural thriller that will have readers hooked from the stunning first page to the very last.

He saved her once. Can he do it again?

When DI Bliss prevents fifteen-year-old Molly from jumping from a hotel roof, he has no idea their paths will cross again. A county lines mule, Molly is questioned by the drugs squad, but Bliss becomes convinced she is in danger and attempts to have her relocated. A local drug dealer and a London-based enforcer have other ideas.

Meanwhile, the remains of a freelance journalist are discovered alongside an archaeological find, which brings an old flame back into Bliss’s life. It’s only a matter of time before reports emerge linking the murdered journalist with the police, putting pressure on the Major Crimes team to find the killer.

Bliss is torn between the two investigations. Desperate to move Molly to safety before she can be reached by those who want her silenced, he is blinded to other dangers.

The stunning DI Bliss series of fast-paced police thrillers will appeal to fans of authors like Michael ConnellyJoy EllisPeter JamesRobert Bryndza and Angela Marsons. Tony J Forder is also the bestselling author of Degrees of DarknessScream Blue Murder and Cold Winter Sun.

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What a wonderful tangled net Forder has woven for Bliss to wade through. A story that brings back past cases and dumps them well and truly in the present adding to ever-increasing dilemmas and problems.

Bliss takes a call about a call about an incident, he finds Molly, a young girl on the roof contemplating jumping. Now if you are like me and have read all of the Bliss books to date then you know that there is more to Bliss than meets the eye. His way of approaching Molly is way off the page when it comes to doing things by the book, in fact, his approach isn’t on the same shelf as said book, or even in the same library come to that matter! But his approach is just what is needed.

While Molly’s case is being dealt with there is another case that is unearthed when a body is discovered. This body leads Bliss and his team down a route that has roots in the past. A time Bliss would rather forget about, but it appears that 2005 has other ideas.

For me, this book is another brilliant read in a series that I adore. Bliss is a fabulous character who seems to thrive on stress, heavy workloads, problematic cases and conundrums. The cases of Molly and also the newly discovered body provide more than just a headache, one of them provides new ways of dealing with procedures and protocols.

After being left reeling from the events in the last book, I felt that this also had a more sensitive side towards Bliss as well as his team. The events are briefly mentioned as are relevant other details from past books so if you have missed anything you will be brought up to date. I for one am glad that the particular was mentioned as it proves what a close team Bliss is part of and how far they have come over the series so far.

I do like how the author manages to inject little mischievous snippets of humour into this story, they are tough stories but the humour is appropriate and it’s nice to see the banter between various characters. It adds to their personalities. Another thing that I found was how attached I became to one of the characters and I was delighted to see a mention at the end of the book about her making an appearance in the future.

This is a police procedural that is the 6th book in the series, there are ongoing story-lines and mentions of things from the past so it is always better to read in order, but I suppose you could read each one as a stand-alone, although why would you!!!!!

If you are a fan of police procedural then you really should read Forder’s DI Bliss series, they are brilliant books that have a lot of depth to them., The cases are intense and well thought through. They are the sort of stories that if I was to try and explain the events I would make them sound confusing, but they are actually very easy to keep up to speed with and this is down t0 the writing style of the author. Endless Silent Scream is yet another book by this author that I would definitely recommend.

Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first four books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of GuiltIf Fear Wins, and The Reach of Shadows, were joined by The Death of Justice, on 9 September 2019. Book number six, Endless Silent Scream, will be published on 9 March 2020.


Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone serial-killer novel. Scream Blue Murder, an action-adventure thrillerwas published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. The sequel, Cold Winter Sun, was published in November 2018.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently editing a new novel, and has also started on Bliss #7, Slow Slicing.

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The New Guy by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 @rararesources #romcom #BookReview

I am so delighted to be one of the Book Bloggers on the opening day for Kathryn Freeman‘s new book The New Guy. I have read and really enjoyed a few books that I have read by this author so I was so happy to see that there was a new one on the way. My huge thanks to Rachel for my spot on the Blog Tour and also for arranging my e-copy of The New Guy.

Let me show you what it is all about…

The New Guy

Sam Huxton doesn’t do one-night stands, especially not with men she’s just met! But the hot guy at the bar was hard to resist and their one night together is one she’ll never forget.

But one night is all they share – no names, no numbers, just some much needed fun…

Until the same guy walks into Sam’s life the next day as her new employee.  Sam never mixes business with pleasure and makes it clear an office fling with Ryan is off-limits.  But after-hours…one thing can lead to another. Can Sam trust her heart and her business with the new guy?


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Sam is in a pub, she has just left her Grandfather’s funeral. She is missing him and the time she should be spending with her family, but her business needs her to be back. The guy sat next to her id brooding and not that unattractive and so she starts chatting to him. He eventually listens to her chatting away and one thing leads to another and a one-night-stand. A steamy opening for this book to say the least!!!

Sam arrives to work the next day to meet her newest employee who has been hired while she was away to help with programming her latest app. In walks Mr One-night-stand!

This was such an enjoyable book to read, high on the sultry and the sexual tension to say the least. Sam is reluctant to so start a new relationship as her last one left her with issues of trust. The New Guy, his name is Ryan by the way, it is not exactly a team player. It is not that he is untrustworthy, or unscrupulous, but he is wary of people. He is a loner and you soon get to work out why as the story unfolds.

The story is like a back to front romance, first the sex and the relationship. Now, this is a relationship that neither says they want but the sexual tension between them is definitely there.

The author has done a wonderful job of creating a story that has a good theme of trust and friendship within a working environment, Sam sees her employees not as employees but as trusted friends. Ryan by way of his nature is so different from the rest of the characters and it was great to see him gradually warm to them and engage with them. The banter between them all covers barbed sarcastic comments, innuendos and just general fun.

I really enjoyed this book and what a steamy opening, the story then emerged to be very enjoyable as Sam tries to get her business venture up and running. Sneak peeks into the lives of the other characters was good but the main focus is on Sam and Ryan and I loved it.

A bit of a mix of rom-com and contemporary romance that I was hooked to and found to be a right riveting read and I would definitely recommend it.

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins #BookReview

I am delighted to share my review for Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins and what an absolutely brilliant read this was.

Let me show you what it is all about…

When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.

As Dee looks back over her time in the Master’s Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.

But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why was Felicity silent?

Roaming Oxford’s secret passages and hidden graveyards, Magpie Lane explores the true meaning of family – and what it is to be denied one.

What an absolutely amazing read this book was. Occasionally books are referred to as being memorising and for me, Magpie Lane was just that.

The story is told from the perspective of Dee, she is answering questions at the police station in Oxford regarding the disappearance of her charge Felicity Law. This is a little girl who has been through a lot. Her father Nick and Stepmother Mariah both have intensive jobs and Dee seems to be the right fit.

The story of Dee’s past, her job with the Law family is gradually teased out through Dee’s memories as she is being interviewed. The quotations she is asked is the spark for each of these memories.

A bigger picture is gradually revealed in a very atmospheric, haunting and heartbreaking tale. A picture of a dysfunctional, hardworking and stress filled family emerges. It is an intricately woven plot that was easy to follow.

This is a slow burner of a tale that just wrapped itself around me, it was a sombre and subtle read that was so well written. I suppose you could call it a domestic thriller and yes it is but in an almost understated way. It is a story of lives hit by grief, expectations, worry and hurt but it also has a strong feeling of friendship, trust and acceptance.

I adored this book from the first few pages and as much as I wanted to discover how the book would end, I didn’t want it to. It is a book that was so beautifully written and had such an atmospheric feel to it.

This is a book that readers who like a quieter read that at the same time has a tense and dramatic edge to it. It slowly unwraps and tells the story and is a gripping read. I absolutely adored it and I would Highly Recommend it.

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My Week In Books (w/e 8th March) #BookUpdates #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

I seem to have had a random week this week, anyone that knows me won’t be surprised at all! I don’t tend to watch much TV and with the ongoing speculation, media frenzy, panic-buying news about a certain worldwide virus I decided to stick mostly with reading books, listening to books and watching movies based on books, in particular movies from the 50’s and 60’s.

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It all started with a Jules Verne Audible Book, Around The World In 80 Days, to be precise. I then watched the film – the 1956 one with David Niven (the best one in my opinion). I then decided to watch Journey to the Centre of The Earth (again the proper 1959 one with James Mason) I then found that I had an audible credit so used it on the audio-book that I am in the middle of listening to that at the moment. So a slight Verne obsessed week to say the least, I have read quite a few of his books a few times over the years and I do enjoy them.

I do like these Classic films and have ordered a few more DVD’s to add to my collection, though not all Verne ones.

So let me show you what I read this week…

I was only going to read a couple of chapters of It Started With A Snub by B. R. Maycock and was planning on doing some housework, well… housework got done the next day 😂😂 this was such a good read that had me sniggering and it also got my blood boiling. Heather has just moved into a shared house with 4 rather fine sounding men 😁I should mention that Heather has a rather obnoxious boyfriend, yeah I really didn’t like him at all. The book is a fab read and is a mix of rom-com and also life, family and friends, full review will follow soon.


I am delighted to be on the Blog Tour for Dead Wrong by Noelle Holten and what another great read this author has created. DC Maggie Jamieson has really got a case in front of her this time. When the bodies of missing women start turning up there is a major problem especially when the killer is behind bars. How on earth could the women be recently killed when the killer has been incarcerated before they were killed?…!!! This was such a tense and fast paced read and kept me avidly turning the pages. Keep an eye out for my full review as part of the tour.


Love At First Like by Hannah Orenstein was a quick read and quite enjoyable, it is a story of Eliza a jewellery shop owner who gets a little drunk and mistakenly posts an Instagram post. What follows is a story that at some points did stretch things a bit regarding people who are not on social media, but all the same did have a good pull on my curiosity for me to keep avidly reading to see how it turned out in the end. Review will follow soon.



I do like a good Victorian mystery and The Woman Who Spoke To Spirits by Alys Clare was just that. This is the first book in the “A Worlds End Bureau Mystery” series and was a really good introduction to Lily Raynor, owner and investigator of Worlds End Bureau, she has been building up her investigation business and needs help with the admin. The clerical position is taken up by Felix Wilbraham who then starts to help Lily as she tries to solve the various mysteries in 1880’s London. A good read that was atmospheric and one that left me wanting to see where this series is going to go next.


This is what I am reading at the moment…

I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for the 2nd book in the Alex Cohen series. As I have only read a couple of chapters, let me show you the synopsis for East Side Hustler by Leopold Bortinski.

Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace?

Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again.

But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream?

The second book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which tears through the Prohibition years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir pierces the heart of every reader like a bullet from Alex’s sniper rifle.


Well another good week in books, audio’s and also films. I wish everyone a great week ahead.

Take Care

Yvonne xx

The Widows Mite by Allie Cresswell @Alliescribbler @rararesources #BookReview

I am absolutely delighted to share my review for The Widow’s Mite by Allie Cresswell with you all today. My huge thanks to Rachel for my spot on the Blog Tour and for also arranging an e-copy of this terrific book for me to read.

Let me show you what it is all about…

Minnie Price married late in life. Now she is widowed. And starving.
No one suspects this respectable church-goer can barely keep body and soul together. Why would they, while she resides in the magnificent home she shared with Peter?


Her friends and neighbours are oblivious to her plight and her adult step-children have their own reasons to make things worse rather than better. But she is thrown a lifeline when an associate of her late husband arrives with news of an investment about which her step-children know nothing.
Can she release the funds before she finds herself homeless and destitute?

Fans of ‘The Hoarder’s Widow’ will enjoy this sequel, but it reads equally well as a standalone.

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Minnie had married Peter and had a life that she loved with a man that she loved. His sudden death understandably shocks her and leaves her feeling vulnerable, luckily Peter’s grown up children are on hand to help take care of the will and finances. Unfortunately it appears that Peter has made no allowance for Minnie, or so it seems.

This is such a wonderful read, it is heartbreaking at times to see Minnie so destitute but still helping others out. Minnie is a proud woman and will not admit to the position she finds herself in. From those outside looking in they see a woman who is tight and miserly, I mean how can a woman who lives in a large 5 bedroom house have any worries?

The author has created a network who gradually become part of Minnie’s life, they can possibly see changes in Minnie but they never know the full extent of Minnie’s life. It is that old saying “that you never know what goes on behind closed doors” that constantly sprang to mind as I read this story.

Minnie’s predicament is one that many people find themselves in, it is one that leaves them vulnerable and open to being taken advantage of. There is always the hope that something will work out, finding it easier to deal with hope than deal with the cold hard truth!

This is a story of friendship, pride and denial and was a wonderful read. It had my heart going out to Minnie and also some of her friends. The author has included tantelising snippets about them that shows that Minnie isn’t the only one with problems. A story that I would definitely recommend.

Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil. 

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

The Widow’s Mite is her tenth novel.

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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell #Histfic #BookReview

I am delighted to share my review for Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. This is a fabulous historical fiction read and one I read a few weeks ago.

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Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, HAMNET is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband in Henley street, Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596, aged eleven. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.

Award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel breathes full-blooded life into the story of a loss usually consigned to literary footnotes, and provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history.

What a beautifully written story Hamnet is. There is an intro from the author right at the beginning of the book that gives a wonderful insight into the idea behind this story.

The story begins with Hamnet looking for his sister Judith, and when he discovers her she is ill with a fever. Their mother is out in the fields looking after her beehives and is unaware of what is happening at home.

The story of Hamnet, Judith and the other family members alternates with that of Agnes, her life growing up and her marriage to a glover’s son who then works away in London and becomes a playwright.

William Shakespeare takes a back seat in this story, or should I say he is around but mainly in the wings rather than centre stage. While the story does has reference to Shakespeare and Hamlet, it is a historical fiction story. A story that follows a family during the late 1500s.

The time of the story is important as this is the same time as the plague. I do have to mention an amazing section in the book where the author describes the route of the plague, that description made the plague is almost a character in itself.

The story is heartbreaking as it does deal with the death of a child, the grief of a mother and of the siblings. Yet there is something about the way it has been done that is didn’t make it feel as sad as I was expecting. Maybe it was because the name of Hamnet would live on through the play Hamlet.

This book is a historical fiction and also has a feeling of a literary fiction. There are some wonderful descriptive passages that are really good reading. This is a slow burner that I found myself well and truly caught up in. I really enjoyed the style of the story a lot and I would definitely recommend it.

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From Thailand With Love by Camilla Isley @camillaisley @rararesources #Bookreview #Giveaway (Open Int)

I am delighted to share my review for From Thailand With Love by Camilla Isley. This is book #5 in the First Comes Love series buty can easily be read as a stand-alone. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the our and also arranging my e-copy of the book.

Let me show you what it’s all about..

All Logan has to do is to get the gold and get the girl. Easy, right?

Travel photographer Winter Knowles and archeology professor Logan Spencer dislike each other at first sight. Stuck together on a wild island, these two unwilling teammates will bicker and banter their way through a laugh-packed treasure hunt.

After years of searching, a new mapping technology has given Logan a clue to the location of the legendary Lost City of Gold. A discovery that could make his career. So the last thing he needs on this life-changing expedition is for his team to get distracted by a pair of long legs.

When Winter accepted the assignment on a tropical island she didn’t sign up for a brooding team leader who’d clearly prefer to run a boys-only club. Never one to back down from a challenge, Winter is ready to show him she’s no damsel in distress.

But when a treasure like no other is uncovered and ruthless enemies will want to keep it for themselves, it’ll be up to the two of them to save the day. Left alone to fight in the jungle, they will soon discover their lives might not be the only thing at stake—their hearts could be too.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

A fun read packed with danger, action, romance, and comedy.

From Thailand with Love is part of a series of interconnected romantic comedies but can be read as a standalone novel as all the other books in the First Comes Love series.

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This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I really enjoyed it. With photographer Winter as she is to take part in an archaeological hunt for a lost city in the jungles of Thailand, her job is to photographically document the expedition. Her first meeting with Logan, the leader of the expedition doesn’t exactly go well.

He doesn’t want a woman on the team and his cool aloof manner is quite obvious from the outset. Winter doesn’t bother with his attitude and does taunt him, tensions are alight in this story. There a few other characters in this story aside from Logan and Winter, the main one is Archie. He is Logan’s best friend and is a real hoot, I liked him a lot.

So with a sultry jungle setting and tensions running what could possibly happen? Well quite a lot actually! I liked how the author kept me dangling and hanging off every word as I learnt more about the two main characters. This is a light hearted read and it has a good amount of sexual tension with a fabulous “will they, won’t they” feel to it. While Winter and Logan have that spark of attraction they just don’t be able to say anything to each other without it being slightly sarcastic or barbed.

This is a read that I thoroughly enjoyed, a good story line that was easy to read and keep up with and a tantalising air hovering in the background. This is a story that you can easily sit and read in one sitting, well I did. Once I started it I didn’t want to put it down until I got to the end. A fabulous escapism read that I would definitely recommend.

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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Death Unleashed by Steve McHugh @StevejMchugh @annecater #randomthingstours #fantasy #BookReview

I am delighted to be sharing my review for Death Unleashed by the fabulous Steve McHugh. I think I may have just read my favourite book by this author… yet.

My huge thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and also a huge thank you to Steve for sending me a sighned copy of his latest book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

A deadly venom. A looming rebellion. A vicious siege. And the clock is ticking.

For sorcerer Nate Garrett, the stakes have risen. If Asgard falls, he may lose much more than his home—he may lose the thing dearest to him. To stand a fighting chance against Avalon, he must be ready to go to war. But when his best friend and father are poisoned, Nate must race against the clock in a desperate quest to find a cure.

Layla Cassidy is tasked with gaining the aid of the Valkyrie in Valhalla, but once there, she finds herself involved in another rebellion and must pick a side.

Meanwhile, Mordred finds himself on a hunt for Excalibur, a weapon of incredible power that would aid the rebellion in their fight against Arthur and his allies. But to retrieve it, Mordred must face uncomfortable truths about himself.

War looms over the rebellion, and the battle for Asgard is at hand. Time is running out as Avalon’s forces threaten total destruction. But Nate can’t be in two places at once. Can he find the cure, and can he, Layla, and Mordred save the realms before it’s too late?

WOW! What an amazing read, I have been a fan of this authors books and I first came across his writing with the first book in The Avalon Chronicles when I read A Glimmer of Hope. Death Unleashed is the latest book in The Rebellion Chronicles and continues on from Sorcery Reborn. If you are a fan of fantasy books and have not yet come across this author then shame on you!

The synopsis mentions Avalon, Mordred, Excaliber and Asgard, this is only the tip of the iceberg for all the other names from legend that are mentioned.

Death Unleashed continues a few months after the events of Sourcery Reborn. The ongoing battle against Arthur are more intense and friends and family of the main characters are threatened. Things are getting very close to home as the battles become more and more personal. Allies are being sought out to help bolster the armies fighting Arthur. Enter the Valkyries… they bring a great addition to the story line!

The story lines for this book are focused on three of the main characters, Nate, Layla and Mordred. They each have their own thread but they are linked to the overall bigger picture. It was great to meet Mordred and get to know him, and what a tale the author has woven for this character.

As Arthur increases the brutality of his attacks he also increases the levels of deviousness. He is such a good baddie and I love to hate him and his methods, but at the same time I marvel at his ingenuity. I realise that I am actually referring to these characters as real people and this is all down the amazing writing ability of this author.

The author has taken various characters from legend, mythology and folklore from different cultures and woven them together brilliantly. While at first glance you would not necessarily link werecats, knights of the round table and gods of ancient times together on the same page, the author does, has and he makes it work, and he seems to do it effortlessly. He mixes characters from the past and places them in a modern day setting. I have to say that having a character of legend wandering around with a sword while humming the theme tune to a video game made me smirk.

The story took me right into the battles, the rescues and the heartbreak that comes when conflict on such a large scale occurs. There is so much intrigue as I was catapulted into the story. It is a fantasy story and series that is epic, it is huge and it is bloody brilliant.

The Epilogue had my brain jumping up and down with excitement as I discovered where the author is going next! OMG I cannot wait for the next one!

If you are a fan of fantasy that combines, folklore, legend, mythology and slams them into a modern setting then you need to get this book, hell get the series. A brilliantly woven, action read that is just awesome and one I would highly recommend.

Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A. It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full length novel, the result of which is Crimes Against Magic. He was born in a small village called Mexborough, South Yorkshire, but now lives with his wife and three young daughters in Southampton.

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My Week In Books (w/e 1st March) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well we are in March another month closer to warm sunshine ( I hope!) I have tulips in bud int he garden and if I could get on my veg garden I could actually pick some rhubarb, but its so soggy I would be up to my armpits in mud before I get to them.

February was quite a month, it was my Mum & Dad’s Golden Wedding Anniversary, my 3rd year as a Book Blogger and also my actual Birthday 😀

Now let me share what I am listening to this week. It happens to be the same Audiobook that Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog is listening to and we had a conversation about one of our childhood favs. I am on about The Wind In The Willows, this version is narrated by Michael Horden. He was the original voice of Badger in the old TV series and I think we are both agrred that Michael is the only possible narrator for this story…

Now what have I read?..

Last week I had only just started…

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is the story of how far a mother would go to save her son from cartels. This is a story that follows the pair as they flee their home and make the trek into the US in the hope that they can be safe. The author does mention at the beginning that she wants to highlight the journey that many people make as they flee various South American countries. I found this book to be a very good read and it definitely highlighted some of the more dangerous aspects of crossing the border from fellow travellers and unscrupulous guards but also the generosity of people. A eye-opening book that really enjoyed reading.


Belvedere Crescent by Misha Herwin was a fabulous read and it is a story that dips its toes in a few different genres. It told the story of two sisters and a house and its past inhabitants. It was an atmospheric read and at times quite chilling and was thoroughly addictive. You can read my full review HERE.


I am a huge fan of Tony Forder‘s Bliss series and Endless Silent Scream is another that I would definitely recommend. I have had this book for a little while now and my fingers have been itching to get to it but other commitments held me back until now. This is a book that had me on my toes right the way through. It is the 6th in the series and there are mentions of previous things and so obviously yes you should read the series! Keep an eye out for the upcoming Blog Tour.


Botany For Artists by Sarah Simblet is a gorgeous book that I received and immediately fell in love with. It is full of gorgeous illustrations, studies and photographs as well as being full of tips and hints. I do like drawing and this book is good for inspiration as well as being a great book to flick through.


This is the first book by Steph Broadribb that I have read, I originally planned on reading the previous books in the series… yeah well me and plans and books… say no more!!! So as I had not read the previous books I was delighted to find that Deep Dark Night worked really well as a stand-alone, a tense and pacy read that I absolutely loved and wished i had read the previous books as there are threads there were mentions of past stories that were very tantalising. Full review will be part of the upcoming Blog Tour.


I have just finished reading…

Bury Them Deep by James Oswald is a blooming brilliant read and I am still trying to process my thoughts into some sort of review! It is a book that has a wonderful sinister air to it and of secrets that shock. Fabulous plots and sub-plots that move the story along at a good pace. This is a book that can be read as a stand-alone even though it is the 10th in the series. Definitely recommended, review will follow when I can sort out my thoughts 🙂


What I shall be reading next…

I could read a Blog Tour book or one off my TBR, but right at this moment (well as I finish up this post) I may just watch a film 🙂


Well that’s me done for another week,

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable week ahead

Yvonne xx