Q & A with Childrens Author Stuart Reid

I am very excited to welcome Stuart Reid onto my Blog today, I hope you are ready for bogies, snot, bottom burps and bums…I kid you not! If I say that this author has described as the “Billy Connolley for kids” that should give you some indication of how this post today is going to go!

Stuart is an author of the Gorgeous George books for Children, he is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and tours schools bringing his books to children everywhere. . I admit I had great fun writing up this post. I hope you all enjoy it…


I don’t know about you, but for me I love Book Covers! Want to have a look at a couple of Stuart’s? (I apologise for reducing the synopsis for each book!)

Gorgeous George and the Zigzag Zit-Faced Zombies

Sneezing, sniffing, snoring and snots! Zombies, zebras and zits! 

Must…..have….bogiieeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

Bogies, baddies, bagpipes and bums! Farting, false teeth and fun!

A must read for children (and anyone else) who love crude, rude, exciting, silly, sometimes smelly and humorous books.


I must admit the kid in me is sniggering sssoooooo much 🙂 🙂

Okay now for the Q & A (aka – author interrogation!) – make yourself comfy…

1.When was the moment that you realised you wanted to write children’s books?

​I’ve always loved writing. When I was 16, becoming a sports journalist would’ve been my dream job (basically being paid to watch football) but I studied Business Management instead because I thought it was sensible. After 25 years in business, I was running a 300-bedroom hotel in Dubai; I had a large house, a maid, a gardener, a swimming pool and two 4×4’s and I realised that I wasn’t happy. Work was unfulfilling and the credit crunch made things much harder. My wife persuaded me to start writing again… anything that would make me happy… and I began writing about people, situations and weird stories that I laughed at when I was 9 years old. I regressed back into my childhood and have never been happier.

I think being happy is your work is important, but still WOW…

2.Where did the idea of taking your books direct to your audience come from?

In 2009, I decided to give up my job… along with my salary, my car, my house, my healthcare and my pension… to start writing children’s books, so my family and I returned to Britain where I finished my first book. I was luckily enough to find a small publisher who agreed to publish the first book but he said “You’ll never make any money being a children’s author” so I started working as an area manager in retail again (which was soul-destroying). I realised that my target market meet together five days a week, forty weeks of the year… if I could tick the education box for the teachers, the reading inspiration box for the parents and the enjoyment and excitement boxes for the kids, then I might have a product that schools could benefit from. Six months after my first book was released my diary was so full with bookings from schools, libraries and book festivals that I was able to give up my proper job again and become a full-time children’s author. Since then, I have hosted over 1,500 events throughout the Uk and Ireland, as well as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, Hong Kong and Australia.

Finding your target audience was obviously important!

3.Is there a special standout moment from your books or from your performances?

Yesterday I was boarding a flight in Australia, returning from the Adelaide Festival, when an Emirates check-in staff member asked for my ticket and passport. She looked at the passport and then asked, ‘Are you the author? Were you performing at the Fringe? You asked my husband up onto the stage to be a lady elephant!’ – I nearly wet myself laughing. I also hosted an event in the Middle East with a group of boys from a royal family and almost started a riot. After one of my Edinburgh Fringe events last year, one of the parents described me as ‘Billy Connolly for kids’ – which is a massive compliment but one which I felt wholly inadequate to justify (didn’t stop me putting on my posters though). Writing scenes in my books where kids can help me bring the stories to life is great. Young volunteers help the audience visualise certain chapters by throwing false teeth at me, becoming snot zombies, enacting the water and the mountains and the tents around Justin Bieber’s campsite, as well as unleashing the two cheeky chimpanzees that amuse the crowd and terrorise the elephants.

Audience participation appears to be a key factor and also increases the fun!

4.Its obvious children love these performances from the video. I also noticed the adults loved it as well. Is this something you expected?  

​The more I’ve toured, and met mums and dads and teachers, the more I’ve found that most people still hold onto their inner child… the little person they once were that enjoys silliness, that laughs uncontrollably and helps them realise that it’s okay to have fun. Life can often be challenging but people need to laugh more, to enjoy life as much as possible and never take themselves too seriously. We’re only on the planet for a visit!

Yep, I have many silly, hysterical moments, and thats all I am saying about that lol

5.As I am a lifelong bookworm, I have to ask what were your favourite childhood books?

When I was about nine, I was hooked on a mystery series entitled Alfred Hitchcock’s The Three Investigators, where my love of an abstract adventure came from. Before that, the first book I remember reading by myself was Roald Dahl’s The Twits, and loved the monkeys gluing the furniture on the ceiling and Mr Twit pulling off the birds’ legs (which sounds a big gruesome nowadays). I also remember a hilarious book called Fungus the Bogeyman, as up until that point, I never knew you could put bogies in a book! And as a teenager, To Kill A Mocking Bird was the first book I ever read twice.

I remember The Twits and have heard of but never read Fungus.

6. And because I am nosy, what are your favourite books as an adult?

​I am obsessed with Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, and have recently started another Stephen King phase. My two teenager daughters are brilliant at recommending books too. I’ve just finished You by Caroline Kepnes, although it was a wee bit rude so I will be having words with that daughter! I couldn’t put John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars down, and it was the first book where I’ve actually cried buckets. Me Before You was very good and I shed a tear or two with RJ Palacio’s Wonder. I still enjoy reading children’s and young adult books, as I need to be aware of market and like to recommend books to little readers and their teachers.

Never too old to read children’s books!

7. And yes, I’m very nosy! What are your interests and hobbies away from books?

​I love cooking and will always be experimenting in the kitchen – creating new tapas dishes is my favourite thing right now. My wife and I love to travel, so if she’s not joining me on my book tours, we try to squeeze in a cheeky wee holiday or weekend break every couple of months. And although my stage shows are quite energetic, and my fitness levels are okay, I don’t play football anymore, as I’m scared of breaking my leg and not being able to perform on stage. Playing FIFA on the PS4 is the best sport I can manage these days.

8. Apart from bringing stories to a younger readers, what are your future aims or dreams for your books?

​If I was to allow myself to have a dream for my Gorgeous George books,it would be a movie or television series, with a young Rupert Grinch playing George, an older, balder Robert Carlisle wearing an enormous ginger moustache would play Grandpa Jock. A younger version of Letitia Wright (from Black Panther) would be Barbara and Allison would be played by the Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, if she had a time machine go back to being a kid again. The adventures would be a mixture of live action, bright animation and full-on CGI, with Simon Cowell as the villain in Giant Geriatric Generator. We’d need a cast of hundreds for the Zig-Zag Zit-faced Zombies story and Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright and Woody Harrelson would have feature too, with time-warp trouser trumpets, aliens, Loch Ness monsters, piles and piles of pink poo, a parody of A Christmas Carol would need to be the festive adventure and there’s also a love story for Grandpa Jock too. But to be honest, I haven’t really given it much thought.

Oh I agree no thought at all hahaha

9. If I could wave a magic wand what would you wish for?

​Wow… you mean apart from the last answer? Well, I suppose I want every kid in the world to see one of my live events, and to feel inspired enough to want to read more books, more often. And not just my books, but any good book. And to learn to love reading, and to share that love of reading with their own children. My books are yucky… they are about boogers, bums and big bottom burps and my characters will never grown up… but I know that every little reader will, and they’ll leave Gorgeous George behind and read other books, better books and more intelligent books but I’d love it if my books were the inspiration for that. Oh, and world peace.

My love of reading started as a child and has been with me ever since!

10. Now the 3 W’s – What is next? Where Will it be? And When will it be?

​It’s already shaping up to be another busy year. My diary is full for months with a short tour of N.Ireland, followed by my first gigs at the Brighton Fringe, then the launch of Book no.8 Gorgeous George and the Incredible Iron-Bru-Man Incident in July. My sixth year at the Edinburgh Fringe is in August with 60+ appearances there, more school events, Book Week Scotland and my first tour of schools in Qatar. There is also the possibility of hosting events in Australia again with Perth Fringe in January 2020 and back across to Adelaide again in February. It’s great to be so busy… I think I have the best job in the world!

Wowsers…very busy and I wish you all the very best. I agree, it does sound like you have the best job!!


Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be appreciated so much 🙂 xx

My week In Books (w/e 14th July) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello once again to my weekly round up of bookishess. I have had a slower reading week as once again my concentration level has taken a dip. It is so annoying when this happens, but, if the concentration is not there then it can be forced. I have enjoyed the books I have read a huge amount but I am only able to read in short bursts.

I decided at the beginning of the month that I was due for a social media break and blogging break. So this post is for two weeks, but for my week off I didn’t really read anything or even listen to anything because of the concentration.

So let me show you what I have read…

First up is a book that I was on a Blog Tour for

Come Back For My by Heidi Perks is a fabulous and very atmospheric mystery read. More about the mystery that a crime thriller as such. A totally addictive and wonderful read that I adored from the very start.

Here is the Synopsis…

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets.You can bury the body, but the truth will always surface…

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island.


But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. But one thing rings true… You can’t bury the truth forever.

Fans of THE BAY, BROADCHURCH, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR and Lisa Jewell’s THEN SHE WAS GONE will not be able to put this novel down.

You can find my full review HERE


Next up is another Blog Tour book

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The Awakening Aten by Aiden K. Morrissey is a historical fiction with many historical facts incorporated into the story. It is a fabulous read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is also the first book in a planned saga series. If you like ancient Egyptian fiction then I think you will really enjoy this one.

Here is the synopsis…

Book One of ‘The Aten’ Saga

The Awakening Aten envelops the reader in an Egypt of whispers and fears, of webs within webs, deceit upon deceit. Its themes of murder, intrigue, political and religious conflict, corruption, tomb robbing, war and executions are set against a background of fundamental ideological change. 

Ancient Egypt is seen through the eyes of two families; one royal, the other commoner. Yuya, whose tomb is in the Valley of the Kings, is a foreigner who rises from slavery to become Regent to an infant Pharaoh and thus, the most powerful man in the world’s wealthiest empire. His children and descendants will remain at the very heart of the country’s destiny. Kha is a tomb painter and builder who experiences both the despair of imprisonment and the horror of war. As Overseer of the King’s Works he restores the Great Sphinx, and inscribes the ‘Dream Stela’ placed between its paws, still visible today. Through tragic and deathly events his family and that of Yuya become entwined.

Review to follow.


My current read is for another Blog Tour, I know I said I was dropping back from them at the beginning of the year but I do seem to have picked a few up…!!!

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Wanderers by Chuck Wendig… OMG I am loving this book so much, I am half way through it and I am addicted to it. It has been a while since I have read a dystopian/ sci fi and this one is hitting all the right notes for me.

Here is the synopsis…

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. In the tradition of The Stand and Station Eleven comes a gripping saga that weaves an epic tapestry of humanity into an astonishing tale of survival.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and are sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world. 

Review will follow.


I have a couple more Blog Tours to read for this month, and with the exception of one in August I have no more until september. This means I can try to read a few more of my #20 Books of Summer reads. I am up to number 4 at the moment so it will be interesting to see how close I get to my target.

Hopefully you will be able to see the images I have included, they kept disappearing while I was writing this post up. WordPress and its trickery or me and my fat fumbs… hmmm Im not sure… 😂😂


So, how about some non bookishness for you to wrap this post up with… Dogs, my two rogues just had their yearly shear and they were definitely due for it especailly as summer seems to have arrived….

Meet Billy with his before and after pose!

Meet Buster with his before and after pose!

They are both Springer / Cocker Spaniel crosses know as Billy Bony Bum and Buster Big Bum for obvious reasons! They are a great pair of characters and are inseperable, they are also cousins and we love them to bits 💖💖

Right that’s me done for another week, I look forward to seeing what everyone has been reading and I will see you next week for another Bookish catch up.

Take care and enjoy your reading folks 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 30th June 2019) #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to a round up of Bookish and Non-Bookish news! Once again a day late as I had a Blog Tour post yesterday!

What a week it has been, and not just because of the very random and unpredictable weather!

I have to mention the most amazing parcel I recieved last week from the Author Caroline James. I have been entering her competitions for a while now to win a certain little Bear! This time I was so lucky to have finally had my name pulled out of the hat! Not only did I win the gorgeous chap himslef, I also got a signed copy of her fabulous book The Best Boomerville Hotel, but also a smart little bag and card as well!!


I work a couple of nights each week and there are times when it really does pay to be awake right through, especially as the sunrises are so fabulous in Cornwall. Photo’s on my phone really didn’t do the stunning sunrise justice…


At the end of the week I got a wonderful surprise from Amazon in my email inbox, inviting me to join Amazon Vine Voices, Yes Me!!! What the hell, I thought originally that this must be a scam but they had all the right details on the email. So now I have 2 Amazon Badges on my profile ” TOP 1000 REVIEWER” and “VINE VOICE”.


I don’t share much in the way of really personal stuff, because, well… it’s personal. But on Thursday my Dad finally got to go to hospital to have his ICD implant (defibullator / pacemaker) fitted. I am so happy to say he is home and apart from a little discomfort he is right as rain. Phew such a relief for us all and it will take a lot of worry away as his poor old ticker has a bit of extra help now!


Well I suppose I ought to mention the books this week 📚😁

HIDDEN by ROGER A PRICE

I read this as part of the Blog Tour and I posted my review yesterday. A crime thriller that I thoroghly enjoyed though it does deal with some tough topics, trafficking and prostitution. It is part of a series but worked well as a stand-alone.


MEET ME IN MONACO by HAZEL GAYNOR & HEATHER WEBB

An absolutely stunning story that I adored. It’s about a small perfumier and a photographer who are brought together by chance by Grace Kelly as she hides in the perfume shop. This was a story that had me smirking and sobbing, beautiful and took me quite by surprise for many good reasons.


The Teashop On the Corner by Milly Johnson

This is the 2nd of my #20BooksofSummer books. It is also the 2nd Milly Johnson book I have read. It is also the 2nd time I have read one of her books from start to finish in one sitting. Another fabulous and absorbing read, I think I have found another favourite author to add to my list!


Someone You Know by Olivia Isaac-Henry

This is a book I have swapped into my #20 Booksof Summer list. When I made my list up I forgot to include some of the NetGalley Reads, this is one of them.

I found this to be one of those quietly addictive books, I wanted to know what happened to the missing sister and it kept me turning pages. A timeslip that alterantes between past and present to get to the truth. My review for this will follow soon.


Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I am on the Blog Tour for this one and, it is part of a series. I have not read the previous book and I wish I had before I started this one, there are returning characters and references that I want to know more about. It doesn’t spoil the reading but I am a nosy reader who wants to know all the gossip and shenanigans of the past stories! My review will be posted later this month.


WHAT I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO:-

PYGMALION by GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

I love the musical of My Fair Lady and it forms part of the work by Shaw. This is a version with a fabulous cast and is a BBC Audio Drama.

I borrowed this online using my libray card to access BorrowBox. I am pleased to say I have now sorted out my problems with listening to audio’s from them and it makes it so much easy for continual listening.


The Hat Shop on the Corner by Marita Conlon-McKenna

This is another BorrowBox Audio book and is a wonderful listen as I got to know the owner and customers of the local Hat Shop and also surrounding shops.

This is set in Dublin and has a good range of characters that the narrator does a fantastic job with. She has a great range to her voice and really brings the story to life.



Well that is my lot, quite a busy and interesting week for various reasons. I also just remembered I got my hair cut… and to be honest I had not long got up when I took the first photo😂😂😂😂 I didn’t realise how much my hair really needed cutting…😬

I think I waffled plenty long enough and if you are still reading this then I am impressed!


So I will wish you well for the week ahead and hope you all enjoy your reading. I have decided to take a few days away from the computer and social media to give myself a chance to catch up with other things, so I will catch up with you all next week 🙂 xx

I will leave you with a few photos of my garden at the moment… 🙂 xx

Thanks for sticking with this post until the very end! 🙂

My Week In Books – (w/e 23/6/19) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello again!

Welcome, this week I have had quite a good week for books read. I finally got round to using my library card to sign up to BorrowBox so I can borrow e-books and e-audiobooks online from my local library. In the past I have also used Librevox. Do you have any favourite sites?

Borrowbox is such a great service to use, and I am using it for audiobooks at the moment. I decided to put my Audible Account on temporary hold while I try Borrowbox, and while I like the idea of being able to borrow audiobooks and support library services, it doesn’t quite match Audible. I like the sync feature of Audible and also the continous running. While with BorrowBox I am finding i have to listen to each chapter individually, or am I missing something here! Is there a way to listen to chapters continously?

So what have read and listened to this week…


Cold As The Grave by James Oswald

OH WOW!!!! I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for this book it is abso-flamin-lutely awesome! Yep, I might have liked it more than a little bit 😁😉. Talk about edge of the seat stuff, I didn’t want this one to end…

Review as part of the Blog Tour later this week.


Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

I have had this on my kindle for a little while now and decided that instead of choosing one of my #20BooksOfSummer I decided I fancied this instead…

A fabuolous and wonderful Historical Fiction book that has a story as stunning as the cover. I adored this one so much, again another one I didn’t want to put down. I might just purchase the hardback copy of this book becasue the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have been a fan of this authors previous books and when I saw the chance to hop onto the Blog Tour for this book I was messenging straingt aay. I have to say I might have just read my favourite book by this author. This is yet another edge of my seat read that I found so absorbing, and emotional on so many different levels. This author tends to tackle mental health issues and this one is no exception. Her research is impecable and with I Looked Away she completely had me from the first few paragraphs.


Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek

This is the Audible version of the book and I am sitting on the fence with this one a little bit. There are some hard subjects tackled in this book and while I think I would have been ok reading I had a really hard time listening. This is made harder as it is not just a narration, it is an Audible Drama, so has actors along with the narrator. I enjoyed the story and it would not stop me picking up something else by this author, but I think I may just stick to reading them in future.


Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan

This is another book that has sat on my kindle for a while now. I saw it during the Blog Tour and it had a good response from the reviews I read. I was unsure as it is focused around the film star/celebrity culture, not something I normally go for. But, I was proven wrong, I loved this stopry a huge amount. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!!!


So I am quite pleased with last week especially as I am also working on Principles of Dementia Care course for work, really interesting and certainly useful, halfway through so far.

So 4 books read and 1 listened to. This takes my Goodreads up to 51% or 101/200. I am 7 books ahead of schedule, considering I had a bit of a slump I am still on course. As for NetGalley… least said the better 😬😕

I must get properly started on my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challenge, I’ve still only read 1 out of 20. I keep picking up books that I didn’t put on my list… no hope for some readers!

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Here is question… I like to use Gifs from Giphy. Does anyine know the protocol for using these? I just mention where the image has come from and include the link! Is this right?


What am I currently Reading & Listening to…

Hidden by Roger A. Price is for an upcoming Blog Tour.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi is on loan from BorrowBox and an Audiobook.


Once again I seem to have a good mix of genres, I love to Genre Hop. For me it is as if I am coming back to something I love and keeps things fresh, if you know what I mean! 🤷‍♂️


It is Sunday afternoon as I write this post, it is wet and windly and generally bloody ‘orrible. Yesterday was t-shirt and shorts weather, today jeans and jumper! What’s it all about…

I’m off to read for the rest of the afternoon and wish you all the best, have a great week 👍📚💖

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My Week In Books – a day late! (w/e 16th June 2019) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to a catch up on the books I have read this week. I say read, and while I did read 2 books I also listened to a third. I know I would normally post this on a Monday (when I remember) but I was taking part in a Blog Tour and decided to stick to one post a day! I could have posted on Sunday just gone, but I keep away from social media and the PC then, well until the OH is having his post Sunday Roast afternoon snooze 😂

As promised last week I have photo’s of my newly organised spare room, now know as “My Library” 😁.

So to the books I read…

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Monopoli Blues by Tim Clark & Nick Cook

I read this for an upcoming Blog Tour.

SYNOPSIS – In November 1944, Sub Lt Bob Clark, a twenty-year old agent with Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive, parachuted into northern Italy. He left behind the girl he had fallen in love with, Marjorie, his radio operator. 

Captured by the enemy, Bob’s fate hangs in the balance and Marjorie won’t know for six months whether he is alive or dead. 

Monopoli Blues recounts the story of Tim Clark’s journey to uncover the story of his parents’ war – and the truth behind the betrayal of his father’s Clarion mission to the Nazis… 

“Monopoli Blues puts the big picture in perspective. It is a detailed and intimate account of the Second World War drama as it affected two individuals who are in love and who are separated by the conflict. The story is the more powerful for being told by their son, Tim Clark. His assiduous search uncovers the drama and danger of facing a British agent who is betrayed and captured by the Nazis and whose girlfriend has no clue what has happened to him. This is the reality of war behind the headlines.” – Jonathan Dimbleby.


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The Outsider by Stephen King

This is the first of my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challange. I took it to work with me to read on a break… I was on a nightshift and the only person awake… I didn’t read any of this that night… just in case 😬😂

SYNOPSIS – When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.

Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.

As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.

Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?


The Tapestry Bag by Isabella Muir – Audiobook

I was lucky to be picked as a winner of the Audiobook version of this book. It was a Giveaway that Isabella was running as part of the Blog Tour with Rachel’s Random Resources.

SYNOPSIS – A young woman named Zara goes missing, one year to the day that her boyfriend, Joel, was killed in a hit-and-run. Is Zara in danger? Is she still alive? What really happened to Joel, and who is to blame?

In the quiet seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, the police appear to be doing little to find Zara. Her friend Janie decides to make it her mission to track her down. It’s the “swinging sixties”, and Janie fears that Zara may be mixed up with drugs, alcohol, or worse. As Janie explores the strange circumstances of Zara’s disappearance, she starts to question the truth about Joel’s death.

Janie runs the mobile library and has a passion for crime fiction, especially Agatha Christie. Can Poirot help Janie solve the mystery of Zara’s disappearance? 

As she looks for clues she comes across some unsavory characters who each have a reason for wanting Joel dead. Can Janie untangle the web of lies and find out the truth?


Reviews for all three books will follow soon(ish) 🙂


MY CURRENT READ IS – James Oswald – Cold As The Grave

MY CURRENT LISTEN IS – Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek


I am just 2% off reaching the half way point of my Goodreads Challenge, so I am very happy with this.


I suppose you want to see what I have done with my books…

So this was the before photo…

At this point I had to empty a bookcase, bring it upstairs, bring the books up and randomly put them on the bookcase to sort when I had ALL my books upstairs… I did this over several days, or it may have been couple of weeks! I had several bookcases, lots of books and very sore legs, arms and, shoulders.

If only there was an easier way of moving books!!!!!

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Once they were all up, came the days of sorting into order and also buying some more books cases. I may still buy two more to replace the odd one that is on one side of the room, you will see what I mean when you get to it…

Along with my books I decided as this is my own space, it would be nice to add some of my photo’s and artwork.

Right here is the end result, it still needs a bit of tweaking as I am still not quite happy with the order of them at the moment.

🔰 This is such a random corner to try to sort out but I have my complete Robert Ludlum set of books, as well as older clothbound and paperback classics. With a smaller bookcase that I still need to sort out properly.

🔰The top shelf contains my Signed Books, as well as more that need sorting out. It will eventually hold my reference books.

🔰 As you see a little better this part of the shelf really does need more sorting. But the full set of Encycloepedias is staying put they are too heavy to keep moving around…

🔰 This is more military fiction, historical reference and the bottom is Classics like Hardy, the Bronte’s, Dickens, Austen and my favourite – Wilkie Collins. The case on the right is fantasy with just peepeing next to it more general fiction, historical and women’s fiction.

🔰 This is the rest of the shelf that has women’s, general and historical fiction. The shorter case next to it is one I may replace as the books on this one are double stacked… I hate that I can’t see all of them at the same time. That one contains mainly crime, thriller, murder mystery reads. The children’s books are on the top, with old annuals that i found in a charity shop dating back to the 50’s/60’s.

🔰 The little white shelf is all Agatha Christe, with Bernard Cornwells Sharpe series on the top. The boxing in the back has more reference books, if only the staircase didn’t come up just under there… I have a much better use for it…


Right then that’s the lot from me for this week. I am hoping the weather dries up and I get to see that mysterious and warming phenomenon that I heard is called “SUMMER”!

Happy reading folks and if you feel like shairng it would be very welcomed indeed 🙂 xx

My Month In Books May 2019 #MeAndMyBooks

Well May came and went pretty quick!

After a slow start on the reading I managed to read 15 books and listen to 2 Audiobooks.

I failed on my weekly “My Week In Books” posts for May, I had Blog Tours on a couple of the mondays, I was away for another so decided it would be easier to do a wrap up for the month.

So what did I listen to?

Books I read –

This takes my tally up tp 90 out of the 200 I set on my Goodreads Challenge. According to Goodreads I am 7 books ahead of schedule.

alking of challenges I have also signed up for #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge. I’m looking forward ot this a lot because I have chosen 20 from my TBR that I have wanted to read for a while.

That’s all from me!

Happy Reading 🙂 xx

#20BooksOfSummer #ReadingChallenge

I have been seeing various Book Bloggers signing up for the 20 Books Of Summer Reading Challenge and thought why not join as well!

Well the hard bit was choosing 20 books, it didn’t have to be 20 it could have been 10 or 15, if I wanted. But, and I know this is something many readers struggle with, trying to choose a small amount from the mountains of books on my TBR was tough… so 20 it was 🙂

This is a fun challange and the rules are not written in stone, in fact there are not really any rules.

If you wan to take part just choose your books and then link them back to Cathy @746Books. There is a Linky link so you can keep track of not only your own reads but also see others and how they are getting on.

Choose 10, 15 or 20 Books.

The Challenge begins on 3rd of June and finishes on the 3rd September.

So now to my 20 Books…

Now then, the eagle eyed amonst you will notice that there are several books that are the first in a series… yes this is me attempting to catch up with authors that I have been wanting to read for a while.

I think I have a good mix in there and a couple of long ones as well!!!!!

Eeeek wish me luck 🙂

Tarn Richardson – #TheDarkestHand @TarnRichardson @RedDoorBooks – #CoverReveal #BookNews

I have been a huge fan of Tarn Richardson’s The Darkest Hand Trilogy and I am so excited and delighted to be welcoming you all to have a look at the fabulous new look covers for this fabulous and Highly Recommended trilogy. Tarn has recently moved to Red Door Publishing and I wish him all the best for this new journey.

I first became aware of this fabulous trilogy when I read the short prequel called The Hunted. This is action packed from the very start and was when I first got to meet inquisitor Poldeck Tacit. This prequel is available free for download from Amazon and is the start to an absolutely amazing trilogy. If anyone asks me about some of the best books I have read, this series always gets a mention! Get your free copy of The Hunted HERE

In the bustling streets of Sarajevo in June 1914, the dead body of a priest lies, head shattered by the impact of a fall from a building high above. As the city prepares for the arrival Archduke Franz Ferdinand, grim-faced inquisitor Poldek Tacit is faced not only with the challenge of discovering why the priest has been killed but also confronting other menaces: the demon rumoured to be at large in the city and the conspirators of the Black Hand organisation who plan to assassinate the Archduke.

With terrible danger only ever one step away and his private demons silenced only by a strong drink, THE HUNTED introduces us to the damaged soul that is the unorthodox Catholic inquisitor Poldek Tacit. It is a world both like and unlike our own but in which the Inquisition, is alive and well yet existing in the shadows; in which history is poised to take dangerous and unpredictable paths; where evil assumes many horrific forms, from werewolves to the institutional slaughter of the trenches; and the threat to humanity (in all senses of the word) – and to love – is ever constant.


After reading The Hunted I wondered how on earth this author could maintain such a frenetic pace in a full length book? Well not only did he deliver a story he did it in a very intricate way.

The Damned follows and I realised what sort of journey I was on. Referred to as Dark Fiction, for me this series covers many genres. Historical fiction, fantasy, crime, thriller, alternative history, if you love reading any of these or like mystery, thriller and suspense then this is for you as well.

Here is a snippet of one of my reviews…
“I fell in love with a little e-book called “The Hunted”. It had so many things going on its 45 pages, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would transfer into a longer book, nevermind a trilogy of them. Tarn Richardson has brilliantly put together a huge story with a vast array of memorable and unique characters. I have loved some, loathed some and have been very wrong in my opinion of some. For me this shows what a great author he is, he has managed to bring his characters and his books alive for me in the words he has written. It is like reading a film. There has been a huge amount of research gone into this book and it shows, through the way he has intertwined his world into our own world history.”

The Fallen and then The Risen just cemented my love for this trilogy and I was gutted when I realised that I had come to the end of my journey with Polek and the other fabulous characters. This trilogy for me was simply sublime reading, it ticked so many boxes because of the many genres it spans. The attention and research to historical events is brilliant and very evident. There is conspiracy and intrigue at every turn as Poldeck battles his own demons and investigates others. This is a trilogy that was perfect for me and I think deserves far more attention than it has had. It is my sincere hope that as Tarn has now moved publishers The Darkest Hand gets the notice, attention and acclaim that it deserves.

So let’s have a proper look at the covers …

Now when it comes to covers I am one of those that tends to prefer the cover of a book I see. So for me I loved the original ones, but I to say that I am impressed with these new ones. I love that the original main colour was kept and the imagery is very suited to each book and link in to the main story. I will definitely be buying these new copies when they are published.

Tarn Richardson was brought up in a remote house, rumored to be haunted, near Somerset. He has worked as a copywriter, written mystery murder dinner party games and worked in digital media for nearly twenty years. He lives near Salisbury in England. The Damned is his debut novel, the first in a series of three featuring tortured Inquisitor Poldek Tacit.

Having grown up in Somerset, he now lives in Salisbury with his wife, the portraiture artist Caroline Richardson.

Social Media links – Website Twitter

Many thanks for reading my post, a share or like would be amazing 🙂 xx

My Week In Books w/e 30th April #MeAndMyBooks

Well hello once again! I was going to post this yesterday but as I was taking part in the Publication Day Review for Jaded by Rob Ashman I decided I would change the day for My Week In Books rather than have two posts on one day 🙂

Another month gone!!! April has been a mix of sunshine and showers and a bit windy thanks to Storm Hannah, but my garden survived pretty unscathed, thank goodness.

This week has been a better one as far as my reading has gone and I have managed to read a five books.

So let me share the books I have read this week…

The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson.

I have several books by this author and, do you know what? I have never actually read one! I saw a review post by the fabulous Linda at Linda’s Book Bag for one of this Authors books. As I had just finished reading one book and deciding which to pick up next, Linda’s enthusiasm for Milly Johnson made me go to my TBR and pick up The Queen of Wishful Thinking.

This is a good sized book at just short of 500 pages. I will tell you it was so good that I read it in one sitting! Yes it was a brilliant read that captivated me completely. I am really looking forward to reading the other 7-8 that I have and obviously buying the ones I am missing.


Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

If you are a Book Blogger then I am sure you have seen Dead Inside by fellow Book Blogger and now Debut Author Noelle. Check out Noelle’s Blog at Crime Book Junkie I have been excited to read this book and I had been hearing so many amazing things about Dead Inside.

If you like your crime thriller reads to be hard hitting, emotional deeply intriguing and want a real belter of a read then you seriously NEED to pick this book up when it is published. As soon as I had finished Dead Inside I immediately nipped over to Amazon to pre-order the next book in the Maggie Jamieson series. A fabulous debut and one that I would Absolutely and Most Definitely recommend.


Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

I was mooching around on my kindle not quite sure what I wanted to read next when I came across this gorgeous cover. It is the first instalment in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. It is a short read at 127 pages but it is a wonderful intro to a wonderful sounding community that Ellie finds herself drawn to. I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this one.


Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly

I was a lucky recipient of this paperback book via Readers First. When it arrived I immediately picked it up to read, one of those right books at the right time things…

This is the story of what happened to the Ugly Sisters after Ella was whisked away by her Prince. I love a chance to remember childhood fairy tales and I do admit that Cinderella was one I really liked. The author has done a fabulous job of keeping the magical fairy tale feel in her story but also injecting moral aspect that I really, really enjoyed. This was a fabulous escapism read on a rainy April afternoon.


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

When I read a Hardback book I always take off the cover so it doesn’t get damaged and also so I can see if there is any other details hidden underneath…I love these Magpies on a white cover. The significance of the Magpies are part of the story in this fabulous read, I have had this book since last year and I am so pleased I have finally managed to read it. It is one of those books that has a sad almost bleak style to it, this is not a criticism at all in fact it is this style that really draws a reader in, it plays on the emotional ties that you start to build with the character. This is a fabulously atmospheric and creepy feeling read that I thoroughly enjoyed.


Books In The Post

I have been very lucky with books this week. I enter a few giveaways, yes it is a bonus to win but I do it to help share the #BookLove it is my way of helping the promotions and Blog Tours in the hope that my tweets will help other readers find “new to them authors”. So, as well as winning a copy of Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly, I also won a paperback copy of…

A Sister’s Sorrow by Kitty Neale

My copy came from the wonderful Avon Books in a Twitter Giveaway, I have seen but as yet not read any books by this author and I am really looking forward to starting this one.


The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

I recieved my copy of this Hardback, and I have to say it is gorgeous, from Penguin Random House. I entered a Giveaway on Cathy’s blog and you can find her wonderful Blog at What Cathy Read Next. I had seen many wonderful reviews about this book and I am looking forward to reading this so much.


Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow

This is another book I had got on my reading radar, and this paperback copy is one that might just be my next read! Many thanks to Anne who has an amazing Blog at Random Things Through My Letterbox. If I say that Anne has said that she ” adored it” and also that she “adore this author.” I think this is one I will also enjoy!


Well, that’s me rounded up for the week. My total books read for the month of April was 15 taking my Goodreads tally to 72 out of my planned 200 for the year, so still on target.

My Netgalley tally is 18 on my shelf with 2 of those slipping into the older than 3 months, but with my 88% Feedback Ratio I think I can live with that for the moment, but I do hope to get them read soon!


My Week in Books (Week ending 21st April)

Welcome to another My Week in Books post, this week is actually a two week round-up. Last Monday I was delighted to be one of the readers to take part in the Publication Day Celebrations for The Feud by Amanda James, hence the reason for a double book week.

It is quite amazing how quick the weeks and months are flying past. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating the start of a new year and now we are at Easter…

I also have an apology. On Good Friday I was part of the Blog Tour for Amazing Grace by Kim Nash, it is an excellent read and if you have not read it then go and get a copy. Now for some reason WordPress wouldn’t show my post on my reader, I didn’t realise this until lunchtime when I woke up…I should mention that I had worked a rather busy night shift 🙂 Not only was WP being a sod, I also had problems post to FB and Twitter was being a bit of an arse as well which meant I was having problems seeing people sharing AND I have a stinking cold …enter the drama queen that swoons saying… “Oh Woe is me!!!”😉😂 . So if you shared my post or retweeted then I am very grateful and thank you so much.


So now down to the books I read last week…sorry over the last 2 weeks!

KIN by Snorri Kristjansson

I think it was the beginning of the month when I saw a post by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, he was looking forward to reading the 2nd book in the Helga Finnsdottir Mystery series, this reminded me that I still had Kin on my TBR. So off I tootled to grab my copy to start reading and look what I saw…

“Kin will appeal to fans of crime, thrillers, mystery and historical fiction and is well worth a read” – The Tattooed Book Geek

I can tell you, Drew is spot on with this quote. It is a fabulous read, I loved the historical fiction in this story and it is a brilliant read leaving very eager to see what Helga gets involved in next. Highly recommended as well!


Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan

Did you know that the paperback of this book is due for publication very soon! Eva got in touch with me to ask if I would like a copy of her book to read and to review for Publication Day…I replied no thank you as I already have a copy but I will happily bump it up my TBR 🙂 And what a fabulous story it is as well. If you are after a story with emotion and wonderful characters then I urge you to go and check out this author. Time Will Tell is a beautiful, captivating and a totally wonderful read.


Jaded by Rob Ashman

I was delighted when Rob got in touch to ask if I would read Jaded as part of the Publication Day team of readers to share their reviews. I love the main protagonist DI Roz Kray. Somehow along the way I have missed books 2 and 3 in this series, but I have read book 1.

If you are a fan of crime thrillers that pack a punch then this is definitely one you want to pick up. It is a fabulous read and one that I read in one sitting and I would highly recommend it. You can pre-order your copy now for publication on 29th April.


Blackpool’s Daughter by Maggie Mason

Oh Maggie you had my heart in my mouth once again with this stunning read. The author Mary Wood also writes as Maggie Mason and if you are after emotional and heartbreaking family saga reads then this author is fabulous.

The story of mother and daughter, Julia and Clara and their separation and evacuation in 1940 from Guernsey to the mainland is one that really does pull on the heartstrings. If you are a fan of histfic and family sagas then look up this author.


The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

OH WOW! I have just discovered a fabulous Gothic thriller. I was wandering through Amazon, as you do and I came across this fabulous book. The setting is Edinburgh in 1888 and see’s to very different detectives coming together to solve a very interesting and bloody murder.

I love a good gothic read and this is bloody brilliant, from the characters, the setting, the plot, everything about this one ticked all the boxes in this genre for me. And, sorry pause for my happy dance… there are more in the series. Look this author up and have a look at the Frey & McGrey series.


Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

This is another OH WOW, OH WOW!! book by this fabulous author. I write my initial thoughts on paper when I finish reading a book, then I use those to then write my review up. I have just read my notes and they are so convoluted as I tried to put into words what I thought!

This is such a wickedly brilliant read, so many twists that kept me reading. I am dreading trying to get my thoughts in order to actually write a review that makes some sense. It is another highly recommended read!


Dear Jane by Allie Cresswell

I am in the process of reading this book. Oh this is a sweet and sorrow for me. I am so glad to read the next in the Highbury Trilogy and gutted that it is the end of the Highbury Trilogy. I have loved this series and it is inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma.

This is a historical fiction that has had me wrapped up in it’s words as I have been immersed into a such a fasbulous setting, with wonderful descriptions and characters. If you are a fan of classic literature or books written in that style then you really should pick this series up.


So 7 books over two weeks is not bad, but still a little less than my normal. My Goodreads tally I think is at 66/200 for the year.

Books I received this week …

I had a wonderful email from Quercus Books about a “wish” for a NetGalley book… my wish had been granted for The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary


I am one of the Book Bloggers on the Blog Tour by Anne Cater for Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary and I was delighted to be sent a Hardback copy of the book. I am really looking forward to getting to this one.


My final book for you is one I won on Readers First for adding my Initial thoughts on a book cover. When the book arrived in the post I was again stunned by another Hardback copy. I have to say it is a beautiful cover…

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Published by Zaffre, this story is about Nuri and his wife Afra leaving the city of Aleppo in Syria and making a perilous journey to Britain when all they care for is destroyed by war. They make their way to a cousin in Yorkshire to keep bees.

This sounds like it could be an emotional read and also a fabulous read. I am looking forward to this one a lot.

I have got a few bargains on my kindle but if I added those as well this post would be miles long, so until next time…

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