#BlogTour | #BookReview | SLOW DOWN by Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG (January 8th 2015) @BlackthornTours

Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Isobel @ Blackthorn Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

How far would you go to make your dreams come true? For budding writer and filmmaker Noah Spaeth, being a Production Assistant in director Dominick Bambach’s new avant-garde film isn’t enough. Neither is watching Dominick have an affair with the lead actress, the gorgeous but troubled Nevie Wyeth. For Noah’s dream is to get both the film and Nevie in the end, whatever the cost. And this obsession may soon become a reality once Dominick’s spurned wife Isadora reveals her femme fatale nature with a seductive plot to get rid of her husband for good. Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.

Review:

Noah is a budding writer, except he seems to have come to a stopping point. He cannot find the motivation to sit down and write as there are other opportunities he’d rather do. One of these opportunities, a party, he meets Director Dominick Bambach, who takes an interest in Noah. Noah wants what Dominick has, and he will get it by fair ways or foul….

When I heard that there was an opportunity to read and review Slow Down for Lee Matthew Goldberg, I jumped at the chance. After being lucky enough to stumble across The Desire Card, I have eagerly read The Mentor and could not wait to get stuck into Slow Down.

Pulled into the world of show business, this story made me laugh out loud and oooh with unexpected twists and ideas. I found the ending to be perfect to the style of the writing I have come to expect from Lee.

I loved the variety of characters in this book, I found I was rooting for Noah, cheering him onto get his act together to succeed and then berating him for his stupidity, wanting to reach into the book and give him a shake, why could he not see where things were leading!  Dominick was a character you loved to dislike, overbearing and egotistical, so full of himself, but as the story evolved I did develop sympathy for him. I felt sympathy for Nevie and the girls who got swept into Dominck’s world and the direction they were taking. Isadora, well, she was a right character, I will say no more about her as she needs to be experienced (if this is the right word) to get her full personality.  

Lee has an original way of storytelling, he is not afraid for his books to take a dark turn, leading to violence, obsession and desire. I think he is an author to watch and will not be surprised if his novels are picked up to be made into films soon.

I hope I can find another of his books to read again soon

[K]

Author Bio:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com

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#BlogTour | #GuestPost | DAWN OF THE PATRIOT – HEART OF ZIIK by Okimi Peters (October 29th 2019) @fayerogerspr @authoright #HeartofZiik

Blurb:

Plagued by the mysterious death of his older brother, the unassuming yet highly spirited 19 year old Ziik will be thrust on the daunting path to becoming a vigilante in the Third World. Progressively finding himself as a symbol of light through the shadows of Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, Ziik must not only weave through the present day complexities of his homeland on his quest for justice; he must also learn to overcome himself to find peace.

Information about the Book

Title: Dawn of the Patriot: Heart of Ziik

Author: Okimi Peters

Genre: Graphic Novel

Page Count: 30

Publisher: Independently Published

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Extract:

Five interesting things about my main protagonist 

The main protagonist of the Dawn of the Patriot story is known as Ziik. The name Ziik was derived from “Nnamdi Azikiwe” – the first president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Dr. Azikiwe was known as the “great Zik of Africa” for his numerous works and contributions to development on the continent of Africa. He was most notably known for leading the anticolonialism movement in Nigeria which led to Nigeria gaining her independence from the British in 1960. The character Ziik stands for liberation and he comes to embody this in the Dawn of the Patriot series. One of the primary philosophies which Dr. Azikiwe stood for saw no divide between humans based on tribe or ethnicity. I also share in this philosophy hence the name, “Ziik.” As trivial as it may sound, choosing a hero character for Africa is inevitably plagued with the question of what tribe the main protagonist would belong to. Considering there are several different tribes, the decision to pick one tribe over another may contribute to the separatist ideology currently plaguing the continent. Although Dr Azikiwe belonged to the Igbo tribe his name was selected because of the philosophy of non-separatism which he embodied. The main protagonist of a superhero story in Africa should be a representation of the collective and not any one particular group. Dr. Azikiwe would concur.

Another interesting thing about the main protagonist, Ziik is that he is male. A male character allows for a more dynamic and aggressive story to be told; in essence, a more action-packed story. Male characters have also been at the forefront of Africa’s triumphs through the ages thus allowing a male character dawn the suit of hero more readily than a female could. Nonetheless, the Dawn of the Patriot series boasts some very dynamic and engaging female characters. The lead female character strives to become the first female president of Nigeria, and she is involved in much problem-solving in the story.

Yet another interesting aspect of Ziik is that he loses his older brother, Victor to the world of crime. Prior to losing his only brother to crime, Ziik was the happy-go-lucky type – a teenager largely naïve about the world. Though he was well aware of the dangers on the continent, Ziik for the most part lived in his own world sheltered from all the raucus. The loss of his brother thrust him out of that narrow bubble of reality and immersed him into a much broader world he had only been a bystander to – the world of crime. Now Ziik must become a detective of sorts, investigating the details surrounding his brother’s death and the larger schemes at play, which his brother was researching. This sets the main plot of the Dawn of the Patriot story. The veil which covered Ziik’s naïve eyes was lifted by the death of a loved one.

Fourth on the list of interesting things about the main protagonist would have to be that he is not alone. Superhero stories often have the lead character be this superman character capable of taking on the world all by himself but Ziik is just a teenager. What does the average teenager know about investigating a murder? Not much I would guess but Ziik comes to fill this role with the help of Awo, his best friend and Simi, Awo’s sister and ultimately Ziik’s love interest. Awo makes him crude gadgets while Simi keeps everyone within the boundaries of good taste. Ziik is nonetheless the one who puts himself and often finds himself in precarious situations as the hero. Together they will embark on this journey of self-revelation and coming to stand for more than oneself.

Last on the list is Ziik’s parkour. Ever since he was a young child, Ziik took on an interest in free running. This adds to his dynamism as a hero character. It also helps to reveal his street smarts which will come in handy as he solves the puzzle behind his brother’s murder. The Dawn of the patriot story showcases some of his parkour but a true appreciation of it would best be captured when a movie is made about the story. If you are unfamiliar with free running, Youtube has clips.

Author Bio:

As a first-time author Okimi Peters is new to writing books but he is not new to the world of writing. He has written scientific papers for reputable journals. His proclivity for writing began during his studies at McGill University where he pursued a Master of Applied Science degree. He wrote several papers and articles as a prerequisite to the attainment of his degree and this instilled in him a strong sense of writing. Okimi would go on to pursue a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Toronto as an international student. It is here that he began his first book project, Dawn of the Patriot. This project sparked the birth of the Movie-in-a-book penchant; an initiative that saw Okimi writing his books for big screen adaptation. 

Okimi has since shifted gears from the scientific world into the world of business and currently works as the Executive Director of a telecommunications company called Alpha Technologies Limited. In his own words, “Africa could use more business solutions in transforming her from a third world to a more developed region.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okimi.peters 

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | EAST SIDE HUSTLER (ALEX COHEN #2) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski #EastSideHustler #AlexCohenSeries (March 21st 2020) @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the East Side Hustler blog tour!

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Leopold Borstinski for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

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.

Review:

After reading the Bowery Slugger I jumped at the chance of reading the second book in the Alex Cohen series.

In this second book we rejoin Alex after he returns to America after the First World War, haunted by the horrors he has experienced whilst away. With blanks in his memories, he struggles to remember where he left money for safekeeping before he left the country so falls into homelessness resigning himself to living on the streets. An old friend saves him from a short lived life of homelessness and Alex vows to never allow himself to fall into that position again, learns how to cope with his PTSD from the Great War and reinstates old friendships and connections to make himself lots of money. 

I found this to be another brilliant fast paced page turner in the Alex Cohen series. How we meet old characters and new, including some famous faces and where Alex’s decisions lead him in the midst of the Prohibition period in America.

When I finished book 2 I cannot wait to get stuck into book 3 when I get the chance!

[K]

Author Bio:

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Instagram

Publishing Info:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Sobriety Press on 21st March 2020.

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | CRAZY-ASS STORIES FOR CRAZY-ASS PEOPLE by Andy Rausch @writerrausch1 (March 25th 2019) @BlackthornTours

Thank you very much to Henry @ Blackthorn Tours and Andy Rausch for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

Review:

This is a brilliant collection of short stories, based in a variety of places; cities, to sea to space, with no two stories alike. Genres that you would not expect appear in this wacky collection of short stories.  Just as I thought I had an idea of the plotline, it turns into a crazy-ass story.

As well as the short stories I did enjoy reading the origins of each of them, This is my first book by Andy Rausch but definitely will not be the last. I already have a new list for my TBR!

If you want a unique collection of dark and quirky stories this crazy-ass collection is definitely for you

Author Bio:

Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.

He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.

Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla’s Score

You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | A SERPENTS CONSCIENCE by Claude Saayman @CSaayman (June 7th 2019) @BOTBSPublicity

Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Sarah @ BookOnTheBrightSide and Claude Saayman for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

What makes a man risk his life, over and over again, for a few moments of pleasure?

Young Marc lives in an emotionally charged and volatile home environment that sets him on a path to psychological chaos and drug addiction. As a balm for his low self-esteem he develops a need for danger and puts himself in dangerous, sometimes deadly situations. He is just seventeen when he steals his first aircraft. A year later he joins the Air Force where he takes a helicopter for a joyride. He is caught and given a second chance in a fighter training squadron. One Sunday afternoon he decides to take a fighter jet for a joyride.

Marc deserts the Air Force but is caught trying to leave the country. He learns that he will be charged for treason and executed so he makes a daring escape. He is caught and put in a secure facility where he makes another audacious escape. He is caught and thrown into solitary confinement for three years. To pass the time in his cell, he flies imaginary planes. On the verge of insanity, Marc makes one last flight where he discovers the reason for his turbulent life.

On the way to his court martial he escapes and vows to start a new life.

Review:

A Serpent’s Conscience follows Marc Saayman, through his turbulent life as a young child to adult.

When we first meet little Marc his mother and father have a very volatile relationship, at times having to live with his Grandparents, leading to Marc and his brother Clive not having a very stable family life. Because of his experiences and  instability in his life as a child this has made him a vunerable young person that people took advantage of and exploited. This in turn shaped his development into an adult.

Heartbreaking at times as to how he was treated and abused, I found myself wishing for Marc to find the ‘click’ that would help him turn his life around for the better, leaving the drama behind, avoiding the destructive path that he sometimes chose and the consequences that followed.

I do enjoy a well written biography and I think this is one of those books that will stay with me. This really is an unlikely biography as per the title.

The way this book ended I do wonder if there will be a follow up biography in the pipeline? 

I truly hope Marc has found some semblance of peace as the events he has lived through so far are more than most people experience in their entire lifetimes.

[K]

Author Bio:

Some say Claude Saayman is a genius, others say he is just a no-good criminal but very few know that he is one of the greatest impostors of all time. He spent three years in solitary confinement before escaping and starting a new life. Without so much as a high school diploma, he worked as a Surgeon, Engineer Airline Executive and managed a multi-billion-dollar project.

Claude learned the basics of writing in James Patterson’s Masterclass, yet his style has been described as reminiscent of Romain Gary.

To learn more about Claude and his extraordinary life, visit him online at thegreatestimpostor.com.

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | THE MENTOR by Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG (June 13th 2017) @BlackthornTours

Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Henry @ Blackthorn Tours and Lee Matthew Goldberg for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.

When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over.

Until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read.

After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession.

Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Mentor is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.

Review:

When I saw that Lee Matthew Goldberg had written another book I jumped at the chance after loving The Desire Card, and I was not disappointed.
William Lansing reads in his local paper that his old student Kyle Broader has managed to get himself a brilliant job as an editor at a prestigious publishing house, he sees an opportunity to get his book that he has been working on for the last 10 years published.

Kyle is ecstatic that his old college professor has contacted him to publish his opus. The only problem with Wiliam’s book is that it is very dark, and horribly written.

When Kyle sympathetically declines to publish William’s book, events take a dark turn.

William is a very unsettling character, who creates chaos and mental instability in Kyle’s life for spurning his beloved novel. Outwardly a pleasant and charming old college professor to everyone but we, as readers, have access to his thoughts and feelings that paint a very different story. 

I found this to be an unputdownable fast paced thriller, which I read in record time.

I cannot wait to see what Lee will publish next!

Author Bio:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE DESIRE CARD, THE MENTOR, and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second book in the Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming in 2020, along with his first Sci-Fi novel ORANGE CITY. His new endeavor will be as the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe Press and Fringe Digital, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, Cagibi, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

Social Media links:

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#BlogTour | #BookReview | SAN DIEGO DEAD (Jake Wolfe #4) by Mark Nolan @marknolan (August 31st 2019) @damppebbles

Welcome to our stop on this blog tour. Thank you very much to Emma @Damppebbles and Mark Nolan for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

Danger awaits Marine-turned-lawyer Jake Wolfe on his vacation to sunny San Diego and Cabo San Lucas. There he finds sugary white sand beaches, warm turquoise water, boat trips among gray whales, and … cold blooded murder.

It was meant to be a relaxing holiday for Jake and his adopted war dog, Cody, but violence erupts when he crosses paths with a criminal cartel urgently seeking to reclaim a deadly package.

Jake learns the missing item is a threat to US citizens and vows to stop the cartel from possessing it, no matter what vigilante justice actions he might have to take.

Time is running out and thousands of innocent lives are at risk. Will the two combat veterans be able to retrieve the dangerous item before the killers do? The clock is ticking, but Jake hopes that if anybody can help find the package, it has to be his highly-trained and ultra-intelligent dog, Cody.

Find out what happens next. Start reading the latest Jake and Cody thriller right now and enjoy another fast-paced stand-alone story by author Mark Nolan.

Review:

When Jake crosses paths with a drugs baron he is drawn into a world of a Mexican cartel who will stop and nothing to reclaim a package that was stolen from them. It is up to him and Cody to find and destroy this deadly item before the cartel, who could trade it to the highest bidder with dire consequences.

Jake Wolfe is a very suave and knowledgeable character. He uses his past Marine experiences to help him complete his missions in the most effective way possible. Cody the war dog knows what is needed of him and when, with or without Jake’s instruction. He has more intelligence than some people I know! Both suffer with PTSD from their former wartime jobs but does not let this stop them from completing their mission. 

I found this to be a very fast paced book and loved that we are given an occasional insight into what Cody is thinking which I found enhances the story. 

This was my first book by Mark, but will not be the last. I need to get more of this series and get my own Cody!

Author Bio:

Mark Nolan has spent much of his life near the seashore. He loves dogs and has often been called a “dog whisperer.” These interests are reflected in his novels where the main character lives on a boat with his highly intelligent former war dog.

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#BlogTour | #GuestPost | BELLA by R M Francis @rmfrancis (Spring 2020) @Wildpressed @LoveBooksTours

Blurb:

A spectre has haunted Netherton for generations.

Everyone has a theory, no one has an answer.

The woods that frame the housing estate uncover a series of heinous acts, drawing onlookers into a space of clandestine, queer sexuality: a liminal space of abject and uncanny experience.

A question echoes in the odd borderlands of being, of fear-fascination, attraction-repulsion, of sex and death…

Who put Bella down the Wych-Elm?

Guest Post:

BLACK COUNTRY GOTHIC

I think of myself as a landscape writer, so the inspiration for Bella started there – the strange landscape of my home, the Black Country. In Dudley and its surrounding areas there’s an unusual mix of rural and urban, domestic and wild, industrial, post-industrial and hyper-modern. It’s off-kilter, in-between, not-quite-one-thing-not-quite-another. And this weird geography makes the sense of place odd too – both old and new, ruined and re-purposed, safe and unsafe, familiar and unfamiliar, attractive and repulsive. For a writer, these grounds are rich, charged and irresistible – the liminal arena of transition, transformation and transgression. I see it as the fertiliser and seedbed for narrative, drama and poetry – especially Weird tales like Bella. It’s a post-industrial sublime. A Black Country Gothic.

Writers like Joel Lane, Roy McFarlane, Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Liz Berry and Meera Syall all share a fascination and preoccupation with this region, and use its peculiar culture, topography, dialect and spirit of place as symbolic and literal setting for their explorations of sex, identity, murder, mayhem, joy and terror. In Bella, I’m trying to play my own part in this uniquely Black Country literary tradition. All of the writers above, but especially Lane, have been huge inspirations to my poetics and vision.

Speaking of cultural antecedents, this novella plays its part in another region specific literary tradition. The part-fact-part-fable mystery of Bella and the Wych-Elm; an unsolved murder of a woman whose remains were found in the hulk of tree. This story branches into witchcraft, satanism, Cold War espionage and domestic abuse in rhizomes that remain so enigmatic writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists continue to be pulled into her echoing orbit. As did I.

Bella’s secrets, set within the borderless Black Country are the limestone foundations of this love song to my home, its ghosts and its people.

Author Bio:

R. M. Francis is a writer from Dudley. He completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton for a project titled Queering the Black Country and graduated from Teesside University for his Creative Writing MA.

He’s the author of four poetry chapbooks, Transitions (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2015), Orpheus (Lapwing Publications, 2016), Corvus’ Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2018) and Lamella, (Original Plus, 2019).

Follow Rob on Twitter @rmfrancis 

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#BlogTour | #ExtractReveal | THE FINAL TRAIL @LoveBookTours #AAAbbottstories

Blurb:

Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.

To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page-turner.  

Extract:

This is how “The Final Trail” begins. Glamorous Kat White has climbed from rags to riches. She’s built a successful vodka brand and got engaged to the man of her dreams. Her life should be peachy, but the ghosts of the past still have a grip – and threaten to drag her back down. Read the first page of this compelling thriller, the final story in a saga of vodka makers and villains.

“I opened the door,” Kat said, “and saw a man with a gun.” 

She heard muffled gasps from the public gallery behind her. Shaun Halloran’s inquest had attracted quite an audience. The London gangster had died at his son’s hand over a year before, but Kat’s involvement lent the case a touch of glamour. Media, family, friends and random onlookers were squashed into the oak benches. Despite the unseasonal April heat, barely disturbed by a brass fan whirring overhead, the courtroom’s atmosphere was charged with excitement.

To her right, the jurors’ eyes bored into her. Before, they’d been slouching in their casual outfits, layers gradually removed as the humid air took hold. Now, Kat had their full attention. There was even a slack-jawed stare from the young, bearded man who’d been leering when she took the stand earlier.

She was hardly dressed to thrill. Her plain black shift and jacket was a frumpy choice for a twenty-seven-year-old. It didn’t flatter her curves like the outfits she’d worn for glossy magazine shoots, but it contrasted with her blonde hair and creamy skin. A lapel brooch highlighted her green eyes.

Amy, her best friend, had counselled Kat on her appearance before they packed for the trip to London. Kat was well-known as the face of Starshine vodka, the craft brand that was the trendiest drink this year. There would be media interest. She needed to look smart.

Knowing Amy was sitting behind the witness box, only inches away, gave Kat strength to face the jury. Even so, she was gripping the edge of the wooden witness box to stop her hands shaking. The only way she’d coped with the events of that day was to keep memories buried…

Copyright © 2019 A.A. Abbott

Find out more about the Trail series of psychological thrillers here, and about “The Final Trail” at mybook.to/TheFinalTrail. All five crime thrillers are available in ebook, paperback and LARGE PRINT (link to website), which is also super-easy for dyslexic readers to enjoy.

#BlogTour | #Extract | COFFEE TRAVELLER by Fahad Ben G @lordfahad1 (October 29th 2019) @fayerogerspr @authoright

Blurb:

A collection of musings about travel, life, love, family, relationships, the future and growing up in Saudi Arabia, by the author and poet Fahad Ben G.

Information about the Book

Title: Coffee Traveller

Author: Fahad Ben G.

Release Date: 29th October 2019

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 140

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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Extract:

Invisible lines tie me to you whether I like it or not.

No matter how much I travel away from you, no matter how far we are, and no matter how different our roads are;

No matter how distinct our stations are, and no matter how your routes and mine are different;

The invisible lines continue to tie me to you.

Constant they are… they exceed the multitude of people between you and me.

Tense they are…indifferent to the laws of the universe or the gravity of Earth.

Unaffected by the amount of rocks and dismal valleys,

That separate my icy mountain from your flaming mountain…

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Author Bio:

Fahad Ben. G was born and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has a Bachelors Degree in English Language Translation from the College of Languages and Translation at King Said University, and a Masters in English Linguistics from Imam Mohammed Bin Said University. Having lived in France and Japan, he finally settled in London in 2017 where he now works in the diplomatic sector.