#HelloAugust

Now it is August, really what has happened to this year?!

How are you doing?

Personally I feel as though it is still March, cannot get my head around it being over halfway through the year now. Not sure about yourself but I do feel like we are living in the film Groundhog Day, seems to be I am repeating the same few things over again….

But with more things reopening I should take advantage to break up the routine (but still being safe obviously) Speaking of Groundhog Day, I may have to watch that again. Loved the film!

My reading speed is still slow, so to have a large amount of reading in my bookbag last month was abit of a challenge! It is my own fault, being lucky enough to read and review books sometimes my reading appetite is bigger than my reading ability, so other things slip to fit it all in

As I said for July, I am wanting to reduce the volume of books in my bookbag this month, so I am not putting so much pressure of myself but we will wait and see

It has been over a year now that I have been Interim Admin for the blog, is there anything you like that I am doing? Anything that I could improve on? Or something that you would like to see as a new feature?

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#HelloJuly

July?! How have we made it to the 7th month in the year?

I feel like its still around Easter!

I think this is because despite time still plodding along my usual markers to pass the year have been put on hold (holidays, birthday gatherings etc)

Hope everyone is still well in these strange times

Well it has finally happened, my reading speed has slowed right down, I think this is because work is pretty much kick my a$$ at the moment (apologies for the language) As things go back to the new normal my work is getting busier and keeping the blog as up to date as I can, I definitely feel like a duck, look as though I’m gliding along but legs are going like billy-o underneath the water!

I think for my bookbag this month I will cut down on my amount to read, I don’t want to overchallenge myself. Especially with my library hopefully reopening on 13th July! (yay) I’m sure I will end up picking more new reads

How has things been for yourselves? Are you getting used to the new normal? whether that be new working lives, being on furlough or being a substitute teacher before the kids go back to school.

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#HelloJune

Blimey, June already!

Already halfway through the year!

Hope everyone is well and still staying safe?

It is still strange times at the moment, I was supposed to be on holiday mid May but obviously was cancelled. I am gutted but I would rather be at home safe, even if I do miss out on the Greek beach this year.

I find I am flying through my reading at the moment, I am just waiting to come to a grinding halt.

This week *S* is participating in the HEA Readathon, never heard of it? Click this link *here* to be taken to the insta post giving details.

Once the week is over *S* will give us an update as to how she has got on, I may try and read a couple on this list myself if I can

How are you finding your reading is going? Better or worse as time goes on? Would you like to see more in these update posts? Are you joining *S* in the HEA Readathon? Please let us know how you get on!

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#HelloMay

Well hello May!

Hope everyone is well and adjusting to our current times we are living in? Social distancing is a strange animal, having to keep 2 metres away from everyone. I’m not sure about yourselves but its made me weave quite well on my daily exercise! haha

A plus for me is that as we are encouraged to not make any unnecessary travels outside I am finding I have alot more reading time. My only problem has been what to read next! Hoping to make a big dent in the TBR pile by the time things start going back to normal. So I am pushing myself with the size of my bookbag now.

How have you been finding these new measures? Has your ability and opportunities to read changed for the better or worse?

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#HelloApril

Well now we are in April….

Wow what a change in our lives! Hard to believe beginning of March I was in London, and now we have a request to not to make any unnecessary travel and to observe social distancing. What a difference in 4 weeks!

On the plus side this should help with my reading pile as I have a week off at Easter and as soon as I can get into the right head space…

I also need to make a decision on what and how many books to put in my April bookbag 😊

How have you been finding these new measures? Has your ability and opportunities to read changed for the better or worse?

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#HelloMarch

Wow, what happened to February?!

Hope you had a good one? Did you have a loved up this month or loving doing your own thing?

I have had another busy weekend, went to London over the weekend (which crept up on me despite it being booked for a good six months!) So yet again playing catch up on the blog and social media, unfortunately which is also being hampered by the new wifi router needing to settle in (urgh!)

If you aren’t already following us, please give us a like and comment, we would love to hear from you!

How are you finding the new features of Throwback Thursday and the monthly book bag?

I do maybe have another idea, but it is very much in the brainstorming phase

Is there anything else that you would like to see on the blog?

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

#HelloFebruary

FINALLY its February!

I’m not sure about you, but January seemed to last forever!

Did you have a good January or happy that its now into the shortest month?

I have had a fairly busy weekend so now I am just playing catch up on the blog and social media.

If you aren’t already following us, please give us a like and comment, we would love to hear from you!

How are you finding the new features of Throwback Thursday and the monthly book bag?

Let us know in the comments below!

[K]

Watch out! The #Bombshells are back and ready for action! @bombshellpub

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BOMBSHELL BOOKS are back and they are ready for action!!

After launching with the hilarious THE QUEEN OF BLOGGING Bombshell Books are back with two new authors and three fabulous novels.

Therese Loreskar returns with her sequel to The Queen of BloggingThe Queen of New Beginnings

Therese Loreskar started her career in 2010 self-publishing her first novel, which quickly became a critically acclaimed best-seller.

In 2014 she was signed by a Swedish publishing house before being signed by Bombshell in the summer of 2016. Her novel, The Queen of Blogging, received overwhelming feedback and the book was referred to as a modern Bridget Jones.

Therese has since had four bestselling children’s books.

Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside on the west coast of Sweden. She has a big and busy household with her husband, two children, a deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she is not busy writing stories she enjoys nature, people, history, redecorating the house without permission and all other kinds of creativity.

The Queen of New Beginnings will be published on August 10th this year.

Guardian book prize shortlisted author, Suzie Tullett, signs with Bombshell Books

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs. You can find Suzie on Twitter: @SuzieTullett or you can visit her website: suzietullett.com

Her heart-warming romantic comedy, The Trouble with Words, will be published on July 29th this year.

Debut author, Callie Langridge, joins Bombshell Books

Caroline was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the late ‘90s. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for social history and currently works in marketing for a national historical institution, promoting projects and running events.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to take her A levels and gained A’s in English Literature and Language, and Film Studies – not bad when working full time – and this spurred her on to take the first of many creative writing course. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London.

Caroline lives in London with her long-term partner and an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities.

Her beautifully written and heart-wrenching debut novel, A Time to Change, will be published on September 24th this year.

Bombshell Books is an imprint of Bloodhound Books. Bombshell publishes brilliant women’s fiction and is on the look out for new authors. We want stories that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love.

-S.

#BlogTour #AbattoirofDreams by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor (February 2017, @BloodhoundBook)

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Happy Monday! I would love to welcome Mark Tilbury onto the blog to promote his new book; THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS.

I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Bloodhound Books for gifting me an early copy of THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS. I am forever grateful and and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

The past is never far away.

Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.

Now an adult, Michael wakes up from a coma in hospital suffering from amnesia and paralysis.

Confused and terrified, he is charged with the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also learns he attempted to end his own life.

Detective Inspector John Carver is determined that Michael is sent to prison.

With no way of defending himself, Michael is left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.

But then strange things begin to happen and his childhood comes back to haunt him.

Can Michael ever escape the past?

Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s murder?

And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?

The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.


So, you want to know what I think?

I took a punt on this book, not knowing anything about the author, which I don’t normally do. But after some of the great books I have read this year from authors I haven’t read before, I was excited to get stuck in!

Without giving away the plot too much – I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Detective Inspector John Carver. When we meet him in Michael’s hospital bed, he conducts himself like any other investigating police detective would. As you start to read more into the story, you start to side a different side to Carver. I loved him. I hated him. Carver is the kind of character that doesn’t come along too often in crime fiction and I am glad Tilbury explored this side of him!

The dynamic between Michael and Carver is perfectly balanced. Each pushing each others buttons. This is a credit to Tilbury and the way he is able to construct these scenes to give maximum effect.

Pacing of the story wasn’t an issue for me in this book. Too many times I read crime fiction and the story is over before it has even begun or it’s a slow burner with tons of action right near the end…..it can be rather frustrating! TAOD has great pacing – I struggled to put this book down!

I will certainly be recommending THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS! It’s without question that this book is pretty tough going in parts in regards to subject matter, but none of which is glorified for the sake of shock factors. It is relevant to the story. The themes help to build a picture of what has happened to Michael and Carver in their life on the build up to the situation they are in now.

About MARK TILBURY;

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused. He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is currently working on his third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

 

THE ABATTOIR OF DREAMS is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK); http://ow.ly/432q309FjB1

Waterstones; http://ow.ly/r1Xc309FjGo

-S.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

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#AuthorFeature – Val McDermid @valmcdermid – #WomensHistoryMonth 07/03/2017

Welcome to DAY TWO of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

I could not do this week without mentioning one of my favourite female authors; Val McDermid.

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McDermid was a journalist after leaving university before penning her first novel in the Lindsay Gordon series; REPORT FOR MURDER

Since then, McDermid has gone on to release many standalone books, as well as books in four separate series; Lindsay Gordon, Inspector Karen Pirie, Kate Brannigan and my personal favourite; Tony Hill & Carol Jordan.

-S.