#BLOGTOUR #SPOTLIGHT – Only Hummingbirds Fly Backwards by Rosie Parker – @RosiePa49123542 @RandomTTours #OnlyHummingbirdsFlyBackwards #RandomThingsTours

Today I’m on the tour for Only Hummingbirds Fly Backwards by Rosie Parker, thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 312

Synopsis: Ronnie and Jake are twins – obviously not identical, but close as. They even have that twin intuition thing going on. Ronnie lives with her soon-to-be husband and new-born baby, and Jake is happily married with two daughters. One sunny April day, he hops onto somebody else’s motorbike to ride home when a horrific crash leaves him lying brain injured on the road. On hearing the news Ronnie rushes to Jake’s bedside. Having once been a physiotherapist, she knows it’s bad, and her life threatens to crack apart as she begs him to return to her. Fifteen months later, it’s suggested by Jake’s wife that the two families go away to Brittany, France, on holiday. But surely, it’s too soon, thinks Ronnie. The tensions and events which follow threaten to rock both Ronnie’s marriage and her relationship with her sister-in-law, as she tries to reach Jake. And when secrets from their past begin to surface, will Ronnie seek comfort from another man? At the heart of it all is Jake, who is more than her brother, he is her twin. Once they floated side by side in their mother’s womb. Can Ronnie somehow remind him of the person he once was, or is he changed forever? The world turns with or without them, a butterfly flaps its wings, and only hummingbirds fly backwards.

About the Author: Rosie Parker had a portfolio career including physiotherapy, medical rehabilitation and disability research, before returning to her first love, creative writing. She now has an MA in Creative Writing and is a tutor in Creative Writing at The Open University. A spoken word performer and novelist, Rosie writes in her blue shed on a hill overlooking the Bristol Channel. Rosie Parker identifies as a disabled author living with hypermobile-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and this is her debut novel.

If you like the sound of this book it can be bought here!

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#BLOGTOUR #REVIEW – Death In Blitz City by David Young – @djy_writer @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #DeathInBlitzCity #CompulsiveReaders #prdgreads

Today km on the tour for Death In Blitz City by David Young, thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 372

Synopsis: 1942, Hull, East Yorkshire – It is the most heavily-bombed city outside of London – but for the sake of national morale the Hull Blitz is kept top secret. Only the politicians in Whitehall and Hull’s citizens themselves know of the true chaos.
Newly-posted Inspector Ambrose Swift cannot believe the devastation he finds. But for Swift and his two deputies – part-time bare-knuckle boxer Jim ‘Little’ Weighton and Dales farmer’s daughter Kathleen Carver – it’s murder, not the war, that’s at the forefront of their minds.
When a series of sadistic killings is wrongly blamed on locally-stationed black American GIs, Swift, a one-armed former WW1 cavalryman who tours the rubble-strewn city on a white horse, soon discovers these are no ordinary murders. The fetid stench of racism, corruption and perversion go to the very top. And for Swift, Weighton and Carver, finding the real killers means putting their own lives at risk – because powerful forces in the US and Britain cannot let the war effort be undermined. Not even by the truth.

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧

My Thoughts: A well put together historical police procedural story.

We’re following Ambrose Swift and Jim Weighton as they’re thrown in to a case that on the surface looks simple, a dead body outside a shelter that was recently bombed by the Nazis, but on closer inspection it doesn’t look like she was killed in the blast at all.. her heart had been ripped out & it looks professional…

As they follow the leads they soon find that they need a female touch for the possible witnesses, enter Karen Carver, a woman who can really hold her own in any situation.

Bodies keep appearing and the US Military are willing to let an innocent man take the rap to keep the peace!

This is an adrenaline filled fast paced story that will really keep you on your toes. I loved all of the main characters individually but thought they worked incredibly as a team!

Here’s hoping this is the start of a new series for me to get lost in! I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to any of them and felt they had more to give.

Lots of secrecy and lots of mysteries to uncover, this one had me hooked from start to finish

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#BOOKTOUR #REVIEW – The Accident by Daniel Hurst – @ZooloosBT @dhurstbooks @InkubatorBooks #TheAccident #ZooloosBookTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for The Accident by Daniel Hurst, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 248

Synopsis: One moment. Three lives changed forever.

Single mum Anni would do anything for her little boy, Tobi, he is the center of her world. So she is utterly devastated when Tobi is run over and killed by drunk driver, Carl.

Anni hates Carl for what he’s done and takes some comfort from the lengthy prison sentence he is serving. But she can’t live on hate and after a time spent grieving for her son, Anni returns to work and tries to move on with her life. She is lonely without Tobi and glad to make a new friend, Jo.

But Jo has a secret. She is connected to the fatal accident in a way that Anni never suspects. And Jo is determined that Anni will never discover the awful truth about what really happened that day.

As the two women grow closer, Anni begins to feel that her new friend is keeping something from her.

A terrible suspicion begins to dawn and Anni starts to dig deeper into Jo’s past. Will she discover the horrifying truth? Or will she find out just how far some people go to cover up their mistakes…

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

My Thoughts: Daniel has done it again and created a read that is horrifying and impossible to put down full of characters that seem unbelievably ordinary yet very relatable.

It really puts into perspective that life really can change in just a matter of seconds and one wrong decision can alter everything you’ve come to know.

Every single one of our characters makes more than one wrong decision which means that although we already know the ultimate consequences from the beginning that we are constantly left guessing.. right until the last chapter.

I wanted to hug Anni, whilst shaking Jo and spent a lot of the book angry at Carl 😂

Full of short snappy chapters that are regularly left on a cliffhanger and told from multiple perspectives which means it’s impossible to put down because the usual “just one more chapter” doesn’t work!

This book made me feel real emotions, had my heart beating fast, whilst also leaving it in my throat.. the writing is so immersive that it made me feel like I was in the book, yet I couldn’t stop the characters from making terrible decisions!

After reading multiple books from Daniel and loving every single one I think it’s fair to say that he is now a favourite author.

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#BLOGTOUR #REVIEW – From Sorrows Hold by Johnathan Peace – @JPWritescrime @HobeckBooks #FromSorrowsHold #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for From Sorrows Hold by Jonathan Peace, thank you to Rebecca at Hobeck Books for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you for my copy.

Pages: 360

Synopsis: December, 1988

Christmas beckons
What should be a time of excitement and joy is forever tainted when a teenager’s body is found in the graveyard of Ossett’s Holy Trinity Church.

A suspected suicide
As they respond to the devastating event, WDCs Louise Miller and Elizabeth Hines, together with psychologist Karla Hayes, each use their own experiences of suicide to help the wider community as it struggles to understand the terrible choice that was made.

Another missing teenager
Louise starts to believe there is something even more sinister behind the events…

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧

My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Detective Louise Miller series and it reminded me why I loved the other one so much!

We’re following Louise Miller and Beth Hines as yet again they form a formidable team to get to the truth, they don’t always see eye to eye but they’re not afraid to have it out with each other and discuss things.

Louise is at church with her Aunt when a young girl walks in covered in blood, Louise jumps straight into work mode and it doesn’t take her long to discover the body of a young boy who it appears has taken his own life.. although for Louise things are never that simple so despite everyone around her telling her she’s wrong, she’s determined to dig a little deeper.

Throw in a protest group who feel that suicide is wrong and the families of those that commit such an act should be punished, a prostitute, and a whole host of characters who seem to know more than they are letting on and what you have is a book that is impossible to put down & the twists just keep coming right until the very end.

I can’t wait for book 3!

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#BLOGTOUR #REVIEW – The Measure by Nikki Erlick – @nikkierlick @BoroughPress @RandomTTours #TheMeasure #RandomThingsTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for The Measure by Nikki Erlick, thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Eight Ordinary people. One extraordinary choice.

It seems like just another morning.

You make a cup of tea. Check the news. Open the front door.

On your doorstep is a box.

Inside the box is the exact number of years you have left to live.

The same box appears on every doorstep across the world.

Do you open yours?

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

My. Thoughts: thought provoking and heartbreaking, what a brilliant debut novel!

You wake up one morning with a box on your doorstep that says “the measure of your life lies within” would you open it?!

This is the dilemma that faces the entire world one morning in March & we’re following 8 people who make the decision that is right for them and then have to face the consequences!

Each chapter is told from the perspective of one of the main characters I love a multi perspective book so once I realised this I was hooked, I did worry that it would get confusing with their being so many but Nikki’s writing is flawless, subtle differences in each of the characters made it easy to tell who was who.

You find yourself really getting lost in the story and wishing that you could change the fate of some of these characters. Some were easy to love and support, others were easy to hate. The clever part was the fact that she created characters who seem like they’re on the fence and you don’t know what side they will be on until the last minute.

I devoured this book. I couldn’t put it down!

This is one of the best dystopian novels I’ve ever read and cannot recommend it highly enough.

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#BLOGTOUR #EXTRACT – The Ghost of Ivy Barn by Mark Stay – #GhostOfIvyBarn @markstay#WitchesOfWoodville @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours #RandomThingsTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for The Ghost of Ivy Barn by Mark Stay, thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part.

I have an extract for you today! but before I post it let me tell you about the book!

This is book 3 in The Witches of Woodville series!

Synopsis: The Witches of Woodville Part 3

August 1940

In a quiet village in rural Kent, the enemy is at the gates . . .

The Battle of Britain rages and Faye Bright encounters the ghost of a pilot who won’t give up the fight. Before she can help him, Faye is whisked away to join a motley crew of witches to perform a top secret ritual on the White Cliffs of Dover that could repel the invaders.

But there’s a catch. The ritual must be executed in the nuddy. Mrs Teach threatens mutiny. Miss Charlotte is intrigued. And Faye wants to call the whole thing off when she suspects there’s a spy in their midst.

It’s up to Faye Bright to uncover the traitor, all while dealing with the ghost haunting Ivy Barn who may hold the key to the truth. But first, Faye has to learn to fly . . .

About the Author:

Mark Stay got a part-time Christmas job at Waterstone’s in the nineties (back when it still had an apostrophe) and, despite being working class and quite lippy, somehow ended up working in publishing for over 25 years. He would write in his spare time and sometimes those writings would get turned into books and films, including the Witches of Woodville series from Simon & Schuster, and the forthcoming Warner Bros. horror movie Unwelcome.

Mark is also co-presenter of the Bestseller Experiment podcast, which has inspired writers all over the world to finish and publish their books. Born in London, he lives in Kent with Youtube gardener and writer Claire Burgess and a declining assortment of retired chickens.

And now for the extract 🥰s

Extract:

Bertie Butterworth’s Battle of Britain Diary Friday 9th August, 1940 

Started with distant gunfire in the morning. Air raid warning from 3–7pm. Big raid at night. Lots of flashes. Maybe twenty planes shot down. Think two planes crashed nearby. Must investigate. Made Spam hash today. Bit salty. Had a strange dream where me and Faye were riding bicycles
in the sky. It was so peaceful up there. I wanted
to hold her hand, but the wind kept pushing us apart. Can’t stop thinking about Faye. I think about her when I wake up, I think about her when I’m fixing Dad’s tractor, I think about her when I’m pulling a pint in the pub, and I think about her when I go to sleep. Is that normal? 

Faye Bright’s teeth rattled as her Pashley Model A bicycle shuddered down the bumpy coast road towards the village of Woodville. The moon lingered, pale in the brightening sky, though the morning sun was already warm and the sea glistened. Waves beckoned her to hop in and splash about. Faye was tempted, though the beaches were littered with barbed wire and wrought-iron crosses and other such invasion defences, so a quick paddle was out of the question. 

Faye was also knackered. Having just finished an all-night Air Raid Precaution coast watch with Freddie Paine, she was ready to curl up into a ball, duck under her bedsheets and kip the whole day. 

It had been an intense evening. Faye lost count of how many planes tumbled into that same sea last night. At least twenty. The Luftwaffe bombers stayed high, and some of the fighters would come down and shoot barrage balloons like it was a game. Mr Paine seemed calm enough. Standing stock-still, gripping his binoc- ulars, calmly telling her how he had seen the bodies of pilots fished out of the water the day before, all while the sky was lit up like fireworks night. Faye had always felt safe on ARP duties with Mr Paine, but last night was the first time she’d had the terrible thought that they might actually lose this war. She tried to shake the thought away, but it lingered even now like a bad smell. 

Faye hadn’t felt right for weeks. Not since that busi- ness with the Bavarian Druid Otto Kopp. In an effort to save three Kinderstransportchildren from a raven- ous demon, she had been forced to take them across a magical threshold into an endless void. For some time she stood alone in that strange darkness with the moon, and its incredible ancient power had coursed through her. She could feel it still, fizzing in her belly and her brain as if waiting for something. 

Faye rounded a bend and could see the bell tower of Saint Irene’s Church poking over the tops of trees when Larry Dell ran out into the road and flagged her down. 

‘Faye! Faye Bright, have you got a mo’?’ 

Larry’s farm was one of the biggest in the area. He mainly grew brassicas, hops and barley, and had recently dabbled in a bit of livestock, starting with a dozen sheep. Larry was a pleasant enough fellow, with a lower jaw that jutted out and an impressive dent in the top-right corner of his forehead. Rumour had it that he got the dent while leading a charge at the Battle of Ypres, though Faye’s dad said Larry was kicked in the head while shoeing a horse and had never fully recovered. 

Faye squeezed her bicycle’s brakes and came skidding to a halt. 

‘Morning, Larry. Where’s the fire?’ 

If you like the sound of this it can be bought here!

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#BOOKTOUR #REVIEW – Knee Deep by Suzanne Lane – @ZooloosBT @Suzelaneauthor #KneeDeep #ZooloosBookTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for Knee Deep by Suzanne Lane, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 213

Synopsis: Three Best friends with three very different stories.

Georgie Baxter, a sensible wife and mother of two, spends her whole life juggling work with running the household.

Liza Carmichael is happily married to Tom – the most perfect man on the planet. She has a great life but craves for a baby to make their family complete.

Brooke Collins is confident, independent and full of sass. As well as being incredibly gorgeous, she is a highly successful businesswomen, who doesn’t need a man to make her happy.

These three friends have been together forever and support each other through thick and thin. Which is certainly needed at this time of their lives, as things start to unravel for them.

Can they fix each other when they become knee deep in their own problems?

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

My Thoughts: this book felt like a breath of fresh air to me, I’ve read a lot of hard hitting heavy books recently & although this one deals with some pretty heavy topics it does so in a way that doesn’t weigh you down!

3 best friends all at very different places in their lives, but yet they come together so well.

I loved them all individually but I loved the dynamic they had as a 3, they were more like sisters than friends and even in the face of massive disagreements they were inseparable.

They gave each other space when it was needed but always knew when it was time to pull together again.

This is a relatively short book at just over 200 pages, but the emotions it made me feel really spanned the whole spectrum!

This is the perfect way to grab some me time with a cuppa, the epitome of friendship that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face by the end ☺️

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#BOOKTOUR #REVIEW – White Crane Strikes by Ivy Ngeow – @ZooloosBT @IvyNgeow @LDNLeopardPrint #WhiteCraneStrikes #ZooloosBookTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for White Crane Strikes by Ivy Ngeow, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

I have my review for you today!

Pages: 286

Synopsis: An enormous mansion. A Chinese restaurant. A baby on the way. Handyman Jerome “Jay Jay” Lee has landed a dream job. An underground tong seems to think so too.

Chicago, 1971. Jay Jay’s girlfriend wants a big knock-’em-dead wedding and a new bigger apartment with the whole ball of wax. Grateful when her art world schmoozing lands him a fixer-upper gig for a wealthy arts patron, he has no idea about the sleeping dragon he’s about to wake. His boss gets him a Chinatown side hustle, and Jay Jay looks the other way when he overhears an organized crime conversation for fear of losing the much-needed extra income and takeout treats. But when the Chinese restaurant manager vanishes, Jay Jay is trapped in threatening tong talk and the chow is now no fun. His family is now deep in hot soup.

Will Jay Jay be able to save them before he’s crispier than a burnt wonton?

My Rating 🐧🐧🐧🐧

My Thoughts: when you read the synopsis you might be left thinking that this is a comedy thriller, I know I was 🤣

This couldn’t be further from the truth.

We’re introduced to Jay Jay who’s going for a job interview, he has a child on the way so needs all by he money he can get! – Mr Alfred is a lonely old man who lives in a run down house, the electric only works in one room so he needs Jay Jay to fix it all up.

What Jay Jay doesn’t expect is to find a trap door full of secrets on his first day!

His fiancé Dallas is an aspiring artist who had to give up her dream when Jay Jay lost his job so she now works in a department store and seems to have found herself an admirer.

The story started off slow, but the writing is intricate and really draws you in without you even realising. Concentration is key with this one otherwise you’ll miss key details without even realising.

A whole host of characters all completely different but yet they all come together in ways you don’t expect.

This one kept me guessing right until the last page..

Definitely one you need to pick up!

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#BOOKTOUR #REVIEW – Outcast by Claire Voet – @ZooloosBT #ClaireVoet #BlossomSpringPublishing #Outcast #ZooloosBookTours #prdgreads

Today I’m on the tour for Outcast by Claire Voet, thank you to Zoé at Zooloos Book Tours for organising it and inviting me to take part and thank you to the author and the publisher for my copy.

Pages: 287

Synopsis: In 1945 Molly Hazleton is heart broken when her fiancé doesn’t return from the war after being reported “missing in action.” So when Aunt Daphne comes to visit with news of having bought a 17th century manor house at auction in Scotland, Molly welcomes the opportunity to start afresh and help her aunt turn Aberdoch Manor into a hotel.

With a strange sense of déjà vu, Molly struggles to understand her connection with the property having never stepped foot inside of it or even Scotland for that matter. Ross McDaniel, the newly appointed gardener, knows more than he is letting on. And when he shows Molly an ancient yew tree named by the locals as the Ghost Tree, after touching it, Molly discovers a remarkable ability to vividly see and experience her own past life – a life of extreme danger and hardship on the road with the Jacobite in 1745, hunted by the Red Coats for crimes she hasn’t committed. She is also in love with a brave, Scot warrior, leader of the McDaniel clan who soon becomes her husband.

Stirring up forgotten memories and an uncontrollable yearning to be back with those she once loved, Molly is hopelessly torn between very different worlds, two hundred years apart!

My Rating: 🐧🐧🐧.5

My Thoughts: Now I’m not normally a fan of historical fiction/romance, but when I was invited on the tour for this one something intrigued me and made me decide to give it a go.

The story is told over 2 time lines spanning a couple of centuries, in the 1700’s we’re following Fergus and Ella, in the 1940’s we’re following Molly and her aunt Daphne.

Daphne has just bought a Manor House in Scotland and wants to turn it into a hotel, but she’s not as young as she once was so she ropes her great niece Molly into moving to Scotland to help.

When they get there all the locals go quiet every time they mention that they’ve just moved into Aberdoch Manor..

Back in the 1700’s Fergus has just rescued Ella from the Redcoats who are after her because they think she’s a witch, being English everyone finds it hard to accept Ella in Scotland, there has been some recent history between the 2 countries..

This is a story of love, loss and determination spanning the 2 centuries, everyone is linked together and with the help of a magic tree they may just be able to work out how.

I really enjoyed this one, it was gripping in a way I just didn’t expect and surprisingly my favourite chapters were the ones from the 1700’s.

I thought the underlying message of fighting for what you think is right was apparent throughout which really made me smile. None of the characters backed down even though it would’ve been the easy option.

I also appreciated that the romance aspects of this book weren’t ‘fluffy’ it made it feel more authentic and relatable.

Definitely a book I’d recommended to both fans of historical fiction and to those wanting to dip their toes into a new genre 😊

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#BOOKTOUR #SPOTLIGHT – #White Crane Strikes by Ivy Ngeow – @ZooloosBT @IvyNgeow @LDNLeopardPrint #WhiteCraneStrikes #ZooloosBookTours #prdgreads

Today I’m hosting a spotlight for White Crane Strikes, I’m not officially on the tour until tomorrow, but I just wanted to tell you all about it ☺️

Synopsis: An enormous mansion. A Chinese restaurant. A baby on the way. Handyman Jerome “Jay Jay” Lee has landed a dream job. An underground tong seems to think so too.

Chicago, 1971. Jay Jay’s girlfriend wants a big knock-’em-dead wedding and a new bigger apartment with the whole ball of wax. Grateful when her art world schmoozing lands him a fixer-upper gig for a wealthy arts patron, he has no idea about the sleeping dragon he’s about to wake. His boss gets him a Chinatown side hustle, and Jay Jay looks the other way when he overhears an organized crime conversation for fear of losing the much-needed extra income and takeout treats. But when the Chinese restaurant manager vanishes, Jay Jay is trapped in threatening tong talk and the chow is now no fun. His family is now deep in hot soup.

Will Jay Jay be able to save them before he’s crispier than a burnt wonton?

White Crane Strikes is a standalone. Fans of Lehane, Ovidia Yu and Naomi Hirahara, who like compelling characters, stirring settings and surprising twists, will love this smart and witty thriller.

If you like the sound of this it can be bought here!!

About The Author:

Born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Ivy Ngeowis the author of three published novels and numerous short stories, one of which has been performed and broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Others have been published in literary journals such as Burning Press, Lunate, Fixi Novo anthology and andalso broadsheets like The Straits Times.

Her debut novel won the 2016 International ProversePrize, and was published in Hong Kong in 2017. She holds an MA from Middlesex University where she was awarded the University’s 2005 Literary Press Prize, an international competition, out of 1500 entrants. Most recently, she was editor of Asian Anthology New Writing Vol.1 which was published in Feb 2022 in London.

Her lates novel was on a longlist of 12 for the 2021 Avons x Mushens Entertainment Prize for commercial fiction by a BAME writer. Ivy is a regular suburban mum who loves dogs, cake and piano-pounding. She lives in London.

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