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Game of Crones

Author – Jay Raven.

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveaways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at www.jayraven.co.uk

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Jay Raven

Social Media Links –

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fantasywriterjayraven/

Twitter: @JayRavenAuthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

Pages – 117

The Blurb –

Game of Crones: Tales of Witchcraft and Wickedness

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost.
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…

Today is my stop on Game of Crones blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is a great collection of short stories, which you know by now I love.  Firstly the title, I love a good pun and this one is clever.

All the stories contain, as the title suggests, witches or some form of magic within them.  There are eight tales in total and although they all have a common thread, they are all very different in tone.  I enjoyed them all but my favourite was Suggestion of Evil, which I thought was very captivating.  In this story Pandora, has all but wiped out crime from every town she visits, simply by the method she uses to execute prisoners.  What is her secret?

Purchase Links –

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https://www.amazon.com/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Game-Crones-Tales-Witchcraft-Wickedness-ebook/dp/B07QKMJV5N

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Son of the Moon

Author – Jennifer Macaire.

Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

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Jennifer Macaire

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TimeforAlexander/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jennifermacaire/

twitter @jennifermacaire

https://jennifermacaire.wordpress.com/

Publisher – Accent Press

Pages – 261

The Blurb –

Alexander the Great journeys to India, where he and Ashley are welcomed with feasts and treachery.

With their son, Paul, being worshiped as the Son of the Moon, and Alexander’s looming death, Ashley considers the unthinkable: how to save them and whether she dares to cheat Fate?

Today is my stop on the Son of the Moon blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is the third in the Time for Alexander series and I was really happy to catch up with Ashley and Alexander again.  You can read my reviews for the first two books, The Road to Alexander and Legends of Persia.

Although this is part of an ongoing series, it can also be read as a stand alone, although I recommend starting with Book One.

This book sees the couple concentrating on their son and his ‘powers’, hence the title of the book.  The author has successfully succeeded in making Ashley and Alexander a believable couple and some of the things in this book, highlight this.

Another good addition to the series.

Author Giveaway –

Giveaway to Win a $10 Amazon gift certificate and a mug (Open INT)

Look how lovely the mug is!

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

To enter click here

Purchase Links –

http://getbook.at/SonOfTheMoon

https://accentpressbooks.com/collections/historical-romance/products/son-of-the-moon

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One Last Summer

Author – Victoria Connelly.

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.

She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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Victoria Connelly

Her website is http://www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312085782631729/

Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

Instagram: @VictoriaConnellyAuthor

Publisher – Lake Union Publishing

Pages – 296

The Blurb –

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

Today is my stop on the One Last Summer blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – What a beautiful book about friendship.  It is well written and shows how a diagnosis of a serious illness can affect not just the person but the people around them.

Harriet is dying, but only her daughter knows.  She has kept her secret from her lifelong friends and her ex husband, but now she has to tell them the truth.  She goes to extraordinary lengths to make this last summer, her best and for them, one never to be forgotten.

I love how the author shows the relationships between all the parties change, as they come to terms with their friends secrets.  How being so close to a terminal illness, makes them reevaluate their lives.

A beautiful weepy.

Purchase Links –

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Summer-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B07G38S71K

US – https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Summer-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B07G38S71K

 

 

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The New Achilles

Author –

Christian Cameron (Also Miles Cameron, author of the ‘Red Knight’ and ‘Fell Sword’) was born in the US, in Pittsburg PA, in 1962 and grew up in Rochester, NY and Iowa City, Iowa, as well as Rockport MA. He attended high school at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester NY and got an honours BA in Medieval History at the University of Rochester. After University, Mr. Cameron joined the United States Navy as an Ensign, serving in VS 31 as an air intelligence officer and gaining his Air Observer wings before going to spend the rest of his military career as a humint officer, first with NCIS and later with DHS, serving in the first Gulf War, Somalia, and central Africa on numerous occasions. Mr. Cameron left the US military in 2000 as a Lieutenant Commander.

While still serving in the Navy, Mr. Cameron proposed his first novel with his father (Kenneth Cameron, American novelist and playwright) to Harper Collins UK, which was published in 1996 as ‘Night Trap” in the UK and “Rules of Engagement” in the United States. In 2002, Mr. Cameron wrote his first solo novel, “Washington and Caesar,” published by Harper Collins in the UK and Random House in the US. Also in 2002, Mr. Cameron moved to Canada and married his wife, Sarah. They have one child, Beatrice. They live in Toronto.

Mr. Cameron is a passionate historical re-enactor, with interests in the American Revolution (www.csmid.com) and the Persian wars (www.plataians.org) and the Middle Ages.

Social Media Links
Author website – www.hippeis.com.
Author website at Miles Cameron – www.traitorson.com
Publisher – Orion Publishing
Pages – 416

The Blurb –

Alexanor is a man who has seen too much blood. He has left the sword behind him to become a healer in the greatest sanctuary in Greece, turning his back on war.

But war has followed him to his refuge at Epidauros, and now a battle to end the freedom of Greece is all around him. The Mediterranean superpowers of Rome, Egypt and Macedon are waging their proxy wars on Hellenic soil, turning Greek farmers into slaves and mercenaries.

When wounded soldier Philopoemen is carried into his temple, Alexanor believes the man’s wounds are mortal but that he is not destined to die. Because he knows Philopoemen will become Greece’s champion. Its last hero. The new Achilles.

In Christian Cameron’s latest historical novel the old orders of the world begin to fall apart as Rome rises to supremacy – and Greece struggles to survive.

Today is my stop on the The New Achilles blog tour.  Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – What a fantastic book.  You can tell that the author is an expert on the subject as his knowledge is weaved through the story.  His writing really conjures up the period and it is easy to picture the characters and situations.

I found it really immersive, and really liked that the main character Alexanor was a man of peace.

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February Round Up

Here is a round up of my February book reviews along with the links.

Walking In The Rain – The second book in the Drumbeats trilogy.

Revenge on the Rye – Another in the series featuring Beth Haldane.

Street Cat Blues – A lovely story told from the perspective of Aubrey the cat.

The Last Thing She Said – Three sisters try to find the truth.

Finding Jess – The last book of the Drumbeats trilogy.

Did I Mention I Was Getting Married – The follow up to Did I Mention I Won The Lottery?

You Can’t Buy Old Friends – The first in the great P.I series by Tom Trott.

The Talisman – The story follows Molly as she deals with a life changing event.

Karma Never Loses An Address – Follow up to Facing a Twisted Judgment

An Impossible Thing Called Love – Can a holiday romance survive?

The Four of Us – Four friends decide to call it quits, can they cope without each other?

The Ghostly Father – A reworking of Romeo and Juliet.

Consuming Fire – A thriller set in Liverpool.

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health – A recipe book geared to help those who suffer with migraines.

Choose Your Parents Wisely – A girl goes missing, can the PI find her?

One Last Prayer For The Rays – A boy has gone missing, can the police find him in time?

It Never Goes Away – Last in the private detective series by Tom Trott.

Dark and Fluffy Volume II – A collection of short stories.

The OutCast Hours – A collection of dark short stories.

Clash of Empires – A tale of war between Rome and Greece.

That is 20 reviews for you to peruse at your leisure, I hope you find something that you enjoy.

Caroline x

 

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Who’s Sorry Now

Author – Helene Fermont.

Born into a bilingual family (Swedish/ English) Hélene Fermont enjoyed an idylic childhood on the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and major cultural hub. Growing up in the 1970s she had a brief musical career on Swedish TV and radio. Hélene lived in London for over 20 years but has recently returned to Sweden.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenefermontauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenefermont
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helenefermont/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/helenefermontwriter/

Pages – 34

The Blurb –

Who’s Sorry Now? Is a collection of four crime and romance stories. 

It’s about love, betrayal and dreams. 

Do we really know the people we love?

Can love be rekindled?

Do dreams come true?

The truth always comes out in the end. 

I am reviewing this books thanks to @sarahhardy681 @BOTBSPublicity.

My thoughts – As  I have said before I love short stories. So I was really pleased to review this lovely little collection.  There are just four stories which are:

Full Circle -A story about a couple separated due to health concerns decide whether they can make a fresh start.

The Perfect Murder – Wealthy twins hate the same person, and individually decide to get rid of him, but someone beats them to it, but will they pay the price anyway?

Who’s Sorry Now – Madeline splits up from her long term partner due to his infidelity, he is desperate to get her back.

Katie’s Christmas Wish – Katie works at a printers that is threatened with closure, she should try finding another job.  However she is smitten with Charlie but he doesn’t even notice her.  Will the Christmas party change everything?

Purchase Links – Who’s Sorry Now

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Crow’s Cottage

Author – John Bowen.

John Bowen is a multi genre thriller author who lives in the UK. When not playing video-games, reading, catching up on movies, going to the gym, and enjoying time with his wife and children he occasionally finds time to write…

His debut novel supernatural suspense thriller Where the Dead Walk is an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller, his most recent novel, murder mystery, Death Stalks Kettle Street is an Amazon Top 10 Bestseller.  His action adventure thriller, Vessel is a Number 1 Bestseller in Kindle Thriller and Mystery, and his short story collection Cold Sweats & Vigrettes is a #1 Bestseller in Short Fiction.

Crow’s Cottage the sequel to Where the Dead Walk was released on March 29th 2019.

Social Media Links –

Website – https://johnbowenauthor.wordpress.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/JohnBowenWrites

Pages – 343

The Blurb –

A dead man. A missing woman. A haunted cottage. A secret hidden for thirty years…

In 1988 a famous record producer took his own life and a woman vanished after attending a party at Crow’s Cottage.

When the cottage’s owner passes away decades later, the property falls into the hands of his nephew, who finds a strange box hidden there. It is a replica of an infamous occult device called the Mephisto Arcane. In the wake of its discovery come sightings of an apparition. The crew of the paranormal TV show Where the Dead Walk are invited to investigate the haunting.

They are about to find the past guards its secrets jealously, and that unlocking them has consequences.

The much-anticipated sequel to the Amazon international bestseller Where the Dead Walk#1 Ghosts & Haunted Houses – #1 Paranormal – #1 Horror – #1 Ghosts – #1 Supernatural – #1 Occult

Today is my stop on the Crow’s Cottage blog tour.  Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is an excellent read, which combines great story telling with well rounded characters.

The book follows a group of ghost hunters that have their own TV show.  They think they have wrapped for their current series but when an old item is found in a cottage, they might have a new episode for the series.

Crow’s cottage drove a man to suicide and a woman entered and disappeared, but can they find they secrets that the cottage holds?

Purchase Links –

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