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Wrapped Up For Christmas

Author – Katlyn Duncan.

Coming from a small town in Western Massachusetts, Katlyn Duncan always had her head in theclouds. Working as a scientist for most of her adult life, she enjoyed breaking down the hows andwhys of life. This translated into her love of stories and gettinginto the minds of her characters.Currently, she’s a full-time author and freelance writer. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessing overmany (many) television series’.She currently resides in Southern New England with her family. Check out more about her writingand current TV addiction in her newsletter, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!SCBWI & RWA Member.

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Publisher – HQ Digital
Pages – 248
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Wrapped Up for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but not for Angie Martinelli… Having lost her boyfriend, job, and apartment all in the space of a week, Angie has no choice but to leave California and return to her family in New England.Determined not to let life weigh her down, Angie finds work at the local mall where she worked as a teenager. After an embarrassing run-in with a handsome stranger, Nick, she’s convinced her luck is about to change.But Nick has secrets of his own… and as the first flakes of snow begin to fall, Angie can’t help but wonder if she’ll ever find love.

Today is my stop on the Wrapped Up For Christmas blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.



My thoughts – This is my first Christmas read of the season and it was a great one to start with.  It has all the ingredients of a good Christmas story.

Angie thinks she has it all, a good job, money and the perfect boyfriend, that is until just before Christmas her world falls apart.  The once perfect boyfriend, who was her boss, dumps her and she is out of a job, just like that. Not being able to stay where she is, she has no choice but to go home.

Feeling like a failure, she has to start her life all over again, living with her parents, and trying to find a job. However,she soon realises that this is the life she should be living.  This is a lovely feel good read.

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Writing Fiction

Author – James Essinger.

James Essinger has been a professional writer since 1988. His non-fiction books include Jacquard’s Web (2004), Ada’s Algorithm (2013), which is to be filmed by Monumental Pictures, and Charles and Ada: the computer’s most passionate partnership (2019). His novels include The Mating Game (2016) and The Ada Lovelace Project (2019).

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Publisher – The Conrad Press

Pages – 192

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Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide

‘Writing Fiction is a little pot of gold… Screenplay by Syd Field for film, Writing Fiction by James Essinger for fiction. It’s that simple.’

William Osborne, novelist and screenwriter

Writing Fiction – a user-friendly guide is a must-read if you want to write stories to a professional standard.

It draws on the author’s more than thirty years of experience as a professional writer, and on the work and ideas of writers including:

  • Anthony Burgess
  • Joseph Conrad
  • George Eliot
  • Ken Follett
  • Frederick Forsyth
  • Dan Harmon
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • David Lodge
  • Norman Mailer
  • John Milton
  • Ben Parker
  • K. Rowling
  • William Shakespeare
  • Martin Cruz Smith
  • R.R. Tolkien


The twenty-four chapters cover every important matter you need to know about, including: devising a compelling story, creating and developing characters, plotting, ‘plants’, backstory, suspense, dialogue, ‘show’ and ‘tell’, and how to make your novel more real than reality.

Also featuring special guest advice from legendary screenwriter Bob Gale, who wrote the three immortal Back to the Future movies (1985, 1989 and 1990), and novelist and screenwriter William Osborne, whose many screen credits include the co-writing of the blockbuster  Twins (1988), this highly entertaining book gives you all the advice and practical guidance you need to make your dream of becoming a published fiction writer come true.

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

My thoughts – This book is an invaluable resource for a writer.  It incorporates the author’s advice as he reflects on his own experiences within the writing community.

The book contains 24 chapters that cover a whole host of problems and mistakes that aspiring authors make, and offers methods to rectify them.

The author references well known works of fiction and authors, as he covers many topics such as editing, devising well defined characters, plot development and how to really hone your craft as a writer.  Highly recommended.

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Love’s Long Road

Author – G. D Harper

I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.

In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.

I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Love’s Long Road.

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Publisher – Ginger Cat Publishing

Pages – 384

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Love’s Long Road

Glasgow, 1975. How do you cope when your boyfriend kills himself because of you?

When Bobbie Sinclair’s boyfriend commits suicide and blames her, she vows never to love again. Instead she chooses to lead a double existence, kind-hearted by day and promiscuous by night. She increasingly struggles to maintain the balance between light and dark and soon finds herself sucked into the world of a controlling and ruthless crime lord from which she must escape.

Set against a vibrant but seedy 1970s Glasgow backdrop, Love’s Long Road plots Bobbie’s desperate plight. Starting a new life but constantly afraid of her past catching up with her, she battles danger, adversity and drug addiction on the long and perilous road back to love.

Love’s Long Road is about dealing with the guilt of terrible events in your past and the risk of being corrupted by the world around you; it is a story that captures to perfection what it was like to be young and single in the 1970s.

Today is my stop on the Love’s Long Road blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – A thoroughly absorbing read that delves into Glasgow and London in the 1970’s.  Although I am not familiar with the time or places the author did a great job of portraying the scene.

The story follows Bobbie as her life takes an unfortunate turn.  Feeling guilty after the suicide of her ex, she makes a life changing decision which she will live to regret.

This is a dark read in places but it is such a gripping story, highly recommended.

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Author – Stefan Malmström.

Stefan Malmström is a former news journalist who has worked for Sveriges Radio and Swedish TV4. Today he works as a consultant, lecturer and author. At a young age, Stefan was manipulated into the Church of Scientology in Hässleholm, a small town in southern Sweden. KULT, his first book, is based on his experiences in the cult. Stefan lives in Karlskrona in Sweden with his family.

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Publisher – Silvertail Books

Pages – 387

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When a four-year-old girl and her father are found dead in the Swedish city of Karlskrona, the police quickly conclude it was a murder-suicide, a tragedy requiring no further investigation.
But Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime.
When more bodies turn up, Luke is certain the same killer has struck again. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.
And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life.
Can Luke get justice for Viktor and his daughter and prove his best friend was not a murderer, or will the shadows of the past overwhelm him?
Fans of The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jo Nesbø and Will Dean will love this dark and gripping début thriller.
NOTE: KULT is inspired by shocking and tragic real events.

Today is my stop on the Kult blog tour.  Many thanks to Sarah Hardy BOTBS for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is such an excellent read.  It gives an insight into the world of cults and how they operate.  There are lots of books written about cults, both imagined and real, but to get a real authentic account a book needs to be written by someone who knows the world first hand.

The author is one of these people, he has his own personal insight in cults and he has used this knowledge to create this great read.

This is not an easy read but it is well worth taking the journey, through the dark and sinister world the book inhabits.

Can’t wait to read more of his books.

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The Moorings

Author – David Blake.

David is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written fifteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his sixteenth, Moorings, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers, after Broadland and St. Benet’s.

When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

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Publisher – Black oak Publishing

Pages – 341

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A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.

When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.

But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a dark cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

Moorings is a totally addictive gripping crime thriller, the third in a chilling series of serial killer books, ones which will rapidly convert followers of L J Ross, Faith Martin, Joy Ellis, Damien Boyd and Helen H. Durrant into David Blake devotees.

Today is my stop on The Moorings blog tour.  Many thanks to Sarah Hardy BOTBS Publicity for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – What a brilliant read, I haven’t read the others in the series but this works really well as a standalone.

When a 94 year old is found dead in his bath, the initial reaction is that he has died of natural causes.  However it soon becomes apparent that his death is far from natural.

John Tanner and Jenny Evans are assigned the case and soon uncover lots of secrets within the victim’s family, and when another body is found, the case gets darker.  The book moves at pace and I didn’t guess the ending.

An excellent read and I shall be definitely be reading the others in the series.

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Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Enlightened Cow

Author – Columbkill Noonan.

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

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Publisher – Darkstroke Books

Pages – 205

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Rama, the Hindu god who maintains dharma, or the balance of all things, is in terrible trouble, and only Barnabas and Wilfred can save him!

Private detectives to the gods, Barnabas Tew and Wilfred Colby, believed they’d discovered the secret to taking charge of their destinies. Unfortunately, they’re about to be taught a hard lesson: nothing is as it seems and taking control is easier said than done.

Fresh off their most challenging case to date, the two detectives step into a cenote: an otherworldly portal that connects worlds and can take them anywhere if they how to use it.  Each is hoping to be reunited with someone he left behind, but they soon realize that something has gone terribly, disastrously wrong. Instead of being reunited with their lady-loves, they find themselves in a Hindu temple, together with Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire.

Kamadeva asks them to save his friend Rama, who is in grave danger. It seems an innocent enough request, but Barnabas and Wilfred have learned that not everything is at it seems, and the right thing to do is not always so obvious. It doesn’t take long to discover that not all the gods want Rama saved, leaving the two detectives to make a terrible choice.

The detectives have faced dangerous deities before, but the Hindu gods are different. Otherworldly, wise, and full of shadowy motivations, they all seek to manipulate the hapless detectives to suit their purposes.

Can Barnabas and Wilfred see through the illusions and the lies to uncover the truth of the matter? Or will they fail, and choose the wrong side?

Today is my stop on the Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Enlightened Cow.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – Read my reviews of other Barnabus Tew books Barnabus Tew And The Case Of The Missing Scarab Barnabus Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent.

This book is another delightful addition to the Barnabus Tew series of which I am a huge fan, this book does not disappoint.

Unable to agree upon on where they should be going the cenote delivers them to somewhere completely different, to where either wants to be.

They find themselves in India, tasked with trying to save a cow.  As usual Barnabus is his petulant self and the pair find themselves turned into fish.

The comedy between the pair make you laugh out loud as they stumble through the mystery of Rama, and who may not want him rescued.

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Palm Trees in the Pyrenees

Author – Elly Grant.

Hi, my name is Elly Grant and I like to kill people. I use a variety of methods. Some I drop from a great height, others I drown, but I’ve nothing against suffocation, poisoning or simply battering a person to death. As long as it grabs my reader’s attention, I’m satisfied.

I’ve written several novels and short stories. My first novel, ‘Palm Trees in the Pyrenees’ is set in a small town in France. It is the first book of my ‘Death in the Pyrenees series and they are all published by Creativia. The others in the series are, ‘Grass Grows in the Pyrenees’, ’Red Light in the Pyrenees’, ’Dead End in the Pyrenees’, ‘Deadly Degrees in the Pyrenees’ and ‘Hanging Around in the Pyrenees’. Creativia has also published my grittier crime novels set in Glasgow, ‘The Unravelling of Thomas Malone’ and ‘The Coming of the Lord’ as well as my thriller, ‘Death at Presley Park’.  Also published are my Romance ‘Never Ever Leave Me, as well as a collaboration on the quirky black comedy ‘But Billy Can’t Fly’ and short stories called ‘Twists and Turns’.

As I live much of the year in a small French town in the Eastern Pyrenees, I get inspiration from the way of life and the colourful characters I come across. I don’t have to search very hard to find things to write about and living in the most prolific wine producing region in France makes the task so much more delightful.

When I first arrived in this region I was lulled by the gentle pace of life, the friendliness of the people and the simple charm of the place. But dig below the surface and, like people and places the world over, the truth begins to emerge. Petty squabbles, prejudice, jealousy and greed are all there waiting to be discovered. Oh, and what joy in that discovery. So, as I sit in a café, or stroll by the riverside, or walk high into the mountains in the sunshine, I greet everyone I meet with a smile and a ‘Bonjour’ and, being a friendly place, they return the greeting. I people-watch as I sip my wine or when I go to buy my baguette. I discover quirkiness and quaintness around every corner. I try to imagine whether the subjects of my scrutiny are nice or nasty and, once I’ve decided, some of those unsuspecting people, a very select few, I kill.

Perhaps you will visit my town one day. Perhaps you will sit near me in a café or return my smile as I walk past you in the street. Perhaps you will hold my interest for a while, and maybe, just maybe, you will be my next victim. But don’t concern yourself too much, because, at least for the time being, I always manage to confine my murderous ways to paper.

Read books from the ‘Death in the Pyrenees’ series, enter my small French town and meet some of the people who live there —– and die there.

Alternatively read about life on some of the hardened streets of Glasgow or for something different try my other books and short stories.

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Pages – 195

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A rookie cop, a dash of mysterious death, and a heap of suspicion – as the heat rises, lethal tensions boil over in the Pyrenees.

Unappreciated, unnoticed, and passed over for promotion, thirty-year-old Danielle’s fledgling career in law enforcement is going nowhere – until the unexpected death of a hated Englishman turns her small town upside down.

Set in the idyllic south of France, Palm Trees in the Pyrenees is the first whodunit novel in Elly Grant’s thrilling murder mystery series. Against a background of prejudice, jealousy, and greed, Danielle pieces together the sparse clues of a fractured homicide. But will she find enough evidence to solve the case – and get the recognition she deserves?

To find out, get your copy of ‘Palm Trees in the Pyrenees’ – right now.

Today is my stop on the Palm Trees in the Pyrenees blog tour.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – The book is told by Danielle, who is in her thirties and single.  She is stagnating in her role as a police officer in her town.  She is overlooked by her colleagues and almost ignored by the town people.

However when an Englishman is found dead, she seizes the chance to prove herself and solve the demise of the unpopular man.

The description of the scenery in this book, is just beautiful and transports you straight over to France.

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