Bombshell Books Announcement 

Bombshell Books are back!

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 Blogging – The 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, 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 isban author of contemporary humorous fiction and romanticbcomedy. 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 numberbof 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 lookout for new authors. We want stories that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love. For more information visit our website http://www.bombshellbooks.com

The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles blogtour

Today on my blog I host part of the blog tour for Stewart Giles new book The Beekeeper 

BEEKEEPER by Stewart Giles


A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden.  The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives.

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the murderer to justice.

A crime mystery with a streak of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the underbelly of a sleepy Cornish village.

Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.

Special excerpt from the book

The sun and the moon were in the sky together for a brief moment and then the sun disappeared behind the distant sea. The wind had picked up and the hollyhock bushes in Alice Green’s back garden were swaying in the cool breeze. She looked over the hedge into the Sedgwicks’ garden. The lights were on in the house, but Alice knew Eddie and Barbara were not at home. Eddie had told her they were going to watch a film in Trotterdown. She knew they would be gone for a good few hours but she still wanted to get what she was about to do over with as quickly as possible. She got to work with her green shovel, digging up the soil under the hollyhocks. She carefully removed the earth around her husband’s body, making sure not to dig too close to the corpse. It was hard work. After twenty minutes, Alice had only managed to dig a small hole. She wiped the sweat from her brow and carried on. Two hours later, Stanley’s body was lying on the grass. Alice had managed to drag him from under the bushes, but it had used up most of her energy. She looked at the dead body of the man she had married forty years ago. The skin on his face was grey in the moonlight. One of his eyes was missing. Where his ring finger had been was now just a black stump. It had taken a huge amount of effort to drag the body the few metres from the bushes, and there was no way she was going to be able to get him to the road to where she’d parked her van. There was only one thing for it, even though the very idea made her want to vomit. She was running out of time and she couldn’t leave the body lying on her back lawn. She went to the shed and grabbed her wheelbarrow and two industrial-strength refuse bags. The moon vanished behind a large cloud and Alice could barely see what she was doing. She waited for her eyes to adjust to the darkness. The wind pushed the clouds away and the moon reappeared, lighting up Stanley’s face. Alice wondered what had happened to his eye. It was odd seeing him so dirty. Stanley had always been neat and smartly dressed. It was one of the things she liked about him. Alice put the shovel on the spot where the shirt and trousers met and suddenly thought of the day Stanley had come home wearing that shirt, over ten years ago. She’d told him it made him look like a man in the grip of a midlife crisis, but Stanley hadn’t cared. He wore the shirt for years afterwards. Alice closed her eyes and brought the shovel down with all her strength. The shovel didn’t make any headway —the edge wasn’t sharp enough. Alice started to panic. What now? She lifted the shovel up and examined it closely. Why not? She went into the house and returned with the whetstone she used to sharpen her kitchen knives. Twenty minutes later, the shovel was ready. The sharpened edge glinted in the moonlight. Alice raised it up in the air, took a deep breath and brought it down with everything she had. There was a sickening crunch as the sharp edge of the shovel sliced through Stanley’s pelvis and wedged in the grass underneath. She managed to prise the shovel loose and moved it into position for another go. She paused for a moment to give herself a breather and thought about life with Stanley Green. It hadn’t always been bad. The first few years had been pretty good, in fact. Stanley was the perfect gentleman and he’d treated her like a princess. Then Alice thought about the first time she’d found out she was not the only princess in Stanley’s life and brought the shovel down so hard it nearly sliced his body in half. Emily Bright, Alice thought, that was her name. A most inappropriate name. Emily Bright. Legs that went on forever and a brain whose only purpose was to fill in the gap between her ears. Emily Bright had been the first. Alice had lost count of exactly how many others had followed. She lifted the shovel high in the air and slammed it down with all her might. Stanley Green’s body separated into two parts, like an earthworm cut in half. Alice wrapped the legs up first, put them in one of the refuse sacks and tied the opening with duct tape. She lifted the sack into the wheelbarrow and trundled it down towards her van. The road was deserted as she opened the back and bundled her husband’s legs inside. It made her feel sick, but she went through the same thing with the other half of Stanley. 

Really looking forward to reading this novel.  Hope you all enjoy.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Picked up this Young Adult book mainly because of hype about how it seems to make suicide okay and how graphic the TV show is.

In this case the book I don’t think glorifies suicide but it shows a lot of strange issues in dealing with harassment and bullying.

I also found it unrealistic as the book is about tapes that she had recorded to those she feels have wronged her.

It seems to be that Hannah is vindictive in what she is doing.  In fact I stopped feeling sorry for her and instead for Clay who is the one who flows her instructions.

I think part is guilt for what she has done and part wanting others to feel how much pain she is in.  Either way this is not a good situation. 

I do like Clay who always seems to be stuck in the middle and just wants to figure out what it is all about.   It is just a journey he is taking through the eyes of Hannah.

While I found the book interesting and indeed it covers a lot of difficult subject matter I did find that it was done tastefully. 

What I believe is that this book is a necessary book to discuss such items and ensure kids know where and what they can do if they are having issues.

Starburst by Carol James Marshall

When I first started to read this book I was a bit out off as it seemed to jump a lot between the characters that were involved in the story.  I pressed on determined to complete this novel and was very glad I did.

This isn’t a hardcore science fiction novel it is more soft in that regard but it delved into the minds of the people with such ease that you couldn’t help but start to like the characters 

Lisa is a lady of the grey who is on her initiation to becoming a full fledged mother of the grey.  The problem is that she is not typical of them.  She has real feelings and isn’t hard as rocks like the mother’s are.

She also shows a side of herself as a rule breaker who will go to many lengths to succeed.

What I likes about Lisa is that she seems to be the best and the worst of her kind.   She shows compassion  but in doing so she has broken the rules of her own people

The book brought out a long awaited sci-fi novel that i could actually get into fully.  There are so few of these that draw me nowadays that this was a nice surprise.  

What was missing was absolutely nothing.  If you are hard core sci-fi lover this may not be for you as it is light on technology and doesn’t have the same feel.

For more information about this book and the next book that is due to be released soon check out the author website at

https://www.caroljamesmarshall.com/

Bad Sons by Oliver Tidy blogtour 

Book Description:


David Booker returns to Romney Marsh on the south coast of England for a holiday. He is expecting to spend time helping his aunt and uncle pack up the stock of their second-hand bookshop in preparation for a happy retirement.
He arrives in Dymchurch on a miserable April night to find his relatives missing without word or clue regarding their whereabouts.
As events unravel, the outlook of the local police pushes Booker to search for his own answers to the questions surrounding his family’s disappearance. To unravel the mystery he will have to put himself in danger. 
Will Booker find the answers he needs and make it out alive? 

Author Bio:


Oliver Tidy was born and bred on Romney Marsh, Kent. After a fairly aimless foray into adulthood and a number of unfulfilling jobs he went back to education and qualified as a primary school teacher.


A few years of having the life sucked out of him in the classroom encouraged Oliver abroad to teach English as a foreign language. The lifestyle provided him the time and opportunity to try his hand at writing.


Oliver’s success as a self-published author has led to his Booker & Cash series of books, which are set mainly on Romney Marsh, being signed by Bloodhound Books. 


Oliver is now back living on Romney Marsh and writing full time. 

Links:


https://twitter.com/olivertidy?lang=en-gb

https://olivertidy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Oliver-Tidy-467297426793288/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oliver-Tidy/e/B00AZIGMWW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1492156326&sr=1-1

My Review 

As I sit here I still try and put my thoughts in order for dealing with this book.  While I did enjoy it just not in the way many think.

In the book I saw the ending coming while not a bad thing it didn’t come as a surprise at all.  Sometimes I like to be shocked but this is not one of these books. 

Onto the characters they were not altogether memorable other than David Booker who seemed a little dim at times as to what was happening.   While I did feel for him it seemed he was notes emotional as I figured he would be.  

It shows a hugely different facet into the human mind.  I am looking forward to more from this author in the future. 

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles


This biography is one of a handful that I have read by top level elite gymnasts.  I am a person that loved seeing the gymnasts fly high and soar into clouds.

Over the years i have seen some insane skills and have witnessed some spectacular moments watching the USA gymnasts finally come into their own.

Simone Biles is by far the most prolific female gymnast in US history.   She managed to take that very special spot from the amazing Shannon Miller who had won the most medals at that point.

When Simone broke onto the scenes I was shocked to see the powerful build which is not common in women’s gymnastics.   She can fly through the air with ease and always has the most beautiful smile on her face.

I loved seeing her showing her skill on floor routine especially when she unveiled the Biles which is a double back layout with a half twist so that you end up doing a blind landing.

After reading her book I am pleased to say that I feel I have learned of her life.  The peppy and ever smiling Simone has her good and bad days but she always shows the outside world just what she is truly made of.

I am pleased to have read this book as I do love gymnastics and just how far the sport has come since I first trained.  

What I really like is seeing how articulate she is and I hope she will go to become a motivational speaker and trainer because she has all the skills she will ever need.

To Simone I wish her all the luck in the world and hope she has a long and successful career as one of the best gymnasts to ever train.

Earlier I made reference to Shannon Miller and it is a high honour that I say that Simone for this generation is like Shannon to my generation.  Both are hugely influential and have done what many said was impossible.

Ya book not just for youth

Many people believe that young adult books are only enjoyable for the young.  It is untrue in fact some of my favourite books are classed for youths.

Why do I read these books.  Well most fantasy that’s not written for kids seems to go over the same lines while those written for youth tend to have history or mythology attributed to it.

For normal books they deal with problems that are not what adults deal with much.  I like the change up and that it shows how massive little problems can be.

Generally I like them as they are something I don’t have to really think to hard about as the writing was meant for younger audiences.  I like having the easier to read books as well put in with the books that have all the gory details.

I am unsure why some believe that a youth book shouldn’t be enjoyed by adults bit some feel that way.  I think we can all use a break from our lives at times and just regress back to our teens.