The Suicide Plan by Emma Clapperton 

Book Description:

Standing up and welcoming everyone to the spiritualist church is something Patrick McLaughlin does most evenings. Most of the faces in the audience are familiar to him, except one. David Hopkirk walks into the West End Spiritualist church in Glasgow and slits his own throat in the middle of a demonstration. Buy why? 


Patrick is then catapulted into a case, which sees the death of a child, a failed court case and a family torn apart. 

Soon Patrick will have all the pieces of the puzzle but will he be able to fit them together in time? 

Author Bio:

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. 
She is the writer of a supernatural crime series based in Glasgow, which she writes under the pen name of Emma L Clapperton. 

She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.


You can contact Emma via:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEmmaLClapperton

https://twitter.com/EmmaLClapperton

http://www.eclapperton550@gmail.com

My review 

Many people find relief each year in the belief in the afterlife as well as in psychic mediums. 

In this book it deals with the death of a young boy and the path to find out what really happened ed to Aiden.

This is a novella but was very good.  The writing was done well and the story progressed nicely.  The only issue was that they kumowd back and forth to different times which caused slight confusion  at first.

What I likes about the book is that the medium wasn’t overused and had the right touch to it.  Paranormal can be hard to write especially when dealing with any genre other than fantasy.   

This was handled well and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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.

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/

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.

Head of Zues press release Day of the Dead 

Today I am sharing with you a press release from the publisher head of zues.

This book looks very good and am looking forward myself to reading this.


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Head of Zeus Press Release

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DAY OF THE DEAD

MARK ROBERTS

Publication Date: 4th May 2017

Price: £20

A vigilante killer spreads terror in Merseyside in the third gripping thriller starring Liverpool DCI Eve Clay.

“A genuinely innovative crime writer with a taste for the macabre and unexpected.” DAILY MAIL

“Brilliant storytelling” JIMMY MCGOVERN

“Dark, gripping and believable. Roberts’ intimate knowledge of Liverpool makes the city into a sinister character of itself.” GRAHAM MASTERTON

Vindici is a hero to many. He is also the nation’s most dangerous criminal…

The man who calls himself Vindici broke out of prison last year. Now he’s filmed himself torturing and killing paedophiles in Liverpool’s affluent suburbs. Half the city are celebrating: the streets are safer for their children. But for DCI Eve Clay and her team at the Merseyside Police, it’s a nightmare. Their job is to solve the crimes and lock up the killer – hard enough without being despised by the public they are trying to protect.

And now, just when they think they’ve cracked the case, they receive a photo of Vindici, at a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico. So if Vindici is 5,000 miles away, who are they hunting in Liverpool? DCI Eve Clay must draw on all her cunning to unmask a killer who is somehow always one step ahead…

AUTHOR

Mark Roberts was born and raised in Liverpool. He was a teacher for twenty years and now works with children with severe learning difficulties. He is the author of WHAT SHE SAW, which was longlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Sangster on

Suzanne@headofzeus.com or call 020 7533 7992

New logo

Today I am pleased to share that I have a logo now for my reviews site.  A friend of mine has made this wonderful image which has one of my favourite animals on it.  Those who l ow me well will know that the eagle is my favourite animal ever.