Review: “PorterGirl: Footsteps of the Templar” by Lucy Brazier

I’m delighted to present my review for this hugely entertaining and simply brilliant book.  Lucy and her books have been on my blog several times and I just can’t get enough.

We’re back in Old College with the bunch of academics and associates that often do everything but educate others.

The toxic Dean, an obsessive Bursar, the Porter team and some new characters, including an eccentric American professor, on this occasion on their search of a precious historical item that may or may not be located on the College grounds.

Having watched my husband reading the book in almost one sitting on the beach I grabbed it as soon as he had finished and got sucked into it in the same way. The search involves travel to France – always good for a few jokes, some coincidences including an annoying police man on holiday, a few people with what I would call a hat fetish, chaotic wedding plans and basically, a lot of hysterical fun.

The characters are always quirky, the plot is very playful but spiked with enough twists and surprises to avoid predictability.

If you want more details, here is the official blurb and the link to Amazon:

‘A peculiar type of morality’
Head Porter’s hopes for a quiet life are dashed not only by the return to Old College of one of academia’s most controversial Fellows, but also the revelation that the Knights Templar may once have left behind something quite important in the College grounds. As Deputy Head Porter and The Dean mount a typically ill-considered investigation, knowledge of this esoteric legend had already fallen into dangerous hands…

Abandoning Head Porter to deal with a College wedding, a mysterious big hole, troublesome felines and a potentially murderous Bursar, Deputy Head Porter leads The Dean and the highly unpredictable Professor Horatio Fox in a race against time to solve puzzles, crack codes and follow a trail that takes them to the very heart of the legend of the Knights Templar – an ancient chateau in Chinon, France.

Coincidentally, this is exactly where DCI Thompson chooses to spend his summer holiday and if he is hoping for an escape from the rigours of fighting crime, he is to be sorely disappointed. In fact, he could be the only one standing between our heroes and the enigmatic, unseen pursuer who appears intent on stopping them in their tracks once and for all…

Review / Pre-order release of The Golden Viper (The Crimson Deathbringer Trilogy Book 2) by Sean Robins

The Golden Viper (The Crimson Deathbringer Trilogy Book 2) by [Robins, Sean]

Following my enthusiastic review of Book One in the series  (The Crimson Death Bringer)
here are my announcement of Book 2 going on pre-sale and my pre-release review – thanks to the author’s preview copy.

You will all know that I rarely dive into science fiction reading but I saw the author’s quirky tweets and got into the series that way.

THE GOLDEN VIPER is a bit more serious than the first and the novel gets you more of the sci-fi action with more focus on the actual science fictions story, the fighting scenes, the different species and other fantasy elements.

A surprise attack of unexpected dimensions forces our heroes to think quickly on their feet and come up with solutions how to fight off the invaders. All the more disturbing is the re-appearance of a character previously thought dead. From there the action never lets up and keeps you turning those pages.

The novel cleverly starts with a dramatic scene taken out of the chronological sequence to kick-start the tension and then tells the story of the events leading up to it.

Robins again uses in-jokes and humour which makes the story very enjoyable. The characters are very likeable and the plot is full of tension and well thought-through.

This was again very enjoyable and something I’m sure many people will have great fun reading.
Check it out.

 

Kanoor has fallen.

Despite their crushing defeat on Earth, the Xortaags are back, and with a genius plan that can be the brainchild of only one man in the galaxy, they’ve conquered the Akakie homeworld.

Not being the forgive-and-forget types, the Xortaags have chosen Earth as their next target. Moreover, if they have enough time to reverse-engineer all the advanced technology they found on Kanoor, they will rule the universe forever. Now it’s up to Jim, Kurt, Oksana and Tarq to save not only humanity but also every single sentient species in the universe.

And to make things worse, an even more sinister threat (yeah, more sinister than the Xortaags) is emerging in the background.

You thought the stakes were high in The Crimson Deathbringer (with Earth conquered and 700 million people killed)? You ain’t seen nothing yet!

Festival of Senses in Llandeilo

Some of you have asked why this blog has been a bit silent of late.
Here is what I’ve been up to while not blogging. If you are living in Wales or near it, come and join me November 15 – 17 72595041_2444352585684061_2030327643223621632_o

Some of what’s going on at this year’s festival

The festival will open on Friday 15th Nov at 11am
for early shoppers and have the traditional Friday night opening ceremony:

Save the date 2Santa will be coming through town on his sleigh at 6pm
followed by a Lantern parade from CK to King Street,
where we meet Santa again
The lightning of the Christmas Tree at 7:00,
and a fireworks display at 8pm.

Llandeilo Town Band, Ffion Haf and Harry Luke will provide the entertainment.

72194667_771948129923959_2983220456292614144_nSaturday and Sunday more music and entertainment will add to the magical festive atmosphere. The festival area will expand into Carmarthen Street this year where community stalls will provide activities and information and Teilo Church joins us with a coffee morning and some entertainment throughout the Saturday.
Festival shopping hours:
Fri 11 am – 9 pm (Festival stalls only, some shops stay open later than that)
Sat 10 am – 6 pm (Festival stalls only, some shops stay open later than that)
Sun 11 am – 4pm (Festival stalls only, local shop opening hours may vary)

Under this year’s motto “The Festival starts here” The Hangout’s Park & Ride received a special upgrade: You can wait some place warm for the next bus, browse a large selection of extra arts & craft stalls, and indulge in varied food offerings at this quirky, dog friendly place.
The stalls will feature
handcrafted aluminium wire jewellery,
a range of decorative mosaic handcrafted items,
natural, plant-based, cruelty free skincare products from Llangeitho,
felted wraps, drapes and throws,
Alpaca yarn and knitted items,
homemade cakes, handmade woven wall hangings and hats.-craft, handcrafted gifts and decorations from felt, fabric, mdf and wood,
knitwear, jumpers, socks, dresses, craft objects
Interior decorations, Christmas decorations etc
Textiles, Triathlon, road bikes & mountain bikes, wet suits, running gear and accessories.
Organic Children’s Clothing, Accessories and Gifts

P and R

An extra park and ride bus at key times will ease the bottle neck experienced last year during driver’s legal breaks and added we’ve added more parking spaces behind the Hangout.
Buses will drop you off outside Variations and operate during these times:
Friday:
Hangout 11 am – 10pm
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr 4:30 pm – 10pm
Saturday
Hangout 10 am – 10pm
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr 10 am – 10 pm (Tregib overflow if needed)
Sunday
Hangout 11 am – 4 pm
Ysgol Bro Dinefwr 11 am – 4pm
Thanks to our Park and Ride sponsors The Salutation Inn and Birds’ Hill Renewable Heating who made this possible

Santa runWe’re super excited to announce the
First ever Santa Run in Llandeilo as part of our festival@
A 5k route around town.

Registration 9AM onwards
Start of Run 10AM

Santa costume is provided with every entry, but you’re welcome to bring your own

Join in the fun as part of the Festival of the Senses events to help raise money for 3 Charities: The Brain Tumour Charity, Tenovous and The Jac Lewis Foundation.

Date And Time Sun, 17 November 2019
09:00 – 11:00 King Street Llandeilo SA19

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mayors-charity-5k-santa-run-tickets-77652295105?fbclid=IwAR12ovu9hxBloPZUeDs-qod_QfPV__eNp5ty03ymIy89VQ5-8kLBW6kUb7w

Review: “Bloodline Curse” by Arthur Crandon

BLOODLINE CURSE: Don't be alone in the fitting - room... urban legend in asia comes to life... by [Crandon, Arthur]

BLOODLINE CURSE

  is a very original story about a curse and its consequences for future generations. Having read previous work by Arthur Crandon I didn’t need to think twice whether to download the Amazon recommendation.
Set in the Philippines during and after the Spanish colonial occupation the book combines historical value with mythology and a bit of horror.

Based on a very persistent actual myth around a shopping mall in Manila the story starts with the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in Manila and their suppression of the local/ native inhabitants. A revenge action and murder lead to a curse and the birth of the Snake Twin.
Crandon has given the myth a wonderful literary life by connecting the origin of the monster with the tales of the after effects which allegedly are still present at said shopping mall.

All background, susperstition and cult status of the myth aside, the story itself is told with gripping suspense and a great injection of human drama into the horror. The characters chosen for the stories – in the past and in the present – are more than mere placeholders, they are quickly established as focal points and bring a strong personal component to the frightening plot.

The concept of the snake twin is an original and fascinating idea and a grateful subject for a horror story. Knowing that the legend lives on in people’s mind should draw extra attention to this well written novel but fans of Stephen King and other great horror writers might want to take notice of this accomplished story.

Highly recommended.
Short but highly compulsive this is an afternoon’s entertainment, gripping and very enjoyable.
Excellent.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLOODLINE-CURSE-alone-fitting-legend-ebook/dp/B07SB5MJB6

 https://www.amazon.com/BLOODLINE-CURSE-alone-fitting-legend-ebook/dp/B07SB5MJB6

Arthur Crandon

Review: “Overdose” by Uvi Poznansky

I recently linked one of my books to a group of 17 authors in a medical thriller box set and am still reading my way through the collection. I must admit I was most curious about Uvi Poznansky’s contribution to the set, since I’m a long standing fan of her sharp and gripping writing. So I grabbed Overdose from her twitter feed and downloaded it.

Plot:

Months after recovering from coma, Ash discovers that the man who performed her brain surgery has a questionable medical experience and a dark past, starting with his medical mission in India, 10 years ago, and ending just recently, with his wife’s suicide. Should Ash expose him at the risk of becoming vulnerable to his revenge?

In an attempt to learn more, Ash goes on a date with him. When the waitress drops a pink cellphone into her hand, she is hit by a bullet. On the cellphone are his wife’s last words: “Perhaps, you have the urge to shut me off or, at least, to ignore what I’m about to say. But listen you must, because even if you don’t believe it, you’re already much too close to danger…. Neil is my undoing. Make sure he isn’t yours.”

My review:
I read “Overdose” by Uvi Poznansky within one day, it was that gripping and addictive.
Not having read the previous books in the Ash suspense series made no difference. The mystery about Dr Patel, his questionable professional and personal background, and just what kind of game is being played between him and Ash was an immediate hook.
Ash is a very honest and real character with a strong and often cynical voice – for me yet another perfect narrator. It is these raw feelings that make the characters and their observation so fascinating, the thing I like most about Uvi’s books. Ash’s interaction with her opponent and her boyfriend are excellent; she’s playing with fire, letting us look into her mind while outwardly playing a different game – very well done. The plot drives along fast and furious in a web of deceit and confusion without ever dropping the ball or tension.
A great thriller and a series to watch out for.

Uvi Poznansky

About Uvi Poznansky

Uvi Poznansky is a USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romantic suspense box set, Love Under Fire, made the USA TODAY bestselling list, as did her medical thriller box set, Do No Harm; and her romance box set, A Touch of Passion, was the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.

Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Books and Genres:
Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance is a suspense series. It includes Coma Confidential, Virtually Lace, and Overdose.

Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. The series includes My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, Dancing with Air, and Marriage before Death.

Still Life with Memories Bundle series includes volume I, Apart from Love (My Own Voice+The White Piano); and volume II: Apart from War (The Music of Us+Dancing with Air+Marriage before Death.)

The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series with a modern twist. It includes three novels–Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt–and six art through the ages collections, describing each moment of the story.

Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Love on Track (Rivals in Love Book Three) P.C. Zick

New book out by one of my favourite writers – whether it’s her romances like this series or more journalistic fare or literary fiction, that woman can write.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to welcome bestselling author P.C. Zickto the Cafe and Bookstore and her featured book today was released on September 17th – Love on Track (Rivals in Love Book Three)

About the Series

Love on Track is the third novel in the Rivals in Love sweet contemporary romance series. Rivals in Love showcases the Crandall family siblings who are all in successful careers. But they forgot one thing while becoming rising stars. They forgot all about love. Their father a U.S. Senator aspires for high office, but their mother, the heir to a fortune, only wants her children married and with children.

Book one in the Rivals in Love Series is on offer at 99c/99p until September 23rd.

About the book

Childhood history between a race car driver and an event coordinator collide at the Indy 500. He can’t be distracted by romance. And she can’t trust love will…

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A Ghost in the Kitchen — Launch Party Trolley through Haunted Savannah!

My amazing and super talented blogger friend Teagan is launching A GHOST IN THE KITCHEN – check it out. Congratulations Teagan!

Teagan's Books

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Welcome to the launch party for A Ghost in the Kitchen!  It’s a wild ride on a magical trolley through haunted Savannah, Georgia.

All the Pip stories by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

All the Pip books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Purchase links: The Three Things Serial Story, Murder at the Bijou, and A Ghost in the Kitchen

Hi everyone. I’m sorry to interrupt The Delta Pearl.  My steampunk riverboat serial will be back next weekend.

Today I’m doing a very special post. I’ve finally “bookized” the third novel in my Roaring Twenties series about Pip.  I’ve brought a bunch of friends for this shindig on a magical 1920s trolley.  First let me tell you a little about this novel. 

When my character, Paisley Idelle Peabody (better known as Pip) came along, I started writing a type of fiction that I never expected.  Pip is a flapper. Her stories took me…

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Reviews for Time To Let Go

Here’s another one of my favourite books and some recent reviews for it:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.

Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimers’ disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.

The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

Voted No. 12 in http://www.readfree.ly/50-best-indie-books-2014/

This takes place in England and the style of writing seems to reflect that in some of its writing style and a serious tone/ perspective on a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. Hanna returns home and has opposing ideas how to deal with her Mother’s decline. She prefers distraction and varied experiences vs. Dad who is very much into protective mode and daily routine. Each member chooses how they wish to deal with the reality of the disease, none of which change the decline of Biddy, the wife/mother. The toll of everyone ‘s health and mental well being becomes a heavy burden and responsibility.

Lately, I’ve been reading several novels dealing with Alzheimer’s to help with my friend’s family who is dealing with this. It is devastating and affects everyone in the family differently. It has been researched and the insight to be gained by reading these novels is a learning experience for anyone, whether or not touched by Alzheimer’s.

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

 

Elisabeth

 

Yes the book made me think a lot. Family life has somehow to go on although one of the loved ones might be stricken by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. How to cope with a situation such as this one? Who has the better ideas? The person closest to them or family members, living further afield and having their own problems to deal with. Only to realise that yes, all good suggestions are well intended. I highly recommend this book. Here is a family coping with an illness desperate to find a way. Christoph Fisher manages to tell their story with compassion but also intrigue which makes the Condition and ‘normal’ family life, run side by side.

Reviews for THE HEALER

MikiHope

I have previously read a couple of this author’s books “Ludwika” and “The Luck of the Weissensteiners” both of which dealt with the occupation of the Nazi’s. I definitely recommend both of these books. They are eye openers to be certain!

The Healer deals with cancer and how one man was able to cure pancreatic cancer. He had an elixir that pharmaceutical companies wanted badly. When Erica Whittaker was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer she did not expect to live. Her assistant at work helped her find this man. He did try telling everyone the truth—that it was him and not the elixir-of course no one believed him. He was in “retirement” when Erica finally found him and begged him to cure her or at least try! What happens from there seems surreal–and you will be hard pressed to know who to believe. The ending will astound you!!

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Woman diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer seeks out a healer in a last ditch effort to save her life. A complex puzzle whose solution only becomes clear on the last page. Wildly imaginative.
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Kirstin
WOW! It has been a while since a book has gripped me as much as this medical thriller. Full of personal conflict, medical confusion, and a touch of mysticism, this story makes you take a deeper look at where your own convictions lie. I was hooked, on the edge of the seat until the surprising conclusion.

DO NO HARM, the medical thriller box set featuring THE HEALER has not only managed to become a No 1 Amazon bestselling book, but last night made it as a USA Today Bestseller.
Thank you all for your support and congratulations to all the marvellous authors in the collaboration!

Book Promotion-D.G.Kaye P.S. I Forgive You

I second that recommendation. Inspiring memoir about forgiveness and difficult mothers

firefly465

D.G. Kaye is a writer which makes you sit up and think. A natural talent for writing which grips you through the gritty memoirs of her life with a narcissist mother.

I have read Conflicted Hearts and P.S. I Forgive You and highly recommend them.

Emotional yes, but also filled with the spirit of the writer herself who has survived and thrives in spite of.

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