#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Other Mother by J.A.Baker (@thewriterjude) @Bloodhoundbook

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I am so excited to be kicking of J.A.Baker’s blog blitz today for her new release, ‘The Other Mother’. This book had me on the edge of my seat – I cannot wait to share my review with you all. Big thanks to Sarah from Bloodhound Books for the tour invite as well as the ARC.

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Three troubled women. One deadly secret.

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.
Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.
All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.
But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?
As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights…

What does TWG think?

Holy mother of cheeseballs!!!! This book!!!!

I’ve got to be honest, at first I wasn’t too sure. I couldn’t seem to get myself comfortable in the storyline, whilst also finding myself frowning at the words on the page. Luckily that feeling didn’t last for too long as, in no time at all, I was reeled into the past, trying to work out the identities of multiple characters in the book. I was determined to find out what exactly happened all those years ago.

I can’t even surmise this book like I usually would, as I would unintentionally give something away!

‘The Other Mother’ is a story told from different viewpoints. Three main characters, three extremely complex situations, all with only one thing in common. The past. As I’ve said many times before, my detective skills are shocking. Well, it’s either that or the author is a brilliant storyteller and knows how to keep their readers guessing, and/or looking in the wrong direction. I’ll go with the latter as J.A.Baker is most certainly that type of author.

There were moments during the book where I couldn’t help but think ‘what the f……’, or ‘omg that poor…..’, or ‘what the HELL are they playing at?’. I felt empathy towards a couple of the characters in one scene, yet in the same breath I started to feel anger towards their actions as well. I couldn’t keep up with how quickly my reactions were changing in relation to this storyline. I truly was on high alert, AND on the edge of my seat for a good majority of the novel.

I would read this book all over again if I could! But, seeing as I know what happens, I don’t think a second reading would be as impressive, therefore I am extremely jealous of everyone who is going to be reading this book for the very first time!!!

‘The Other Mother’ is an intense, whirlwind of a book which I just could not put down. With fantastic storytelling from author, J.A.Baker, this book has enough oomph and guts to send shivers up your spine, goosebumps on your arms, whilst also leaving your mind in a complete and utter head funk. I could not have wished for anything better where ‘The Other Mother’ was concerned.

I am waiting with bated breath for another J.A.Baker novel – this author has definitely found a fan for life.

You have to go and buy this book. I really can’t recommend it enough!

Thanks BloodHoundBooks.

‘The Other Mother’ by J.A.Baker is released today and can be bought now from Amazon UK.

Author Bio:
 

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

Links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thewriterjude/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/thewriterjude

My website – http://www.jabakerauthor.co.uk/

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/J.A.-Baker/e/B06XSNWB4T/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1505332991&sr=8-1

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Snow Light by Danielle Zinn (@DanielleZinn4) @BloodHoundBook

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Busy day on TWG today! First up is my review of Danielle Zinn’s ‘Snow Light’ as part of the Blog Blitz arranged by BloodHoundBooks. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for the invite as well as the ARC.

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When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her. Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Turtleville, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again. However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park murder re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village. For Thomas the situation gets worse when DS Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question. Who is the victim? And why was he murdered? Thomas and Collins will find themselves trying to solve a highly unusual case and both may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.

What does TWG think?

One thing I love about reading books published by BloodHoundBooks is the fact I am able to read so many new authors, a lot of them producing books I probably wouldn’t have picked out for myself on Amazon. Why? Because I never really knew these types of books existed and you can’t really type random words into the Amazon search bar, hoping that you’ll be given a new style of book. I love that I am able to step out of my comfort zone by reading a lot of different genres. Especially this book.

DI Nathaniel Thomas is living in the past. After a previous case didn’t go to plan, Nathaniel was left feeling extremely guilty and in need of a fresh start. Whilst the idea of a fresh start was all well and good, it didn’t exactly turn out that way a year down the line. Faced with another murder and a case of mistaken identity, Nathaniel is thrown head first into the snow as he attempts to find the culprit. If DI Thomas thought that his fresh start was going to be easy, he was completely mistaken.

My first thought of DI Thomas and the murder was ‘WAHEYYYY welcome back!’! What a corker of a case to get stuck into eh! Of course DI Thomas attempts to be as professional as possible without bringing his past back into future, but when he gets told that a colleague from his past will be assisting him on the case, I really do think that he would have made yellow snow right there and then if he could have done.

I found myself rather engrossed in the developing storyline, especially when fingers seemed to be pointing to everyone in the village! How on Earth could I begin to narrow it down? I had absolutely no idea who the culprit was yet several characters seemed to be showing a lot more signs of guilt than others.

Whilst I was hooked on ‘Snow Light’, I did find some parts of the storyline to be a little slow. For me, I would have preferred it to be a little more fast paced as I felt that there were too many pregnant pauses. That said, ‘Snow Light’ did keep me guessing until the very end, with the conclusion stealing the show. Definitely a heart in mouth moment!

Thanks BloodHoundBooks.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Scream Blue Murder by @TonyJForder @BloodHoundBook

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Huge thanks to Sarah from BloodHoundBooks for inviting me to take part in the blog blitz for ‘Scream Blue Murder’. I am delighted to be able to share my review with you all this evening.

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Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery – the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.

 Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.

 Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?

 In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is.

What does TWG think?

Oh.my.god!!! What a book! The idiot that I am forgot to write this blitz in my diary which, thanks to the publishers incredible organisational skills, I was prompted on social media last night. Cue having my nose in ‘Scream Blue Murder’ all of last night. Am I complaining though? Am I heck! Whether I am a fast reader or not is irrelevant as I just could not put this book down, therefore I was speeding through it like goodness knows what!

The story begins with a teaser prologue – it certainly kept me guessing that’s for sure! Between that and the end of the first chapter, it felt as though I had a constant frown on my face. It seemed like such a big jump between the prologue and the ‘now’, I honestly thought I had missed a few pages!

I kept turning the pages thinking ‘what the hell is going on?’. Even though I couldn’t seem to work out what was happening, what the motive was, who exactly was in the firing line even though there were people after Lynch, I was 110% engrossed in the intensity of the storyline. The jam-packed, high intensity storyline kept me on the edge of my seat whilst also managing to fray my nerves. Clueless yet completely addicted.

About 60 or so percent in, the storyline cranked up yet another notch. Something was about to go down with Lynch and Melissa, but what, I had no idea. The author described certain goings on around and due to the way in which the author fed those descriptions to his readers, my heart rate shot up in anticipation. I have no idea why I was feeling apprehensive as I wasn’t even in the firing line yet the author made me feel as though I was slap bang in the centre of all the action! Genius!

From that moment, whenever I had to go outside to let my dog out for a tinkle, I began jumping at the slightest noise. Looking left and right in the garden to make sure that there was nobody about to shoot me. Yes, you may laugh as whilst it is hilarious now, I forgot to switch off from the book before I went outside so as far as I was concerned, any movement I made was still part of the storyline. If that makes any sense at all!

‘Scream Blue Murder’ kept me in suspense until the very last page. I’m not going to lie, I had my suspicions about several of the characters involved in the book as there had to be a lot more to the story. It was clear that someone was lying but I couldn’t for definite say who. I had a hunch who it might be and due to the risk of spoilers I shan’t tell you who I thought it might be, but oh my gosh!

A fantastic, well written, suspenseful and spine tingling novel, which left me finishing the book with my hand over my mouth in shock. Absolutely brilliant.

Thanks BloodHoundBooks.

Buy now!

About the author.

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The second book in the series will be released in 2018, with a third currently in progress.

On 19 September 2017, Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

On 8 November, Bloodhound Books will publish Tony’s new fast-paced action thriller, Scream Blue Murder. This is the first novel in an intended series, and has received praise from both Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

Tony is signed to Bloodhound Books for a minimum of four books, but believes there is much more to come.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Wormwood by Larry Enmon (@LarryEnmon) @BloodHoundBook

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In Dallas, Texas, Katrina Wallace goes missing. As the mayor’s daughter, her kidnapping triggers mounting political pressure and forces the Chief of Police to put two senior detectives on the case. Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce have done the impossible in the past, but their methods are unconventional.

 The only evidence at the scene is a Bible found in the girl’s car and soon Frank and Rob find themselves involved in a disturbing investigation shrouded by Bible prophecy, doomsday cults, and murder.
Is Katrina still alive? And what exactly is Wormwood?
As the trail leads them into the woods of rural East Texas, Frank must deal with his lingering religious doubts and solve the case. His worst fears will be realised when he must discover the ugly truth about Wormwood. But he and Rob will have to get out alive to tell the story…

What does TWG think?

Despite being a little bit unsure of the storyline to begin with, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t gripped by what I was reading.

The mayors daughter has gone missing and its down to Frank and Rob to find her and get her back home before she loses her life. No pressure then, eh! The police duo didn’t strike me as the usual duo’s I have read about in the past, especially as these two used humour to their advantage. Frank and Rob came across as one of us, despite working for the law. As weird as this sounds, it was refreshing to read a book where police officers aren’t afraid to be the human being they actually are.

Even though the storyline grabbed me, kept me intrigued and kept me guessing, I struggled with the whole religion and cult additions. I really didn’t want to let that overshadow the rest of the book, but it still made me enjoy the novel one hundred percent. Nothing against the author at all. It’s just that that part of the storyline wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m more of a tetley kinda girl, and this was more typhoo.

I loved the banter between Frank and Rob as for me, they stole the whole storyline and made it what it was. Well, that and the author’s cleverly written storyline which made my heart beat slightly faster than what it’s meant to!

I did enjoy the majority of the novel – there’s no doubt about that at all. I am even looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Gripping and severely intriguing – roll on book two!

Thanks BHB.

Author Bio:

Larry Enmon retired from the U.S. Secret Service and started writing. During his career he acted as liaison between the USSS and FBI, working in the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  He received special training from the FBI and CIA in weapons of mass destruction.

For relaxation, and to get away from the city, he likes spending time at his ranch in rural Eastern Texas. With 200+ acres, private shooting range, a 2 ½ acre pond, and miles of woodland trails to explore on four-wheelers and RTV’s, it’s the perfect getaway.

He swims four miles a week, holds a Divemaster rating with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.  He is married with two children and lives in Tarrant County, TX.

Links:

Twitter: @LarryEnmon

Instagram: @Larry Enmon

Website: http://www.larry-enmon.com

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

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Skeletal by Emma Pullar (@EmmaStoryteller) @Bloodhoundbook

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Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.

When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.

Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.

How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?

Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she’s going have the fight to survive.

Skeletal is a disturbing vision of the future and a literary thriller unlike any other.

What does TWG think?

I have to admit that curiosity got the better of me where ‘Skeletal’ was concerned as any other time, I probably wouldn’t pick up a novel like this myself. That’s nothing against the author, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that usually, Dystopian novels are so far out of my comfort zone, it’s as though they’re in a different country. But, because I actually read the blurb on Emma Pullar’s novel, my intrigue level skyrocketed and I knew that I would have to go out of my comfort zone to settle my curiosity.

At first i wasn’t overly convinced as the storyline seemed a little too far-fetched for me. However, i surprised myself by getting stuck into the storyline and the hurdles each of the characters faced.

What stayed with my most out of the entire novel was the jump to the future by seeing what things could be like. I’m not going to lie, the theme of the novel wasn’t 100% my cup of tea but I still managed to enjoy the overall concept. Emma Pullar certainly has a way with words and I am impressed at how fine tuned her storytelling is, especially seeing as she made me go from ‘unimpressed’ to ‘nose in novel’ in the matter of seconds. Getting me to change my mind like that, let alone reading this type of novel full stop, certainly speaks volumes at how much I enjoyed the authors writing.

Unique, thrilling and rather intriguing – I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone by reading ‘Skeletal’.

Thanks BloodhoundBooks.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Author Bio:

Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the national bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post. You can read her SJV Award shortlisted horror story, London’s Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection and her dystopian sci-fi story, Old Trees Don’t Bend, in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Emma has also written three shortlisted stories for Create50 which are awaiting the winner announcement. Her debut novel SKELETAL published by Bloodhound Books is due for release 27th October 2017. 

Links:

 Twitter: @EmmaStoryteller
FB Page: Emma Pullar Storyteller
Instagram: @emmapullar_storyteller

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Innocent Blood by Linda.S.Prather @jacodypress @Bloodhoundbook

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Apologies for my late in the day post, but here is my review of Linda.S.Prather’s, ‘Innocent Blood’, as part of BloodHoundBooks blog blitz. Enjoy!

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Loki Redmond swore she’d never return to the reservation, but two missing hunters and the ancient Choctaw myth of Nalusa Falaya take her and her brother, Dadron, on a dangerous trek through the wilderness.

Meanwhile, her partner Jake Savior, heads to Tunica, Mississippi, to investigate the second mass killing by a Choctaw police officer.

Are the cases connected?

The only thing they know for sure is innocent blood has been shed, and unless they can find the source more are going to die.

What does TWG think?

‘Innocent Blood’ is book two in a series and, even though I had been made aware that this book was okay to be read as a standalone, I really do wish I had read the first book in the series beforehand. Whilst the author IS incredibly generous with her background information, I still felt as though I was missing some vital puzzle pieces as I went along. I still managed to read the book and enjoy it, but I couldn’t help but have that slight ‘lost’ feeling throughout. My personal recommendation would be to read these books in order.

Not only was this book a start of a brand new series for me, I was also reading a Linda.S.Prather novel for the very first time. I know, I know, where have I been. Trust me, I don’t quite understand how I hadn’t managed to read one before this! Not to worry though, at least I have now!

There’s a lot of history for Loki when it comes to the ‘reservation’, some of which is part of her, and some of which she would love to forget. But, seeing as she has to play big sister/parent duty to her two younger brothers, there is a high chance that Loki will be staring the ‘reservation’ in the face once again. Not only that, her partner Jake Savior has been sent on an assignment. A mass killing assignment. Nothing like putting yourself slap bang in the middle of the firing line, eh!

Out of Loki and Jake’s assignments, I found Jake’s a lot easier to follow. I felt like I was missing some rather important background information where Loki was concerned and, whilst I got stuck into the situation, I kept asking questions regarding Loki and her family ties.

Lost feeling aside, I found ‘Innocent Blood’ to be such an addictive and intense read. Both assignments were often nail-biting, I’m not going to lie! I loved how the author switched between the two as it built up the suspense for when we were able to return to those parts of the book. I must admit, the mass murder situation kept me guessing from start to finish. I literally had no idea how that was going to end, but it sure was fun waiting to find out!

‘Innocent Blood’ is a fast paced, rollercoaster ride of intensity. Piquing my interest from the very beginning, ‘Innocent Blood’ kept my gripped which resulted in me being unable to put the book down.

Thanks BloodHoundBooks.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

Linda S. Prather is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of 8 novels including two legal thrillers, a paranormal FBI series, one romance, and her current series involving Loki Redmond, a Choctaw private investigator and Jake Savior, a former police officer. Linda lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and grandchild, along with the “king” of the house, a Shitzu name Popcorn. Her latest release, Innocent Blood is her second in the Loki Redmond/Jake Savior series. In Linda’s own words: “This book is my favorite so far. My grandfather was a full-blooded Native American, and my mother half Native American. Prior to my marriage and children I studied Shamanism and developed a true love for nature. Studying the Choctaw history, customs, myths and religions was fascinating. Taking the facts I learned and weaving them into Loki’s story and her investigation into the disappearance of two hunters on the reservation was an emotional roller coaster for me. I found myself crying quite often.”

Links:

Website: linda@lindasprather.com – where you can join Linda’s email list and never miss a new release

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/linda.prather2
Twitter: @jacodypress

Blog: jacodypress.blogspot.com