#BlogBlitz! #Review – Midday by David Lyons (@MrDBLyons) @BloodHoundBook

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Happy publication day to David Lyons and ‘Midday’! I am thrilled to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog today – huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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When his alarm goes off at 7am, successful bank manager Vincent assumes he is waking up to an ordinary working day. He couldn’t be more wrong. Darragh, a young man with aspirations to become a gangster, forces his way into the Dublin penthouse Vincent shares with his lover Ryan, telling Vincent he has until midday to steal eight million euros from the banks he manages. If he doesn’t return by the deadline, his boyfriend will receive a bullet to the head.
But all is not as it seems.
When the clock strikes midday, will they all be alive?
And who is really in danger?

What does TWG think?

Vincent is a sucker for routine. Every day his alarm goes off at the same time, and every day his routine includes some sort of music while he is in the shower (much to his partners annoyance). However, one man decides to change his routine and soon the life that Vincent knew, is about to disappear from sight. Well, at midday give or take…

I really wasn’t sure about this book at first, so many questions were rolling around my mind. Why did that man target Vincent’s house? How did he know Vincent’s routine? Why was Vincent’s partner in the hot seat to be killed? Even though I knew that the more of the book I read the more answers I would get to my questions, I still couldn’t help feeling rather impatient as I worried that I wouldn’t be able to make sense of the storyline.

Sure enough, the further into the storyline I got, the more information I found out about the situation. That said, I didn’t find out everything but, due to the way the author wrote the book, I knew that this storyline had me hooked line and sinker. It didn’t take me long to realise that ‘Midday’ is an extremely addictive read, whether I completely followed the storyline or not, my eyes just couldn’t look away from the book.

Seeing as Vincent’s deadline was midday, the closer it got to that time, the more on edge I felt. I didn’t know what was going to happen. Would he make it? Would his partner get killed? Would the bad guys take off with the money? It was so intense!

Oh my god….that conclusion! What a clever, clever outcome! I really had no idea! I am so impressed at how flawlessly the author delivered the change of direction without giving away any hints or by making his characters appear weak. I was teetering on the edge of my sofa the entire time, I am genuinely surprised that I didn’t fall off in surprise! Instead, my jaw had dropped so much, I am surprised a train didn’t assume it was a tunnel!

Despite my earlier reservations, David Lyons and ‘Midday’ turned it around completely! What a fantastic, intense, addictive, and incredibly clever read which definitely left me guessing until the very last page. I really do think that David Lyons has a very bright future ahead of him and I for one cannot wait to see what this author produces next.

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About the author.

Dublin-born author David B. Lyons has a new twist on the psychological thriller. His debut, Midday, will be released on March 22nd and promises readers a thrilling ride. It’s the story of the same extraordinary morning, told from the perspective of four different characters.

David comes from a journalistic background. He worked, mainly, in the areas of football and music reporting for over 12-years, notching a few awards along the way. He tried to write creatively in his spare time, but found the formulaic writing nature of his day job a hindrance. He met with producers about both a play and a TV pilot he had written, but both fell short of being green lit, much to his disappointed. However, it gave him the opportunity to fulfil a life-log dream of finally penning a novel. He completed a BA Hons Degree in Creative Writing and soon after, completed Midday. Three months later, that debut was picked up by Bloodhound Books and early buzz suggests a promising writing career lies ahead for the thirty-nine-year-old.

He now lives in Birmingham, UK with his wife Kerry and daughter Lola. He has read fiction all of his life and notes Dean Koontz as a real inspiration. He is also a big fan of Gillian Flynn as well as rising star Liz Nugent.

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Are e-books stupid? Should e-books be classed as ‘real books’? Director of @BloodHoundBook @BetsyReavley is in the hot seat with #TWG

E-book or not to e-book?
Last month, the head of one of the world’s biggest publishers, spoke to the media about e-books. Whilst I would usually celebrate anything from the book world making the media, I remember being quite flabbergasted by what I had read in said article. I am sure a lot of people read the article in question – it had quite a lot of shares on social media at the time! The comment which left a lot of people, including myself, reeling, was the quote ‘e-books are stupid’. Pardon? I am fully aware that people prefer one format over another, after all, we cannot all like the same things. Some readers may prefer to read hardbacks or paperbacks instead of reading e-books, or visa versa. Personally, I don’t see the problem with that, I am just thankful that we actually have a choice. Think about it – many years ago, the only type of book which could be purchased was a tree book. Digital books weren’t around then, nor were a lot of authors many people have come to love. Fast forward to now, there are a lot of authors being published by digital only publishers,  giving readers a lot more choice when it comes to choosing their next book. There are also a lot of books being published in multiple formats, sometimes all three (hardback, paperback and e-book)!

So, what is the problem? That’s a good question. In the article published by the Guardian, the head of a publishing company stated that he wasn’t against e-books, but believes that publishers and editors aren’t making the most of 3D and digitalisation, despite claiming that ‘ebooks are stupid’. The article rubbed several people up the wrong way, including Publishing Director of BloodHound Books, Betsy Reavley. I sat down with Betsy to find out why the article left a horrible taste in her mouth;

TWG – Hi Betsy! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. I understand you’re exceptionally busy! Before we get to the nitty gritty reason as to why you’re joining me today, could you please introduce yourself, what it is you do, as well as how long you’ve been involved in the sector for?
I started my journey as a writer. Twelve years ago I began writing my first novel. Six years later, when I finally completed it, I was lucky enough to have picked up by an Independent publisher. At the time I had an eighteen-month- old daughter. I knew then that I wanted to be involved with the industry. In 2013 eBooks were still quite a new phenomenon and my husband and I saw an opportunity to start a business we both felt passionate about.

TWG – If I said the word, ‘e-book’ to you, what does that word mean for you on a personal level, not on a professional level?
EBook to me means career. Without eBooks, and the independent publisher who signed my first novel, I would never have ended up on this path. I love my job and the people I work with. I am grateful for this every single day.

TWG – It has been very well documented that a chief executive from one of the world’s largest publishing companies, has stated; ’e-books are stupid’. In his discussion that has recently been published on The Guardian website, the chief executive also states that ‘e-books have no creativity’ and ‘no real digital experience’. As the head of a publishing company, which focuses on e-book sales, could you tell me what you thought of those comments? What would you respond to the claims which he has made?
Having read the article you are referring to, I can just about see the point he was trying to make. Yes, eBooks could be more interactive but I personally don’t see the benefit or need for this. An eBook is just the same as a print book but in digital form. My feeling is that there is room in this world for both and it is no bad thing that they are similar.

The ease of access and pricing of eBooks has made reading much more accessible for many readers who, otherwise, might not be reading at all. This is something that should be celebrated. I get sick and tired of the ‘us and them’ attitude that exists between traditional and indie publishers. As far as I am concerned, neither of these formats undermines the other, so I cannot see where the issue lies. Not only that, but Independent publishers, such as Bloodhound, have sprung up as a result of this revolution, which means more authors are getting published and writers have the opportunity to publish themselves if they wish.

TWG – Further down the discussion with The Guardian, said chief executive goes on to explain how publishing companies don’t have the skills to create 3D, digital content regarding manuscripts. On a professional level, how important is ‘3D’ content when it comes to the e-books you publish?
At the moment, 3D content is not a priority for us but as a young company that has benefited from new technology, we will certainly try and keep up with the trends as and when they change.

TWG – If books became more enhanced and digital on e-readers, do you think the format may end up suffering overall?
It is difficult to say. As a business, if Bloodhound Books wants to survive, we will need to keep up with the latest in technology. There is no point fighting progress. It makes far more sense to embrace it. In my opinion, this is something some traditional publishers are failing to do.

TWG – More often than none, I see a lot of discussions on social media regarding e-books versus paperback, with some readers feeling as though ‘e-books are not real books’. Even though everyone is entitled to their opinion, what is your response to those beliefs? Are e-books any less real compared to a ‘tree book’?
I am going to answer this question as a writer, rather than a publisher, if that’s ok! As a writer I wanted nothing more than to hold a copy of my book in my hands. However, I also wanted to make a living and put food on the table. EBooks have allowed me to do this. The money that goes into my bank account is the same currency whether I sell a paperback or an eBook and I make far more from eBook sales than paper books. If someone gave you ten pounds cash or transferred ten pounds into your bank account, what is the difference? I apply this logic to the argument that eBooks are not real. They are as real as the money that shows up in your bank account. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with people having a preference of one over the other. Each to their own.

TWG – Could you give us a bit more information regarding e-books and how they’re published, in comparison to tree books? For example, the costs involved in producing both, the time frame, how it is done, and so on.
With print on demand it is as easy to produce paperbacks, as it is eBooks, especially for Indie publishers. Not having to pay out for large print runs means that as a company we are taking less risk with our spending and have extra cash to inject into marketing, which is vital to our growth and survival.

TWG – Another big issue regarding e-books and paperbacks is the price. Whilst I personally appreciate that cost is a big issue for a lot of readers, do you feel that e-books and paperbacks are vastly overpriced?
This is a tricky one. Big name authors, who have publishing deals with one of the big five
publishers, will always be able to sell their books at a higher price because they know the fans will pay. Having said that I do think most eBook readers have an issue with expensive eBooks, no matter who the author is. At the same time, unknown authors stand a chance of being read because they charge less for their books, which means readers are more likely to give them a shot. Readers feel less cheated if
they have tried a new author and paid only 99p. It is common sense.

TWG – As an executive of a publishing company yourself, how does the pricing affect your company? I know that sounds like an extremely simple question, but do you find that 99p books sell easier than say, an e-book, which is priced at 1.99? Which do you sell more of?
The vast majority of our books are launched at 99p, whether the author is a debut or has had previous titles published. In our experience, this allows the book to climb the charts and gain exposure as a result. The majority of our profit is made when the price of the book goes up to £1.99, even though the novel may sell fewer copies at this price.

TWG – Do you believe, on a personal AND a professional level, that the book industry is moving with the times, accommodating all different types of readers and their needs? Or do you feel, just like said chief executive on The Guardian, that e-books are limited and lacking?
If eBooks are lacking in some way then so are their predecessors, paper books. Since eBooks are digital copies of paper books it seems ludicrous to suggest one is a lesser version. I think the introduction of eBooks has proved that the industry is able to change and move with the times, even though some may disagree. The Internet has revolutionized how we do so much, from watching films to looking at maps. No doubt the industry will change again at some stage and we will all need to adapt when that happens. I believe the key is to go with the tide and not against it if you have the best intentions for your authors and want to sustain a successful business.

I would like to thank owner of BloodHound Books, Betsy Reavley, for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions from a digital publisher point of view. The e-book VS paperback debate will no doubt continue, with a lot of readers being adamant that e-books are not ‘real books’. Yes, people have a preference over the format of books they read, but should we be insulting other people over the format which they choose to read? No, we shouldn’t. In my eyes, as long as people are reading, I couldn’t give a monkeys which format it is in. Would I say that one format is stupid? No, no I wouldn’t.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the above, so please do get in touch.

You can find BloodHound Books on Twitter here.
You can also get in touch with Betsy and the BloodHound Books team via their website here

#BlogTour! #Review – Blind Luck by Dave Stanton (@DanRenoNovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Apologies for the late one this evening, but I am delighted to have Dave Stanton back on TWG as I review his new novel, ‘Blind Luck’. Big thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the copy of the book. Here is my review:

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Jimmy Homestead’s glory days as a high school stud are a distant memory. His adulthood hads amounted to temporary jobs, petty crime and discount whiskey. But when he wins $43 million on the  lottery all that changes. 

With money, everything is great for Jimmy, until people from his past start coming out of the woodwork seeking payback over transgressions Jimmy thought were long forgotten.

Caught in the middle are private detective Dan Reno and his friend Cody Gibbons – two men just trying to make a living.

Reno, fighting to save his home from foreclosure, thinks that’s his biggest problem. But his priorities change when Gibbons and Jimmy are kidnapped by a gang of cartel thugs. In a fight to save his friend’s life, Reno is drawn into a case that will result bodies scattered all over northern Nevada.

But Can Reno save his friend?

What does TWG think?

Guess who’s back, back again…..

‘Blind Luck’ is book two in the ‘Dan Reno’ series and I think you would be perfectly okay reading the books out of order. Of course I would always suggest reading the books in order so that you can follow the storyline and get to know the characters a bit better, but it isn’t a requirement where these books are concerned, in my opinion.

Ahhhh, don’t you just love it when you get people talking to you after they realise you now have something they’re after? Nothing like one-sided friendships….if you can even call them ‘friendships’, but you know what I mean. Jimmy has come into a win. A bit of pocket money if you will. Well, if your pockets were of the large variety that is! Jimmy sees dollar signs big time when he finds out that he has won a stinking $43 million on the lottery but, given the nature of Jimmy’s personality, I had a feeling that he wasn’t going to be heading to the bank to start saving his money for a rainy day…

I couldn’t help but liken Jimmy’s win to ‘fools gold’, especially as he couldn’t seem to keep the lid on his win and then wondered why people were becoming awfully friendly. Some people eh!

I thought that ‘Blind Luck’ was an action packed, fire cracker of a read which left me feeling as though I had just ran a marathon! I have to say that, whilst I didn’t feel that ‘Blind Luck’ lived up to the first book in the series, it still ended up being an enjoyable read. There were a few points in the novel where I felt like I was being left hanging, waiting for the big ‘DUN DUN DUN’, but it was enlightening to see that Dan Reno is still incredibly well travelled!

I honestly thought action books weren’t for me, but after reading about Dan Reno, I may be starting to change my opinion..

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About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.



Twitter: @DanRenoNovels



#BlogBlitz! #Extract – The Hunt For The Dingo by PJ Nash (@PJNash2) @BloodHoundBook

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Today it’s my turn to host PJ Nash and ‘The Hunt For The Dingo’ with an extract!

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A fast paced serial killer thriller 

In the arid expanses of Australia’s red deserts, a killer is preying on British female backpackers. Dubbed ‘The Dingo’ by the media, he stalks his prey then disappears without a trace.  
In a bid to catch the man responsible, the local police call on the talents of Melbourne’s finest, ex British cop, Lawrence James and leading criminal psychologist Jesse Sandersen.  
Meanwhile, James has unfinished business with Melbourne crime kingpin, Cyrus Bain, a gangster who will do whatever it takes to stay out of jail.
When another young girl disappears, it is a race against time to catch the killer.  
Can James bring The Dingo to justice?  
Will he escape with his life intact?  
In their hunt for the murderer, James and Sandersen unearth some disturbing secrets that many would rather remain buried.

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St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia.

The cold, steel-blue of an early dawn. Men swathed in bulky equipment mill around with exaggerated movements like latter-day mummies just escaped from the tomb. At 5am the first doors are going to go in. You look around; all the guys are pretty lithe and fit. Even the guys gathered around in a knot smoking can do a 5k run in full gear. Different to your days in the Met, when being built like a brick shithouse was enough.
These days, captor spray and batons can bring guys almost any size to their knees and make them cry like newborn babies. But if they’re hopped up on meth and make a break for it, you’ve got a jog on. Not that it’s too much of an issue, here, every officer is carrying at least one firearm, usually something of the nine-millimetre variety with a clip load of soft-nosed bullets. Hands cold with fear, you reach down and feel the reassuring weight of the Beretta in your shoulder holster.

Radios squawk. It’s time to mount up. Cigarettes are discarded and ground out under heavy boot heels. The chatter dies down and helmets and balaclavas go on. “You’re with us,” a burly sergeant says, beckoning you to the nearest van which boasts the legend Finnegan’s Cake, Bakers.
“You’ll need this,” another guy adds handing over a Kevlar vest with “Police” written in large white letters on the front and back.
“So you don’t forget who you are,” quips a wag from the murky interior of the van. The roller shutter door goes down and visibility is negligible.
What seems only seconds later, the door slams upwards and there is a collective shout of “Go, Go, Go!” The three men in front of you bomb-burst out of the truck. You follow, legs pumping, your heart pounding, a metallic tang cloying in your mouth. There is a cacophony of shouts and sounds of splintering wood and breaking glass. A
series of bangs goes off and acrid smoke billows out of a doorway.

A hand reaches onto your shoulder and eagerly pushes you forward. “This way, sir,” a friendly voice urges and suddenly you enter the smoky hallway, glass splintering under your boots as you pick your way up the narrow staircase.
You reach the top and turn. On the landing, what seems like a full-scale pitched battle is under way. A semi- naked man in his twenties is waving a meat cleaver, screaming obscenities like a staccato machine gun. A young woman, covered only with a hastily snatched up duvet, is also screaming and throwing stuff. Two officers have
drawn their weapons, and another has his captor spray, ready to take down the cleaver man. There’s no room to manoeuvre, so you back down the stairs, hand reaching for your weapon. Footsteps clump down the stairs and you turn, expecting to see a fellow officer. But it’s not, it’s him.
“Morning, copper,” he says, levelling a nickel-plated handgun at you. A cry begins to form in your mouth but nothing happens. There is a flash of light and a burst of heat…

Lawrence James sat bolt upright in bed. He was covered in sweat. It had been the same dream from that same day that had plagued him for the last few months. Bugger knows how he could shake the dream off, but he knew that putting Cyrus Bain away for a very long time would certainly be a good start.

#Blogblitz! #Review – The Scent of Guilt by Tony J Forder (@TonyJForder) @Bloodhoundbook

Another late one for the BloodHoundBooks gang! Delighted to welcome back Tony.J.Forder to TWG, as I review his latest novel, ‘The Scent of Guilt’.


Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation.

 Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims.

 Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation. Could the same man be responsible?

 Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

 But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…

What does TWG think?

Having read (and loved) Tony.J.Forder’s ‘Scream Blue Murder’, I nearly bit BloodHoundBooks’ hand off when the e-mail came through regarding this tour. Of course having read a book which made it into my ‘Top Books of 2017’, meant that ‘The Scent of Guilt’ had a lot to live up to. Now, I haven’t read the first book in the series, but whilst I was able to follow the storyline fine, I would recommend reading the series in order as I did feel like I had missed out on vital pieces of information about the characters themselves.

‘The Scent of Guilt’ is a cleverly written novel which chilled me to the bone. With a storyline full of hard-hitting themes, hard to digest situations, and eye-opening events which you thought only belonged in the movies – Forder manages to reel his readers into his literary web, ensuring that everyone stayed for the duration of the book. I have to say that I was unsure whether I was going to last until the very last page, purely because one or two themes were a little close to home and, whilst I am fully aware that ‘The Scent of Guilt’ is a fictional piece of writing, it just goes to show how real the author made the events stand out if they managed to hit me on a personal level.

I was quite taken aback with how much I enjoyed this book given the circumstances! This book certainly kept my attention, with the storyline having my reactions in the palm of its hands. A cleverly woven, complex, and highly intense novel which will leave you with your eyes prised open and your jaw drooping low.

Buy now from Amazon

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 sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

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.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors 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.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Stateline by Dave Stanton (@Danrenonovels) @BloodHoundBook

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Tonight on TWG I have review of Dave Stanton’s, ‘Stateline’, to close the blog blitz organised by BloodHoundBooks! ‘Stateline’ is book one in the ‘Dan Reno’ series. Thank you to Sarah Hardy from BloodHoundBooks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book.

Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?

Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.

Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

What does TWG think?

I don’t know what is wrong with me lately – I must be getting fussy in my old age as ‘Stateline’ was yet another book which I couldn’t seem to gel with at first. Notice the all important words there; AT FIRST! Don’t get me wrong, there’s A LOT of grit in the book, but it took me a while to work out whether it was going anywhere.

However, just like Dan Reno, perseverance paid off and I found myself getting lost in amongst the events which the private detective found himself caught up in. Yes, there were moments where I was reading the book through slitted eyes, glad that I had had a few hours without any food in my stomach. And yes, there were moments where I wondered what on Earth I was reading. But you know what? ‘Stateline’ made me react in a multitude of ways and, as far as I am concerned, I couldn’t really have asked for more from one single book.

Dan Reno is no stranger to murder, violence and crooks, so when he gets asked to find the man who killed a rich mans son, he soon sees dollar signs and agrees. Dan Reno may have been aware of the fact that the job may be slightly difficult, but I don’t think he realised just how difficult it was going to be.

The police are meant to be there for you, right?

Even though my new pal, Reno and I, got off to a rocky start, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this chilling, gripping and highly intense read. At times I felt like my head was going to explode with all of the ‘whodunnit’s’ and my lousy attempts at keeping up with the rollercoaster ride of situations! It didn’t though, obviously! Weirdly enough I actually loved how the storyline made me feel like that – it just goes to show how well the author has written his storyline, seeing as it was able to convert me to trials and tribulations of the man, Dan Reno.

I am rather looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I cannot wait to find out what Dan Reno and Cody get up to next. I am hoping it will be a bumpy ride just like this one.

A highly recommended, fast paced and gripping start to a very promising new serial.

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About the author.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.



Twitter: @DanRenoNovels


#BlogTour! #Review – Locked In by GB Williams (@GailBWilliams) @Bloodhoundbook

What a way to kick off a brand new week here on TWG!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, ‘Locked Up’, so I could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! Big thank you to Sarah Hardy and BloodHoundBooks for the ARC and the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.
Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.
Can they all escape unharmed?
And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

What does TWG think?

Goodness me, Ariadne doesn’t have much luck, does she?! ‘Locked In’ is the second book in the series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I would advise that you read the books in order to fully appreciate the characters relationships. Plus, the first book (Locked Up) is bloomin’ brilliant so it won’t exactly be a hardship to start that before this one!

I apologise for my extreme vagueness where this review is concerned, but a lot of the events are linked to situations which could end up giving the game away for many readers. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, and I don’t intend on starting now. Of course I’m going to advise you to purchase this book as it is absolutely brilliant, plus, my review will make a lot more sense once you have read it! Win win!

Prison officer, Aridane Teddington has found herself caught up in a bank robbery. Is she actually involved? Or is she actually a victim and is being held hostage? Teddington realises that her identity needs to be kept quiet due to the media attention surrounding her name and what she is linked to, and the fact that she is a prison officer who may have put the robbers in prison in the past. Like I say, she realises that it NEEDS to be kept quiet. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen. Unfortunately (or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it), Aridane isn’t the only person being held hostage in the bank. There is a child involved too. Will everyone make it out alive? Who are the robbers and why are they targeting this bank? So many questions, so little time..

If anyone doesn’t find themselves teetering on the edge of their seats whilst reading this book, then I’m sorry to say, but what the hell is wrong with you?! I had to remember that it wasn’t me being held hostage in the bank (even though the Minnie Mouse dressing gown I was wearing whilst reading this book, and view of my bedroom didn’t state the obvious) – my breathing was erratic and I was so glad I went to the loo before I started. I honestly thought my guts were going to fall out of me!

I didn’t think I would say this, but in my opinion, ‘Locked In’ is even better than the first book, ‘Locked Up’. Even though the differences between the storylines are quite large, I found myself becoming a lot more irate due to the high level of intensity with this book, than I did the previous novel. Having followed Ariadne’s story, I knew what she was capable of and, whilst I crossed my fingers for a happy ending, I couldn’t help but let the fear rise up me due to uncertainty of the situation. I had absolutely no idea if she was going to make it out alive. I had absolutely no idea if ANY of the hostages would make it out alive and, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t hopeful in the slightest.

What a fantastic, chilling, intense, and highly driven novel which had me hooked from the very beginning. I cannot fault this storyline or the way the author has written it, at all. Well, apart from the fact it had to end! With a cleverly written plot and a pace with the speed to rival a Formula 1 driver, ‘Locked In’ is an outstanding read.

With the ability to leave me gasping in shock at the end, I cannot recommend ‘Locked In’ enough. Just make sure you are in fact, Locked In, before you start reading it. You know, just in case…

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About the author.

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction. 

 With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read,always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).


Twitter:       @GailBWilliams

Facebook:  @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog:           thewriteroute.wordpress.com

Website:     www.gailbwilliams.co.uk

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Camera Lies by AB Morgan (@AliMorgan2304) @BloodHoundBook

Delighted to be kicking off AB Morgan’s blog blitz today for her chilling new novel, The Camera Lies. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Konrad Neale is a television presenter. His waning career has been given a new lease of life since he took on a series of hard-hitting documentaries that investigate miscarriages of justice.
Matthew Hawley has been convicted of the brutal murder of his wealthy attractive wife Helena. However, he has no memory of the events and insists he is not responsible for willingly killing her. 
When Konrad interviews Matthew in prison, he explores the details of the murder and the possible motives behind it. But all is not as it seems.
Did Matthew murder his wife? 
Soon the search is on to identify who else might be involved in the murder of Helena and Konrad is about to learn that sometimes the camera lies.

What does TWG think?

If you think you know what’s going to happen in this book – think again!!

Yes, the start of this book is a little bit slow and took a while to get into, BUT those few chapters were vital in setting the scene for each individual character. It didn’t take long for the storyline to cement the fact that something had gone incredibly wrong. What that was, however, remained under lock and key for multiple chapters. Fingers were pointing  at certain characters from all different directions, yet there was still a massive question mark looming over the certainty of their actions. Why did he commit a murder? Why doesn’t he remember it, surely someone would remember actively murdering another human being…right?

Once the pace of the storyline picked up a little bit, I was absolutely hooked by the gripping events which occurred rather frequently. I couldn’t get my head round why Matthew didn’t remember murdering his wife! There must be a logical reason but, seeing as I am not educated in that way, I had absolutely no idea which made this storyline even more chilling.

I love AB Morgan’s writing as she tells the story for what it is, rather than making it socially acceptable and keeping things covered. When events happened, AB Morgan made them very clear, leaving room for the reader to interpret the order of events in their own mind, before revealing the truth later on in the book. Despite being gruesome, I appreciated the black and white attention to detail, as it made the plot all the more realistic.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading such a chilling, addictive, and highly jaw dropping novel. What a book! Highly recommended.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Abandoned by Sharon Thompson (@SharontWriter) @BloodHoundBook

Delighted to be kicking off Sharon Thompson’s blog tour today, alongside many other bloggers! Big thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of ‘The Abandoned’. Here is my review:

Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.

 In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running. But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.

 What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?


Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.

What does TWG think?

Oh my flipping goodness!!!!! They weren’t wrong when they called this book a ‘thriller’, were they?!

I have to admit – I struggled with ‘The Abandoned’ to begin with. I spent several chapters thinking ‘what the flip flop am I reading?’, yet I was far too intrigued to stop reading! I know, I know – I don’t understand myself either! When you read this book you might understand where I am coming from.

‘The Abandoned’ is rather dark and quite often disturbing. Well, I thought so anyway! The more of the storyline I read, the more in tune I became with the characters way of life, and the outcomes of the situations in which they found themselves in (even though most of it was their own doing but let’s not split hairs!!!).

I cannot believe I am about to say this, but several times throughout the book I actually found myself feeling sorry for Peggy. She had the vibe of a very lost soul who can no longer find her way in life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning the things she got up to at all – they were horrendous, I just felt sorry for her and the fact she was incredibly lonely.

However, my empathy for such a character only went so far! Just when I thought we were seeing a different side to Peggy, she stuck two fingers up at the law and carried on the only way she knew how – the wrong way.

I loved how fast paced and chilling every part of this novel was, as it certainly kept me on my toes from start to finish, keeping my level of intrigued peaked until the very last second.

Dark, disturbing, dangerous, and quite weirdly fabulous, the chances of you abandoning ‘The Abandoned’ are quote slim to nil – it really is THAT addictive!

‘The Abandoned’ is available to buy right NOW from Amazon.

About the author.

Sharon Thompson lives in Donegal, Ireland. She is a member of Imagine, Write, Inspire. This is a writing group, under the mentorship of HarperCollins author Carmel Harrington. Sharon’s short stories have been published in various literary magazines and websites. #WritersWise is her collaboration with writer, Dr Liam Farrell. This is a trending, fortnightly, promotional tweet-chat with corresponding Facebook page and website (www.writerswise1.wordpress.com). Its mission is to encourage and support writers to reach as wide an audience as possible. Although she mostly writes crime fiction, Sharon does have a fun-side and she writes the quirky Woman’s Words column for the Donegal Woman wesbiteSharon Thompson. Writing Fun is her writing page on Facebook and she tweets @sharontwriter.
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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Cargo by J.C. Macek lll (@kneumsi) @Bloodhoundbook @SarahHardy681


Today it’s TWG’s turn to host J.C.Macek III and ‘Cargo’. Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.
Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.
Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?
Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.
What does TWG think?

Sheeeeeeesh!!!! I am SO glad I didn’t decide to get some snacks to munch on whilst I was reading this book!! Don’t get me wrong, I like the graphic details in books now that I’m not so much of a wimp, BUT I think eating whilst reading the hardcore, graphic details of  said events in this storyline would be a little TOO much on my part!

Anthony Peterson likes to think of himself as a highly regarded businessman with a trophy wife to boot. Of course it doesn’t seem to matter to Anthony whether his business dealings are above board, or whether those dealings have a high chance of coming back too bite him on the backside. Since when has a businessman not thought of every angle? Surely people like Anthony would have put a plan in place to cover his backside should anything not go the way he had arranged? WELL, the moment Anthony Peterson woke up to find that his bed has been swapped with something metal, a lightbulb would have gone off in his head…..or so you would have thought…

At first, I felt so sorry for Anthony has I had no idea why he was trapped. What did he get so wrong? Who did he annoy so badly? But then, as the story progressed, my opinion of Anthony changed drastically. I started to see him in a completely different light as his life unraveled before his very eyes. The choices he had to make to keep his heart beating weren’t made the same good intentions as if someone like us had to make those decisions. Was Anthony thinking with his heart? Or was he thinking with his business mind? Either way Anthony was stuffed. Watching him realise that ever so slowly however, made for an exceptionally entertaining read.

Without giving too much away, there is more to this storyline than whether Peterson works out why he is being held hostage. All of the other characters involved in this story play their parts very cleverly as they, once again, show Anthony in yet another light. If you still feel empathy towards Peterson after the other characters have made themselves known, then I am impressed.

I found ‘Cargo’ to be a cleverly written, intense, dark, and highly graphic read which kept me hanging until the very last page. It’s not often I read a book which, once finished, has me staring at it thinking ‘what the falalala did I just read?!’ (and no, not in a bad way either). If you’re needing a bit of excitement in your life and don’t wish to get out of your PJS, then ‘Cargo’ is the perfect read for you!

Highly recommended.

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About the author.

He began writing at a very young age and launched his professional writing career after graduating from Louisiana State University with a BA in English Literature.

His first noteworthy professional writing was in the world of entertainment journalism. He became a movie, TV, book and music reviewer which soon expanded to film history columns and celebrity interviews. Over the years, J.C. has become known in his professional life for interviewing bands such as The Cult, Judas Priest, Faith No More, The Zombies, Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry,  Queens of the Stone Age’s Nick Oliveri and KMFDM.

After writing literally thousands of articles, columns, reviews and interviews for multiple print and online magazines, J.C. published his first novel Seven Days to Die: A Jake Slater Mystery in 2016. He followed this success in 2017 with a collection of short stories and novellas entitled The Pretty Good and Pretty Representative Stories of J.C. Maçek III. This collection continues the hardboiled detective saga of Jake Slater with the new novella The Pestilence of Spring: A Jake Slater Mystery.

J.C. is also an actor, musician, director and film producer. His most recent film is [Cargo], produced by J.C. and written and directed by James Dylan. As producer, J.C. also took the commission to write the novelization to [Cargo] which will be published by Bloodhound Books in early 2018.

J.C. lives in Southern California with his wife, daughters and a veritable zoo full of pets. He is currently working on more Jake Slater crime novels starting with the thriller Hard Core and is looking to expand the mythos of [Cargo].

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