Rory is here! New book alert! @BooksManatee


I just wanted to drop by this wonderful Friday Morning to let you know that my new book, my first with Manatee Books, is now out in ebook and paperback from Amazon and Kobo!

What is it about? 

On her deathbed, Rory Gallant’s mother begs him to be a good man, and to not behave like his caddish father, Doug.
Now 35, Rory is all grown up – a good man, but lonely. He and his pal, Gill, are both on the look out for love, but when a barb from best friend Sarah hits home, they realise that perhaps it’s not the nice guys who always win….

Deciding to follow the cad dating rules, and with a bit of help from lothario Doug, Rory and Gill decide to become the complete opposite of the men they really are….but will they find the true love they deserve?

It’s a fun book, and I am very proud of the characters that romp through the pages. Perfect for a nice summer read!


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Blog Tour: She’s Bad News by Elle Spellman @rararesources

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She’s Bad News

What would you do if you woke up with super powers? For Bella Brown, life hasn’t gone according to plan. She’s almost thirty, still living in her uneventful hometown, and her dreams of becoming an investigative reporter have fallen by the wayside. That is, until she wakes up one morning to find she’s been gifted with some amazing new abilities. What’s a girl to do with heightened senses, super speed and the ability to lift a truck one-handed? Bella quickly discovers that her new powers can easily help her land front-page leads at local newspaper The Hartleybourne Gazette. Soon Bella’s out every night chasing down local criminals for stories, while keeping her powers a secret from everyone besides flatmate Chloe. But when a burglary-gone-wrong accidentally turns her into the mysterious Hartleybourne Heroine, Bella finds herself on the front page for the wrong reasons. Her secret becomes harder to keep as she tries to track down the source of her powers, and especially when crime reporter Matt Gilmore is intent on unmasking the town’s new vigilante… Suddenly, having an extraordinary life is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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Author Bio – Elle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too. Now, Elle tends to write contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. She’s Bad News is her debut novel, and she’s just finished working on her second. Her other interests include running, wine, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.

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My review

I jumped at the chance to read this book, I really love watching, reading and writing superhero stories and loved the premise of the book. However, I feel that this book could have been made better by better editing and tighter sentences. There was a fair bit of unnecessary detail which detracted from the story. However it is a fun read, a different take on the superhero genre and I did enjoy the read. I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next. The dialogue was well written, and witty in places. For a debut novel, it’s a great read and I very much look forward to reading more in the future. A 3.5 stars from me!

Thanks for having me on the tour, Rachel!

I shall now be focusing on my own reviews independent of blog tours, aside from the one I already have booked in May for Aria and Jane Lacey Crane. This is to focus on finishing the many books I have yet to finish writing, and also to try to streamline my own TBR pile. We are currently renovating our home, so I need to make some space! 🙂

If you are an author and want to come and chat on my blog, please get in touch!

Blog Tour: 88 North by J.F. Kirwan @rararesources @HQDigital @kirwanjf

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88° North

The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

As the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.

The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…

But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?

The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.

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My Review

Having read the first two in the series, I was excited to read the third, and curious. Just what else could the author throw at the characters in the third instalment?

This last book in the trilogy does bring together some plot threads from the first two books, but as always, the writing does mean that you could read this as a standalone book, but you would be missing out on the previous back story and action. Again, this book does need you to suspend reality and just dive in, but it is well worth the ride.

4 stars from me

Author Bio

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  1. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.



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Blog Tour: No Comment by Graham Smith @rararesources @GrahamSmith1972

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No Comment: The Major Crimes Team – A DI Harry Evans novella

When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and with advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.

Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.

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My Review 

Well, what to say about this novella? I don’t read a lot of crime as other genres, but this was again part of my blogging out of my comfort zone. I felt like this novella was in between books, so although I understood the plot, I am sure I would have loved it more if I had read the rest of the books. This was a very packed plot for a novella, and I really enjoyed it. I have made a note to check out the rest of Smith’s books, and delve deeper into his world, and his characters. I really enjoyed this short read – I won’t spoil the plot – I hate that but WOW. Well worth a read. 4 stars from me!

About Graham Smith

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Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and three novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

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Blog Tour: The Invisible Hand by James Hartley @rararesources @jameshartleybooks

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The Invisible Hand

The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.

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My Review

I gave this book 4 stars, because I really enjoyed it as an adult, but I didn’t quite know where to put it on the children’s market. I know it’s aimed at children, but I did struggle to think of what age group it would fit, as different parts of the book are more in depth than others, and it is a lengthy book, so with my teacher hat on, I did find it hard to think of the young readers that would enjoy it. My son, who at ten is a very advanced reader, is now reading it so I shall be interested to know what he thinks. His first comment was ‘Shakespeare is well boring!’ – I had to check he was my child at first, and then explain to him the many, many ways he is wrong! I think that high school children in the first years will benefit from this book more, especially if reading Macbeth at school alongside it. All in all, I enjoyed it, and the paperback is beautiful. Very glad I purchased it for our home, I am sure it shall be used again once high school hits!




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Author Bio – James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman. His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia. He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet. James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children.



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The Belch Park Field Trip Blog Tour @rararesources @Andrew_CVB

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The Belch Park Field Trip

IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE! Henry Williams has never been a leader. Or stood up to the bullies. Or kissed the girl of his dreams. In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd. Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old. And a foot shorter than his classmates. All that will change today, though. The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy. The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p! He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away… Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to… BELCH PARK! Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars! No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills! The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves… But wait! South London’s notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there. They’re Chrome Junction Academy’s natural enemy. Oh buggerNOW IT’S WAR! Limbs will break… Dares will result in irreparable damage… The innocent will be caught in the crossfire… Even the park may not survive Henry’s destiny awaits… Chrome Junction Academy’s underdog must step up… and grow a pair. He’ll have to ensure the safety of his friends. Fend off the bigger, badder kids. …and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!

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My review

Now, I am going to be very honest and state that many people will hate this book. I took up blogging again recently in order to push myself out of my comfort zone with reading, and to give back to authors. When I first heard about this book, my initial answer was no to blogging, but I decided to give it a go. 

I’m glad I did. It is offensive, bawdy, rude and very very funny. I love toilet humour and shocks, and this book is best described as a hybrid cross over of Viz, Family Guy and Final Destination. It’s deliciously naughty, so if you have a sense of humour that suits this type of book, you will love it. There is a social commentary running through the book which I also found very amusing and engaging. Hats off to the author for just writing what the hell he wants to, and it seems like he had a lot of fun doing it. Once I got over my initial shock, and just decided to enjoy the book, I did too. I also may never go to a theme park again.

In light of this, and the rather excellent cover, which offers a good bright glimpse of what’s in this story, I give it 4.5 stars. I think we all know at least someone who would get a kick out of this book.

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About Andrew Mackay​

Some authors are afraid to cross the line. Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point… My brand is satire. I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you! I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire. My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit. My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen. My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.


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Cover Reveal! Amy Cole has Lost Her Mind by Elizabeth McGivern @rararesources

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I am delighted this morning to share this amazing cover with you! The book sounds amazing, and I shall definitely be checking it out.

Amy Cole has lost her mind 

Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge.
After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.
Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.
After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.

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How amazing is this cover! I love the clouds around her fog to portray the subject matter. Very powerful and eye-catching to boot.

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About Elizabeth McGivern


Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal. 

In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother. 

In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting. It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born. 

Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on: 


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