Great insights here – having been published in ebook and paperback in the shops, I must say I agree!
As some of you might know, I am a big fan of digital publishing – my Kindle is my prized possession, it goes everywhere with me and the day my old one broke was a very dark day indeed (luckily, I got a new one WITH A BACKLIGHT)! As a commissioning editor, I have to do a huge amount of reading for my job, and my Kindle makes this so much easier because all I have to do is forward the word documents I receive from literary agents onto my device and start reading. I also love the flexibility Kindles give you – I love being able to buy a book instantly, especially if I’m on holiday (on my last holiday I got obsessed with reading all the Lucy Clarke books and it was so great to be able to download them one after another).
Before you all start thinking…
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The only thing worth killing for is family.
Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.
Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.
And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…
Book One of Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series
My review – 4 stars!
I don’t normally read spy thrillers, in all honesty. Being a romance writer, it’s pretty far from my chosen genre, but being a book reviewer for Rachel’s Random Reads is for me a release, a push to get blogging again and also a reason to push myself out of my comfort zone while reading and give my writing brain a break.
I am so glad I signed up to all three of these books. Kirwan’s writing style is pleasantly quirky. He writes short sentences at times, packed with information that makes you reread the sentence to fully digest it. He writes freely, and I really enjoyed immersing himself in his world. I am terrified of drowning, and diving is a huge no-no for me, but the diving scenes in this were both beautiful and exciting. It’s little wonder, given his background, that he could write them so well. I am really looking forward to reading the next book now. Nadia is a fantastic badass character, and the whole book is a suspend reality and enjoy adventure, which is thrilling. It is a little far fetched, but it’s a spy thriller, of course it is! I am interested to see what happens next..watch this space for the next review! Thanks to HQ for my Netgalley copy.
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JF. 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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Today on the blog we have Dawn from The Grey Traveller!
Thanks for coming to chat Dawn!
- For people new to your blog, can you sum up the ethos of it for us?
Primarily a travel blog but also includes reviews for travel products and my other two loves books and gin! As I spend so much time in airports and on planes I can indulge in lots of reading…..hence the blog grew organically and book reviews and author chats seemed natural to add.
2. How long have you been blogging? Do you have any other blogs?
Two years and I keep all my posts on one site but under different sections/pages.
3. Favourite genre of books?
Travel, biography and family sagas…..but now dipping into mysteries.
4. TV, DVD or Netflix?
TV and mainly drama or you’ve guessed it – travel related!
5. Why do you blog?
For art, leisure, something else? Primarily to share photos and now to establish it for when I leave paid work completely.
6. Can you recommend any other blogs that you follow yourself?
I dip into many so not a special one.
7. Finally…if you could be any character from a book, who would you like to be and why?
Oh so easy….Anne of Green Gables! I would love to skip through meadows in a white dress in a much slower time.
The Grey Traveller blog is well worth a look – see it here
No Ordinary Girl
What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound.
The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.
Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?
Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?
This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.
Please note: contains graphic content.
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This isn’t my usual type of book, but I was intrigued. As I said, normally I don’t read books like this, I stopped reading Outlander after reading about what happens to Jamie, so I guess it’s just something I avoid, in TV and in books. This book did have a compelling storyline, and it was written well, but just not my cup of tea. Also, the writing was a little clichéd in places description wise which detracted from the writing.
Saying that, for an author to take on such a distressing subject, and deal with it in a way that didn’t shy away is a skill, and takes courage, which I applaud. As a crime book, it’s one of the harsher ones I have read, and I am sure that Detective Johnson will appeal to a lot of readers.
For this reason, I give it 3.5 stars.
Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to Northern Ireland as a young child. She then moved to Yorkshire where she spent most of her childhood and this is where she currently resides with her husband and 3 daughters.
Cheryl Elaine is an avid reader and enjoys watching horror movies – the more gruesome the better! She enjoys travelling and socialising but also loves spending time at home with her family and her ever expanding menagerie which currently includes 2 dogs, a budgie, 2 fish and a rat called Rocky!
Website – www.cherylelaine.co.uk
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Today I am honoured to be part of the cover reveal for the first book for Choc Lit’s Ruby Fiction Imprint!
Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.
With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?
‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’
Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author
And how gorgeous is the cover?
I love it, very excited to see more from this imprint!
This book is out in March 2018, so look out for it!
A fabulous review, I am glad that people treat characters like real people as I do! Big thanks to the lovely Writing Garnet for this refreshing take 🙂
Does everyone deserve a second chance?
As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high
pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling
apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.
Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save
Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to
give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different
from how he planned?
What does TWG think?
What an opening!! The first couple of pages of this novel had me absolutely gripped. Will they survive or won’t they? How would they come back from the devastating situation they witnessed? Only time would tell, but it was going to be a rollercoaster ride of a journey, whichever way it went.
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