Ooh, this looks good …

Isn’t it always the way … you just close Amazon after buying a couple of books (seriously, only two this time) and then you see another one that you really must have!

Dead to Me: A Serial Killer Thriller (Detective Kate Matthews Book 1) by Stephen Edger Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Vigilante Justice/Police Procedural 2.99 at time of posting! How do you catch a killer who knows your every move? The woman lay flat on the table, her face to one side, her wrists bound with […]

via “Dead to Me” by Stephen Edger — Nesie’s Place

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Award Season – the BLU:RBS are here …

After the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the NTAs and now the Oscars, it seems only appropriate to give some recognition to another form of entertainment: READING!
So, here’s my nod to Award Season, with my own specially-crafted statue:

BOOK LOVER’S UNION: RECOMMENDED BOOKS STACK

or the BLU:RBS, as I affectionately call it 😉

Now, before anyone takes this at all seriously, it’s a fun post designed to show off my books and those of my author buddies. No nominations or voting took place. It’s just for laughs 🙂

Let’s get started:

The BLU:RB statuette for best cover goes to: FORBIDDEN COLOURS

Forbidden Colours

What if your memories were not your memories? What if the drug hailed as a cure became a curse and ultimately your destruction?
Midori Yates works for pharmaceutical giant KLD. The launch of new drug Centoria has revolutionised the treatment of amnesia, with outstanding results. Trials exploring its use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s are on the horizon. But is it really as good as the data suggests?
Neurologist Dr. Nick Campbell has seen amazing results with his patients and is ready to believe in Centoria’s transformational abilities…that is until his patients start displaying strange and worrying symptoms with drastic results. Determined to uncover the truth, Midori and Nick find a conspiracy that is to have devastating consequences for both of them. A dark world threatens to engulf them. Can they survive?
This contemporary thriller will have you turning the pages long into the night.

The winner of the BLU:RBS for best leading lady goes to: OLIVIA CHANDLER (In the Best Interest of the Child)

In the Best Interest of the Child

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, underserved child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care, and Olivia will lose the only chance at love she’s ever had…or wanted.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

For best male lead, the BLU:RBS goes to: ARCHIE ROYLE (Magic O’Clock)

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.
He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.
His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.
Not at all.
It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.
He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

Of course, this being my blog there has to be an animal category … and the BLU:RBS goes to: DAVE (Finding Miranda)

Finding Miranda

Miranda Ogilvy is accustomed to being invisible. Sometimes people actually see her, but they forget her almost immediately. It’s not a bad life for a ghost, but Miranda is not a ghost. She’s a librarian.

Nobody “sees” Miranda Ogilvy except the hunky blind deejay (Shepard)next door and the men hired to kill them both. Shep has been blind since birth. His best friend (and guide dog), Dave, goes everywhere with him, including on the morning run. (Shepard’s the cute one; Dave’s the smart one.)

Murder, political corruption, quirky small-town neighbors, and Dave the Wonder Dog work together to make this mystery fun, romantic, and satisfying.

When it comes to Miranda and her new next-door neighbor, Shephard, not since the owl and the pussycat has there been a more unlikely pair.

Not forgetting, the BLU:RBS for the best setting goes to: PORTUGAL (The Fifth Wheel)

The Fifth Wheel

Fern Mortimer has mastered the art of being invisible. Since a hit and run accident five years ago left her wheelchair-bound, she has become a recluse in her parents’ home.
After finally venturing back into the real world, she struggles to make friends and trust anyone. Getting the nickname of The Ice Queen at her new place of work does little to build her confidence.
However, one young woman, Nessa Sullivan, sees through Fern’s mask and is determined to be her friend. A mission that only months later sees Fern joining Nessa and three others on a well-deserved and much-needed holiday to the Portuguese Algarve.
During the holiday, Fern is seduced by a handsome restaurant manager, raising her mood and her hopes of a romantic entanglement whilst also robbing her of her usual common sense and sound judgement.
So, why is her wheelchair now lying capsized in the infinity pool and a body is spotted out at sea? Where is Fern Mortimer?

and finally, there is a tie for the next category: Most anticipated book of the year.

A BLU:RBS is awarded to

Family Matters – by Felicia Denise

Jane – by DM Wolfenden

Ladies, time’s a-ticking …, and I’m a-nagging LOL

Thank you for humouring me – I realise it’s not always easy to follow my train of thought 🙂

Enjoy these books – I know I did.

Yes, I know, of course, two of them are mine, Cheeky, aren’t I?

Thanks for reading 🙂

2018 Reading Challenge

Last year, I set a goal of 60 books on the Goodreads Reading Challenge, a figure I passed some time in September. I ended the year having read 92 books. Now the time has come to set a goal for 2018.

You’d think I’d go higher, wouldn’t you? Maybe aiming for 100 books this year?

It was a tough decision – but (and this is rather a first for me) I actually considered the books I’d be reading in the coming months before coming up with a number.
Yep, I know – forward thinking – me? I surprised myself too.

As I’m currently writing a cosy mystery series, the first in the series featuring familial child abduction I thought I’d see how others have tackled the subject. So, I’m reading a few boxsets to get into the right mindset.

I’m still working through The 12 Slays of Christmas – a selection of 12 cosy mysteries, but as I finish one of those mysteries, I’m jumping headfirst into another boxset: Missing Ones Super Boxset – another 12 novels with a kidnapping theme. Then I’ll check out a third boxset: Winter Whodunnits – 12 more cosy mysteries before returning to 12 Slays.

In total, that’s 36 books, but only counting as 3 in the Goodreads Challenge.

You can see where I’m going now, can’t you?

Consequently, I’ve downgraded my goal to 75 books – it’s still up on last year, so not really a cop-out.

Besides the boxsets, I intend to read more craft books this year too.

Starting with Eats, Shoots & Leaves and its accompanying workbook.

Okay, so I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to grammar and punctuation – and I do know my own skills are far from satisfactory. Hence the need to improve. Also, this looks like a fun read – not your typical, dry guide to commas, semi-colons and the like.

(I know – I hear you – my kind of fun is not to everyone’s taste. Each to their own, I say 🙂 )

Anyway, that’s my reasoning and I’m sticking to it.

There’s plenty of room for some gripping thrillers, some emotional women’s fiction and a smattering of historical fiction.

It’s going to be a great year.

By the way, if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them. Or, if you’ve set yourself a reading goal, how did you decide on a number, and what do you intend to read this year?

In the meantime, thanks for reading 🙂

My Best Books Calendar 2017

It’s been a wonderful year for book-lovers like me, so I thought a post about my favourite reads for 2017 would be appropriate. I had a real struggle getting this down to just twelve – still, that’s because I wanted a calendar style, so I have only myself to blame for the self-imposed limits. Doh! I’ll get on with, shall I?

It’s an eclectic mix from cosy mystery to serial killers, romantic comedy to historical fiction, legal and medical thrillers to contemporary women’s fiction. But, variety is the spice of life 🙂

Links to the books are below, and I’ll vouch for every single one of them. Not that I’m alone though, many of these have dozens – if not hundreds – of five star reviews, so if you choose any, you’ll be sure of a great story.

January – Winters Day – DM Wolfenden

February – Finding Miranda – Iris Chacon

March – The Seven Year Dress – Paulette Mahurin

April – The Devil’s Prayer – Luke Gracias

May – The Girl from Berlin – Ellie Midwood

June – Forbidden Colours – Nicole Fitton

July – The Wind in the Embers – Malcolm Logan

August – A Patriot’s Act – Kenneth Meade

September – Mirror, Mirror – Jessica Jesinghaus

October – Murder by the Book – Brigitta Moon

November – Plus Size Goddess – Cathy McGough

December – In the Best Interest of the Child – Felicia Denise.

So, feel free to go and fill your Kindle, your Nook or even your bookshelves.

As for me, I’m currently reading The Green Pearl Caper by Phyllis Entis, before settling down with a boxset of the 12 Slays of Christmas featuring Amy M. Reade – as you can see, my reading year is not yet over 🙂

The great news is that there are so many more fabulous reads to come.

Happy Reading everyone!

By the way, if you choose to read any of these wonderful books, please consider leaving a review.

Reviews keep writers writing.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Happy New Book Year x

Army of Authors Blog Tour – B L Blair

The Lost Macaw

by B L Blair

You don’t know how excited I am to feature this new release on my blog today.

Pets and Mystery go hand in hand, right? Well, they do in my world.

The Lost Macaw is the fourth novella in the Lost and Found Pets Mystery series.

Alexandra Prescott is a licensed private investigator specializing in finding missing animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.

A former client hires Alex to find her lost parrot. The bright colored bird has flown away before, but this time there is evidence that Molly was kidnapped. The demand is simple—the bird for the pictures.

When her client suffers a stroke, Alex is left with a ransom note, a missing bird, and some very incriminating photos. She is in a race against time to solve the mystery of the lost Macaw.

***

This cosy mystery can be read in around two hours, so it’s perfect for a wintry evening in front of a warm fire.

Let me convince you  with an excerpt:

“Your little old lady is quite interesting, Alex,” Halie said.

“What do you mean?”

“She didn’t exist until about thirty years ago.”

“What?!”

“I did a preliminary background search on her. In general, she is clean. No debt. The house is paid off as is her car. The one thing that jumped out at me was the fact that she had a safe deposit box at four different banks.”

Luke raised one eyebrow. I got a sinking feeling. I had noted the bank accounts but hadn’t really given them much thought.

“Yeah,” I said, “I saw those.”

“So why does an eighty-year-old woman need four safe deposit boxes?”

“Why does she need more than one?” Luke muttered.

“Exactly,” Halie said. “So I dug a little deeper.”

“What did you find?”

“About thirty years ago, Joseph and Trudy Kearns purchased the house on Carriage. Back then, it was a new neighborhood, and the prices were cheap. They paid cash. They also opened a bank account, and Joe got a job working for the city. Those are the first records I can find for either one of them.”

“Trudy would have been fifty at that time. Her husband probably a few years older. What about birth certificates? Social security cards?”

“They had them, but conveniently, they were issued from a small county in Virginia where a massive flood destroyed all their records. The county office was in the process of moving the old paper records to electronic when the flood hit.”

“Let me guess. The Kearns’s records did not survive the flood.”

“Nope.”

“So the only records for them are the ones they had in their possession.” I paused a moment. “Do they look real?”

“Yes,” Halie replied.

“So they could be authentic.”

“Or really good forgeries. In some ways, it was easier back then.”

“Anything else?” I asked.

“Not really. Lives on a fixed income of social security and a small pension from her husband’s job. It isn’t much because he only worked for the city for twelve years before he had to retire.”

“Okay, thanks Halie.”

After ending the call, I looked at Luke. He had a perplexed look on his face that I had a feeling mirrored mine.

“Who the hell is Trudy Kearns?”

Intrigued? I bet you are – me too 🙂

You can grab your copy at any of these fine retailers: Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. And, if you want to catch up on earlier books in the series, head on over to the author’s Amazon page where you’ll find the whole motley crew. 

With these being priced at only 99c, they’re sure to make great Christmas gifts too.

If you purchase any of the books, please consider leaving a review afterwards. Reviews keep writers writing 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂

Book Review – Women’s Fiction

In the Best Interest of the Child
by Felicia Denise

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care, and Olivia will lose the only chance at love she’s ever had…or wanted.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

My thoughts:

You know the feeling when you settle down to watch a movie, one starring your favourite actor or actress, and then you realise the film is nothing like you ever expected of him/her? The same could be said of this book. I expected great things, but what I got was totally wonderful. This is a story full of heart, but grounded in pain and despair. Yet, the author finds hope and positivity in a case that could easily become just another statistic in a flawed system.

The unfortunate events that befall young Rena are far too similar for Child Advocate, Olivia Chandler, to brush aside. This time, the child she sets out to help will have a much more profound effect on her personal life.  For while Olivia is the best damn advocate any child could hope for, she is also a victim of the same system – the foster care system – that threatens to leave its mark on yet another young life.

Of course, Olivia will not let that happen and, aided by a team of professionals unswerving in their desire to make a  difference, she embraces the challenge with open arms and a wilful spirit.

But, she didn’t count on meeting the Bellamy family, whose resolve to care for Rena is just as strong as her own. However, this family is no ordinary family. This is a family who genuinely care, for each other and for those within their reach. And now, Olivia is in their reach – in the reach of one persistent, funny, gentle, caring and honest man – Bruce Bellamy.

The two of them fit – that’s all there is to it – they are meant to be, but that doesn’t mean things fall into place in an instant. Bruce is one resourceful chap, and his determination knows no bounds until Olivia can delay the inevitable no more. It is both hilarious and heartwarming to see these two – both with pain in their past – come together. Long may they reign!

This relationship develops as Olivia battles for Rena; her single-mindedness to act in the best interest of the child is impressive. Olivia is a force to be reckoned with. But, this case, this time, circumstances closer to home make her realise that she has to face up to her past and deal with her own demons. With Bruce’s help and encouragement she may now succeed. Fortunately, a second book awaits.

This is an engrossing read, with a cast of characters that liven up every page. You’ll find yourself laughing, crying, smiling and sighing as this story unfolds. A definite 5 star read. Bring on Book 2!

It’s here …

Remember those awesome Black Friday deals I mentioned some time ago?
Well, they’re here – all singing and dancing and waiting for you to press the pretty ‘one-click’ button.

You can do that for me, can’t you?

Aww! I knew I could rely on you.

 

 

Here you go then, click on the happy word and let the fun begin – ENJOY! 

One last thing, I don’t want to keep you from these wonderful authors, but if you do buy – and subsequently read – any of these books, please consider leaving a review afterwards. Reviews keep authors writing!

Thanks for reading!