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Publication Day – The Tobaccanist’s Wife

The Tobacconist’s Wife

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.
But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.
That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…
Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobacconists-Wife-emotionally-absorbing-Victorian-ebook/dp/B08G9N75NX

US – https://www.amazon.com/Tobacconists-Wife-emotionally-absorbing-Victorian-ebook/dp/B08G9N75NX

Author Bio – Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls. Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels.

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Blog Tour – The Inheritance

The Inheritance

by Anne Allen

The Inheritance – The Guernsey Novels book 7

1862 Young widow Eugénie faces an uncertain future in Guernsey when her husband dies at sea. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, exiled on the island and living in his voluptuous house only yards away from Eugénie. Their meeting changes her life and she begins working for him as a copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, born in Guernsey, now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she listened to Aunt Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the father of her child? Tess doubts it, but inheriting the house allows her to make a fresh start in her beloved island.

Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.

Purchase Links:

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Inheritance-Guernsey-Novels-Book-ebook/dp/B07PC3F8TG

US – https://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Guernsey-Novels-Book-ebook/dp/B07PC3F8TG

About the Author

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

Social Media Links – Website: www.anneallen.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Allen-Author-176883759173475/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneAllen21

NEWSFLASH:

All the other 6 titles in The Guernsey Novels are only 99p/c across all ebook retailers until 15th April while The Inheritance is only £1.99/$2.99 until that date. 

Here’s the link for all titles on Amazon: http://Author.to/AnneAllen

and now this too!Giveaway to Win a copy of The Inheritance and a notebook (Open Internationally)

1st Prize – Signed copy of The Inheritance and notebook

2nd Prize – E-copy of The Inheritance and notebook

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Book Review ‘n’ Blog Tour – Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Cursed Serpent

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent

“For Queen, for Country, and for….Uncle Rabbit?”
Just when Barnabas and Wilfred thought the world was safe at last, along comes a new threat: the Mayan Lords of Death have hatched a plan to overthrow the natural order of things, involving a cursed serpent god, two untrustworthy sets of twins, and a dead bunny that must be resuscitated at all costs. Only Barnabas and Wilfred can possibly unravel the convoluted plot, but they face danger after danger as they attempt to do so. If they fail, up will be down and down will be up, and the evil Lords of Death will take over the heavens.
Do Barnabas and Wilfred have the courage, skill (and luck!) to save the world yet again?

Purchase Links
US – https://www.amazon.com/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Cursed-Serpent-ebook/dp/B07N7KXX4T
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barnabas-Tew-Case-Cursed-Serpent-ebook/dp/B07N7KXX4T

My Review

Well, that was indeed a fun story (and I might add, that “is what I always say” 😉 – sorry, that’s an in-joke for fans of Barnabas & Wilfred).

Having read the previous books in the series, I had no doubts this would be just as compelling. Poor old Barnabas and Wilfred found themselves whisked away yet again on another case. As before, they arrived with no knowledge of either their new destination or the reason for being sent there. But, as it was Odin himself who arranged this ‘transfer’, then they felt duty bound to do the best they could – even when the case put before them made not one iota of sense.
In order to once more prevent the End of the World, they were tasked with finding a cure to help Kukulcan so that he might revive the ‘dead’ Uncle Rabbit, the only creature able to finally restore world order and stave off the chaos that might otherwise unfold.

Simple, no? Definitely not.

To achieve their goal, the detective and his assistant faced a myriad of challenges, the first one being to get their heads – and tongues – around the many names being bandied around as possible suspects. Thankfully, the author was kinder on her readers by allowing Barnabas to assign his own names to the many characters – hence Messieurs Monkey, Spider, Sun, Moon and Bees were born! (amongst others)

True to their past record, the two of them bumbled from one place to another, rarely having a plan in mind. They passed through vividly-detailed ball games, where losers were skeletonized once their hearts were ripped out. They were challenged to solves puzzles (the calendar was a very cool and clever idea), most of which involved them being dropped from great heights or falling into deep, dark holes and pools.

What I particularly enjoyed about this book was that I got to see more of the relationship between Barnabas and Wilfred. Both were homesick for London, but returning there seemed improbable given they were both effectively dead. Nostalgia continued to be a theme as both men looked back fondly on their lost loves – Barnabas with Bindi mouse (at the time, he had the head of a mouse too, so it’s not totally inconceivable) and Wilfred with the Norse woman, Brunhild, albeit a love unrequited in his case. Despite everything, neither of them wanted to be separated from the other, wherever they may end up next.

Another fun-packed adventure in the bizarre, yet totally absorbing world of Barnabas Tew and his sidekick, Wilfred, blending Mayan mythology with the two very proper Victorian gentlemen.

Author Bio

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred.

Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Nine Worlds

Barnabus Tew and The Case of the Nine Worlds

by Columbkill Noonan

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds

Hold your flying horses!

Barnabas and Wilfred, two earnest but bumbling Victorian detectives, travel through the Nine Worlds of Norse mythology, trying to stave off the impending end of the world, an event which the locals call “Ragnarok”. This time around, however, the intrepid twosome has some help: a brave Viking seer named Brynhild and her flying horse.

Can the two plucky detectives and the fearsome Brynhild outwit those who would bring about Ragnarok? Will they survive the harsh conditions and terrifying creatures of the Norse afterlife? Will they save the world…again? 


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My review:

Having read the previous Barnabus Tew book, I was so excited to read this one. I remember begging Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources to squeeze me in. I loved the Egyptian mythology from book one and couldn’t wait to join Barnabus and Wilfred in the worlds of the Norse Gods.

In this story, the detectives have been hired by Odin to find out who stole the bowl that caught the venom from a serpent dangling over the head of Loki the Trickster? Sound complicated? Well, much like Barnabus himself, the plot is more than a little baffling. However, once they begin their investigations – ably assisted by the very – very, very – patient Brynhild and her flying horse, Hynder, then the story line begins to make sense.

As they pass through the nine worlds, the author treats us to some vivid imagery which totally draws the reader in with great sensory detail. Barnabus is still the obtuse and self-opinionated detective we met in book one, but while his quirky behaviour back then was a novelty, this time his conduct began to grate on me. I might have given up on him, had it not been for Wilfred and his sweet infatuation with Brynhild, whose eye-rolling and face-palming skills know no bounds. Try as they might to anchor Barnabus to some kind of reality, it becomes obvious that Mr Tew is having none of it. He will be the master detective, the hero, the star of the show, and woe betide anyone who begs to differ.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that feature in the oddest of situations. If nothing else, this story is one of the most original pieces I have read in a very long time. I love how the author keeps the two detectives rooted in their Victorian characters. The constant clash between their own life experience and what happens in the Norse worlds never fails to create fun. Nonetheless, elements of the plot are over-used and drawn-out. Barnabus’ constant  “is what I always say” catchphrase, and the inevitable response, “does he always say that?” crop up way too often to continue to be funny. Moreover, Barnabus sways between absurdly long ramblings and total disrespect when he faces certain Gods (Freya and Maledokkalfar), and the fact they are wholly amused by his ‘refreshing’ honesty also wears thin when the same reaction is repeated time and again.

If you choose to foray into the nine worlds, you’ll meet gods and goddesses, naturally, but also dragons, Dark Elves, Light Elves, Fire Giants and dwarves, to name but a few. Barnabus is even more annoying in this book (cue eye-rolling and face-palming levels of frustration), but we also see a more endearing side of him through his relationship with Wilfred.

For a fun read set in interesting locations, these latest shenanigans certainly deliver – is what I always say 😉 (Sorry, that’s an in-joke that will make sense if you read the book)

It looks as though their next case will be grounded in Mayan mythology, which promises to be another fascinating caper.

About the author:

Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (www.columbkill.weebly.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ColumbkillNoonan) or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).

 

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Book Birthday Blitz ‘n’ Book Review – Barnabus Tew

Barnabus Tew & The Case of the Missing Scarab

by Columbkill Noonan

Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.

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My review:

5/5 stars

Take an egocentric private detective, add in an assistant who you imagine really should be running the show, and put them before Anubis, Egyptian God of the Dead and you have the quirkiest, mystery-solving team in the Underworld.

Barnabus Tew brings a touch of Je ne sais quoi to the art of detection – trouble is, he doesn’t know what that is either. Before his untimely death, all his clients came a cropper too. But it was on the recommendation of one very dead customer that Tew, and his amiable assistant Wilfred, caught the eye of the Egyptian god, Anubis.

Khepre, the Scarab Beetle god, whose job it is to roll the sun across the sky to create nightfall, has gone missing. As a result, the Underworld is stuck in a never-ending high noon that could very well be replicated in the world of the Living if Khepre isn’t found – in one piece.

A severed beetle leg suggests they may be too late!

Barnabus and Wilfred, with more luck than judgement, travel through the Underworld to interrogate their suspects. As they visit other gods, their plight worsens as they face unknown dangers, the like of which they could never have imagined. Many such visits actually make matters worse, leaving them no closer to solving the mystery of Khepre’s whereabouts.

While Barnabus Tew would never be my first choice were I to need a detective, he possesses a charm that had me rooting for him, willing him to do well. His relationship with Wilfred is based on that of a boss and employee, yet it is his assistant who frequently has the ideas when Barnabus stalls for time. Their interaction oozes effortless comedy, yet Barnabus is so, so serious about the task in hand that he always strives to find an explanation for the absurd predicaments they find themselves in.

The narrator’s Victorian tone is a perfect fit. From the moment Barnabus and Wilfred visit the museum to see the Mummy, I was hooked. I’m a sucker for an authentic setting, and while the story soon shifts to the Underworld, the characters continue with their Victorian attitudes and mannerisms – very much in the style of keeping “a stiff upper lip” at all costs.

This is a fun-to-read book with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that will hit you when you least expect them. If you enjoy a mystery with a unique flavour, if you appreciate dry wit, and if you are even the slightest bit interested in Egyptian mythology, then this is a book you must read. The hapless (or is he?) detective and his rational sidekick promise to entertain.

About the author:

Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website or find her on Facebook and / or Twitter

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