Blog Tour Review: Don’t Put the Boats Away

Don't Put the Boats AwayDon’t Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t Put the Boats Away is the follow up to Ames Sheldon’s Eleanor’s Wars but can be read as a stand alone novel taking place from the 1940’s through the 1970’s.

The Sutton family has lost their oldest son Eddie who was fighting in WWII. Mom, Eleanor already has PTSD from her experience driving an ambulance during WWI and feels incredible guilt that she did not prepare Eddie to go off to war. Harriet, or Harry to her family, goes to school to become a chemist hoping she can take over the family business now that Eddie is no longer around to run the company when their father steps down. This is highly unusual at this time. Nat, the youngest son, wants to become a jazz musician. George, their father is very unhappy with both of his children for the decisions they have made.

Over the decades we see how the family handles their grief, some through dedication to science or music, some through alcohol, but they all handle it in their own way.

I enjoyed this book and the characters, and their grief, became very real.

Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for the review copy and for lowing me to join on this tour!

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Blog Tour: Overstrike – Fixpoint Volume 1

Overstrike: Volume I of the Fixpoint Trilogy

When Matt Howard’s grandfather told him he must alter history to protect his newborn son, Matt thought the old man was crazy…

…Then he realised it was true.

Overstrike spans 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.

Touching on themes of retro-causality, ethics and free will, and exploring ideas of cause, effect and retribution, it follows the path of Matt Howard, whose child, Ethan, is at risk, as he, his father and grandfather attempt to use their own abilities to manipulate reality in order to discover and prevent whoever is threatening Ethan.

Overstrike is volume I of Fixpoint, a trilogy about a family who discover their inherited ability to manipulate reality. It enables them to effect changes in order to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline can have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Follow the stories of the Howards, on a journey exploring reality, time and our own sense of self.

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Review:

I am not usually a big Sci-Fi fan but the premise of this book was very interesting. What if you could not only see different timelines but you could fix them but choosing the best outcome? Matt Howard comes from a line of fixers only he doesn’t know it nor does his father. His grandfather was a fixer (although he didn’t know it at the time) and was recruited by the government. When Matt becomes an adult and has his own child his “crazy grandfather” tell him that his son is at risk of being erased from history. I enjoyed this book, it was full of action and some twists! I recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and time travel.

Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for the review copy of this book!

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Volume I of the Fixpoint Trilogy

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Overstrike-Fixpoint-Trilogy-C-Angus-ebook/dp/B0848N8P5J

US – https://www.amazon.com/Overstrike-Fixpoint-Trilogy-C-Angus-ebook/dp/B0848N8P5J

Author Bio –

CM Angus author and writer of Speculative fiction, Sci-fi and Horror grew up in the North East of England and now lives in Yorkshire with his wife and children. He is interested in all things creative & technological.

Currently working on Fixpoint, a series of books with each piece tackling different aspects of discontinuities in time and is a Speculative Fiction spanning 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.

Overstrike, Volume 1 of Fixpoint, will be published by Elsewhen Press in early 2020.

Social Media Links –

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Blog Tour: Foul is Fair

About the book:

Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Jade’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Jade as their next target.They picked the wrong girl.Sworn to vengeance, Jade transfers to St. Andrew’s Prep. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Review: Foul is Fair has many triggers for those who are sensitive to that (date rape, teen alcohol & drug use among others).

Where should I start…this book is a mashup (in a good way) of Macbeth, Heathers and Mean Girls all in one revenge story.

Elle (Jade as she will be known going forward) and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer are the queens of their school so on Elle’s sixteenth birthday they decide to dress up and go crash a party thrown by the prep schools elite. Things go bad for Elle and the next morning she swears revenge on all involved and Jade is born. She changes her appearance and her name and plots to take down the boys involved using “poor innocent Mack” as the fall guy. As the plan progresses, with the help of her friends, and the “mighty” fall, things begin to spiral more and more out of control. Even with the tough subject matter, both in the event that started it all and Jade’s revenge, this is a good book that holds your attention through the entire story. You root for Jade even as things go from bad to worse and the boys pay for their deed. You feel bad for Mack who seems to be innocent despite all his guilty feelings until you learn more about the prep school boys and what happened the Friday night. For a YA book this is a hard core revenge story and one that I highly recommend. 4/5 stars

About the author:

Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.
Blurbs:”Fierce, vicious, and electric. If books had teeth, Foul Is Fair would have fangs. Capin’s language glitters dark and her writing cuts deep. Revenge is a dish best served by this deliciously unapologetic coven.” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts and Last Girl Lied To”Capin’s writing will seduce you with its beauty and then, when you least suspect it, slice you to the bone—just like Foul is Fair’s captivating, vicious, entirely unforgettable heroine, Jade.” – Layne Fargo, author of Temper and co-host of Unlikeable Female Characters Podcast“Vicious and beautifully brutal, Foul is Fair gives a sword to every girl who has ever been a victim and makes them a warrior. This book is pulls no punches and will make anyone think twice before uttering the phrase ‘just a girl’. An unapologetic feminist battle-cry that leaves you breathless and thirsting for vengeance.” – Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me”Foul is Fair delivers the story of a girl who snatches control back from a world that stole it away, through whatever means necessary. Hannah Capin deftly combines stunningly lyrical prose with the raw power of engulfing fury, sending a message written in blood. In a world where too many are forced into silence, this book roars back.” – S. Gonzales, author of The Law of Inertia and Only Mostly Devastated

Author’s Twitter/Instagram: @tldaaollfFOUL IS FAIR buy link: https://wednesdaybooks.com/the-real-deal/foul-is-fair/

Book Blitz: Toxic Destruction

Toxic Deception

By K.C. Gillis

Genre: Crime/Mystery/Thriller

 

Strange symptoms. Bloody secrets. Can one reporter solve a medical mystery before she ends up in a body bag?

Jordan Reed put her world on hold to hunt down corruption. So when the gutsy journalist gets tipped off about blood money changing hands at a pharmaceutical factory, she dives into the story. With an otherwise healthy worker dropping dead of multiple organ failure, Jordan suspects something far more sinister than a simple accident…

Daring to go up against big pharma, she gains an ally on the inside and recruits two friends to join the investigation. But after a string of false leads and tight-lipped witnesses, she ties her case to disturbingly similar evidence in a medical trial on the other side of the globe. And if she doesn’t expose the lethal conspiracy soon, Jordan is terrified she and her team could be the next victims of the lethal cover-up.

Can Jordan take down a greedy corporation before they sacrifice more lives in the drive for profit?

Toxic Deception is the first book in the gripping Jordan Reed thriller series. If you like tenacious heroines, underdog stories, and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love K.C. Gillis’s page-turning tale.

Buy Toxic Deception to unravel a contagious mystery today!

 

About the Author

K.C. (Kevin) Gillis is the author of the Jordan Reed mystery series. Despite being a lifelong lover of stories and books, writing took a distant back seat as his professional career travelled through the Canadian Air Force, a decade as a chemist, followed by a long and continuing run in corporate America. With writing no longer in the back seat (but not quite yet in the front seat), Kevin has the initial novels (plus one novella) for the Jordan Reed series well under way. His personal interests focus on endurance and water sports. Having grown up in the Canadian Maritimes, he now lives in the US northeast with his wife, teenagers and a pair of black cats.

 

Kevin can be found online at http://www.kcgillis.com. You can connect with him on Twitter at @kcgilliswriter, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kcgilliswriter and on Goodreads. You can even email him directly at kevin@kcgillis.com.

Information on all of his books can be found at kcgillis.com.

 

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kcgilliswriter

On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083BK4JB2

On Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toxic-deception

Review: Kill Sleep Repeat

Title: Kill Sleep Repeat

Author: Britney King

Release: January 16, 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/killsleeprepeatgoodreads

 

Blurb:

Several times a week, Charlotte Jones leaves suburbia behind and boards a chartered flight to parts unknown, where she wraps her hands around the necks of marks for just as long as she has to.

Then she goes back to domestic life with a paycheck, defense wounds, and the sense that she can handle anything.

Which is good, because being a wife, mother, and sociopath, with an insatiable taste for murder, gives the term work-life balance new meaning. When one life unexpectedly bleeds into the other, leading to a secret admirer and borderline insta-fame, Charlotte is forced to ask herself if she really can have it all.

Slick and unnerving, Kill, Sleep, Repeat is a cunning tale of deception and desire that begs the question: Do we ever really know people the way we think we do?

 

Review:

Charlotte is a flight attendant for a charter jet service, married with two daughters. She is also an assassin who goes by the name Olivia. Her family does not know what she actually does for a living or that the service is actually a cover for the agency that she works for and that most people who get on her plane never get off alive.  Someone is stalking Charlotte though, someone who knows who she really is and has the power to end everything, including Charlotte herself. When secrets are revealed who will come out on top?

This was my first read by Britney King but will not be my last. While the story went back and forth between Charlotte present and past and her “stalker” it was fast paced and kept me reading. I was very surprised by the events at the end of the story! I recommend this book at 3.5 stars.

Thank you to the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for the review copy and allowing me to participate in the blog tour.

 

Buy Links:

Books2Read Universal: https://books2read.com/killsleeprepeat

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/38hEwX9

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/386fSs7

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2Tv1VjH

Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2RlREDs

 

Author Bio (picture attached):

Britney King lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.

When she’s not wrangling the things mentioned above, she writes psychological, domestic and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.

Currently, she’s writing three series and several standalone novels.

The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.

The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.

Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.

The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.

The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me.

Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. You can find Britney online here:

Web• http://BritneyKing.com

Instagram • https://instagram.com/britneyking_

Facebook • https://www.facebook.com/BritneyKingAuthor

Twitter• http://twitter.com/BritneyKing_

Goodreads • http://bit.ly/BritneyKingGoodreads

 

To get more– grab two books for free, by subscribing to her mailing list at britneyking.com or just copy and paste bit.ly/britneykingweb into your browser.

 

Happy reading.

 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritneyKingAuthor

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/britneynking

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Britney-King/e/B00CDXPIFO

Review: Snowball

SnowballSnowball by Gregory Bastianelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a blizzard hits on Christmas Eve it strands a group of motorists on a rarely used stretch of highway. Quickly they realize something is not right and that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. When they find an RV stuck as well, the elderly couple stuck inside allows everyone to take shelter but they soon realize this isn’t going to be a permanent solution. As several of the motorists go looking for help and find a house in the woods were nothing is what it seems and a twisted toymaker is playing deadly games with them all, they struggle to find out what is going on and what their connection is so they can survive. But what is real and what was created by this toymaker and why is he going after them one by one?

I was very excited when Flame Tree Press reached out to me about reviewing some of their titles. Snowball was the first I received and an excellent start. As we go through the story trying to figure out what is happening and what is reality we learn the connection between all of the characters and who the toymaker really is. I highly recommend this book and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to Flame Tree Press for the review copy of this book.

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Kill, Sleep, Repeat

Title: Kill Sleep Repeat
Author: Britney King
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Release Date: January 16, 2020

**Come back on January 25th for my review!

𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙛 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝘼𝙛𝙛𝙖𝙞𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙃𝙀𝙍 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙙𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙡𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙤𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧, 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙝 𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙨 𝙖 𝙬𝙤𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙝𝙤, 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙛𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙡, 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙟𝙤𝙗, 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙩 𝙥𝙖𝙮𝙨.


Several times a week, Charlotte Jones leaves suburbia behind and boards a chartered flight to parts unknown, where she wraps her hands around the necks of marks for just as long as she has to.

Then she goes back to domestic life with a paycheck, defense wounds, and the sense that she can handle anything.

Which is good, because being a wife, mother, and sociopath, with an insatiable taste for murder, gives the term work-life balance new meaning. When one life unexpectedly bleeds into the other, leading to a secret admirer and borderline insta-fame, Charlotte is forced to ask herself if she really can have it all.

Slick and unnerving, Kill, Sleep, Repeat is a cunning tale of deception and desire that begs the question: Do we ever really know people the way we think we do?

Britney King lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.
When she’s not wrangling the things mentioned above, she writes psychological, domestic and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.

Currently, she’s writing three series and several standalone novels.

The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.

The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.

Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.
The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.
The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me. 

Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. You can find Britney online here: 

To get more– grab two books for free, by subscribing to her mailing list at britneyking.com or just copy and paste bit.ly/britneykingweb into your browser. 
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Review: The Wives

The WivesThe Wives by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Picture this, you’re in a polygamist marriage except unlike the ones you see on tv, you don’t share a home or a family. Just a husband. You are Thursday. You think you’re happy but are you? You know very little about the other two wives. You don’t even know their names. The your curiosity gets the better of you after you find an appointment reminder in his pocket, so you do some digging. And you meet her- Hannah. And she seems to be the voting of abuse. Who is your husband and are things really want they seem?

Now I had heard there was a twist, but damn. I figured out part of it but not the most important part! And I definitely was not expecting that. I give this 4/5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ebook review copy.

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Review: Steal Your Thunder

Steal Your Thunder (Axiom Chronicles, #1)Steal Your Thunder by Ryder Lyne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vanya is the “Night Wraith”, stealing thunder which is now an energy source. Indentured as a child after her parents were killed and she was injured, she steals to pay off her contract. It was a different and interesting take on a dystopian society, and one that was well done. I do wish more has been said on what happened but you had enough to enjoy the book. I enjoyed learning about Vanya and her friends and I look forward to the next installment. 3.5 stars!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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