Review: Sixty Minutes

Sixty Minutes

Five different people. Five separate lives. Sixty minutes to bind them for ever.
Hassan, Jim, Shuna, Dan and Nadia come from very different worlds. If life were straightforward, their paths would never cross. But our lives are rarely that simple and, as the clock ticks away the minutes of a single hour on a July morning, fate draws all five together in a headlong rush towards disaster.

Who are the heroes and who are the villains?

Tony Salter’s latest novel leaves us guessing right up to the last page.

Review:

This is more of a compilation of stories taking place in the hour of the lives of five characters and their loved ones over a random day. What ties them together is how each of the characters eventually crosses paths at some point during various times. Hassan was recently accepted to Oxford and is so excited! Jim is former Army now security guard and can have a temper. Shuna is a mother just out with her children for the day. Dan has a secret that he is keeping from his wife, and Nadia is involved with National Security. While we go through a seemingly normal hour from these characters lives we watch a countdown to an act of terrorism. This was not an edge of your seat thriller but a slow burn. Don’t expect to be sucked in at every page with twists and turns but know that its an enjoyable read and something to stick with. I give it 3.5 stars. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for Te review copy and the opportunity to be part of this blog tour.
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Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sixty-Minutes-nail-biting-race-against-ebook/dp/B07WNRLHGR/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Sixty-Minutes-nail-biting-race-against-ebook/dp/B07WNRLHGR/

Author Bio

Tony’s latest thriller, Sixty Minutes, was released on 29th August 2019. Tony is the author of bestselling psychological thriller, Best Eaten Cold. He writes pacy contemporary thrillers which explore different themes, but all share Tony’s thought-provoking plots and richly-painted characters. Sixty Minutes is his fourth novel. His second novel, The Old Orchard – a gripping family thriller – was published on the 7th of November 2017 and the sequel to Best Eaten Cold, – Cold Intent – was published in November 2018. Highlights of his early career include (in no particular order) three years as an oilfield engineer in the Egyptian desert, twelve years managing record companies for EMI Music in Greece, India and across Eastern Europe, running a caravan site in the South of France and being chauffeur to the French Consul in Sydney. Having survived the Dotcom boom, he went on to be a founder of the world’s largest website for expatriates, a major music publisher and a successful
hotel technology business. In amongst this, Tony found the time to backpack around the world twice (once in his twenties and once in his fifties), learn six languages (including Norwegian and Greek) and to find a beautiful Norwegian wife. He now lives in Oxfordshire and writes full-time. He has recently turned sixty and is married with three children and five grandchildren. You can find out more about Tony at http://www.tonysalter.com

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TBR Tuesday

Do you have a TBR list? Mine seems to just keep growing! This is my January / February list not including two kindle ARCs and a beta read!

Hopefully these will help with my Popsugar challenge! Are you doing any challenges?

Pixieland Diaries: Cover Reveal



Pixieland Diaries
Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 31st 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

WARNING

If you don’t like pixies, don’t read this diary.

If you don’t like loud-mouthed pixies who are really cool but sometimes get told they’re immature (for no reason), then definitely stop reading.

Oh, and if you’re His Awfulness The Elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, then you can kiss my butt. My hatred for you burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Thanks for getting me kicked out of Pixieland and exiled to attend some rando human high school on Earth. You’re the worst, even if you have a cute smile. And nice eyes. Your hair looks okay sometimes, too. But you’re still a creep and I loathe you.

And to everyone else: if you’ve read this far, then you better finish my entire diary.

My story is supernatural, wacked-out, and overall awesome.

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Author Bio:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Review: Darling Rose Gold

Darling Rose GoldDarling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great book dealing with a fictional story o a really difficult topi – Munchausen by Proxy, a mental health disorder where parents or caregivers harm their children or a person under their care, usually for the attention they get.

Rose Gold Watts thought she was very sick for the first 18 years of her life, turns out her mother suffers from this condition. Patty Watts was convicted and sent to prison for five years for child abuse. When she gets out everyone is shocked in their home town when Rose Gold not only speaks to her but takes her in. You see, Rose Gold’s testimony is what sent Patty to prison.

But Patty said she forgives her. Does she really? But is Rose Gold still the weak little girl Patty remembers?

This was a very good book, we see things from both Patty and Rose’s point of view with some flash backs to what was going on while Patty was in prison and what Rose’s life was really like. No spoilers but as you can imagine, with Rose’s childhood, she isn’t exactly the picture of perfect mental health.

As we see these two broken women and what happens to them you don’t really want to root for ether of them but you do want to keep reading. Because you will not expect what happens at the end.

This was a great debut book and I will look for more from this author. I thank Berkeley Publishing and Net Galley for an Ebook review copy.

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Book Review: Dear Wife

Dear WifeDear Wife by Kimberly Belle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow just wow. This book had twists that I just did not see coming.

Beth Murphy is on the run from an abusive husband. She has a new identity and a plan. But she has to keep moving because he will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing. Her husband Jeffrey comes home from a business trip and she’s gone. Everything points to something very bad.

The detective on the case, Marcus Durant will stop at nothing to find her.

How are these incidents related? As we go back and forth from Beth’s point of view, to Jeffrey, to Marcus, secrets are reveled and we find out what really happened to Sabine who Beth truly is.

This story kept me interested from the first page and the end just 🤯 I was not expecting that. This was a great book to end my 2019 reading with and I thank the author for this Giveaway copy!

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Book Review: Little Comfort

Little Comfort (Hester Thursby Mystery, #1)Little Comfort by Edwin Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hester Thursby is really good at finding things, especially people. When Lila hires her to find her brother Sam, so she can sell an old family property, Hester doesn’t realize how different this “case “ will be. You see Sam ran away with his friend Gabe as a teenager. Different cities and names every time they moved. Now Sam has settled in Boston and is making friends with the wealthy Wendy Richards. He’s making the life he wants and thinks he deserves and no one will stand in his way…

Meanwhile Hester has to keep all she loves safe, including her partner Morgan and their niece Kate whom they care for. Can she?

This is my first read by this author and I enjoyed it very much. While it started slow, it quickly picked up the pace. I wasn’t expecting several things that came out about Gabe’s past and it someone explains his behavior. Sam though…? One has to wonder if he is a sociopath. I will definitely be reading the next in the series and I suggest this book to anyone who likes a good psychological thriller/mystery.

Thank you to Jackie and Angela’s Book reviews and Edwin Hill for the review copy. This review and my opinions are completely my own. Please visit my blog for more reviews and book recommendations.

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Blog Tour: (Review) After You Fell

After You Fell

Creepy, disturbing and genuinely thrilling, this is one page-turner you won’t be able to forget!

As one life ends

Louise’s Lovett’s death was a tragedy. But questions still swirl about exactly what happened to Louise that day. Did she fall…or was she pushed?

A new life starts

Helen Matthews’ donor heart saves her life. But as her new heart beats inside her, Helen feels the pull of its previous owner–despite what everyone is telling her, Helen is certain she has one final message to pass on.

And a dark obsession begins

As the lives of Helen and Louise become ever more entangled, Helen’s obsession gets increasingly out of control. And the fragile new life she has built begins to fall apart…

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Review:

Helen Matthews has been sick most of her life. It’s the reason her and her brother Simon ended up in foster care. When Helen is finally lucky enough to get a heart transplant what should be the start of a new life turns into the start of an obsession. You see, Helen believes she is psychic and can talk to the dead. Her family and friends think this is all a manifestation of her bipolar disorder.

Louise Lovett falls from the top of a car-park and ends up being the donor heart that Helen needs to survive.

As Helen become more obsessed with first finding her donor, and finding out what happened to Louise, her obsession turns to her donors husband and children.

You may not always like Helen, in fact you may not like many of the characters, her need to find out what happened to Louise becomes somewhat disturbing but the twist at the end.. didn’t see that one coming. I give this 4 stars and look forward to seeing what else Ms. Lark may have in store for us with future books.

Thank you to NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for the digital review copy of this book.

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Purchase Links

UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/After-You-Fell-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07RW3TBXC/

US – https://www.amazon.com/After-You-Fell-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07RW3TBXC/

Author Bio

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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Blog Tour: Rose’s Ghost Review

Rose’s Ghost

By Theresa Dale

Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Supernatural

Maggie’s worries about moving to her husband’s childhood home in rural Nova Scotia couldn’t have prepared her for the disturbing events that began right after they moved in.

Nevertheless, she and her family became quickly entangled in the torment of long-dead neighbors who remained tethered to the land on which their tragic lives – and deaths – played out…but death did not free Rose from the tragedies of her life. And between that time and the haunting of Maggie’s family, her enduring madness has twisted her reality into something darkly skewed. Increasingly desperate, she beseeches those who reside upon and around her land to aid her in her quest, but her efforts threaten to alter the lives of those whose help she enlists – or end them.

Rose’s Ghost is the first in a chilling series of three about a family’s connection with a tormented ghost, still desperate to gain back the child she lost.

Preorder: https://books2read.com/u/4j1OoZ

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Review:

This was my first book by this author. I love a good thriller, especially one that keeps me engaged the whole time even if it’s a slow burn. Rose’s Ghost is exactly that. When Maggie and her husband, Jack move into an old family home storage things start happening. Strange occurrences make Maggie question reality but with the help of Charis, who has the gift of seeing spirits, she hopes to get to the bottom of what is happening and why Rose is so tormented.. This is the first book in a series and I look forward to the rest.

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About the Author

Combining a lifelong love of words and a penchant for all things supernatural, Canadian author Theresa Dale specializes in scintillating thrillers. She delights in enticing readers with loveable characters, then spooking them with unexpected twists.

Theresa lives in Gatineau, Québec with her husband and children.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roses-Ghost-251245769089736/

Blogger: https://rosesghost.blogspot.com/

Instagram:@theresadaleauthor

Brief Excerpt:

She was in her back yard. Birds were singing in the trees, and she was aware of the distant sound of a lawnmower. She knelt in the soil, planting seeds of zucchini, carrots and tomatoes. It was long, dirty work, but she loved it. There was something fulfilling about planting a vegetable garden. Something reassuring about the promise of growing your own food.

She heard the phone in the kitchen ring. Wiping her hands on her jeans (she never used gloves), she ran to get it, wondering absently, when did I plant a garden?

She spoke to Zoe briefly; she’d asked for Jack, who was at work, to plan a joint gift for Martin, and Maggie was little help.

As she hung up, a movement from the window caught her eye. Her hand froze on the wall-mounted handset as she looked at the woman standing on the other side of the bridge.

Some memory from a different time tried to surface, but she was unable to grasp it. What was it? This woman. Where had she seen her before? She finally let go of the phone and walked to the window. The woman was looking at her, too.

There was something dripping from her left arm. And she held something in her right hand. What was that?

Maggie stepped outside onto a thin blanket of snow. Hadn’t it just been warm? When did it snow?

The woman waved at her then. Waved with the hand that held something. Maggie moved closer, smiling and waving back.

“Hello! Did you come from the trail?” She stopped.

The woman was holding a severed hand.

Maggie’s hands flew to her face, and she covered her mouth before she could scream.

The woman smiled and lowered her waving hand – the hand that was holding what must be her other hand because, at this closer proximity, Maggie could see her left hand was indeed missing from its arm, and severed roughly, at that, hence the steady stream of blood flowing into the snow.

“Oh my God!” she yelled and ran toward the woman, who quickly held out the severed hand, as if to say, stop.

Maggie skidded in her tracks, her eyes riveted on the woman. She watched as she brought the forefinger of the hand to her lips and said, “Shhhhh. He’ll hear you.” She looked in the direction of the farm.

Dark rivulets of blood flowed from the stump of the hand down her arm, and the blood on the finger smeared over her lips.

Maggie sank to her knees, screaming, and in some trick of perspective, the woman appeared on Maggie’s side of the bridge, again bringing the forefinger of the severed hand to her lips as she shushed her. Her eyes were wide in – what? – fear?

Maggie flew backward at the shock of the woman’s sudden closeness, and just as suddenly she was standing above her, smiling down at her, her mouth impossibly wide, stretching her face grotesquely. “There was so much blood,” the woman said, her mouth widening into a gaping, black hole in her face as her jaw stretched to her chest and the word “blood” seemed to go on forever. Maggie felt certain she’d be engulfed by it and live in this terror forever.

Rose’s Ghost

By Theresa Dale

Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Supernatural

Maggie’s worries about moving to her husband’s childhood home in rural Nova Scotia couldn’t have prepared her for the disturbing events that began right after they moved in.

Nevertheless, she and her family became quickly entangled in the torment of long-dead neighbors who remained tethered to the land on which their tragic lives – and deaths – played out…but death did not free Rose from the tragedies of her life. And between that time and the haunting of Maggie’s family, her enduring madness has twisted her reality into something darkly skewed. Increasingly desperate, she beseeches those who reside upon and around her land to aid her in her quest, but her efforts threaten to alter the lives of those whose help she enlists – or end them.

Rose’s Ghost is the first in a chilling series of three about a family’s connection with a tormented ghost, still desperate to gain back the child she lost.

Preorder: https://books2read.com/u/4j1OoZ

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Review:

This was my first book by this author. I love a good thriller, especially one that keeps me engaged the whole time even if it’s a slow burn. Rose’s Ghost is exactly that. When Maggie and her husband, Jack move into an old family home storage things start happening. Strange occurrences make Maggie question reality but with the help of Charis, who has the gift of seeing spirits, she hopes to get to the bottom of what is happening and why Rose is so tormented.. This is the first book in a series and I look forward to the rest.

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About the Author

Combining a lifelong love of words and a penchant for all things supernatural, Canadian author Theresa Dale specializes in scintillating thrillers. She delights in enticing readers with loveable characters, then spooking them with unexpected twists.

Theresa lives in Gatineau, Québec with her husband and children.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roses-Ghost-251245769089736/

Blogger: https://rosesghost.blogspot.com/

Instagram:@theresadaleauthor

Brief Excerpt:

She was in her back yard. Birds were singing in the trees, and she was aware of the distant sound of a lawnmower. She knelt in the soil, planting seeds of zucchini, carrots and tomatoes. It was long, dirty work, but she loved it. There was something fulfilling about planting a vegetable garden. Something reassuring about the promise of growing your own food.

She heard the phone in the kitchen ring. Wiping her hands on her jeans (she never used gloves), she ran to get it, wondering absently, when did I plant a garden?

She spoke to Zoe briefly; she’d asked for Jack, who was at work, to plan a joint gift for Martin, and Maggie was little help.

As she hung up, a movement from the window caught her eye. Her hand froze on the wall-mounted handset as she looked at the woman standing on the other side of the bridge.

Some memory from a different time tried to surface, but she was unable to grasp it. What was it? This woman. Where had she seen her before? She finally let go of the phone and walked to the window. The woman was looking at her, too.

There was something dripping from her left arm. And she held something in her right hand. What was that?

Maggie stepped outside onto a thin blanket of snow. Hadn’t it just been warm? When did it snow?

The woman waved at her then. Waved with the hand that held something. Maggie moved closer, smiling and waving back.

“Hello! Did you come from the trail?” She stopped.

The woman was holding a severed hand.

Maggie’s hands flew to her face, and she covered her mouth before she could scream.

The woman smiled and lowered her waving hand – the hand that was holding what must be her other hand because, at this closer proximity, Maggie could see her left hand was indeed missing from its arm, and severed roughly, at that, hence the steady stream of blood flowing into the snow.

“Oh my God!” she yelled and ran toward the woman, who quickly held out the severed hand, as if to say, stop.

Maggie skidded in her tracks, her eyes riveted on the woman. She watched as she brought the forefinger of the hand to her lips and said, “Shhhhh. He’ll hear you.” She looked in the direction of the farm.

Dark rivulets of blood flowed from the stump of the hand down her arm, and the blood on the finger smeared over her lips.

Maggie sank to her knees, screaming, and in some trick of perspective, the woman appeared on Maggie’s side of the bridge, again bringing the forefinger of the severed hand to her lips as she shushed her. Her eyes were wide in – what? – fear?

Maggie flew backward at the shock of the woman’s sudden closeness, and just as suddenly she was standing above her, smiling down at her, her mouth impossibly wide, stretching her face grotesquely. “There was so much blood,” the woman said, her mouth widening into a gaping, black hole in her face as her jaw stretched to her chest and the word “blood” seemed to go on forever. Maggie felt certain she’d be engulfed by it and live in this terror forever.