Stitched by Cheryl Elaine # Domestic Noir

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Blurb:

Stitched: A gruesome tale of control, fear and brutality

by Cheryl Elaine.
A patchwork of lies and threads of abuse…Stitched is a gruesome tale of control, fear and brutality.
To the outside world, Andrew Brooke is a cop who’s obsessively committed to his job. But behind closed doors, he enforces his dominance and disciplines his wife, Emily, in the most inhumane ways. When his life begins to fall apart and his reputation becomes tarnished, he unleashes his anger and seeks revenge on those who dare to encounter him.
Emily Brooke is left broken by her husband’s hand, with no means of escape. Eventually, though weak and confused, she manages to flee. But is the life she escapes to a better one?
Detective Donavan has his own demons to battle following his wife’s death. Assigned a missing person’s case that leads to a series of brutal attacks, he follows the trail of a serial killer dubbed ‘The Stitcher’ – but will his own dark secrets get in the way of justice being served?
Stitched perfectly demonstrates how cruel life – and people – can be.

My Thoughts and  review.
Is everything what it seems? Are the pillars of our society our protectors? Maybe on the surface , but we don’t know what lurks underneath.
Andrew Brooke is a cop who is dedicated to his job, but all is not what it seems; he hides a dark secret!
Behind closed doors he is a controlling, dominating husband. His wife Emily lives in fear of him. His time as the perfect cop is limited as he is accused of rape. His life falls apart and his reputation is stained. He takes this out on all who cross his path; but Emily bears his wrath more than most. She seems to have little room for escape but eventually she manages to escape. But to what?
Donovan a detective, with demons of his own enters the story. He has never seemed to recovered from wife’s death. He throws himself into his workload and is assigned a missing person’s case. This involves him in following the trail of a serial nicknamed ” The Stitcher”
The further he goes into the investigation , the darker it becomes.
It shows that life can be cruel…… And not all is black and white

Author Bio:

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Cheryl Elaine resides in Yorkshire with her husband and three daughters. She enjoys reading dark novels and watching horror movies- the more gruesome the better!
Throughout her life she has been an avid reader and wrote many short stories, which lead her on a path to world of publishing. Releasing her debut novel, crime thriller- No Ordinary Girl, which is an adult novel, not for the faint hearted due to containing graphic content.
Also in 2018 she released a Fantasy novel- Dragged to the Depths, an apocalyptic love story for a YA Audience.
Yet her love for Crime & Horror brought her to release another dark and disturbing tale – Stitched, a gruesome tale of control ,fear and control.

Black Matter/ Blog Tour/ G.D. Parker

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Black Matter
The future is now… it’s terrifying!!! Humanity locks jaws with the ever-increasing human desires towards highly advanced technological innovations making the world a dangerous place. Unanticipated horrific consequences unfold for Tommy McGregor when he partakes in a new high-tech innovation to enhance his health and wellbeing. He thought it would make him healthier, better looking and live forever…DI Valentina is out of her comfort zone when she’s tasked to track down a killer, unknown to her, hidden behind a digital mask. The future has already fallen upon humanity as she soon discovers, nothing is as it seems anymore as society embarks in technology that’s already here. A terrifying mystery, it feeds your imaginative mind’s eye – a fast-paced “whoisit” thrilling crime, novel that will leave you guessing until the end, (or will it?) As it leaves the hairs on your arms stand on end as you uncontrollably turn each page in this 3 part series.
Purchase Links
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My Thoughts and Review:

This is a debut G.D or Gareth to give him his Sunday name.

 

A hard novel to describe. Is it SciFi  I suppose it is.

Crime  I suppose it could be.

It all depends on the reader.

I liked it immensely, whatever genre it is! The story is simple Tommy McGregor goes into a clinic, for what is a simple procedure, to have chip put into his body.  This device known as an I.P.E.A, is to monitor his bodily functions and warn of high blood pressure, cholesterol and other malfunctions and recommend a cure or course of treatment to bring the levels down to more manageable levels.

Great eh? Well with every upside there is a downside. Light unfortunately casts a shadow that Tommy finds to his misfortune.

The characters in this novel are well drawn and all have a place in the story, but you find yourself second guessing them and yourself when finding the storyline is not going the way you were hoping. And characters are also acting out of character, if you’ll pardon the pun. The good guys and the bad guys keep changing roles and identities.  This story is the first of a series of three  books. If you like crime with a dash of SciFi or the other way around ,then this is the book, series for you.

Thanks to Rachel’sRandomResources for the ARC and Gareth for the story.

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Author Bio –
GD Parker is the author of his debut novel, Black Matter. Book one of a three-part series that explores the depths of the unfolding high-tech world we now live in, making it a dangerous place.
The novel will be available to purchase in e-book and paperback formats on the Amazon store.
Gareth was born in the UK in 1981. A family man spent much of his working life in South Wales working in a professional capacity. One day he made the decision write about an idea he dreamt about.
Still working full time for a large organisation, he enjoys reading all manner of books, and spending time with his world – his family.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GDParker_Author and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gd.parker_author/

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Dragged to the Depths by Cheryl Elaine.# Book Review. # Fantasy/ Kelpies.

Blurb:
Dragged to the Depths: A Cherry Laine Fantasy

by Cheryl Elaine

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Tormented with grief after losing her father, Emilia journeyed to her gran’s, in a desperate attempt to escape the memories surrounding her. But once there, she found little rest and respite on the remote Orkney islands after discovering a supernatural world under the sea.

The gods, goddesses and unfamiliar species of Mother Earth’s oceanic lands welcomed her with open arms – particularly Erox, the love of Emilia’s life. Her eyes were opened to the greed and hatred of her fellow mortals; it wasn’t a question of whether she was simply following destiny – she knew the path to RESET was one she could not ignore.

Erox smiled before giving Emilia a lingering kiss. She didn’t hesitate, and gave herself freely to the vortex before heading into the unknown. Could she save herself, let alone everyone else on the planet?

Dragged to the Depths will lead readers into a magical world full of secrets, legacies and adventure. An apocalyptic love story for those who believe there’s someone for everyone, somewhere…

My thoughts and Review:
I must admit the cover of this book put me off. A bit girly? Been on my TBR for a while. But I made the decision to dive in and I’m glad I did. A really good read and for such a short read, 250+ pages it was a such a brilliant read. It had such depth and scope. That coupled with quality writing made it a great story.
It contains many elements within its pages. Being a fantasy it has mythical beings. Also a romantic side to it. A clash of two cultures, both claiming to be right neither admitting to being wrong.
But this is just a thin veil to disguise a deeper element. The possible destruction of the world and what must be done to prevent this happening.
The characters in this novel must change their perspectives and step in the grey area. None more so than the heroine Emilia who sees everything, at first, in black and white; as someone who has Aspergers may do.
Finding love, she cannot see why she must take into account the thoughts and ideas of others. She learns, as to a greater or lesser degree all of the characters in this narrative
As said earlier, a short book with a big punch; that covers a range of themes that make us selfish and others that make us care.
A great read and all the stars from me!

 

Author Bio:

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Cheryl Elaine

Born
March 23

Website
http://www.cherylelaine.co.uk/

Twitter
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Genre
Crime, Fantasy, Horror

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to England as a young child. she resides in Yorkshire with her husband and three 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 two dogs, a budgie, two fish and a rat called Rocky!
Throughout her life she has wrote many short stories and with her love of writing, she has just published her first crime thriller, No Ordinary Girl, an adult novel that contains graphic content!

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Thanks to Rachel’sRandomResources# A Heart in the Right Place# Blog Tour. #

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Blurb:

A Heart in the Right Place
All Nick wants to do is take his dying father for a perfect father-son weekend in the Scottish Highlands. It’s not much to ask, is it? A log cabin, a roaring fire, a bottle of fine whisky and two days to paper over the cracks in their relationship.
However, Nick didn’t plan on making the trip with a dead neighbour in the back of his car. Or the neighbour’s dog. He really didn’t plan on being pursued by a psychotic female assassin intent on collecting body parts. And he really, really didn’t plan on encountering a platoon of heavily armed mercenaries, or some very hungry boars, or a werewolf.
A Heart in the Right Place – a horror comedy about setting out with the very best intentions and then messing everything up.
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My Thoughts and Review:

My first read by Heide and Iain and what a totally off the wall read this was.

Comedic, gruesome and scary. All rolled into one entertaining package.

Nick has arranged a weekend away with his terminally ill father. Everything is in place, well except for one thing, the delivery of a bottle of Talisker malt whisky. Nothing can go wrong can it?  Well for one thing the malt has been delivered to his neighbour!  A neighbour that Nick, despite numerous attempts cannot seem to get hold of. So he decides to do a little breaking and entering. That is his first mistake, but after all his heart is in the right place. Is it not?

This was not for me a laugh out loud book, more a small chuckle and smile tale. But no less funny for all that. It was a book I could see being turned into a film. It reminded me of Shawn of the Dead. But that was about zombies. This tale has a female assassin, mercenaries, hungry boars and oh werewolves!!

The writing was superb and the dialogue crisp and entertaining. All the characters are well drawn and have their place in the story. All appealed to me for various reasons,           My favourite character was Tony, Nick’s father. He is the voice of common sense and reality amidst the mayhem!

Thanks Heide and Iain for this hilarious romp of a book. 5 stars from me.

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Author Bio:
Heide Goody is the stupid one in the writing partnership and Iain Grant is the sensible one. Together, they are the authors of over a dozen books.
The ‘Clovenhoof’ series (in which Satan loses his job and has to move to Birmingham) has recently been optioned by a Hollywood production company.
Heide and Iain are both married, but not to each other.
Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Clovenhoof-Books-285544508177333/
Website: http://www.pigeonparkpress.com/
Twitter: @HeideGoody and @IainMGrant

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Thanks to Rachel’sRandomResources. # Crooked Cat Books. # Blog Tour. # The Secret by Katharine Johnson. #

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The Blurb:

The Secret
Love, Lies, and Betrayal in Wartime Italy.

Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences.

Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War, friendship is tested, and loyalties are divided until a chance encounter changes everything.

Their lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in their Tuscan mountain village, while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher.

But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as other people’s lives take on a new purpose, Irena finds herself left behind.

Decades later, a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds among the next generation.
Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/thesecretjohnson

My Thoughts and Review:

This is my first read by Katharine. I enjoyed this novel and would certainly look out for more by this author’

This is a story of secrets, but also lies, betrayal and treachery. A story that draws the reader in and keeps them reading.

The story involves the relationships and interplay between three women. Two elder Irena and Martina and the younger Sonia.

The first chapter sets the scene and reveals the first secret, but this is the first of many. The story also contains scenes from war torn Italy and present day Italy. Martina and Irena are friends as young girls, but as the years pass will their relationship survive the strains of their secrets, hopes and dreams. Read on and all will be revealed. And believe me once this book grips you you will read! The writing is of top quality and the main characters are masterstrokes of perfection. Building their complexity and their relationships without overloading the reader with too much detail. A book I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m sure you will to!

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Author Bio –
Katharine Johnson likes writing about ordinary people who through a character flaw or bad decision find themselves in extraordinary situations. She’s a journalist living in Berkshire, England with her family and springy spaniel. When she’s not writing you’ll find her exploring cities, visiting old houses, playing netball, eating cake or restoring her house in Italy which is nothing like Villa Leonida.
Social Media Links –
https://www.facebook.com/Katharinejohnsonauthor/
https://twitter.com/@kjohnsonwrites
https://katyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com/

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The Choice by Edith Eger. Holocaust. Forgiveness. Human Spirit.

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Blurb:

The Choice: A true story of hope by Edith Eger

In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering.

Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.

 

My thoughts and review:
This was a book that was recommended to me. And what a book it was. A book of great breadth and scope. A book of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity and man’s inhumanity to man.
A triumph of the human spirit in the face of extraordinary evil.
A search for not revenge, which will only perpetuate the evil.
A search not to change the past, which never will never change.
A search that leads to being not defined by the past and a search that ultimately leads to forgiveness, not only for the perpetrator but also the victim.
Also a realisation that holding onto the past, which cannot be changed, not only does nothing for the victim but also leaves the danger of history repeating its self .

This is a story of a woman who lost her childhood to the camps. Her early adulthood to marrying young. And much of her life, though she choose a career in which she helped others, she was initially unable to help herself and had to go on her own journey of discovery, and forgiveness.
This is a book I would urge all to buy and read. A book of one woman’s refusal to be defined by her past and you may find yourself in there as we all have a past that can drag us down,
A superb read.

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Edith Eger

A native of Hungary, Edith Eger was a teenager in 1944 when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War. Despite overwhelming odds, Edith survived the Holocaust and moved with her husband to the United States. Having worked in a factory whilst raising her young family, she went on to graduate with a PhD from the University of Texas and became an eminent psychologist. Today, she maintains a busy clinical practice and lectures around the world.