Voodoo Heart by John Everson Blog Tour.. New Orleans.. Rituals Flame Tree Press.. RandomThings..

ABOUT THE BOOK:

VOODOO HEART
John Everson
Publication date: Oct 2020
When Detective Lawrence Ribaud wakes alone in a bloody bed with his wife
missing, he knows this is more than justa mysterious case of murder. His wife
is the latest victim in astring of bizarre disappearances. All across New
Orleans, on one night each month, people are vanishing, leaving behind
nothing bu ta pool of blood on the bedsheets… and an abandoned heart.
Ribaud doesn’t believe in voodoo, but he soon finds himself moving
through the underbelly of a secret society of snakes, sacrifices and obscene
rituals in search of the mysterious Black Queen … and the curse of her
Voodoo Heart

MY THOUGHTS:

My first read by this author and hopefully not my last. A book full dark menace, voodoo rituals and a hard boiled detective who is tasked with investigating a series of brutal murders. All that is left on the scenes is a blood soaked bed and human heart. The main character is not easy to like, he’s a serial cheater and a bit lazy for a detective. I usually need to get behind a character to engage with a book and although I disliked him a lot he was strangely appealing and I had a bit of a soft spot for him.

The book is well written and you can overlook the flaws in the main character. I thought the while gory in places was never over the top. I also thought the voodoo was well handled. It seemed to ring true for me and I’m sure the author did his research.

On the whole a dark, scary and enjoyable book and though not about vampires seems to inhabit the same world as the True Blood novels. I’m sure you will enjoy reading this book if you are into horror.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JOHN EVERSON is a staunch advocate for the culinary
joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s
European horror cinema. He’s also the Bram Stoker
Award-winning author of Covenant and eight other
novels, including Night Where and Siren.

THE PUBLISHERS:

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

After Sundown Edited by Mark Morris/ Anthology/Horror Short Stories/FlameTreePress @RandomThingsTours

ABOUT THE BOOK:

AFTER SUNDOWN
Mark Morris
Publication date: Oct 2020
This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories,16 of which have been
commissioned from some of the top names in the genre ,and 4 of which
have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a2-
week open submissions window. It is the first of what will hopefully become
an annual, non-themed horror anthology of entirely original stories,
showcasing the very best short fiction that the genre has to offer

MY THOUGHTS:


I received a copy of this anthology from Flame Tree Press. Billed as horror, some were and some weren’t. I say some were more SciFi or speculative fiction. I liked some and disliked others. But that is the beauty of short stories you can move on if one doesn’t grab you. I liked the stories by C.J. Tudor, , Ramsey Campbell, Michael Marshall Smith and Grady Hendrix the most. I liked the others to varying degrees.
The C.J. Tudor story was fast and though not in your face horror set the the reader in a state of unease. Likewise Ramsey Campbell who is a master of telling you that the bogeyman is just over your shoulder or in your own mind.
I think this is going to be the start of an annual series. As I said on the whole all the stories wont please everyone but if the majority do then most readers will be happy.
Another advantage of anthologies is that the reader gets a taste of the authors work before committing to a novel.
ABOUT THE EDITOR:

Mark Morris has written and edited almost forty novels,
novellas, short story collections and anthologies. His
recent work includes the official movie tie-in
novelizations of The Great Wall and (co-written with
Christopher Golden) The Predator, the Obsidian
Heart trilogy (The Wolves of London, The Society of
Blood and The Wraiths of War), the anthologies New Fears (winner of
the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology)and New Fears 2 and many
more

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

The Portal by Russell James Blog Tour/ Small Town Horror The Devil/ Portal/ Witches/Hell @RandomThingsTours

ABOUT THE BOOK:

THE PORTAL
Russell James
Publication date: Oct 2020
A black speedboat arrives at the small island community of Stone Harbor. Its
mysterious passenger, Joey Oates, inspires terror by his very presence. He’s
Satan incarnate, back to complete a ritual left unfinished three hundred years
ago. A lost talisman called the Portal can open a doorway for the demons of
Hell to enter our world. Oates plans to find the Portal and finish unlocking it.
Former lovers Scott Tackett, family hardware store owner ,and Allie Layton,
flamed-out Hollywood actress, are about to reconnect after years apart, until
they discover the evil growing in town. Only they can stop Oates’s awful plan
and save the world from the living nightmares standing ready to crawl out of
Hell.

MY THOUGHTS:

The year is 1720 and a coven of witches are uniting to open the Portal; a gateway that can open the door for all the demons of hell to roam the earth. The townspeople of Stone Harbor thwart their plans and all the witches are captured and executed. The Portal is buried and know one knows where.

Three hundred years later in the year 2020 the Devil turns up in the guise of Joey Oats a man who terrifies everyone he meets. He plans to unlock the Portal and finish the business began three hundred years earlier.

Scott Tackett and Allie Layton, past lovers, reconnect after years apart and find themselves in the frontline to stop the Devil’s plans.

If you like your horror with well drawn characters, vivid scenes and plenty of action then this is a book for you.

There is not a wasted word in prose that is crisp and sharp, all characters are well rounded and essential to the story. This is a story that spans generations and brings the small town of Stone Harbor to life.

I know we are supposed to cheer on the heroes, namely, Scott and Allie in their fight against the Devil in the person of Joey Oats, I found myself developing a soft spot for Joey. He is such a fascinating character.

Thanks to the publishers for the ARC; and Anne for the tour invite’

THE AUTHOR:

Russell James grew up on Long Island, New York and
graduated from Cornell University and the University of
Central Florida. After flying helicopters with the U.S.
Army, he has had multiple horror and paranormal thrillers
published. His wife reads his work and says “There is
something seriously wrong with you.

THE PUBLISHERS:

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir @RandomThingsTours/BlogTour @OrendaBooks Icelandic Politics

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around
the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to
settle, she accepts a high-profile government role in which she
hopes to make a difference again.
But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a
mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped
by a policeman, and life in high office soon becomes much more
harrowing than Úrsula could ever have imagined. A homeless man
is stalking her – but is he hounding her, or warning her of some
danger? And the death of her father in police custody so many
years rears its head once again.
As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly
threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witchlike cleaning lady intertwine. Small betrayals become large ones,
and the stakes are raised ever higher…
The award-winning internationally bestselling author Lilja
Sigurðardóttir returns with Betrayal, a relevant, powerful, fastpaced thriller about the worlds of politics, police corruption and
misogyny that feels just a little bit too real…

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved Lilja’s Snare trilogy and as soon as I got a chance to be on this tour I jumped at the opportunity to grab a copy of this book. I was not to be disappointed!

This was a tale of corruption and misogyny and politics in Iceland. A landscape that is as alien to me as the features of Iceland itself.

Ursula an aid worker in the conflict zones of Lybia and Syria returns home to Iceland, burned out and fearing for the state of her marriage she takes a job in a Government department. Her first job in her new position is to promise to help a mother who’s daughter has been raped. The mother feels the investigation into her daughter’s case has not been given the investigation it deserves.

As Ursula probes into this case she is shocked to find the amount of corruption there is in Icelandic politics and police force.

Lilja has written a tale that grips from page one and wont let the reader go! this is not just a thriller but a tale of of corruption and misogyny

The most harrowing of these crimes is misogyny. She paints a portrait where she and every woman in the tale are blocked at every turn as the old boys network closes ranks. At the end of this book you are left the question what would I have done. A great book and I urge you to read it.

Thanks to Lilja for the story, Orenda for the ARC and Anne Cater for the tour invite.

ABOUT LILJA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR
A powerful new thriller from the award-winning author of Snare
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GLASS KEY AWARD
FOR BEST NORDIC CRIME NOVEL
Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of
Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An
award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, including
Snare, Trap and Cage, making up the Reykjavik Noir trilogy, which have
hit bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by
Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

The Ice Killer by Ross Greenwood Blog Tour/Crime Thriller Rachel’sRandomResources

MY THOUGHTS:

Ellen has her issues. Born Sue Ellen and named after a TV character, she has just lost her mother and no one seems to care about her. Her only friend is Scarlett that she knew from school who has done rather well for herself as she knew she would and Ellen has no chance of stepping into her shoes.

When she meets someone from work in the pub he persuades her to go back to his to listen to their band video. What transpires is something she never would have thought in a million years or would she?

Meanwhile D.I. Barton becomes acting Chief Inspector, a role he finds doesn’t sit easily with him; being a hands on person he finds it hard to delegate. Coupled with the fact that two of his team are about to sit their inspector’s exams.

Three bodies are found in a run down house, each with a potential weapon by them. A tall man was seen leaving the building however things don’t quite add up and the hunt is on for a potential murderer. As the murders begin to pile up with seemingly no witnesses or motives the team find their hands full.

 I enjoyed this – it was slightly different from the norm as we know from the beginning who the perpetrator is (or do we?) and some is written in the first person from Ellen’s side of things. A very cleverly written well thought out plot with twists and turns along the way. It’s almost a hybrid psychological thriller/ crime book in how the story pans out. A brilliant read that is gripping and gritty

A great book three in the Killer trilogy and I would recommend it!

THE AUTHOR:

Biography

I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.

Station Helix by Ash Greenslade Blog Tour/Love Books Tours Thriller/Genetics/SciFi

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“I DON’T WANT YOU TO FEEL PARANOID ABOUT ME LYING TO YOU.” An inexplicable suicide… A devastating car wreck… A secret Ministry of Defence facility… Told with pace and tension, STATION HELIX is an exciting and modern novel rooted in the tradition of British thrillers. Alex Hannay makes a shocking discovery which draws him into a perilous world of conspiracy and murder. As operatives from the CIA pursue their own operation on the streets of London, Alex is torn between protecting those who share his secret and seeking retribution for a terrible crime.

MY THOUGHTS:

This the first in a series and what an enjoyable book it was. Slow to start but picked up pace as the story progressed.

The story begins with a person jumping to his death from Tower Bridge. Did he jump or was he pushed? Thus we start with an enigma. This story had lots going on to intrigue the reader. Spies, unexplained murders and genetic engineering. Then we have a car crash killing two scientists and leaving their son Alex Hannay badly injured.

After his parents funeral Alex is drawn into a perilous world of conspiracy and murder. He is left reeling and he wonders who to trust and even wondering did he even know his own parents. He unwillingly becomes an agent for the MOD. This brings him into conflict with the CIA. who are pursuing their own agenda on the streets of London. If you like thrillers with a hint of conspiracy theory then I would recommend this book to you.

The writing and story is of a quality that makes the reader keep reading. Broken into twelve segments each containing short chapters that move the story along and keeps the reader saying one more chapter!

Thank you to @lovebookstours and Ash Greenslade for a copy of the book to read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ash Greenslade is a former police officer and trainer who became hooked on thrillers after reading David Morrell’s THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE. Despite dabbling with numerous writing projects since his schooldays, it took over two decades from reading Morrell’s landmark book for Ash to finally take writing seriously. Determined to accomplish an original novel, he embarked on STATION HELIX, a conspiracy thriller inspired by a visit to Orford Ness. Originally intended as a standalone novel, STATION HELIX prompted another two books, THE ELZEVIR COLLECTIVE and TORUS, plus the RYAN KERREK spin-off series (SINISTER BETRAYAL, DEADLY ACQUISITION, BLACK SCARAB and HUNTING CARACAL).

Ash credits his love of words to weekly spelling tests from the age of four, an incredibly enthusiastic English teacher who wrote children’s stories in the 1960s, and his collection of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis and Willard Price books. Captivated by the escapism of stories, the young Ash wanted to become a children’s author, and he still has a few early projects hidden away which might resurface one day. But it was the thriller genre which grabbed him as an adult. Although Morrell remains his favourite author, he’s a fan of the old-school British stalwarts such as Buchan, Ambler, MacLean, Bagley and Higgins.

Despite his working background, Ash doesn’t write crime thrillers, preferring the more secretive and enthralling world of espionage for his stories. Betrayal and conspiracy are recurring themes. And while he avoids revealing too much of his own character through his pages, some aspects of Ash’s books are very personal, such as the scuba diving scenes in BLACK SCARAB. (Ash worked as a divemaster in the Red Sea before qualifying as an instructor in Grand Cayman.)

When time permits, Ash researches his family tree and takes photographs. Several family surnames feature in his books, and he took the cover shots for the STATION HELIX series. And while he enjoys the occasional trip to London to meet friends, visit the theatre or conduct some research for his books, he’s more at home exploring the solitude of rural Essex in search of wildlife. He can be found online at www.ashgreenslade.net

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