BLOG TOUR EXTRACT: Love is What You Bake of it (The Meraki Series Book 1) by Effie Kammenou @EffieKammenou @lovebooksgroup

Hello to all my lovely followers, I hope you are all keeping happy and reading away! Today I bring you an extract from ‘Love is What you Bake of it’ take a read and see what you think, it might just be something that takes your fancy! ENJOY 😊

The Cover:

Cover of Love is what you Bake of it!

The Blurb:

The only love Kally Andarakis is baking is in the form of the sweet treats she whips up in her café, The Coffee Klatch.

Kally never believed herself to be a person worthy of love, but when an intoxicating man she considered out of her league pursues her, she risks everything to be with him. Later, when tragedy strikes, truths are revealed that leave Kally brokenhearted and untrusting.

Eight years later, Kally is a successful pastry chef running the café she’d always dreamed of owning. With a home of her own, a profession she’s passionate about, and the support and love of friends and family, Kally is content with the life she has carved out for herself.

Until the day Max Vardaxis walks into her café…

With arguing parents, meddling relatives, an overly energetic grandmother, a man-crazy best friend, and the long ago, mysterious disappearance of a grandfather, this new man in town is just one more complication in Kally’s life, if not the main one.

Kally must now decide whether to keep her heart safe or to once again take a ‘whisk on love.

Extract:

By the time the morning rush had died down, Kally’s mop of pinned-up curls had fallen out in random spots, her apron was covered with coffee splatters and her face was dotted with powdered sugar. Before she had a moment to change her apron and freshen up, a police officer walked in, presumably to retrieve the errant license plate.

Egypt came up behind Kally and clamped a hand over her shoulder. “Holy cappuccino. That is one hot macchiato sent down from heaven by one of your Greek Gods.”

Kally looked up to see what Egypt, who was now digging her nails into Kally’s skin, was making such a fuss over. 

From the corner of her eye, she had seen the blue uniform enter, so had promptly bent down to pull the license plate out from under the counter. But she hadn’t bothered to pay attention to which village officer it was that had come by. She knew most of them from the neighborhood and quite a few would stop by for some coffee while on their break. 

It wasn’t until Egypt’s nails had practically drawn blood while she whispered breathy squeals in her ear that she looked up to see an unfamiliar face—a face that looked like it belonged on the pages of a magazine or flashing across a movie screen. He exuded an air of wealth and power and her first impression was that the small-town uniform seemed out of place on such a man. Kally pried Egypt’s hand from her shoulder and made her way over to the edge of the counter.

“Hello, officer. I believe you’re here for this.” Kally handed him the mangled metal. One of his fingers inadvertently grazed hers as he took the license plate. A stab of nerves shot through her as their eyes met and she immediately looked away. Steeling herself, she lifted her eyes back up to him, nodding resolutely. She had done her civic duty and it was best she got back to work. If only her feet didn’t feel as though they were cemented to the ground.

Kally wasn’t short at five foot-six inches, but the constable towered over her by at least seven more.

“We ran the plate number you read to the dispatcher and the car belonging to this plate was stolen, so thank you for calling it in,” the officer said, his voice deep and velvety, despite his professional manner.

“I’m glad I could help.” Yes, Kally told herself. He was a good-looking man—thick, dark hair, the kind a woman wants to run her hands through—toned from what she could tell under that uniform—eyes the color of rich chestnuts. He’s probably the best she’s seen in well, years. But so what? It meant nothing to her. Nothing, she convinced herself as her heart began to thunder in her chest. Looks are superficial. He could be a creep. Doubt it. Or an axe murderer. Ridiculous. He could have a wife and nine children. Now that’s more like it.

About the Author:

Author Effie Kammenou

Effie Kammenou is a believer that it is never too late to chase your dreams, follow your heart, or change your career. She is proof of that. At one time, long ago, she’d hoped that by her age, she would have had an Oscar in her hand after a successful career as an actor. Instead, she worked in the optical field for 40 years while raising her two daughters.

In 2015, three years after the death of her mother from pancreatic cancer, she published her debut novel, Evanthia’s Gift, book one in a women’s fiction, multigenerational love story and family saga, inspired by her mother and her Greek heritage. Kammenou continues to pick her father’s brain for stories of his family’s life in Lesvos, Greece, and their journey to America. Her interview with him was published in the nationally circulated magazine Reminisce.

Evanthia’s Gift: Book One in The Gift Saga was a 2016 finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Awards. Waiting for Aegina: Book Two in The Gift Saga was awarded finalist status in the 2019 International Book Awards and Chasing Petalouthes, the last book in the trilogy, had also placed in the Readers Favorite Book Awards for the 2018 contest.

Her latest novel, the first book in a new contemporary romance series, is now complete. Love is What You Bake of It, follows Kally’s path to independence despite her sometimes stifling family and her tumultuous road to finding love. But it wouldn’t be a Kammenou novel without a delve into the past, or the references to mouth-watering foods.

Effie Kammenou is a first-generation Greek-American who lives on Long Island with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing or posting recipes on her food blog, aptly named cheffieskitchen, you can find her entertaining family and friends or traveling for ‘research.’

As an avid cook and baker, a skill she learned from watching her Athenian mother, she incorporated traditional Greek family recipes throughout the books for a little extra ‘flavor.’

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from Hofstra University.

For updates on promotions, events and new releases, follow Effie on Social media

How to Contact the Author:

Twitter : https://twitter.com/EffieKammenou

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/EffieKammenou

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/effiekammenou_author/

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Where to purchase this book:

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-What-Bake-Meraki-Book-ebook/dp/B08599HJ61/ref=nodl_

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I hope you guys all thoroughly enjoyed this extract and that it’s inspired you buy it 🙂

Thank you to the Author and Publisher for giving me the opportunity to be on this tour and also a huge thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tour for always supporting me and letting me take part in all of the tours she arranges!

Have a lovely day guys!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW : Harbinger – Celestial Creatures Book 3 by Olga Gibbs @olgagibbsauthor @FrasersFunHouse #CelestialCreatures #OlgaGibbs #HarbingerBook #Harbinger #HarbingerBlogTour

Ohhh I’m so excited to be opening this tour today! Hopefully you’ve all seen my previous reviews on the first 2 books in this series ‘Heavenward’ and ‘Hallow’ and you’ll know how much I LOVED them soooo let’s see below how much I enjoyed this one in the series!!! There is one more in this series so cannot wait!!

Cover

Blurb

“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I’m coming to take what is mine!”

The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she hoped it would be, and it is only a matter of time before she is hunted and dead.

The only way to survive is to accept her destiny and to fight back.
But upon her return to Uras, Ariel is rejected in her own domain and has to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of another ruler.

She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into the most unexpected places to find it.

My Review

Oh my LIFE … those are the main words I have to say to summarise how I am feeling right now!

This book was a real rollercoaster! I felt like shouting at the book and I literally sat here with my mouth to the floor in utter SHOCK!

We carry on Ariels Journey after finding out she’s an Angel in the First book and then to fighting Bazzas army in the second, to becoming one with her Essence ‘Uriel’ and some other shocking events in book 2!

We spend the majority of this last book in Uras and Bazzas turf between planning to gain an army to fight Bazza and Mik’hael and actually travelling to gain new members!

The Angels on Uras don’t agree with with what Ariel is doing and the choices she’s making and some leave, but the other stay in the hope that what she has planned will win the war and keep them all safe!

Raef has a hard time after what he has to go through in the last book and isn’t the same person he used to be, he’s a little quieter and doesn’t argue back so much, but he still wants to protect Ariel with everything he has!

Some terrible things happen to those around Ariel and she cannot help but feel guilty but it’s amazing to watch Ariel grow in to her own, become confident and take charge, but does she always make the right choices? Well that’s definitely questionable!

I can’t say too much about the story because I really don’t want to give anything away! But I’ve read soooo many books recently and I’ve waited for an ending like this… and now I’ve got it, and I wasn’t expecting it, it’s taken me by surprise and I don’t know what to think! But I kind of love that, as I think I’ll still be pondering it for a while, and that’s amazing right, for a book to have that much effect of you that you are thinking about it long after reading it!

What I love most about Olgas writing is the beauty of it, her writing is so descriptive and I’ve said it from the beginning, that I feel I could draw accurate pictures from her descriptions! In this book I love the descriptions of the new angels, the monster that one of the characters turn in to, the way it grows, the weapons, there’s just absolutely nothing missed! The beauty of the buildings and the places it’s just INCREDIBLE!

My favourite thing about this series is the idea of the wings, the colours, the sizes, the smells the angles give off, the job each of the angels have! Every detail has been carefully considered!

The only thing I would like to have seen more of, but that’s just my own opinion would have been in this book, more battles, but I do understand why that wasn’t the case I thoroughly enjoyed the HUGE twists and shocks! I can’t believe this book literally had me gobsmacked!

This is the first series that has got me in to reading Young Adult / Fantasy! It’s not something I would have read before but that’s why I like trying something new, because here now is a series I love! Completely original, actioned packed, magical, ominous, beautiful ! I am so thankful to Olga for introducing me to the world of Fantasy and cannot wait for book number 4!

I give not only this book but the whole series a 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rating, for the beauty, magic, creativity, originality, the completely horrendous surprises and the fact I just can’t stop thinking about this ending!

Truely AMAZING!

About the Author

Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing the final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.
Please visit author website http://www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.

How to contact the Author

Website: https://olgagibbs.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/olgagibbsauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olgagibbsauthor/

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


Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/olgagibbs

Bookbub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olga-gibbs

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17733283.Olga_Gibbs

Purchase Links

Heavenward purchase link: https://books2read.com/u/bWzWlx

Hallow purchase link: https://books2read.com/u/m2vkw6

Harbinger purchase link: https://books2read.com/u/bx8n1l

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Sooo i’ve really loved and enjoyed this series and being able to support Olga has been amazing! And after my little boo boo I can’t wait for the final book in the series!

Thank you to Olga for providing me with a copy to review for an honest opinion and to Frasers Fun House for letting me take part in this magical and crazy blog tour!

Have a lovely day everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR EXTRACT : Gina’s Therapy by Silvia Sbaraini @SilviaSbaraini @MercierBooks

Happy 2nd to Last Day in May guys! How are we approaching June ALREADY! I got back to work in June! How did that happen? I’ve been off work for almost 11 months having my youngest son Freddie who will be 10 months at the end of June! CRAZY!

Anyway today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Gina’s Therapy by Silvia Sbaraini! I hope you absolutely love and enjoy this extract 🙂 it sounds amazing!

The Cover:

Cover of Gina’s Therapy

The Blurb:

Gina has enough to deal with for one week: a disapproving daughter, her ex-psychotherapist living next door and a hopeless ex-husband she’s still in love with. Without a diagnosis of cancer. Catapulted into the unknown territory of surgery, chemo and support groups, Gina faces her predicament with strength, wit and a faithful pair of elasticated-waist trousers. As treatment progresses, Gina finds herself asking surprising questions. Will she ever be able to concentrate on what her oncologist is saying, without being distracted by his enormous moustache? Should her best friend’s thirty-year love of David Essex prevent her advice from being taken seriously? And how will she explain her bald bonce to her seven-year-old granddaughter?

Extract:

‘This one’s going well,’ says Moya.

‘Do I have eyes this time?’

‘No. And only one leg.’

Great. When Moya introduced herself at a party, saying she was an artist and would like to paint me, I’d envisaged portraits of vibrant beauty. She told me I looked like ‘a post-iconic Debbie Harry’. Despite realising that ‘post-iconic’ meant ‘gone to seed’, I was flattered. In your forties, compliments are not as forthcoming as they used to be. I reasoned that, if I agreed to pose, I’d be entitled to refer to myself as ‘a model’. And even if Moya had a Lucian Freud style – brutal in its fleshy honesty – at least I’d be immortalised. But it turns out Moya’s work is unflatteringly abstract, which explains why I never appear with a full set of limbs or facial features. And why she rarely sells anything. You have to give the well-to-do, buying public what they want, and what they want are pleasant-looking young women, not middle-aged catastrophes.

I used to be married to an artist. It was wonderful, if you happened to like having an installation of gas masks and Victorian nighties swinging from wire coat hangers in a corner of your living room. But if you needed a bill paid or food on the table, it was rubbish. As if thinking of the devil has summoned him, I hear Olly’s distinctive tap-tap-tapping on my front door. Olly has devoted himself to remaining permanently stoned for the twenty-six years I have known him. His arrival is, as always, accompanied by a creeping, soporific brain mist, which causes all rationality to desert me. This effect must have something to do with his dazzling good looks, which, infuriatingly, have not diminished with time.

He taps again. I sigh, then get up from the table in the dining room, where I have been typing on the laptop while Moya paints me. Quite often during these combined working sessions I’ll forget she’s here. Although I don’t have to sit still for Moya, I am mindful of what objects are about me, for she will include them in the composition. The memory of seeing myself with a two-litre bottle of cola incorporated into my torso still disturbs me.

I open the door to Olly, and am consumed by his smiley emerald eyes, black dancing lashes, and lips, lips, lips that make me quake. Every time I see Olly I fall in love. Every time I fight this off. I have trained myself to remember what a useless git he is. So I now recall: the bailiffs arriving, even though he’d promisedhe’d paid the bills; leaving him to babysit Skylark and coming home from work to find her playing in the gutter and him stoned, asleep in the back garden; Olly claiming he slept with one of my friends because he ‘mistook’ her for me. If I allow myself to remember any more, I fear tipping myself over the edge, so I usually restrict it to three, but there is a range of hundreds, probably thousands, from which to choose.

I sigh again. Sighing replaces pouting when you get to my age.

‘It’s me,’ says Olly dumbly, but with a magnificent, sunbeam smile. 

He makes for the front room. He has come to watch my Freeview TV as he only has an analogue, and because his girlfriend presents a bargain programme on the Happy Holidays Channel and he likes to roll spliffs and talk to her from the sofa.

‘Tea?’ he enquires hopefully.

I wonder when the ‘Olly effect’ will wear off. He is forty-four now, but it still shows little sign of waning. Perhaps it’s our shared history. We met when I was twenty-two and he was eighteen. We have spent our adult lives loving and hating each other, often simultaneously. Well, I have. Olly just smiles glibly, whether you’re telling him you’d die for him or want to bash his skull in. He’s always taken the path of least resistance, but it seems to have paid off. And he does have artistic talent, sort of. He was ahead of his time in the late seventies, as was pointed out in a review only last weekend.

There was an unsurprising lack of appreciation for his early artistic endeavours: installations consisting of disorientating, joining rooms constructed from plasterboard, onto which random cartoon images were projected along with strobe lighting. Fortunately, Olly went on to discover the more peaceful, and successful, craft of sculpting. Now he spends his days carving smooth egg shapes out of stone. His sculptures are beautiful: fine grained, but with the tiniest flaws which ‘make’ them, their sheer surfaces offering themselves up to be touched. Critics have called them sublime and transcendental, the perfection of their form sacred and moving. And those qualities are discernible, to the spiritually inclined. But I have come to see them as a reflection of Olly: a lovely surface with nothing underneath.

I’m being unfair, probably. Trying to reduce my painkiller consumption, having got rather attached to them after a recent operation, is no doubt making me extra crotchety. It was only day surgery, keyhole, but the healing has been slow. Moya took a message for me earlier, from the hospital. They asked me to ring back as soon as possible. I did, but it went straight to their answering machine. Now I’m waiting for them to call me back. The surgery was to remove a large cyst, but the doctor had to take the ovary as well, because it had become so twisted. That was weeks ago, but the follow-up appointment still hasn’t come through, which must be why they’re phoning.

Olly, yes, he earns a good living, or has done in the last ten years or so, the decade in which we finally divorced, so I haven’t felt the benefit of it. He has an undeserved lucky streak, too. Like the time his sculpture sank the ship that was transporting it to Italy. It had been commissioned for a small fortune by a luxury car manufacturer, but insured for five times as much, so Olly’s now waiting for the huge payout.

How to contact the Author:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/SilviaSbaraini

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/silviasbaraini1

Where you can buy this Book:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3aCosjb

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I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed this extract let me know what you think by following my social media links below!

Thank you to the author and Publisher for letting me be a part of this tour and to Kelly at Love Books Tour for providing me with this opportunity as always!

Have a lovely June Guys !

Lynne

BLOG TOUR REVIEW : Until Summer Comes Around by Glenn Rolfe @GRolfeHorrow @annecater #RandomThingsTours

So guys, listen up, I’ve not reviewed a Vampire novel before and omg did this one suprise me! I feel so out of touch with modern vampires! This author has done a fantastic job of modernizing vampires and changing them to how he sees them!

So I’m super excited to bring to you my review for the blog tour of ‘Until Summer Comes Around’ by Glenn Rolfe! If you love vampire stories like I do then this one is blooming awesome!

Cover

Blurb

When fifteen year old Rocky Zukas meets a mysterious dark-haired girl named November, his world is forever changed. The young couple falls under the spell of summerlove, but not everyone approves. November’s brother, Gabriel, is the keeper of the family s secret, and big brother is always watching, growing more sinister as his bloodlust gets the best of him. Directing his attention to Rocky s family, Gabriel aims to make sure little sister knows who is in charge. 

My Review

As above I’ve not reviewed a vampire book before, and actually thinking about it the last vampire story I read was probably twilight and this is so much darker than that! It’s really gruesome and gory and the main Vampire, even though he’s evil, is sooooo AWESOME!

So we start off by meeting Rocky who mentions that he didn’t know he was going to meet the girl of his dreams, that he didn’t know she was a monster and would change everything!

Then a character in the book gets his neck gruesomely mauled by a stranger on the beach!

We then go back to the day that Rocky meets November the girl he mentions in the first few pages, his cousin is going to England for the summer and he sees this girl and he is mesmerised! He tried to run after her but collapses and that evening he wants to go out and bumps in to her again!

We also learn more about November, who before her father died lived amongst humans happily, see her and her family are vampires! But since her fathers death her brother Gabriel has become the leader of the family and has changed their life completely, he is dark and dangerous and brings around a lot of trouble!

November and Rocky start to see each other more often, but he notices at times she is a little off and scatty.

Her brother Gabriel however is losing control and keeps feeding on humans more and more and it begins to get messy, he just can’t help himself!

Soon when people start realising there are missing children the locals start to become frightened and the missing children start making local news! This get November’s mother worried that it’s Gabriel!

The previous summer November met a boy and was caught by Gabriel, things didn’t end well, but no one ever knew!

When Gabriel catches November intimately with Rocky, things get out of control…

How will it end? What will Gabriel do? Who will live? Who will die? Can he be stopped?

So to begin with I found this book a little slow, the story took a little time to get in to but when I got in to it, well it did not disappoint! I absolutely LOVE a vampire story and I can’t remember the last time I read one!

So it was so good to see this author has put a twist on his version of vampires! They aren’t like every other vampire you read about! The basics are the same but some of their traits are switched up and I found that so refreshing!

This story line becomes really dark and some of the things that Gabriel does is just completely shocking and devastating!

I really feel for both Rocky and November! I feel for Rocky as he just falls for a girl like any 15/16 year old boys does, with no idea what she is and what the consequences can be! He holds himself back because of his back brace and has seriously low confidence, but when it came to November he just couldn’t stay away!

November however just hates the monster she is, and wants to live the way her parents brought her up, to live amongst humans! Her brother is over protective and if anything just completely controlling! He has lost his mind and just wants to be the leader! I feel for her as she is just so cooped up and wants to love and live but can’t with him around!

This has the best build up to a huge event at the end and I really enjoyed the epilogue!

Overall this is a dark, heartbreaking, devastating in places, gruesome and blood filled book that really had me shocked!

Even after the slow start I think this book really came together for an extremely exciting buildup and ending so I’d really like to give it 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️!

A fantastic switch up on the classic vampire!

About the Author

Glenn Rolfe is an author/singer/songwriter from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King, Ronald Malfi, Jack Ketchum, and
many others. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.


He is a Splatterpunk Award nominee and the author of The Window, Becoming, Blood and Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Abram’s Bridge, Things We Fear, Boom Town, and the collections, Slush. and Land of Bones.


He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!

How to contact the Author

WordPress: https://glennrolfescribbles.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GRolfeHorror

Instagram: https://instagram.com/grolfehorror?igshid=k8ir34cf61tm

Purchase Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Around-Fiction-Without-Frontiers-ebook/dp/B088JLGCWB/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=until+summer+comes+around&qid=1589968311&s=digital-text&sprefix=until+summer+&sr=1-1

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So there we have it an action packed vampire horror, full of blood and gore and romance and heartbreak! I hope you enjoyed this review, I love switching it up with all these different genres! It means I always get new suprises!

Thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book to review with my honest opinion! And thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for giving me the fab opportunity to take part in this tour!

Have an awesome day everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW : The BeginningThe Mythical Universe Book 1by Alicen Scott @authoralicen

Morning Everyone today is also my stop on a truely magical blog tour for ‘The Beginning’ The Mythical Universe Book 1 by Alice Scott! This is one of those book that I really WISH would be turned in to a film because it’s just THAT amazing! I would love it to be in a film I’d be queuing to watch it! Honestly one for the ever magical, mythical, fantasy books I’ve read! Enjoy!

Cover

Blurb

Fresh out of an abusive relationship, Aria moves in with her twin brother, Alex, ready for a new start. He offers her a job working with him as a paranormal investigator, which she reluctantly agrees to. Aria is a skeptic of anything she cannot see with her eyes. Alex, on the other hand, has always been a believer in anything and everything paranormal. When Aria and Alex go to California to help investigate a large building where strange things are happening, she has no idea how her world is going to be turned upside down. When they arrive, she meets Tyler, one of the biggest mysteries she never saw coming. He’s a tall and sexy man, but her attraction to him is more than that. She can’t explain why she can feel the energy pulsing from him. During the investigation, things start to unfold and very quickly, Aria comes to realize she isn’t who she thought she was. She may not even be human. Together with Tyler and Alex, she goes on a pursuit to find out the truth. Traveling through planets and dimensions, meeting creatures she only thought existed in fantasy stories, she will have to question everything she ever believed. When she finds out the truth what will that mean for her and Alex? And what about Tyler? How does he fit in with all of this? The Mythical Universe: The Beginning is an action-packed story full of time traveling, hybrids, aliens, vampires, fairies and so much more.

18+ for mild sexual situations and language.

Ends in a major cliffhanger leading into book 2

My Review

This magical story was seriously so exciting! It had me gripped from page one, and it was an easy read and I just really enjoyed every single page! So here’s most of the story line without giving away what happens!

So the main character Aria moves in with her brother Alex after a bad breakup, he also offers to get her a job at his paranormal investigation company which she accepts!

The 2 of them have completely different views! Alex believes there is more in the world than just humans and Aria is completely skeptical, however she takes the jobs as it’s her own income, so they become a team!

3 months later when they are on one of their paranormal investigations. When they are outside they see 4 white lights and when Aria starts asking questions Alex soon shuts her down!

Alex eventually opens up and tells Aria that what they saw were UFOs and that Aliens are real! He thought the UFO would stop following him if he had a partner but that turns out to not be the case.

They soon get called up to a large scale paranormal investigation to a property where they want to turn the place in to a hotel! This means joining other team members ! When Aria meets Tyler (another paranormal investigator) she feels this weird vibration off of him! When she explains this to her brother he explains it’s like an energy but when her and Tyler’s hand touches he glows! This leads to Alex telling Aria that Tyler is a Hybrid, half alien, half human!

Soon Alex and Aria are introduced to Tyler’s dad and they both learn of a whole new world out there, full of all types of mythical creatures, their lives soon change and they start to try and track down their parents which isn’t easy!

They all travel abroad to try and find Alex and Arias parents when strange and worrying things start happening!

Things get nasty when their parents turn up at short notice and this is when the action really begins!

Aria becomes weak, and while in the search for someone close to her lots of family home truths in both hers and Tyler’s family come to the surface!

There is a Royal family which is made up of 1 of every species of creature, the royal family is dangerous! Eugenia is the Queen of the Hybrids and part of the royal family and we learn a lot about the history of how the royal family began and how it works!

Eugenia and Ekon (the king of the shifters) want a lot from Aria, but is everything as it seems?

What will happen to them all, what is expected and needed of them? What dangers will they face? You’ll just have to read it!

This story is BRILLIANT! It’s the first in the series and the way it’s been left I cannot wait for number 2! I found it completely captivating with not one slower point in the whole book!

I love the whole concept of this story! The characters are brilliant! I love how Aria goes from being the biggest skeptic to accepting everything she is told and learns over the 6 month period! She’s strong and loyal and will always protect her friends and family!

Alex I felt for through the whole book as people seemed to forget about him like he wasn’t important! He had it so tough and yet carried on doing anything he could to protect his sister and I LOVED who he fell for!

Eugenia, is naive but a strong Queen, who you just have to read to find out more about her!

Ekon is pure evil and HATES the hybrids! However is he all evil or does he have a side that no one realises?

My favorite character by far is Tyler! He is Arias great protector! He is the ultimate gentleman I just love him! I feel for him when he can’t get hold of his family and when he learns about his blood line, however his dedication and love for Aria is like none other!

This book to me, is like the ultimate magical, mythical, fantasy book! Not only were Aliens and shape shifters involved there are fairies, ogres, vampires, wear wolves and if you can think of it it’s in there!

Honestly I think this book is something to get really excited about, it’s enchanting and spectacular! Full of adventure, love, passion, heart break, growth, self discovery, tradegy it’s an easy

5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from me, I can’t believe how fast I read it! I just couldn’t put it down! I was excited about this book from the blurb but it still really suprised me just how AMAZING it really is!

About the Author

Alicen was born in the deep south. Growing up as a disabled, opinionated, female in that environment was difficult for her. She developed C-PTSD before she was a year old, but she wouldn’t be diagnosed until she was in her thirties.

Her love of writing didn’t develop until she was in her twenties, but once it did it took off at full speed. Since then she’s run several blogs, done book reviews for indie authors and started working on both her autobiography and her first New Adult fantasy book collection, The Mythical Universe.

She’s choosing to self publish her novels and her autobiography because she wants to keep control over her work and her image. Alicen wants her stories told in her voice. So much of her life was chosen for her by others, she won’t let it happen again.

When she’s not writing, Alicen enjoys advocating for the LGBT+ community and the disabled, hanging out with her friends and partner and spending time with her two cats, Dittle and Odie.

Her story may be one of triumph, but she refuses to become just another disabled person labeled as inspirational for pursuing her dreams. Staying true to herself is what’s most important to her throughout this process. While self publishing may be more difficult, Alicen has never done things the easy way.

How to contact the Author

Website: https://alicenscott.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoralicen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alicenscott/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alicen-scott

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Alicen-Scott/e/B0868X5XWS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20135359.Alicen_Scott

Purchase Link

Amazon US : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0868R5986

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0868R5986/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1590040739&sr=8-1

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/B087SGKWRR/

Giveaway

$10 Amazon gift card 

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/the-mythical-universe-book-tour-and-giveaway

Wow so that was truely MAGICAL! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I LOVE READING! Ok excitement over but honestly give it a read it’s so worth it!

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy to read and to the author and Silver Dragon Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in such an amazing tour!

Have an amazing and magical day everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR EXTRACT: Book of Skulls by David Hutchison @davidwhutchison @lovebooksgroup

Hey Everyone and how are you all doing? I’m going a little stir crazy at the moment but going as best I can, I’ve got an incredibly busy couple of weeks and I’m not sure how I’m going to manage it but I’m going to give it my best shot!

Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Book of Skulls’ by David Hutchinson I hope you enjoy the extract from this Victorian tale!

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Blurb

A Victorian tale of gender-bending, hidden identity, obsession and gruesome murder, set in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

1875. Liz Moliette; a poor orphan of unknown heritage, and Amulya Patel; from a wealthy Indian family, are the only female students at the Edinburgh Medical School, where a hostile attitude towards women is driven by Professor Atticus. However, Liz and Amulya have allies in fellow student Campbell Preeble, The Reekie reporter Hector Findlay and the charming Dr Paul Love.

In dire need of funds, Liz becomes assistant to gruff lecturer and police surgeon Dr Florian Blyth. When a series of grisly murders take place the doctor and Liz help Inspector Macleod in his investigation, which leads to the Edinburgh Asylum, the Burry Man festival and the quack science of phrenology.

The search for the killer comes dangerously close to Liz as she uncovers her own family secrets.

The first book in the Doctresses series. (81000 words).

Extract

Port of Leith, Edinburgh, 1875.

The seaman’s mission was a  rather dilapidated building, situated next to Leith Docks. In the temporary examination room at the back, stood stocky French sailor Henri Blanc, trousers at his

knees. He rubbed a shiny bump on his shaved head: a nervous habit.

The youthful Dr Paul Love completed his examination and shrugged. “You can pull your breeks up!” The doctor washed his hands in a porcelain basin.

Docteur?”

The doctor dried his hands on a towel and gave Henri his best reassuring smile. “All clear.”

Eh bien. I thought the scab… I was with a putainin London,” said Henri.

The doctor shook his head and said, “Sometimes a scab is just a scab.”

“Dieu merci!”

“Hold on!” The doctor opened up his medical bag and took out a small bottle of greenish liquid. “Here.”

Henri read the label. “Rose’s lime juice. Do I rub it in?”

The doctor laughed. “God no! Just drink it. Vitamin C. It will help your skin.”

Henri smiled and nodded. He took out his small leather fisherman’s purse.

The doctor shook his head. “No it’s fine. The company sends me free samples.”

Henri grinned. “Merci beaucoup.”

A few minutes later Henri left the mission, and with a happy gait crossed over the Victoria Bridge. He stopped to watch a swan as it rippled through the reflection of the setting sun, bathing Leith Docks in a bloody glow. La vie est belle! He turned down the quayside and headed for The Sandport Bar.

The bar was chockablock with early evening customers, chattering and laughing over the musical scratchings of a pair of old bodachs, fiddling in a corner. Henri shoved his way up to the bar counter and ordered a drink.

About the Author


David Hutchison was brought up in the Scottish Highlands.  He worked for many years as a fisherman, crofter, DJ and self-taught artist.

His children’s book Storm Hags was shortlisted for the Kelpie Prize. He’s had several short stories published in anthologies (New Writing Scotland, Read By Dawn) and on BBC radio. He is also a filmmaker. He wrote and directed the sci-fi feature Graders, and comedy/meta-horror Baobhan Sith. 

He has just completed The Book of Skulls, a BAME and LBQT story of hidden identity and murder, inspired by Edinburgh’s murky medical history.

Last year he put on the exhibition Medical Inspirations, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh Seven; the first group of women to matriculate at a British university.

He is currently working on Kore, a supernatural novel where a bank clerk is contacted through her new hearing aid by her dead girlfriend. He also teaches a class in scriptwriting and is hoping to do some online class in the autumn.

How to contact the Author:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidwhutchison

Purchase Link

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SX6RMR

I hope you enjoyed the extract everyone! Head over to the authors twitter account to show some support and let us know what you think!

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tour and be able to support this Author.

Keep smiling 🙂

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Plus One Pact by Portia MacIntosh @PortiaMacIntosh @rararesources

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to bring you a new review for a comedy romance! I really enjoyed this, the world of dating and needing a plus one for social events! It really picked me up and helped me escape! So I hope you love the sound of this 😀

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Blurb

What if your plus one could be the one…?

Cara has officially run out of men. Her most recent dates have gone from bad to worse, and when her dating app informs her there is no one left in her area to choose from, she is at a dead end.

But with a summer of events ahead of her, she needs to find a solution, fast; someone to keep her company at the never-ending weddings, family gatherings and gender reveal parties that she can’t face going to alone.

So when she meets handsome, confident, Millsy on a night out she may be in luck. They could not be more different in personality, but he too has a summer of events ahead and is desperate to get his family off his back about finding a ‘nice girl’. What if they made a pact to help each other out and be a plus one for the summer? Just as friends of course…?

A brand new romantic comedy from bestseller Portia MacIntosh, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley, Sophie Ranald and Mhairi McFarlane.

My Review

So Cara who is the main character hasn’t had much luck with men! She has an ex called Lloyd but that didn’t end well!

Cara has taken to using dating sites but so far that’s not gone well and she’s had some of the worst dates of her life, including the one she’s on, which turned out to be baby sitting! That one also didn’t end well!

She keeps browsing the dating site but when it comes up with no more matches she thinks her luck has ended!

It’s her cousins wedding soon who she was supposed to be a bridesmaid for but after deciding she didn’t want to be bridesmaid, it made her family situation a little awkward! While at dinner with her family she soon finds out that her cousin has still invited her ex, and even worse, her mum has invited him to stay at their house for a few days! (Luckily Cara doesn’t live with her family but that doesn’t stop her not being happy about it)

While at dinner she gets one more match and arranged to go on a date with him, but when she turns up to the date it turns out she’s been stood up, when a guy called Millsy saves the day and wants to be her friend and invited her to an exclusive nightclub!

Cara accepts which is really unlike her but she decides it’s time to turn a new leaf and try new things!

Cara and Millsy soon become friends and start spending more time together and after realising they have a number of family and social events to attend they agree to be each other’s plus one AS FRIENDS! Cara has her cousins wedding with her ex going so definitely wants a plus one and more events and Millsy has lots of family gatherings!

At one of the family gatherings Cara meets Jay which Is Millsys step brother and they hit it off! However Millsy doesn’t want them getting too close because he doesn’t trust him and they don’t get on! But Cara just finds herself gravitating towards him!

She also however starts to see Millsy in a different way when she sees him in only his boxers in a changing room! Things start to become a little more complicated!

At each event something goes wrong and they have to cover it up and fix it quickly which they find hilarious but when something happens at a Hen party they soon question their whole friendship!

With Caras cousins wedding fast approaching what will happen with Caras and Millsys friendship? Will they always be friends, will they go their separate ways or will just a simple pact become more?

I really found this light hearted, refreshing romance so uplifting! It was funny, and silly and so easy to read!

I really liked both of the main characters! I really felt for Cara as she had pretty much lost all of her friends in her friendship group where they made different life choices! And dating for her had never been simple and never gone to plan! Her cousin and auntie treat her disgustingly but sometimes she doesn’t help herself when some embarrassing artwork goes wrong!

Millsy is just THE sweetest guy! Every woman needs a Millsy not just as a partner but as a friend! He is so caring and also funny, and he lifts his friends right up! He makes Cara feel so good about herself and he always has her back!

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is how it’s written! It’s written in first person from Cara and the character is the same age as me, and even though I’m married with children I can totally relate to some of the ways she thinks, some of her self dialogue that goes on in her head, and there’s things that are mentioned in the book that if you are an early 90s baby you’ll just remember and smile!

Honestly this book was so lovely and from a Different angle and I love it when stories change it up and become so original!

I’d love to read more from this author so it’s definitely another 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ rating from me 🙂

A warm, lovely, HILARIOUS, relatable, easy to read romance/ comedy that shouldn’t be missed!

About the Author

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Themand Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real lifeexperiences.

How to contact the Author

Newsletter sign up: http://bit.ly/PortiaMacIntoshNewsletter

Website: https://portiamacintosh.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/portia.macintosh.3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PortiaMacIntosh

Instagram: http://instagram.com/portiamacintoshauthor

Bookbub: http://bookbub.com/authors/portia-macintosh

Purchase Link

Amazon : https://amzn.to/2HJQnC2

Tour

Another amazing, happy, romance! I really do love a romance I’m so soppy when it comes to that sort of thing! They always remind me of my own soppy romance with my hubby and how we came together!

I hope you loved this review and I definitely recommend it to help you escape the awful isolation right now especially for a little giggle!

Thank you to the author for providing me a copy to review and thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me take part in another of her awesome tours!

Have another fab day everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: A Good Demon Is Hard To Find by Kate Moseman @KateMoseman @rararesources

Morning guys, I’ve got a much more light hearted review for you today for this easy and quick read ‘A Good Demon is Hard to Find by Kate Moseman. I really enjoyed this hilariously funny book! Something totally out there and different to anything I’ve read before!

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Blurb

Sometimes, a date from hell is just what you need…

When Erin thoughtlessly lays a curse on Mark, her cheating ex-husband, she doesn’t expect a well-dressed Great Earl of Hell to show up in her kitchen to fulfill the curse (and make damn good coffee while he’s at it).

Andromalius specializes in wickedness and revenge. He’s ready, willing, and able to rain down hell on Erin’s ex—but when Mark announces a hasty new marriage, Erin needs more than just revenge.

She needs a date to the wedding.

My Review

This was definitely so different to anything I’ve read before, romance, fantasy and quite a lot of comedy! I really enjoyed this light hearted, quick read! It had me giggling and smiling and hoping for a happy ending!

Erin is the main character in this story and we first learn that she is recently divorced due to her husband cheating on her with her best friend!

When Erin comes across her ex, a few choice words are said, one of them accidentally being a curse, which then summons a revenge demon who is called Andy for short!

Andy just appears to Erin and Erin cannot believe her eyes! Andy is up for causing her ex Mark all sort of embarrassing problems to help her get the revenge she wants!

They quickly become friendly, he goes out of his way to do anything for Erin, make the best coffee, cook her lots of yummy food and just generally be there for her!

When she takes him to her place of work and they meet her friend Raya, Raya flips out and pulls out a wand and banishes Andy. This is when Erin finds out that Raya is a witch! Her life quickly turns upside down with all these mystical creatures appearing to her!

She struggles but manages to get Andy back but while trying to get him back summons another demon called Phoenix, who is hilarious!

When Andy is back it turns out that him and Phoenix are quite good friends and share a lot of banter! Andy sets out on his mission to give Erin what she wants but over time that changes!

Can Andy give her what she wants? You’ll have to read and see!

It was so refreshing for me to read a book full of a comedy and banter and it was all the silly things in the book that made me laugh! Which I really enjoyed!

I loved both the demons as they both had strong personalities and are soo incredibly funny! And I really liked Erin to! I felt for her as it must be so hard with what she went through but she remains strong and powers through!

A funny, short, light hearted read that made me smile. Therefore I give this book :

4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

About the Author

Kate Moseman is a writer, photographer, and recipe developer who lives in Florida with her family and enjoys going to theme parks as frequently as possible.

How to contact the Author

Website: https://www.katemoseman.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KateMoseman

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katemoseman/

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

Purchase Link

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Demon-Hard-Find-Supernatural-ebook/dp/B083RZJD69/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+good+demon+is+hard+to+find&qid=1589375556&sprefix=a+good+demon+i&sr=8-1

Follow the Tour

So if you fancy a short read at just 200 pages, full of humour and light hearted a fun and a little devilish revenge then it’s definitely worth a read!

Thank you to the Author for providing me with a copy to review and to Rachel at @rararesources for letting me take part in this fun blog tour!

Have an amazing day everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR SPOT LIGHT : Fall Out by Mark Grenside @urbanebooks #Lovebookstours

Morning Everyone, I hope everyone is keeping bright and well! Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for ‘Fall Out’ by Mark Grenside! I hope you’ve been enjoying following the tour! It’s now the last few days of this tour!

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Blurb

The Player meets Get Shorty in this thrilling debut from Mark Grenside.

An LA screenwriter is killed shortly after completing his latest script, FALL OUT – a thriller destined to be a blockbuster but written with a secret double purpose. Echoing events from the past the screenplay is sent to a very specific group of people and will change their lives forever. All are connected to a movie that had abruptly stopped shooting in the jungles of the Philippines years before. FALL OUT exposes the truth about a conspiracy and murder that led to a half-a-billion-dollar fortune for a select few.

Follow the story of Producer Marcus Riley, who sets out on an increasingly dangerous quest to get FALL OUT made. From a powerful Agent’ s office in Hollywood, hidden treasures in Belgravia and a remote chalet in the Swiss Alps to murder at the Cannes Film Festival, Marcus teams up with designer Melinda (Mako) de Turris as they and the other recipients of the screenplay are pursued by an assassin from the past.

With clues cleverly concealed in the screenplay, Marcus and Mako unravel a lethal puzzle that for some will bring death, others the truth and ends in a cave with a shocking secret…..

Fall Out arrives May 2020.

About the Author:

Mark Grenside began his working career straight out of school at Lloyds of London, specializing in Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Insurance. At 25 it was time for a career change and to dump the suit and tie so he started his media career working for Jim Henson and The Muppets. From that moment on he has been involved in Entertainment and nearly every aspect of it. Mark then went on to create and produce a number of television series and mini-series. At the same time he started a music management company launching million seller artist Neneh Cherry. In 2004 he arranged a $250 million buy-out of the Hallmark Channel International which was then successfully sold to NBC. He returned to producing a number of movies and mini-series.

He has recently somehow morphed into a serial entrepreneur and is now a co-founder of seed to shelf CBD producer Dragonfly Biosciences (www.dragonflybiosciences.com) and a founder in two separate digital companies…. but has also seen a very good return from his love of cooking in an expanding waistline.

A probably unhealthy amount of time and money is lavished on a collection of classic cars that he has raced all over the world. He enjoys risk and has parachuted in New Zealand, scuba dived in the Pacific, hang-glided in the Himalayas and even tobogganed down the Cresta Run. In nearly every case chasing after his wife who is utterly fearless!

He is now writing the follow up to Fall Out, entitled The Bastion. In addition he writes also puts out a humorous blog with subscribers in more than 40 countries. www.andanotherthing.com. Mark has two grown sons, two daughters in law, three grandchildren and lives with his wife, a pug and a French bulldog in Malta.

His first thriller Fall Out publishes in May 2020.

http://www.andanotherthing.com/

Purchase Link

https://urbanepublications.com/books/fall-out/

So there we have it guys what do you all think? I hope you enjoyed this spot light post, let me know what you guys think!

Thank you to the author, publisher and Kelly at Love Books Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tour!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Draca by Geoffrey Gudgion @GeoffreyGudgion @annecater #RandomThingsTouts

Hey Everyone! How are you all keeping? Busy reading I hope or doing anything to keep yourselves busy and happy! I am reading lots and lots and today I am bringing you my review for my stop on the blog tour for the dark, historic, adventurous and spooky ‘Draca’ by Geoffrey Gudgion. If you like a book that touches on so many different genres then, well, this one shouldn’t be missed! Enjoy 😊

The Cover

Blurb

Jack Ahlquist’s a troubled guy; a decorated veteran who’s having flashbacks to combat, and who’s drifting between jobs. Doctors could fix his wounds, but not his marriage or his career. He’s spent time caring for his much-loved grandfather, Eddie, but he didn’t expect to inherit Eddie’s cottage and century-old sailing boat, the Draca. The legacy drives a wedge through an already dysfunctional family; Jack’s estranged father expected to take it all.

Draca was was the last of the sailing pilot cutters, old Eddie’s pride and joy. Eddie, obsessed with his Viking ancestry, has left a last letter for Jack; he wants Draca burned, with his body inside: a fireship funeral. ‘Draca will know where,’ he writes. 

Impossible, of course. Draca is beached and derelict. Besides, Jack has other ideas; Draca will sail again, and restoring her gives Jack a new purpose in life. Good therapy for a damaged hero, some say, but yachtswoman ‘George’ Fenton has doubts.

George is an orphan with attitude who’s made her own way from care and foster homes to be manager of the local boatyard. She saw changes in old Eddie that were more sinister even than cancer, and by the time the old boat tastes the sea again, the man she dares to love is going the same way. Like his grandfather, Jack finds a wild exhilaration in rough seas, alcohol, and ever riskier sailing. Combat stress, some say, but George senses a malevolence about Draca itself, and it centres on a Viking carving that Eddie fitted as a figurehead. To George, Jack’s ‘purpose’ has become ‘possession’; the boat owns the man.

So is Jack haunted by his past, or just haunted? When Grandpa Eddie died raving that he ‘tried to give it back’, was he talking about the Viking figurehead, or had his cancer gone to his brain? 

One thing is sure; four characters are heading for a confrontation; there’s Jack, the flawed hero on a mission to self-destruct. There’s his controlling and disinherited father, pushing him ever closer to the edge. And there’s George, the feisty yachtswoman, trying to pull him back. 

Then, between them all, there’s an old boat with some very dark secrets and perhaps a mind of its own.

When all four collide, there may be no survivors.

My Review

Wow I love the fact I keep getting the opportunity to read all these books that are nothing like I’ve read before! This is like no other!

So here’s the rough story!

Eddie is an old man dieing of Cancer and he lives by sea in his little cottage by himself and owns an old wooden sailing boat that he refurbished many years ago! With his terminal illness his mental health takes a turn for the worse and his family start worrying more and more about him! Eddie has always had a passion for Viking history and owns many books about the vikings and their history!

Eddie has always had a very close relationship with his grandson called Jack! Jack has spent a lot of time with his grandad with lots of happy memories aboard his grandads boat! Eddie has been more like a father to him than his own dad Harry, who is Eddies son!

Eddie decided to follow in his fathers footsteps and join the military! Here he went on a number of tours and had some horrific and traumatising experiences, which has left Jack battling with awful PTSD and terrible nightmares! Jack doesn’t have the greatest relationship with his family, especially with his Father who has always put a downer of Jacks achievements and doesn’t support his Marriage to Charlotte!

Soon after the story begins Eddie sadly dies and it comes to light that although Eddie has left a little of what he has to Jacks sister and her children, he has left the bulk of what he owns including his boat and his cottage to Jack! He left jack a very specific request which Jack doesn’t know whether to fulfill!

Jacks relationships with his family become more strained when his father finds out that Jack is receiving the majority of the inheritance with nothing being left to himself! This gets worse throughout the book and their relationship comes under more strains.

Jack decides he wants to spend time and money from his inheritance on refurbishing his grandads sailing boat again and getting her back out to sea, however when Jack starts living at his granddads cottage he starts to see strange figures lurking amongst the trees and hearing noises! Is this his PTSD haunting him or is there something more super natural lurking?

Eddie owned an old Viking Shiphead carving of a dragon, and was saying some crazy things about this and ‘the warrior’ before he died. Jack knew that this carving had quite a lot of meaning to his grandad so once the boat is finished he places it at the head of the boat once again!

However Jack meets the manager of the local boat yard, a young , attractive female called George who has worked extremely hard to get where she is! George becomes very friendly with Jacks wife Charlotte so they all become friends.

But, things don’t stay that way for long, and as we find out more about George it becomes clear she has some psychic powers! When she looks at someone she sees a colour which tells her a more about a person!

Over time George and Jack become closerand closer and George is a confident sailor so they sail the old boat together, however she becomes quite concerned when over time Jacks colours begin to change and she feels she must act quickly!

The situation over time becomes quite dyer. Can George save Jack from his mental health and from the dangers the boat holds within… and is everything as it seems?

So this book touches on so many genres, contemporary fiction, horror, a little romance, and a little thriller! There’s a bit of everything and that really kept me engaged!

The story telling is brilliant, it’s written in such a clever way. Within each chapter it is clear which person is speaking as such. We get different views from each character. Then within each chapter there is an entry from Old Eddies diary, which I loved as it really gave an in-depth insight in to how Eddie dealt with his terminal illness, how he came to accept what was happening, how much he loved his grandson, how he felt his own son could be a better father, but also how important his boat was to him and how his mental stability depleted over time! Also at the beginning of each chapter was a section of a book called ‘The Saga of the Kings’ which provides the history m, background and horrors behind the carving of the Dragon head!

I did struggle with understanding ‘The Saga of the Kings’ as the language (as expected) is older and it took me some time to get my head around, but was good to understand where the Carving came from!

The carving is so dark and really quite spooky and I loved the ending of this book and where the carving ended up! It surprised me and gave me goosebumps after the effect it had on Jack!

I really liked Jack as a character, I really felt for him, the guilt he felt from his choices during his tours, the PTSD which haunted him, the awful relationship he had with his absolutely horrendous father, he had such a hard time! But the LOVE he felt for his granddad just filled me with warmth!

The other character I liked the most was George. She had so much about her, I loved how the author gave this character some psychic abilities, I loved the concept of being able to associate people with colours, she could tell a lot about a person from their colours! In a way as much of a burden as this could be, I wish I had this power! She is a supportive character with an extremely kind heart who also hasn’t had it easy and I just found myself wanting a happy ending for her!

I had no idea where this book was going to go and what would happen, and by now you will know that is one thing I always LOVE about a book! It keeps me reading, it keeps me guessing, and it keeps me completely invested!

I must mention that the majority of the book involves sailing and the technicalities of sailing, which at points I struggled with as I have no understanding of sailing what-so-ever so this was a challenge for me. However I don’t feel it took away from the story too much as the story is exciting and dark on so many levels!

Having said that after careful consideration I’ve decided to give this book 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️, because although I did struggle with the sailing, the story is just so incredibly BRILLIANT!

A dark and action-packed, adventurous, historic, dangerous and spine tingling read! An amazing sea adventure that focuses on mental illness, a little horror and a passion for sailing!

About the Author

GEOFFREY GUDGION served for over 10 years in the armed forces, and made his first attempts at writing fiction during quiet moments on deployment. He later stepped off the corporate ladder, in the midst of a career in marketing and general management, specifically to release time to write. His first novel, Saxon’s Bane, reached #1 in Amazon Kindle’s ‘Ghost’ category, and he now writes full time. When not crafting words he is an enthusiastic amateur equestrian and a very bad pianist.

Half of all author royalties will be donated to the veteran’s charity Combat Stress, who care for heroes like Jack whose wounds are more than physical.

www.combatstress.org.uk

How to contact the Author

Website: https://geoffreygudgion.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeoffreyGudgion

Instagram: https://instagram.com/geoffreygudgion?igshid=73pis5mcws00

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/geoffrey.gudgion.author/

Purchase Link

Draca was released by Unbound on 14th May. Coronavirus logistics issues may result in Amazon being temporarily out of stock of paperback copies until early June. During this period Unbound will accept orders directly and will ship free of UK postage via https://unbound.com/books/draca/

Amazon Link : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Draca-Geoffrey-Gudgion-ebook/dp/B087CCVKLV/ref=nodl_

Tour

So there we have it guys, something totally out of my comfort zone, but once I’d got in to it I really enjoyed it! Such a cleverly written piece, with some really spooky events! AND a plus that the Author is also supporting such an amazing charity!

I hope you enjoyed this review as much as i enjoyed writing it! I’d like to thank the Author and Publisher for providing me with a copy to read for an honest review and also to Anne at Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to take part in this tour!

Have an absolutely great day guys! Keep reading!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum