Sunday, 25 December 2011

Review: The 19th Element by John Betcher



I really enjoyed this book - straight from the off I liked John Becker our main character. Now in a small town where he can finally live in peace using his own name after being with Special Operations for years, but being a lawyer isn’t always the most interesting of jobs for him. When a university professor is found murdered he goes for a look round but finds more than he bargained for!

With missing scientific equipment, his daughter in danger and a feeling in his ‘gut’ that this could be terrorists behind it all he sets off trying to convince his local police contact to believe him. And luckily for John, his loving wife Beth and friend Bull are backing him completely.
This book has plenty of action, drama and suspense. I also liked the way that the author described some of the more ‘technical’ aspects mentioned in the book so I had a real understanding about what could happen and how it was happening, for me this made it even better.
It was a fast paced book which towards the end I just couldn’t read quick enough - the build up to those final few chapters just made me want to find out how this book was going to end. I will definitely be getting the next book in the series.


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Review: Drive A Hard Bargain by Ian Ashe


Drive a Hard Bargain is the story of a girl at the wheel, a guy in the trunk and the pair of gold-plated handcuffs that brings them together.

Inez Gold is looking for cash. Her neighbour’s friend is willing to pay handsomely for a simple favour. Combine the two elements—along with a luxury coupe, an unpaid debt and thirty thousand dollars negotiated for services rendered—and you’re off on a wild ride blending humour, crime and a pair of gold-plated handcuffs.

It is a 12,600-word short story which is packed full of action! For a short story it has a lot in there!! It is a great little read which has a good storyline, I enjoyed reading about Inez’s quick thinking and humour, it made me laugh a few times, and I just had to feel sorry for Jack Rooney at times. I almost think that it’s a shame that it’s a short story as I would have been able to read more about the characters. It’s hard to write much more without giving too much away about the story. It’s well worth a read though.

Get a Copy from: http://www.amazon.com/Drive-a-Hard-Bargain-ebook/dp/B006M270VM/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Review: Gold Train by Lada Ray


For the fans of The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure comes this gripping new thriller, based on true historic events! 1918: Civil war in Russia. The entire Gold Reserve of the Russian Empire vanishes without a trace. Today: journalist Jade Snow travels to Russia to uncover a dangerous conspiracy, find the world's largest treasure and experience forbidden passion, defying time and space.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the opening chapter gives us a little insight into the Gold Train in 1918 and then goes to present day where we meet Jade Snow, it’s been her lifelong ambition to visit Russia, a promise she owed to her Grandma’s memory.
I found myself quickly engrossed into this book as I needed to find out the mystery of the Gold Train. I don’t want to give much more away about the plot lines but they were brilliantly written and the story is just fantastic - there is layers that go deeper and deeper as we go along and I just loved it.
I love the relationship between Jade and Alexi - you can sense they’re feelings from that initial meeting as he was her rescuer when she was mugged. This was the start of the real action in the book, I thought the action scenes were once again brilliantly written - especially the one at the station. I also enjoyed the suspense in the book, I just had to carry on reading to get to the end.
I found that the way the author described the scenery and landmarks of Russia was just amazing - it made me want to go and visit myself. I was as interested in reading about the landmarks as I was about the actual storyline!
This book had it all, not only a great mystery, and action but a little romance and even some humour. It really was superb, fast paced and well written. For me it was also one of those books that gets you thinking about things - even after you finish reading.
I really hope that we get to here more from Jade Snow and also Alexi

Grab yourself a copy now: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006NPVTH4/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Giveaway: The 19th Element by John L Betcher


Al Qaeda plans to attack Minnesota's Prairie River Nuclear Power Plant as a means to return the down-trodden terrorist organization to international prominence.

In addition to their own devoted forces, the terrorists enlist some homegrown anarchists, and a Three Mile Island survivor with a pathological vendetta against the nuclear establishment, to assist in the assault.

James "Beck" Becker is a former elite U.S. government intelligence operative who has retired to his childhood hometown of Red Wing, Minnesota -- just six miles down the Mississippi from the Prairie River nuclear facility.

Possessing wisdom born of experience, Beck suspects the terrorists' intentions as soon as the body of a university professor turns up on the Mississippi shore -- the clear victim of foul play.

He recognizes connections between seemingly unrelated incidents -- the murdered agronomy professor, a missing lab assistant, an international cell call, a stolen fertilizer truck, an explosion in the street in front of City Hall -- but can't piece it together in enough detail to convince government authorities that a larger threat exists. Only his American Indian friend, "Bull," will help Beck defuse the threat.

So it's Beck and Bull versus international terror.

May the better men win

GOLD MEDAL - 2011 Readers Favorite Book Awards


The lovely John Betcher has offered me a copy of this ebook to give away on my blog - to enter just fill in the rafflecopter ~ Good Luck

CONGRATULATIONS to May Richard on winning xx

Friday, 16 December 2011

Review: Family Jewels by N.L.Wilson


Absolutely Brilliant - A MUST Read

I enjoyed the first book of this series - The Case of The Flashing Fashion Queen and to be honest although I was eager to read the next instalment I was hesitant as I sometimes find that the second one just isn’t as good.

I’m glad to say that I was wrong - this book was brilliant!! I was up until 4am reading this as I just needed to see Dix Dodd our wonderful Private Investigator unfold the mystery.

We start off with Dix in her new office with all new modern gadgets, still with the delightful Dylan as her trusty sidekick. Her new fax machine brings news that her Mother, Katt Dodd is a person of interest in recent jewel thefts at the Wildoh retirement community!! Not to mention the disappearance of Katt’s boyfriend Frankie!

Dix and Dylan set off for Florida - with Mrs P in tow - I laughed so much at the car journey to Florida with Mrs P and her ‘crossword’ clues. There was lots of wit in these scenes, very well written. And also a theme which re-occurs later on in the book.

Once we meet Katt and some of the other resident’s of the Wildoh things really started to get good - plenty of undercover work from both Dix and Dylan - although Dix wasn’t expecting to go undercover on this occasion, I think she did well! There are some great scenes in this book - one of my favourite one’s is Dix in the restaurant with Deputy No Nuts - just brilliant!

As I was reading I was convinced who the jewellery thief was, then changed my mind, and then changed it again!! Maybe its just me assessing each and every one of the new characters with scrutiny but I could see motives in them all!! I did however guess correctly how they were disappearing (once I knew who it was!) So I felt a bit better for that!

I loved the fact that Dix and Dylan get close in the book - I really do hope that they get together soon!!

I was literally laughing out loud towards the end - and at 4am in the morning you know that it’s a good book!! The only problem I have is that I have to wait for the next book in the series - I hope I don’t have to wait long because I’m missing Dix Dodd already!

Go and buy yourself a copy now: http://www.amazon.com/Family-Jewels-Mystery-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B005DRWOEK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323993660&sr=8-1

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Ebook Bundle Giveaway Winner

Well it's time to announce my first ever giveaway winner

Congratulations to Humble Bee

Your ebooks will be winging they're way to you shortly

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Tom Raimbault for being so generous and offering the books in the first place - he really is a fantastic author - if you would like to find out more about Tom and his books please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/tomraimbaultwritings/ and you can follow him on twitter @TomRaimbault

Thanks once again Tom

Hales
xx

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Review: Masks and Malice by Ronald S Barrios


When Rey is hired by Pam Lorado to find out about her fourteen year old daughter's boyfriend, Carter, he learns that the kid is a drug dealer. But that takes a backseat when Carter is found murdered in his own car. Then Pam's ex husband Peter, who would rather be a friend to his daughter than a parent, is gunned down in front of Rey's office. Both Carter and Peter have a connection to another drug dealer named Seth who is crazy enough to kill a kid.

I instantly liked Rey, there was something about him, to look at he probably looks like a thug yet there is a great big heart inside, his need to have every loose end tied up also appealed to me because as soon as I read that bit in the book I knew that I wasn’t going to be left wondering about things after I’d finished reading. I especially enjoyed the scenes with Rey and Travis later on in the book, it was lovely to read.
The storyline was great - fairly fast paced with lots of action and lots of people in the mix - It’s one of those that I didn’t guess the ending and I always enjoy those more. There is some very well placed sub plots in here alongside the main one and I really enjoyed them too. I hope that we get to hear more from Rey in another book?

To get yourself a copy visit: http://amzn.to/vtcbkv

Friday, 9 December 2011

Review: All Jacked Up by L A Tripp


This fun little read had me literally laughing out loud at one point! It may only be 20,000 words but there sure is some action packed into there.

Our main character Jack is trying to make it on his own but with interfering parents, a work colleague from hell, a crazy stalker and a crush on a librarian he has alot going on in his life!!

Well worth a read and I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment

Go on grab yourself a copy: http://www.amazon.com/All-Jacked-Up-ebook/dp/B0060M6VY6/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1323475819&sr=1-3

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Review: The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1 by Bella Andre


This book is so full of passion and romance, it starts straight into the story and just flows along nicely. We see our main character Chase driving in a storm, he spots a car in the hedge and then someone walking along the road, stopping to offer his assistance he finds Chloe - soaked wet through, scared, shaken and untrusting - you can tell from there that Chase is going to have his work cut out!

His brothers winery is nearer than a motel so they head there, and then the love story starts to blossom. I love the looks that Chase and Chloe share, the way the author writes perfectly describes those little moments where nothing is said but the words speak volumes.

I enjoyed the fact that there was no chapters going back in time to reveal they’re background stories - we found out about them as they were finding out about each other. This book is loaded with passion throughout. Well written and I loved the ending - I can’t wait to read the next in the Sullivan Series

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Review: Midnight Sun by M J Fredrick


A wonderful story full of passion, suspense and action - even with a few pirates thrown in!

I love the way it started with Brylie running out on Marcus and I imagined that the story was going to see him try and track her down - I didn’t imagine that she was going to be the head chef on the boat owned by his family that they have sent him on to try to keep him from getting into trouble. Unfortunately for Marcus, trouble was on it’s was to find him.

I love the first introductory scenes especially when Marcus finds out that Brylie is also the Captains daughter! You can see that there is going to be some really great scenes between them, but I’d never of guessed the amount of action that was about to unfold.

I don’t want to give all the details away but I will say that the action that came as the pirates took over was great, Marcus’s quick thinking managed to keep himself and Brylie out of harms way - but for how long? I enjoyed the early scenes where they were struggling at trying to follow orders from each other as they are both headstrong, independent individuals.

I read this virtually all in one sitting as it’s fast pace and strong storyline just swept me along and I wanted to find out how it ended. I really enjoyed the different genres in this book and think that the author did wonderfully blending them together so well. For me it’s definitely a Must Read

To buy a copy visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054QZPD2/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Sun-ebook/dp/B0054QZPD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323194823&sr=8-1

Monday, 5 December 2011

Review: Light Under The House by Aaron L



Light Under the House is the saga of an American family—the Levis, a family of secrets. None greater than the secret of what lies under their house, a secret that could destroy them. A secret that an ancient evil will stop at nothing to uncover. The novel follows the Levi family line for a generation, exploring lives lived in the aftermath of the cultural rebellion of the late 1960's.

I mean bizarre in a good way. This book is full of mystery and suspense, I literally had no idea where this book was going or where it was going to end but that made me enjoy it even more. I enjoyed the balance of history and travelling through the different periods of time across the generations. I foune that the more I read, the more I wanted to read.

I enjoyed reading about the different heads of the Levi family and the different stories that came with them. I loved reading about Sarai and Tanis and seeing how the help offered to Sarai from Tanis soon transformed into something very very different and enjoyed seeing how this developed.

I especially liked the ending and enjoyed seeing John’s realisation and couldn’t help but hope that everything worked out for him.

To grab yourself a copy visit: http://www.amazon.com/Light-Under-the-House-ebook/dp/B0060C2O92

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Best Books of the Year 2011 (And Giveaway)

I thought I'd like to share my two most favourite books of the year with you, I have read lots and lots of wonderful books this year but my favourite two have to be:


My Name is Death by Alan Cass - this is a fast paced supernatural thriller with a twist - i loved reading every word of this book, it was well written and I really enjoyed Alan's unique writing style - check out my full review Here


Dead Game by Claire Kinton - this book was truely breathtaking, a unique storyline by a wonderful author. It really makes you think about what else may be out there, and realising that Hope is always with you. Read my full review Here

Because I enjoyed these books so much I have decided that I would like to share them with you - I will give two lucky winners a chance to win a signed copy of either My Name is Death or Dead Game so that they could become your best book of the year too!

Good Luck

Please Note: I'm running it until the 31st December because with Christmas coming up I will be too busy to post them out to the winners and I don't want to keep you waiting so thought I'd give you time to get extra entries in :-) xx



Thursday, 1 December 2011

A Look Back at November

I just thought I'd put together a little post to have a look back at November.

November saw me discover The Kindle Book Review and I'm really glad that I did, it has helped feed my love of reading and has renewed my love of blogging too. I have read some fantastic books, met some great authors that otherwise I may of taken years to find - and I have a reading list as long as my arm! I love it!!

So just a little recap - in November I was lucky enough to read:
  • Montana Dawn by Caroline Fyffe
  • The Bastard by Brenda Novak
  • Misconception by Christy Hayes
  • In The Presence of Gods by Vincent Alascia
  • The Case of The Flashing Fashion Queen by Norah Wilson
  • Steps to Heaven by Wendy Cartmell
  • Broken Promise by Laura Landon
  • Chill Run by Russell Brooks
  • Henry Wood Detective Agency by Brian Meeks
November also saw me start my first giveaway on my blog - with special thanks to Tom Raimbault for offering a bundle of some of his great books - if you haven't entered already then visit my giveaway post:  Here and enter now.

I'm not sure if I'll manage to read as many books this month as things get a little hectic for me at work but I will try to read as many as I can and will hopefully continue adding to my reading list as I go along - after all you can never have enough books :-)

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Review: Henry Wood Detective Agency by Brian Meeks


Henry Wood is a detective, we see him bringing in the New Year with more of a groan than a bang! His cases are predictable and safe. Heading to his office on New Years Day with nothing to do but needing somewhere to go and nurse his vodka fuelled hangover his fireworks are just about to start!

We are introduced to Luna, a lady who is looking for her father who's strict routine has been broken - and he seems to have disappeared! I instantly liked Luna, there seemed to be an 'air' around her and her instant trust in Henry - I knew it was going to be good.

I liked the fact that we find out that Henry enjoys making things out of wood - things that he doesn't know what they are called or what they are for but he just enjoys making them, usually in books when they go off the main subject it bugs me, in this book however I found it quite endearing and enjoyed reading about it as much as the main storyline.

Henry is a good detective and soon finds some clues, but he is surprised to discover that he is not the only person wanting to find Luna's father.

We see Sylvia who has lost her own father trying to save her fathers name. Henry is reluctant to trust that everything is as it seems when it comes to Sylvia but that all changes.

Henry receives some clues in quite an unorthodox manner - that in itself is a mystery (one which I'm sure we will discover more about in future books) and again this had me quite hooked.

I won't give anymore away about the actual storyline itself - you'll have to read to find out! I will however say that it had me intrigued throughout, it is one of those books that the more you read, the more you want to find out.

As well as wanting to read about what's next for Henry, I'm also intrigued about the other characters and where they're stories will end up.

To buy a copy visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ED65AM/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Early Review & Contest: Russell Brooks - Chill Run


This book has a great storyline which gets going right from the start. I instantly liked the characters and I thought that Eddie and Corey made a great duo, I very often found myself chuckling at them!

I loved the fact that Eddie was a writer who was trying to get published, I think that the desperation he felt at trying to get published was very true to life and came across as realistic.

I really felt for him when everything started going wrong following the plan that they had come up with. It seems to snowball more and more out of control and keeps you wanting to read more to see how he’s going to get out of it.

I enjoyed the story more and more as it developed but didn’t quite manage to guess the ending, which was a nice surprise.

This book has everything in it: action, drama, humour and romance! It is well written and well worth a read

Russell is giving 10 lucky readers the chance to win a copy of Chill Run - just leave a comment with your email address before November 30, 2011 at 8PM EST
Every email address will be put in a basket and to be sure that the contest is fair and impartial, Clinton (Russell's cat) will select the 10 winners for a free eBook copy of CHILL RUN!


Giveaway has now ENDED please visit Russell's blog to find out who the winners were here: http://www.russellparkway.blogspot.com/2011/12/russell-show-chill-run-contest-winners.html


To purchase a copy visit: http://www.amazon.com/Chill-Run-ebook/dp/B006GIYK42/

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review: Broken Promise by Laura Landon




I literally could not put this book down.

From the offset we see Captain Austin Landwell being held as a prisoner of war and see the nightmares that torture him throughout the book. He is asked to track someone down and discovers much more than he expected.

I loved the first scenes with Landwell and Sarah - the sparks between them were brilliantly described and from there I knew this book was going to be a ‘read in one sitting’.

The emotions in the book were so well written and so vivid - I could almost feel them myself, I really felt that I bonded with Landwell and Sarah. Both of them were unwilling to admit their feelings.

Landwell was so focused on trying to right the wrong that he had done and Sarah so innocent, yet very headstrong and loyal to her promise - literally risking her life to protect that promise - the life of baby Jonathan, who can never be given to his grandparents as he will be at risk. I loved the way that it unfolded and it appeared that although Jonathan was at risk - it might not be from his grandparents.

Both Landwell and Sarah are struggling with their emotions as they realise that standing by their decisions means two broken hearts - any changing of minds leads to Broken Promises.

This book truly is a wonderful read, full of passion, romance, overflowing with emotion and brilliantly written, I liked the fact that it wasn’t predictable - I was left wondering all along the way as to how the book was going to end.

To get your own copy visit: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Promise-Brotherhood-Series-ebook/dp/B005VHL9FM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1322166172&sr=8-2

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Review: Steps to Heaven by Wendy Cartmell



Sergeant Major Crane is a Special Investigations Branch Investigator in the Armed Forces, based at Aldershot Garrison. The military detail in this book is superb, even down to the smallest of details.

I liked Crane instantly, his no-nonsense approach is just fantastic - bordering on comical at times. I liked the way that I also got an insight into his personal life as well, it really helped to build him as a character.

His team - Billy and Kim seem to have differences between them but both strive to do a good job for Crane - doing whatever it takes!

The incident that they are called out to is so horrific that Crane just can’t let it go, it is deemed as case closed and he is sent to investigate another incident. Only to find himself called back to that first case after another incident occurs miles away.

He enlists the help of Padre Symonds and ’civvy’ police Detective Anderson determined to get to the bottom of these incidents. I liked both of these characters and loved the way that the Padre was loving playing ‘detective’!! Anderson on the other hand had his hands full - trying to stop Crane who sometimes was a little harsh with people!

The story was great, as I started piecing bits together something else would appear or not quite add up - to be honest at one point I thought that we were never going to catch up with ‘Zachariah’. It was a bit slow starting but once I got into the storyline I was hooked.

I think the final showdown scene was fantastic and was so happy with the ending! It’ll be nice to ‘catch up’ with Crane in the next instalment of the series

To get your copy visit: http://www.amazon.com/Steps-to-Heaven-ebook/dp/B005U9T20A

Friday, 18 November 2011

Bundle Giveaway

This holiday season might bring for you a new handheld reader in your Christmas stocking. Or perhaps you might already have one of these e-readers. Whatever the case, surely you will be on the lookout for something interesting to load.

For those on the lookout, we bring a special holiday package; a little short story sampler containing some of the finest works of author Tom Raimbault. Recognized for his ability to submerse the reader in alternate reality, Tom Raimbault brings you the new age of horror—brilliant literary portraits of the macabre that can only come from a visionary author.


In the special holiday package, you receive his debut macabre writing, Donna the Unburied. The spirit of Donna haunts travelers on a dark and forested highway. Wouldn't you like to know her story? Wouldn't you like to know the terrifying moments that led to her life's end?


You also receive the masterpiece, The Pocket Watch. An old timepiece is found buried in an antique trunk of a basement. Some things are best left untouched. It was as-if winding up the pocket watch started a heartbeat that had been dead for many decades.


Finally, you will delight in the maddening tale, Fear of Needles. A mentally disturbed office worker has a dreadful phobia of pins and needles. Those around him laugh, but he will soon teach them all a lesson. Be prepared to squirm while reading this one.

But wait! There's more! Author Tom Raimbault also writes erotica. As an added bonus, we include two of his finest works of erotica. Curl up under the covers in your silky nightgown and enjoy the short story, Late Night Call for the Cableman. Poor Danielle is lonely, but calls the cable TV installer for a little late night company.

            Do you need to turn up the heat? Then check out The Wife's Panties, a story so smutty that we wouldn't dare mention the contents!

It's all there, waiting for you, hand-picked by author Tom Raimbault and presented as a holiday gift. Don't pass up the incredible opportunity to add these works in your e-reader. Be sure to enter the drawing by following the details below

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and the best of wishes to you in 2012!
 

Review: The Case of The Flashing Fashion Queen by N.L.Wilson


Loved this, a perfect balance of a good detective story, murder mystery, humour and even a little romance.

Dix Dodd is a Private Investigator who has stepped away from being ‘the girl’ to the men at the office and has branched out on her own, now specialising in discovering cheating spouses with a kick-ass attitude.

I immediately liked Dix, she is a determined lady, determined to prove everyone that doubted her wrong.

The storyline was good and it was fast paced which just made me want to read more and more, I couldn’t reach the end quick enough - I needed to find out!

And I really enjoyed the ending - it was a true Poirot style with everyone gathered together and the wonderful Dix centre stage. Not forgetting her trusted side-kick Dylan. I am left with the question as to whether romance will blossom, and just who was he on the phone to?!!

I liked the quick-witted humour in the book, not only from Dix and Dylan but from some of the other characters too. Each of the characters all played an integral part to the book and I hope that we get to see most of them again.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I will have to continue reading the rest of the Dix Dodd Series

To get your copy visit:  http://amzn.com/B004XT6L8E

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Review: In The Presence Of Gods by Vincent Alascia


The storyline to this book is solidly built and flows nicely, there is no wandering off the path to the story, everything written is relevant and builds a strong story.

Theron and Ariadne are the two main characters, they are deeply in love but have been separated by college choices (and their parents!) although at times it seems that their relationship is strong but both have doubts as to whether it will survive across the continents. They luckily have two goddesses to hand to help guide them, I especially liked the scenes where the goddesses came to visit them.

I liked the way that the two goddesses, Aphrodite and Athena were half sisters who had differences of opinions on everything, but that all changed after Zeus’s revelation that threatened to end the world as they all knew it.

I enjoyed the fact that I was reading about the ancient Greek gods in modern times, the setting was very up to date - even including a reference to twitter!

I don’t want to give any more away about the book but found it a very intriguing read, with love, lies and life changing decisions.

To get your copy visit http://amzn.com/B005L9VMWK

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Review: Misconception by Christy Hayes


I started reading this and after the initial chapter, I thought I had a pretty good idea as to where the book was going. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my thoughts were wrong.

I liked the fact that the two main characters were mother and daughter, one dealing with her husbands infidelity and the other trying to prove her faithfulness to her husband. There are definitely some twists and turns in this book, and I found that I kept feeling sorry for each of the characters in turn.

I loved the ending and was glad that all the loose ends were tied up - which is often a rare occasion in books.

This book is fast paced and very well written, well worth a read.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Review: The Bastard by Brenda Novak



I couldn’t read this book quick enough!!

I almost felt as though I was watching a film as I was reading this book, it was that descriptive and vivid. The book instantly grabbed me into the storyline and moved very rapidly, I found myself completely engrossed in the book and instantly took a liking to
Jeannette and was willing her to escape the Baron. I was relieved when she stumbled across Lieutenant Treynor and thought that she had found safety. I loved the time they spent on the ship and the action lasted right until the end. The scenes were very descriptive and I felt as though I was right there with them. I thought the settings and the way the characters behaved were as they should be for the period that they were set in and the author did it brilliantly.

Definitely one to be added to your reading list.

I loved the ending too, I don‘t want to give away too much but it had me smiling, it has however left me wondering whether or not there will be sequel?!

To get a copy please visit: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bastard-ebook/dp/B005Z4ZX94/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320775189&sr=8-1

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Review: Montana Dawn by Caroline Fyffe



This is a beautiful heart warming story, you know that love is going to blossom - you just don’t know how it’s going to end.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a Western Romance before so I wasn‘t really very sure what to expect, I feel that it was perfectly set and the scenes, smells and sounds were so vivid that I felt that I was sat in the midst of it.

I found that the more I read, the more I bonded with not only the main characters but all of the characters, even down to the ranch hands and I became used to ‘seeing’ them as I read each page - I think I’ll quite miss them now I’ve finished.

The storyline flows well and the book gets off to quite a dramatic start, it’s a fast paced book and has just the right balance of cowboys, horses and love!! I found myself laughing, smiling and crying as I was reading, the way the author has wrote this just captures your emotions and sweeps you along as you are reading.

I’m heading off to find the next part of the McCutcheon series - I’m looking forward to reading it.

To buy the book on Amazon visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Montana-Dawn-McCutcheon-Family-ebook/dp/B005R21RIK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320352409&sr=8-1

Monday, 31 October 2011

Exciting News!!

Ok, I know that I have neglected my blog of late, I've still been reading lots but just haven't seemed to of found my way onto here to tell you all about them.

However all that is about to change, I've now become one of 'The Kindle Book Reviewers' so I will be keeping you all up to date with the books that I'm reading. Also I'm hoping to backtrack and do some reviews on some of the fantastic books I have read recently

To find out more about The Kindle Book Review please visit: www.thekindlebookreview.blogspot.com/


Hales
xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Review: Amber The Death Mask by Tom Raimbault


This book is Fantastic!!

I love the way that Tom - as always explains where the idea of the book came from and his thoughts and insights into the character.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Amber - I have avoided anything 'Amber' related on Tom's blog purposely!! So at midnight last night I started to read - well I was awake until 3am reading - I couldn't stop! I woke up this morning and just HAD to carry on reading!

The way Tom has written this just grabbed me straight into the story and I was soon in 'Amber's World' I felt as though I could feel the emotions that the characters were feeling.

The storyline itself had me needing to find out more and had the perfect balance of background information without going off track. It really is a brilliantly written book which I found to be a real page turner

The only complaint I have is that I have to wait for the next installment!!!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Review: Freaked Out Horror by Tom Raimbault

Freaked Out Horror



This book is fantastic, With 25 Stories I just found it great, I cannot wait until I can get a paperback copy as this is the type of book that you can read over and over again! And is handy to carry with you at all times as you will want to pick it up as often as you can!! I spent hours sat reading story after story and then snuck stories in in between doing jobs!!

I just love Tom's unique writing style and the Preface at the beginning of the book is almost like a story in itself. Tom has an incredible imagination and the way he conveys it to paper is just truely captivating.

I could spend hours waffling on about each story but I feel that I would spoil too much for you - the reader. And I can't pick a favourite story either as it too close to call, Fear of Needles however had me gripped and I had to read it all in one go!! The stories in this book really get your mind going and no matter what your age make you want to ensure your feet are tucked inside your duvet and think about what it is that goes bump in the night!!!

I must say that I'm very upset at not being one of those lucky co-workers that received emails baring the words 'Hello All'

To get your hands on a digital copy of Freaked Out Horror visit: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7181

Tom is also set to release the book in paperback in the near future - to keep up to date with Tom and his fantastic writing visit: http://talkaboutafterhours.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Just A Little Update!!

Ok, just a little update - as you may have noticed I'm in the process of moving home (by home I mean from one blog to another!!) ~ I'm slowly but surely moving all my previous Reviews & Interviews over and then I'm staying put here!!

Once again I'm slightly behind with my reading list but have abit of time off work now so should be able to catch up very soon!!

Hales
xx

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Review: Tego Arcana Dei ~ Keeping God’s Secret by A.Man


I found this book really intriguing – the storyline is gripping. I enjoyed the fact that the book was set in lots of different locations and felt as though I was literally travelling to those locations alongside James.  I found it real food for thought as some of the aspects and points made in the book are very relevent and some just get your mind thinking! I am unsure if parts of the book are actually based on real life facts but it has made me want to find out!

If I’m honest there was too much sex in the book!! I understand that it was also part of James’s journey but felt at times it was taking away from the main storylines of the book, It is a fast paced book and I liked the way it explored different times and flicked between these times. I don’t know if A.Man has written any more books but I would definately like to read more from him.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Sneak Peek: Alan Cass’s Latest Novel!!!

Alan has kindly given me a sneak peek at  his latest novel – I thought that his first novel was utterly brilliant – this however is going to be something else!!

I have only been given the first four chapters and I can already see that this book is going to be PHENOMENAL!

I have no idea (much to Alan’s annoyance!!) where this book is going or what to expect in the end – all I can say is if you havent already met Brandon Rose then you’re going to want to – ready for this book

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Review: Dead Game by Claire Kinton


I didn’t think it was possible to love a book this much!! Well worth every penny

Ok, so when I opened this book to start reading it I had no idea what it was about, I’d seen Claire tweeting about it and told her I’d buy a copy which I did, when it arrived I didnt even read the blurb, so two nights ago I settled down to make a start reading it – after the Author’s Note I found myself intrigued, The first chapter got straight into the story – it started off how I’d imagined it would however by the end of the chapter I was as confused as Archie!!

The novel then continues flowing perfectly between current day and Archie’s past, I found I needed to read more and more as I wanted to know what had happened and what was happening, I found the characters were very easy to like and found myself easily immersed inbetween them, it was as if I was actually there alongside them all. I could barely put the book down, the time seemed to just fly when I was reading it, it was like I was lost in with them.

The book is the perfect mix of things that we can relate to and this mythical world where nothing is quite as it seems – the only way I can think of to describe it at the moment is – an adults fairytale. However upon saying that -  in most ‘fairytales’ the story and characters aren’t very believeable – however I found all aspects of this story believeable and not only that but it really did intrigue me as I was reading it I found myself wondering what else there was out there and in fact I still am even after I’ve finished it.

Dead Game is beautifully written and is a unique story it is a very positive book, and draws on the positives even when the situation or topic isn’t, alot of that comes from the author herself though I think, It really is a fantastic read and I’m very excited as I don’t have long to wait until the sequel is out as ‘Waiting Game’ is coming this year – I already have an inkling what it’s about – I’ll have to wait and see whether I’m right or not!!

Dead Game is a MUST read for everyone – even if Fantasy isn’t normally your preferred genre I would definately give this book a try – it reaches out to your soul and pulls at your heartstrings and reassures you that Hope is always with you

One more point to note – Claire supports SSAFA Forces Help and Help For Heroes and a donation from every book sold goes to both Charities

To find out more about Claire and her wonderful writing – and to purchase the book please visit www.clairekinton.com

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Review: The Trespass by Scott Hunter

This book is absolutly fantastic – I couldn’t put it down – I needed to know how it ended!

Scott Hunter has put the perfect mix into this book, the storyline moves quickly but all the detail that you need to know is in there too, it is well written and flows easily. I found myself not only intrigued and engrossed in the main storyline but also in the ‘Korumak Tanri’ and the world they live in and their surroundings.

You don’t have to worry about having to read a couple of chapters before you can get into the book as this book starts straightaway from the first chapter – having you hooked from there!

I am definately on the look out for more Scott Hunter books!

To buy your copy of this book please visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956151000/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img