Changeling (Six Stories #3) by Matt Wesolowski

Hi,

So you guys know I loved Six Stories and Hydra by Matt Wesolowski, right?! Well, he has a new book coming out in ebook (November ’18) and paperback (January ’19) called Changeling, and I read the whole thing today. It arrived in the post this morning, so how could I not read it immediately?! Before I go into that though, here’s the usual author and book info!

About the author:

Matt Wesolowski.jpeg

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is
an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in
horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an
US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End
of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror
story set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a
winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing
Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the
USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, and TV
rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published
in 2018 and became an international bestseller.

About the book:

Changeling.jpg

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished
in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped
the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of
the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden
was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts
have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance,
interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened
that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with
strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to a company that tried and failed
to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know what happened to the little
boy…

Published by Orenda Books, click the link below to pre-order your copy:

Changeling (Six Stories #3) by Matt Wesolowski

Review:

We’re beneath different trees this series, but our feet are sounding against the same darkness and once again we’re facing our fears head-on.

If ever a quote summed up the experience of reading Matt Wesolowski’s books, this chiller from Changeling is perfect.

I had been dying to read Changeling ever since I saw the beautiful cover on Twitter a few months back, and let’s face it, being a superfan means I have literally NO PATIENCE when it comes to waiting for these things. So huge thanks to both Karen and Matt for letting me read an early copy.

Reader, it does not disappoint.

In Changeling, Scott King is back investigating again. This time it is the disappearance of Alfie Marsden from his father’s car in the Wentshire Forest Pass on Christmas Eve 1988. Alfie disappeared without a trace and was officially declared dead seven years and three months after he disappeared. Scott sets out with his usual investigative zeal in search of answers.

I read Changeling over the course of today, making notes as I went, which I never do. And even with these notes, I still feel like I can’t do this book the justice it deserves.

Changeling is by far, my most favourite of the Six Stories books, and I love them all, I mean I REALLY love them. So just know I am not saying that lightly. Changeling got under my skin in a way the others didn’t.

The tension and sense of menace is there from the outset. It builds steadily, rolling like waves in a storm, until it crashes around your consciousness and leaves you almost breathless. Hidden and implied horror help to make Changeling a thoroughly bracing read, leaving the reader more than a little unsettled in its wake.

Much like the Changeling in old folklore, this book itself goes through a metamorphosis. But the author does this slowly, almost imperceptibly, and it creeps up on you gradually that what you are reading is a little different to what you started reading.

I PROMISE I will do a more in-depth review, but for now, know this;

Changeling is an intense, dark and utterly absorbing book. The pages crackle with tension, the characters have real depth and the writing is truly stunning.

Matt Wesolowski has to be one of the most imaginiative and talented young writers out there at the moment. His ability to make his writing current in terms of style, while still managing to write the perfect kind of crime/horror/psychological thriller mash-up, astounds me more with every book of his I read.

Highly, highly recommended.

Always.

Previous Matt-related posts:

Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

*Blog Tour* Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

~COVER REVEAL~ Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

Blog Tour Extract~Halcyon by Rio Youers

Hi guys,

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Halcyon by Rio Youers and I’ll be sharing an extract with you all in just a little bit!

About the author:

Rio Youers
Rio Youers is the British Fantasy Award–nominated author of Old Man Scratch and Point Hollow. His short fiction has been published in many notable anthologies, and his novel, Westlake Soul, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Sunburst Award. He has been favorably reviewed in such venues as Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The National Post. His latest novel, The Forgotten Girl, was released by Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017.
Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their children, Lily and Charlie.

About the book:

Halcyon.jpg

Halcyon is the answer for anyone who wants to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems.

A self-sustaining community on a breathtakingly beautiful island, Halcyon is run for people who want to live without fear, crime or greed. Its leader has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing, and believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure.

On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. Yet he soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer. As the founder captivates his young family, Martin sets out to discover the truth of the island, however terrible it might be, where something so perfect hides unimaginable darkness beneath…

Halcyon by Rio Youers

Extract:

Laura muttered, “He does Dylan better than Dylan,” and Martin snapped out of his show. That was when he noticed the clicking. It wasn’t the rhythmic clicking he associated with Shirley’s texting. This was constant. A purr. He looked up, expecting to see her zoned out. And she was, but not in the usual way. Her head was angled awkwardly and her eyelids uttered. Her thumbs blurred on the screen.

“Shirley?”

She was having some kind of seizure. Martin drew his leg off the arm and sprang from his chair. He got Laura’s attention by waving a hand in front of her eyes, then crossed the room to where Shirley reclined in the other armchair.

 

He cradled the back of her head in one hand and gently tilted her jaw to keep her airway open. She garbled something. The veins across her throat bulged.

“What’s happening to her?” Laura asked, crouching beside the armchair. She tried removing the cell phone from Shirley’s hands but Shirley held tight, her thumbs still working.

“Seizure, I think,” Martin said. “Maybe she was looking at flashing images.”

“Should I call nine-one-one?”

Martin looked from Shirley to Laura, then down at the cell phone’s screen as Laura tried to free it from their daughter’s clasp. He glimpsed what she’d typed: a string of random letters, symbols, and emojis, but with several full words interspersed in all the nonsense. Martin barely logged them before Laura pried the phone away. He definitely saw SCARED and CHIPPEWA and perhaps BOTTLECAP, or maybe it was BOTTLETOP.

“Martin?” Laura snapped. She threw the cell phone on the floor and clutched Shirley’s hands. “Nine-one-one?”

“Wait,” he said. He eased Shirley onto her side and peeled damp strands of hair from her brow. “It’s okay, baby. Mom and Dad are here.” Her eyes flashed open and closed. Her mouth moved silently. Martin pressed the cool back of his hand to her cheek and she whimpered. A moment later, she screwed her face up and started to cry. It was like a pressure release. The tightness left her body at once. Her trembling first lessened, then stopped altogether.

“Mom . . . ?”

“Okay, sweetie,” Laura said. “It’s okay.”

 

Martin wiped her tears away. She blinked, took deep breaths, and looked into her empty hands for her phone. Her expression switched from confusion to fear.

“Edith,” she said.

“What about Edith?” Martin asked.

Shirley shook her head and groaned. More tears spilled from her eyes. “She’s screaming inside,” she said.

 

Check out the tour:

Halcyon blog tour banner.jpg

The Boy Who Stole Time by Mark Bowsher Ellen’s Review

Hi all,

Today is Ellen’s stop on the blog tour for The Boy Who Stole Time by Mark Bowsher and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!

About the author:

Image result for mark bowsher author bio

Mark is a proudly dyspraxic writer and filmmaker who has made over 100 book promos for a certain publisher named Unbound. He wrote and directed his first full-length play, Not the Story of Me, at 20 and went on to make three shorts which won Best Short awards (plus one Best Screenplay award) at festivals in the UK and the US. The last of these, Only One Person Will Like This Film, was picked by the BFI as one of their ’10 to try’ out of over 300 films at LSFF 2013. He has written short fiction (The Pitch and I Killed Tristan Metcalf and Here’s How I Did It… ) for Lionsgate’s Fright Club ezine as well as articles for Den of Geek and Cult TV Times. Since going freelance in 2013 he has created video content for Santander, Pearson, Choice Support, The Big Issue and MyLex as well as music videos (all based on concepts he pitched to the artists) for Nisha Chand, Ekkoes, Good Work Watson, Morgan Crowley and Go-Zilla. He recently wrote and directed the pilot episode for a sitcom based on his previous career in film marketing entitled It’s All Lies. He isn’t married and doesn’t live in Surrey but he did once climb a mountain dressed as Peter Pan.

About the book:

MB BC.jpg

When 12-year-old Krish finds out his mum is dying, he is desperate to give her more time to live. This leads to a deal with a devil-like creature to travel to another realm, Ilir, and collect the Myrthali – the essence of time itself.
Ilir is a tiny desert world where the days are a handful of hours long and there is magic and treachery on every corner. Here Krish is set three impossible challenges by the brutal King Obsendei to win from him the Myrthali. He joins forces with the razor-tongued, young girl-wizard Balthrir, who hopes to free her parents from the Black Palace; a living, breathing structure built entirely out of those subjects who have incurred the wrath of the King.

But as Krish battles these impossible tasks he may be about to learn that there is more than his mother’s life at stake as he gets embroiled in a blood-thirsty fight for power in Ilir that will push his friendship with Balthrir to its limits.

The Boy Who Stole Time by Mark Bowsher

Ellen’s Review:

The Boy Who Stole Time may be aimed at younger readers but I really enjoyed it. Fantastic characters, world building and depth of story were spot on also the cover is so beautiful! It’s definitely an eye catcher which I find an important aspect when my daughters are choosing their next read in the book shop.

The main character in the book is Krish, a 12 year old boy who is confronted with every child’s worst nightmare of their parent being ill and the fear that they may not recover. Krish has always been told how precious time is and becomes more aware with his mum’s sickness; what if he could buy (or steal) her a little more? His desires to have more time appear to summon a devil type creature who tells Krish an ancient tale of a magic powder called Myrthali which is the essence of time itself. The devil persuades Krish to enter into a deal – he will travel to another realm, Ilir, and retrieve the powder from the clutches of the brutal King Obsendei. Of course this was never going to be an easy task and Krish is sent on a magical, terrifying adventure from then on and must complete three seemingly impossible tasks before the King will hand over his treasured Myrthali.

The Black Palace of King Obsendei really grabbed my imagination; a living, breathing structure built entirely out of those subjects who have incurred the wrath of the King. These poor people are forced to clamber and stand on each other to construct the walls and floors of this awful “building”.

Along the way Krish teams up with the awesome Balthrir – a young girl-wizard with a cutting sense of humour and heart of gold. I think that Balthrir was one of my favourite characters. She is seemingly pretty hardcore but carries secrets and heartache of her own. Krish and Balthrir’s worlds collide and they must learn to work together to complete the tasks and survive the cut throat, power-hungry island of Ilir.

This story reminded me of the stories of Arabian Nights/One Thousand and One Nights that I loved to read as a child. There are elements of The Boy Who Stole Time that will appeal to everyone. This book is the first in the series and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next!!

Check out the tour:

MB BT

 

One Dark Night by Tom Bale

Hi all,

Today I’ll be reviewing One Dark Night by Tom Bale, which is published by Bookouture, and is available to buy from today!

About the author:

Tom-Bale-500px

Tom Bale decided that he wanted to be an author from the age of seven but, after another career got in the way, it wasn’t until much later that his dream was fulfilled. After several books with Random House, Bookouture published two stunning ‘everyman’ thrillers by Tom See How They Run and All Fall Down.

About the book:

One Dark Night.jpg

He sees his wife’s eyes watching him in the rear-view mirror, the kids up on their knees to get a better look. That’s when he hears the scream…

You’re driving home from a family outing one afternoon, when a speeding car cuts you up, nearly causing you to crash. Like anyone would, you pull over to confront the driver.

But a glance into the backseat of the speeding car reveals a woman fighting to escape. She is terrified and she’s screaming for your help: these men have murdered her husband…

What would you do?

Out today, you can order your copy by clicking the link below:

One Dark Night by Tom Bale

 

My thoughts:

I’ve been waiting for a new Tom Bale book for what seems like ages, but it’s only really since his last one! And it’s safe to say he’s returned on form with One Dark Night.
As with his other books, Bale has a knack for putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, and that’s no different in this book.
One Dark Night focuses on Adam, Katy and their two children as they deal with the fallout from a split decision. What follows is an adrenaline-pumping thriller with plenty of action to keep the reader turning the pages.
I always find that I end up wondering if I would have done the same if I was in the situations that Bale puts his characters, but to be honest, I don’t think I’d want to as they always get tangled up in something far bigger than the reader expects.
One Dark Night is a really enjoyable book. It’s got plenty of action, some seriously shady characters and lots of shocking moments. These are really what drive the plot forward, and even in the quieter moments, there is an underlying sense of urgency that is woven through the plot that ramps up the tension.
These quieter moments are where you learn the motivations behind the characters decisions, and though it slows the pace, it really is the only way to explain why things are happening the way they are. Without them, the story would not be as believable. And even though these kinds of plot lines can be a little far-fetched, I think that Tom Bale has pulled it off with One Dark Night. It all lies with that split second decision.
I really felt for the family in this one. They are put through an absolute wringer, and just when you think they’re out the other side, the author pulls the rug out from under them again and the tension is back with a bang.
One Dark Night is a gripping thriller, Tom Bale is on top form with this one!


 

Previous reviews:

See How They Run by Tom Bale

All Fall Down by Tom Bale

Each Little Lie by Tom Bale

In conversation with Rick O’Shea

Hey guys,

So. I have something a little different to share with you all today. I managed to snag legendary Irish radio presenter, and fellow book lover, Rick O’Shea for a bit of an informal chat recently and I finally get to share it with you all today, YAY!

For those of you who don’t know, Rick runs Ireland’s largest online book club on Facebook, with over 21,000 members. It is a bookish haven, full of great recommendations and plenty of chats.  There are books selected at the start of the month, and a discussion thread is opened at the end so you can all discuss the choices if you’ve read them.

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, click on the link below and it will take you to the group page where you can request to join. You’d be mad not to 🙂

The Rick O’Shea Book Club on Facebook


 

I’m guessing I should start with how are you? 

I’m great – in the middle of the morning show but as I’m that rare male that can multitask I can do this too!

Haha! So, the first actual question is can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a 45-year-old average white male from Dublin who has gotten lucky and managed to pay the bills all these years talking nonsense and playing music for a living. It’s more like a hobby with benefits really…

In terms of the book world it gets even worse – I’m a lifelong passionate reader who, in recent times, has started reviewing stuff online. As a result half of my work life is now book-related and it’s brilliant…

In terms of the books, with that being what this blog is about, what I’d like to know is what brought you to where your bookish life is now?
And by that, I obviously mean to include you being at the helm of Ireland’s biggest online book club, The Rick O’Shea Book Club over on Facebook.

Well the shortened version (and there is a longer one!) is that a few years ago I decided I wanted to make a concerted effort to read more and so, for a New Years resolution I decided to try to read 100 books in a year. I, knowing myself, knew that I had to say it publicly so that people would keep me honest…

So I did and then was asked on radio shows and to write columns talking about the idea.

At the time people asked me would I consider setting up a book club but, to be honest, I’m not great with people… so I thought Facebook was the perfect place to set it up.

Flash forward and here we are with 21,000 souls and live events at festivals…

I find it so odd that it was never really discussed on radio/in print, that someone could read 100 books in a year. I know for me that’s nearly commonplace now. A lot of the people I chat to online do the Goodreads challenge, so it’s mad to think it was less mainstream a few years back.

Your book club has gone from strength to strength on Facebook. I’ve been there since the start and seeing it’s growth, and cultivation of a community of readers, has been heartening. What is it about the book club, do you think, that makes it work?

Wow. Now there’s a question.

I think it’s that it’s a space on the internet devoid of anger, trolls, unhappiness, misery and all of the other things that can *sometimes* make social media a hell. We talk about books and that’s it. I genuinely think that’s the secret. Give people a spot to chat about something they love with like-minded people and they’ll come. Ireland is so full of people who don’t have available groups of mates to talk to books about whether that’s through isolation or just that their friends don’t read!

That’s very true. It really is lovely to have a space to chat about books, ask for recommendations, and so on. The book club has grown to be so popular in Ireland now that you’re arranging events with authors, and every curating literary festivals. Can you tell me some more about that?

Yeah, those are strange ones in that I’ve interviewed people since I was 19 as part of my work on the radio. To be fair always music or movie type people. Then when the ROSBC came along I was offered a couple of book ones for the first time in my life (this is only about 4 years ago!) and turns out I muct have been pretty decent at it because they keep coming! Things just snowballed from there.

Next thing you know you’re interviewing Pulitzer winners (2 at last count!), interviewing Graham Norton and Alan Cumming in Listowel and curating events and even the Waterford Writers Weekend for the last two years.

Do you find it daunting interviewing such high-profile literary figures, or is it very much all in a days work now?
Also, you’ve taken up the mantle of choosing some Must Reads for Easons, how do you go about picking the books for your choices? Do you have set criteria? 

With the interviews it’s always daunting. Always. Like you’re sitting your Leaving Cert! Usually that evaporates in the first few minutes when you realise most authors are lovely no matter how brilliant or well lauded they are! I remember being particularly nervous the first time I interviewed both Donal Ryan and Michael Chabon and they are both the loveliest, most charming and disarming people in person.

The Eason Must Reads has been brilliant. The idea of getting to choose part of a list of books that appears on tables in every store in the country was something I couldn’t say no to…

As for criteria, choices are books that are usually recently published but beyond that we have a fairly wide open playing field… My reading for the lists is a combination of stuff that Eason send to us in advance, stuff I’ve been sent myself and, once or twice, stuff that I adored that had just come out in paperback.

You definitely like to keep yourself busy 🙂 There’s also the little matter of being a judge for the Costa Book Awards, how did that come about? Or can you talk about it yet?! 

It came about the way most of these things do – I got an e-mail one day.

The awards director asking me if I’d consider being involved this year, me replying “are you sure you’ve got the right guy?” and her affirming that apparently she knew exactly who I was.

It was always going to be a long process so I didn’t enter into it lightly – the bones of 40 books for my third of my category, another 6 from the other two judges for our final list and then, as I’m on the judging panel for the final book of the year I’ll have to read all the other category winners too!

It’s been exciting but draining…

I don’t doubt that! I’m looking forward to seeing the books that make the list for the Costa Book Prize. Aside from books and reading, what else do you enjoy? Because I assume life isn’t all work and no play! 🙂 

Reading is never work, even when it’s work!

I do all the things everyone else does – eat, drink, watch small amounts of TV and go to the movies. I don’t really have hobbies, unless you count travel as that?

 

It could definitely be classed as a hobby. Listen, I’m not going to keep hounding you with questions, so I’ll finish up with this one;

As this is a book blog, could you recommend 3 books you’ve read that you think should be read widely?

Honestly Kate? I could, of course. I could name you 300.

Maybe I’ll give you three from this year that I think were mind-opening, entertaining or that moved me. Emilie Pine’s Notes To Self, Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Questions For The 21st Century and Caoilinn Hughes – Orchid And The Wasp…..

Fin.




 

Official Bio (via Rick’s website)

Rick-OShea-1.jpg

Rick has been a radio presenter with RTE – from 2001-2017 on RTE 2FM and now on RTE Gold.

For 2 series in 2015 and 2016 he was also the presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1.

Rick presents corporate events and launches on a regular basis for clients as varied as Diageo, Samsung, Maximum Media (Joe.ie / Her.ie), Amazon, Alltech and Microsoft.

He’s had epilepsy since he was 16 and has been the National Patron of Epilepsy Ireland since 2006 both fundraising for the organisation and raising awareness of the condition including on The Late Late Show as a guest with Joe Schmidt.

He regularly introduces movie premières and has conducted public interviews at the Dublin International Film Festival with Richard Dreyfus, Danny DeVito, Michael Madsen and Harry Shearer.

He also hosts author interviews with guests as diverse as Liz Nugent, Alan Cumming, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Jessie Burton, Hannah Kent, Tracy Chevalier, Donal Ryan, Michael Chabon, Chris Cleave and Graham Norton.

Rick presents annual awards ceremonies including the Web Awards, Social Media Awards, SME Awards and Student Enterprise Awards. He also hosts at other events as diverse as the Festival Of Curiosity, Pint Of Science Festival, CBI Book Of The Year Awards, Event Industry Awards and the social media metrics business conference Measurement.ie.

In 2015 he co-presented the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards on RTE One TV.

He has been a panellist and event host at events including Listowel Writers Week, Cúirt, Ennis Book Club Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, Bloomsday, Lingo Spoken Word Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, for Dublin 1City 1Book as well as performing spoken word pieces at European Literature Night and the Barnardo’s Under My Bed nights.

He was the literary curator for the Imagine Arts Festival 2017 and will be again in 2018.

Rick has been a speaker at international conferences on epilepsy in Montreal, Malta and Marseille as well as at the European Parliament in Brussels and on the use of social media in radio at Radiodays Europe.

He is part of the voting academy for the BGE Irish Book Awards and was a judge for the 2015 UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize run by The Bookseller magazine.

He runs Ireland’s largest book club.

Not much, so.


 

Sincerest thanks to Rick for taking the time out to have a chat! That link again, if you want to check out the Rick O’Shea Book Club on Facebook is below.

The Rick O’Shea Book Club on Facebook

Thanks for reading 🙂

Blog Tour-Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin by Hannah Lynn ~ Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today, Ellen is taking part i the blog tour for Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin by award-winning author, Hannah Lynn. I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down!

About the author:

Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn is an award-winning, genre-defying novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015, she has since gone on to write The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – which won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the delightfully funny and poignant Peas and Carrots series.

 

While she freely moves between genres, her novels are recognisable for their character driven stories and wonderfully vivid description.

 

She is currently working on a YA Vampire series and a reimaging of a classic Greek myth.

 

Born in 1984, Hannah grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia. It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.
For up-to-date news and access to exclusive promotions follow her on

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HannahLynnAuthor/

Twitter @HMLynnauthor

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13830772.Hannah_M_Lynn

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/hannah-lynn

Book Links:

Amazon.co.uk – Amendments

Amazon.com – Amendments

Amazon.co.uk – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

Amazon.com – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

Amazon.co.uk – Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

Amazon.com – Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin

About the book:

Peas Book Cover

“A coming of age story for the mid-life crisis generation.”

When George Sibley dies, his only son, Eric, has no idea that his inheritance will come with conditions. Now, if Eric is to ever get his hands on his father’s treasured Aston Martin, he must somehow juggle his hectic career and family life in the city, with regular visits to the small riverside town of Burlam. Life for Eric quickly becomes a chaotic kaleidoscope of grumpy pensioners, wellington boots and vintage auto-mobiles, fraught with heavy machinery mishaps, missed deadlines and drug raids, the result of which leave his marriage, job and sanity hanging in the balance.
.

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin is a light-hearted and humorous tale of a man who reluctantly goes digging amongst the weeds in order to discover his roots.

Ellen’s review:

Admit it – you’re intrigued by that title right!? What on Earth can a story called Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin be about? Well I can tell you it’s about a lot of things including family, friendship, loss, grumpy OAPs and an allotment (hence the peas and carrots).

When Eric Sibley’s father George dies, Eric dreams of what his inheritance will buy..a bigger house, fancy holidays perhaps? Nope, nothing like this. George aims to teach Eric a lesson, he doesn’t want Eric to miss out on the joys of family and friendship in pursuit of the finer things in life. So what does Eric get? His father’s beloved Aston Martin which comes attached with a proviso; in order to have full ownership of the car he must tend his father’s allotment every week. Sounds pretty simple right? But due to George’s ill health and inability to do what he loved the land isn’t in the best of shape, in fact it’s an overgrown, rat-infested death trap! Eric is not impressed, he’s a busy man working in the city and doesn’t think he has time for an allotment but George knows exactly how his son would react and there is no get out clause. After trying to flout the rules a few times, with hilarious consequences, Eric comes to the realisation that the allotment needs to be embraced. He is no Monty Don and he must win over the other residents as well as conquer his lack of gardening skills.

Throughout the book we see Eric’s opinions change and his understanding of what he wants out of life grow alongside the new life on his little plot. There are a lot of colourful characters along the way, all of who have something to add to Eric’s journey.

A lovely heart-warming tale and I look forward to book two in the series!

Check out the tour:

Peas Blog Tour Poster.jpg

Blog Tour ~ Hush Hush by Mel Sheratt ~ Ellen’s Review

Hi all,

Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down!

About the author:

Mel Sherratt

Mel Sherratt is the author of ten novels, all of which have become bestsellers. In 2017, she was named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.

She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.

 

About the book:

517OonxHvwL

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt

Ellen’s review:

I have a confession to make….this is the first thriller type book that I have read by Mel Sherratt! Previously I have been a massive fan of her sparkly alter ego Marcie Steele’s books so I was a little nervous of reading a switch in genre from the same author. Well, there was no need for nerves as Hush Hush blew my little sparkly socks off. I’m not averse to crime/thrillers/grit lit so loved all the elements of this novel which mixed together perfectly.

DS Grace Allendale returns to her home town and is immediately recruited on to a gruesome murder case, the only fly in the ointment is that her estranged family are involved. Is blood thicker than water? Where do Grace’s loyalties lie; with her new team or the family who suffered under the brutality of the same father (George Steele)? As much as Grace has grown up apart from her half-brothers and sister you do wonder if her head will be turned and having an insider on the force certainly appeals to the Steele brothers who have taken over the criminal side of their father’s legacy.

The murders are particularly vicious and the thought that they are committed in places where the victims would consider themselves safe gave me the shivers. I was definitely checking over my shoulder when I was out and about in public! I do love a gruesome death scene and Hush Hush definitely delivered.

There are some characters in Hush Hush from the previous Allie Shenton trilogy  but enough detail was given about them that I could keep up and in fact it made me want to bump up these books on my TBR. Mel Sherratt writes excellent female protagonists and I want to get to know them all! The men aren’t always the driving force and we see this in all the strong women in Hush Hush; Grace, her mother, Allie and her estranged sister. None of them are willing to bow down to the men in their lives and in some cases they have been irrevocably damaged mentally and/or physically.

I loved Hush Hush and can’t wait for Tick Tock the next book in the series which is due April 2019!

Check out the tour:

Hush Hush Blog Tour - October