#BookReview for The Second Coming by Brian O’Gorman

My review for The Second Coming by Brian O’Gorman, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Where do I begin with this review? I love Brian O’Gorman’s books – the character development is on a par with Stephen King, the stories keep you hooked right from the beginning, and he loves to surprise and shock the reader in equal measure!

I had high expectations for The Second Coming, and it doesn’t disappoint! This is an epic story of the eternal fight between good and evil, with normal, down-to-earth characters who are thrown into the most extraordinary circumstances. When an earthquake hits the city of Stenfield early one morning, two men are affected in completely different ways. While one discovers he has the power to heal, the other discovers he can cause mayhem and chaos.

This is a story of redemption and self-discovery, but it is also an insight into the fragility of humans’ minds, of the thin line between good and evil, of how easily people can be turned against one another. There are many layers to the story, each character’s life affecting the others’, subtle actions causing catastrophic events later. As with all the author’s books, each time you read it you discover more and spot the little things that contribute and add depth to the overall story.

There are a few shocking scenes, and others that will have you holding your breath, but the narrative keeps you turning the pages right to the stunning end. With Brian O’Gorman’s books, you can never be sure how they’ll finish, and he definitely keeps you on your toes with this one!

A well-written, brutally honest read that will make you think, and remain with you for a long time after you’ve read it. Highly recommend!

You can preorder The Second Coming now, and it’s out on the 19th March:
https://www.amazon.com/Second-Coming-English-Brian-OGorman-ebook/dp/B08TC99MNH/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Coming-English-Brian-OGorman-ebook/dp/B08TC99MNH/

#BookReview for Grubane by Karl Drinkwater

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My review for Grubane by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

This is another great addition to the Solace series. Each novella gives us more background to the universe Drinkwater has created, building up to the two main novels.

In Grubane, he has interwoven the story with tactics used in chess, in a clever, intriguing way. It gives us an insight into Grubane’s mind, and leads the story along to its gripping conclusion.

The interaction between the AI and Major Grubane is intelligent, witty, and at times almost childlike, as the AI questions its almost human-like feelings. I loved these two characters – neither is as sterile or emotionless as they seem at the beginning.

A great read, as ever, from Drinkwater. I highly recommend the whole series!

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#BookReview for A Wish For Jinnie by Audrey Davis

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My review for A Wish For Jinnie by Audrey Davis, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Have read the author’s Haunting of Hattie Hastings series, I was really looking forward to reading her latest book. She very kindly gave me an ARC, and it didn’t disappoint!

I was grabbed from the first pages, both by the great characters and by the author’s wonderful writing style, full of dry British humour. From Jinnie’s grandma Wilma, a feisty old woman who keeps a copy of Sex After Seventy in her living room, to Dhassim the genie, who loves the Spice Girls and wearing women’s tracksuit bottoms, this book had me chuckling all the way through.

It’s a love story – Jinnie is getting over being dumped by her fiance Mark by starting a new life in a small Scottish town – but it’s also so much more. It’s a story of ordinary people struggling to get by, dealing with dementia, and divorce, and loneliness. But most of all it’s a story of hope, of believing that something better could be just around the corner, and that maybe what we want isn’t as important as helping others.

The characters are people you meet every day, from all walks of life – we’ve all known a Jo or a Janette. I loved this wonderful, feel-good story with a dash of magic, and I can guarantee it will warm your heart and leave you yearning for more!

Well-written, with touching moments as well as plenty of humour, I highly recommend this book!

You can preorder it now, and read it from the 22nd June:

getbook.at/AWishForJinnie

https://books2read.com/u/4N9kr6

https://www.kobo.com/ebook/a-wish-for-jinnie

#Unicorns, #mermaids, and so much more!

About six months ago, Sarah Northwood and I decided to write a children’s book together. You can see the cover reveal and read about it here.

The book, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Magical Tales, is now with our beta readers, and initial feedback is wonderful!

“There are so many beautiful passages throughout, life lessons for young children hidden within the stories, and some lovely advice (kindness, courage) as well.”

“I love the short stories, perfect for a bedtime story each night, with lots to spark the imagination of little ones (and grown ups too!)”

We now have a publishing date! The paperback will be available from the 15th March. The ebook will be available to pre-order the same day at the special low price of 99c/99p, and will be published on the 31st March.

We’ve also created a website where you can find lots of fun activities for children, with puzzles, word searches, and beautiful hand-drawn pictures to download and colour in. We’d love to see your children’s creations and show them off on the site!

Visit the site

Take a look and let me know what you think!

We’re very proud of this book, with its beautiful illustrations, poems, and short stories that we hope children will love and treasure for years to come. I hope we’ll write more books together in the future!

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#kindlecountdown for The Lost Girls

My latest book, a suspense set in the south of England, is currently on a Kindle Countdown in the US and UK (sorry, Amazon doesn’t allow us to do it anywhere else).

I’m currently writing book #2, Shadows from the Past, which I hope will be published by the end of the year. Investigative journalist Maggie Dupont is back, with a brand new protagonist who’s even darker than the previous one.

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback about Maggie, which I’m really pleased about as she’s partly based on someone I know very well – me! She has an auto-immune illness which prevents her from enjoying life to the full, and has had a traumatic past that she’s still trying to recover from. However, there are some differences – Maggie is in a relationship with Sally, while I’m happily married to my wonderful husband and have two children!

Here’s the prologue to give you a taster of the book:

PROLOGUE

March 2014

He stepped back into the shadows with a curse. Light from the bedroom spilled out onto the back garden, making the leaves on the trees and blades of grass stand out in stark contrast to the darker background. A football lay on the ground near his feet, and he had an absurd urge to kick it hard against the back door, maybe hard enough to break the glass. He clenched his fists, resisting the impulse to make his presence known. She would get to know him soon enough.

Muffled shouts and the slamming of a door reached him, deadened by the glass. He smiled, taking comfort in the familiar. Every night it was the same: first the shouting match with her mother, then the music, blasting out at full volume. The disco beat throbbed through his head, and he winced. She would change her tastes, he’d make sure of that.

His heart quickened as she stepped over to the window and reached up with her arms to pull the curtains across. He could still see her shadow, flitting around the room as she danced off her anger. He imagined her there, tears pouring down her cheeks as she mentally raged against the unfairness of her life, her cruel parents who treated her like a slave. Yes, he’d chosen well this time. Sixteen years ago, he lost his sisters. Now he only had to bide his time, until the day they would be his once more.

You can download The Lost Girls here:

getbook.at/TheLostGirls

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