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False Flag by Rachel Churcher ​​

False Flag Rachel Churcher coverKetty Smith is an instructor with the Recruit Training Service, turning sixteen-year-old conscripts into government fighters. She’s determined to win the job of lead instructor at Camp Bishop, but the arrival of Bex and her friends brings challenges she’s not ready to handle. Running from her own traumatic past, Ketty faces a choice: to make a stand, and expose a government conspiracy, or keep herself safe, and hope she’s working for the winning side.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

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My Review:

In Battle Ground, the first book of the series, Ketty Smith was Bex Ellman’s nemesis and not a particularly nice person. However, there are two sides to this story.

Instead of following on from book 1, as I expected, this book revisits the same events only this time from Ketty’s point of view.

Although we already know what happened during this timeframe, the shift in viewpoint added depth and showed new aspects of the events.

I now understand Ketty as a person, although because of the ambiguous political backdrop to the story, I’m still unsure which side I should be rooting for!

I am enjoying this fascinating and plausible series and I’m looking forward to reading book 3.

 

The Author:
Rachel Churcher Author photoRachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.

She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.

Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

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Strangers She Knows by Christina Dodd

Strangers She Knows

Title: Strangers She Knows
Series: Cape Charade #3
Author: Christina Dodd
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: HQN Books
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN: 1335468331 (ISBN13: 9781335468338)

 

Perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd returns with the chilling finale to the Cape Charade trilogy.

 
strangers-she-knows-by-christina-dodd-coverI have three deadly problems:

   1. I’ve seriously offended a maniacal killer.
   2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
   3. My new daughter is growing up too fast—and she’s in the line of fire.

Living on an obscure, technology-free island off California means safety from the murderer who hunts Kellen Adams and her new family…or does it? Family time becomes terror time, until Kellen finds herself alone and facing an all-too-familiar psychopath. Only one can survive, and Kellen knows who must win…and who must die.

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Be sure to also check-out the rest of the Cape Charade series, starting with Dead Girl Running and What Doesn’t Kill Her, available now wherever books are sold.

Series STARRED reviews from Booklist:

“From the unforgettable heroine with a past to the incisively etched cast of secondary characters to the brilliantly imaginative plot, Dodd is at her most wildly entertaining, wickedly witty best.”
      -Booklist STARRED review on Dead Girl Running

“Featuring an unforgettable protagonist…who makes Jack Reacher look like a slacker when it comes to dispatching trouble, and an ingenious plot that includes plenty of white-knuckle twists and turns as well as some touching moments of mother-daughter bonding.”
      -Booklist STARRED review on What Doesn’t Kill Her

“Dodd continues her addictively readable Cape Charade series featuring Kellen Adams with another white-knuckle tale that simply begs to be inhaled in one sitting. With a fascinating island setting that includes a spooky old mansion, a secondary storyline involving World War II, and an antagonist who could give Villanelle from Killing Eve a pointer or two, this is Dodd at her brilliant best.”
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Author Bio:

strangers-she-knows-by-christina-dodd-authorNew York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “edge-of-the-seat suspense” (Iris Johansen) with “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd” (ALA Booklist). Her fifty-eight books have been called “scary, sexy, and smartly written” by Booklist and, much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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Bonfire Heart by Audrina Lane

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Bonfire Heart ecover (002)Sebastian Winter is a loner with a lot on his mind. His only escape is his photography and enjoying the peace and solitude that sailing off the coast of New Zealand brings.

Lena Cavendish is the town’s rich girl who wants to break free and follow her heart. Her father wants University and a career for his daughter, she wants to write romances. She is looking for her ‘Happily Ever After’.

Falling in love can be simple but will Sebastian’s anxiety and depression push her away, just when he needs her the most?

Find out in this coming of age story set on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Excerpt:

 
Setting off on the path behind the house he climbed the small hill to his favoured location. From the one side the town was laid out before him, the other was the rugged cliff line leading to the lighthouse. The sun was starting to turn the horizon orange, so he settled on the grass, the lighthouse in view. He watched as the light bathed its white shell pink and then orange. Taking a few shots, he waited until the sun was diving into the ocean and the colours turned to violets before dark. Then shifting into the other direction, the moon began its ascent, lighting the midnight sky with its stark white light. Once more the lighthouse was white, topped by the bright yellow light of the lamp. Sebastian loved this time of day when he got to indulge his other love after sailing. Then lying back in the grass, he closed his eyes and thought of Lena.

As his boat bumped the side of the yacht he lurched forward and jumped. The two of them landed, face down, in a sluice of water on the deck.

 

Author Bio:

Audrina LaneAudrina lives in Herefordshire with her partner Steve and her 3 Black Labradors called Rael, Lily & Milo.

She is the author of the fabulous “Heart Trilogy Series” made up of the novels “Where did your Heart go?” “Un-break my Heart” and “Closer to the Heart”. She has also completed the first two books in the Bloodstained Heart Trilogy. These are connected to The Heart Trilogy series in that they feature the full story of Felicity.

She has enjoyed writing her first collaboration with Rita Ames on the ‘Need for Speed’ Racing series. These are romances set at various motor racing venues, with the first book ’24Hrs to Love’ available and set at Le Mans. She has recently released her first Poetry and Short Story Anthology called ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’.

When she is not tapping away on the PC, she enjoys walking her 3 black Labradors, listening to eighties music and barefoot dancing. She also loves cars, from old classics to modern day supercars and is a total fan of Formula 1.

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Find all of Audrina’s novels on Amazon and all are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited:

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Other Books by Audrina Lane:

The Heart Trilogy

Where did your Heart go?
Unbreak my Heart
Close to the Heart

 

The Bloodstained Heart Trilogy

Bloodstained Heart. Part 1 – Passion
Bloodstained Heart. Part 2 – Revenge
Bloodstained Heart. Part 3 – Redemption

 

Need for Speed series with co-author Rita Ames

24Hrs to Love

 

Short Story & Poetry Anthology

Whiter Shade of Pale

 

Electric Eclectic Novelettes

Bonfire Heart

 

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Sunday Shelfies – Shelf Two

Time for my second post in my mini-series of Sunday Shelfies. Today it’s the turn of the shelf beneath last weeks‘.

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The books on this shelf sit behind a couple of my cats, and once again the majority of them are signed. The exceptions are Treaters by CJ Rutherford and Blind Date by Debbie Ioanna.

The books are shelved alphabetically by author – Adam Dreece to Heleen Kist.
I have read some of the books on this shelf, but many are still on my to-read list.

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Adam Dreece booksAdam Dreece is the author of The Yellow Hoods series, a world where steampunk and fairy tale meet, and which I loved. I have only ecopies of The Yellow Hoods books, however, the paperbacks I own and have also read are:

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Adrian Baldwin booksOf the two books by Adrian Baldwin, I have only read one, Barnacle Brat which is an intriguing and captivating, surreal story – unless you have a fear of clowns, luckily I don’t. Stanley McCloud Must Die! is sitting on my, ever growing, to-read list

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I won the four signed paperbacks by Alice White, but I’m sorry to say I haven’t got round to reading any of them yet… I will! The covers for The Blue Door series have been revamped since my win.

Alice White books

  • The Blue Door
  • Beyond The Blue Door
  • Return To The Blue Door
  • Twisted Labyrinth

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Wolf MoonI have read many books by C.D Gorri. Including the first five in the Grazi Kelly series, of which Wolf Moon is the first. I’ve also read some of the Macconwood Pack, Angela Tanner and Falk Clan series’.

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Sun StealersI have read Sun Stealers by C.J. Bridgeman, which I won in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Sun Stealers is the second book in The Spellweaver Chronicles.

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TreatersThe next book on the shelf is the awesome Treaters by C.J. Rutherford. Treaters is the first book in The Divine Conflict series, and I am waiting -ever so patiently- for the second book to be released. My copy of Treaters is not signed, but I hope that, at some time in the not too distant future, CJ, and his imaginary dragon, Claude, will pop across to England from their home in Ireland.

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StarburstStarburst, the first book of The Women of The Grey series by Carol James Marshall, is another of those books on my shelf that I still haven’t read.

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Travel GlassesTravel Glasses is the first book in The Call to Search Everywhen series by Chess Desalls. I’ve read and enjoyed this and the second book, Insight Kindling.
Book three, Time for the Lost, is on my to-read list.

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I’m sorry to say that the rest of the books on this shelf help to make up my ridiculously long to-read list.I will get round to them all… one day!

Many of them were bought at Indie Lit Fest in Bradford and are also new-to-me authors.

Carved Wooden HeartThe exception to this is Carved Wooden Heart. Although this book is as yet unread, I have read and enjoyed a few books by Elizabeth Horton-Newton, including Riddle and View From the Sixth Floor

  • The Devil You Know by Claire Marta
  • Abberton House by Debbie Ioanna
  • Blind Date by Debbie Ioanna
  • The Healing Paths of Fife by Diana Jackson
  • The Church of Freyr by Duncan Thompson
  • Within the Dark Places by Duncan Thompson
  • Where the Darkness Hides by Duncan Thompson
  • Aeon Infinitum by E. Rachael Hardcastle
  • Tragic Silence by E.C. Hibbs
  • The Libelle Papers by E.C. Hibbs
  • Sepia and Silver by E.C. Hibbs
  • Grave Misconception by Felicity Snowden
  • When Dead Men Won’t Lie by Felicity Snowden
  • Immortalis by G M Sherwin
  • In Servitude by Heleen Kist

 

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Saturday Spotlight

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The Botanist by L.K. Hill​

The BotanistIn the heat of the desert, Detective Cody Oliver inadvertently stumbles upon a strange garden adorned with exotic flowers. Upon closer inspection, he finds the garden is but a cover for the scores of bodies buried below. Soon, the small town of Mt. Dessicate plunges into chaos as journalists, reporters, and cameramen from across the nation descend upon the tiny, desert town to get a piece of the action.

Along with the media, a mysterious woman appears. She may be the only person who has come face to face with the killer, dubbed the Botanist, and lived to tell the tale. If Cody can’t piece together a timeline of the land the crime scene is located on, decipher how the woman’s mysterious past is connected to the killer, and bring the Botanist to justice, he may lose the people he values most.

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My Review:

A well written, captivating and nail-biting story from L. K. Hill.

Detective Cody Oliver stumbles across a burial site in the desert. From that moment the small town in which he lives descends into a mass of journalists and extra policemen as Cody and his colleagues attempt to track down the serial killer.

Having escaped the clutches of the killer previously, Alex Thompson returns to Mt. Dessicate to remind the investigators of her experience, and finds herself, once again, targeted by the murderer.

Although I guessed early on who the killer was, the twists and turns the author took me through to get there kept me turning the pages. The slow-burning romance between the two main characters was somewhat predictable but added another dimension to the story.

The book held my attention throughout. It was dark and thrilling, and with some descriptions of the brutal torture inflicted by the killer, probably not for the faint-hearted, but I will be adding more books by L.K. Hill to my to-read list.

 

The Author:

L.K. HillL.K. Hill is a pen name for author Liesel K Hill. She writes across three genres. Her historical romance is written under the pen name K.L. Conger. She writes scifi and fantasy, including dystopian, under her full name, Liesel K. Hill. Her crime fiction is written under her initials, L.K. Hill.

She comes from a large, tight-knit family and resides in Northern Utah. She loved to read and write at a young age, and her earliest memories consist of her father sitting in the doorway of her room at night, relating stories of Frodo, Gandalf, and the One Ring. Her mother also read to her every afternoon as a child, sometimes for several hours a day.

Today she is an award-winning author. She plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or the Second Coming happens. Whichever comes first. ;D

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five new releases that I’ve added to my to-read list!

 

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A Means to an End

Lissa Marie Redmond

September 8, 2019

A Means to an EndBuffalo police detective Lauren Riley risks her life to close the book for good on a killer who’s never paid for his crimes.

When cold case detective Lauren Riley returns to work months after being stabbed by a fellow police officer, it’s clear that her troubles are far from over. The body of a young woman has been found in the same woods as a murder victim from one of Lauren’s most horrifying cases. It doesn’t take long for Lauren to be back at square one confronting David Spencer, the quietly deranged man she could never prove was a killer. Lauren convinces the police chief to put together a task force to uncover the connections between the brutal slaying of both women and the murder of two cops. But things go south quickly, forcing Lauren into a deadly game that she can’t afford to lose.

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The Hag

Erik Henry Vick

September 6, 2019

The HagWar is hell and a war with hell even more so…

Broken by terror, separated by time and circumstance, drawn back together again by insufferable evil, friends stood against the maleficent horror and survived once. But the demons have a new leader, and Toby, Benny, Shannon, Mike, and Scott now face the collected might of the demons inhabiting Oneka Falls.

They hunted the Demon King in the forest around the town and sparked a war with an enemy they barely understood. Worse yet, by attacking Herlequin and disrupting his plans, they painted a bright target on their own backs for the rest of the demons in the town. Led by Chaz Welsh and Lee LaBouche, the demons strike back, forcing the demon hunters to run for their lives.

How can Toby, Benny, Shannon, Mike, and Scott hope to win a war against the demons entrenched in Oneka Falls? How can they even hope to survive?

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The Extinction Agenda

Michael Laurence

September 3, 2019

The Extinction AgendaAn FBI agent fights to stop a conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus on the world in this propulsive, exhilarating new thriller.

The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they’re coming…and it’s not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason’s team, including his partner and mentor.

Tormented by guilt, Mason returns to his home division, but he can’t seem to let go of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames, something that convinces him that not only is the virus still out there, it’s merely the first stage of an even more nefarious plan. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, he launches his own investigation and uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda, one carried out by a sinister mass murderer who’s been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic…without appearing to age. An evil man who attempts to derail Mason’s investigation by murdering his wife.

With the help of his longtime friends—Gunnar Backstrom, a corporate espionage gun-for-hire, and Ramses Donovan, a sin merchant of questionable morality—Mason’s hunt for his wife’s killer leads him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a conspiracy against mankind more than a hundred years in the making. Fueled by anger and driven by the promise of vengeance, he must overcome a monster preparing to unleash his virulent wrath upon an unsuspecting world if he’s to have any hope of exposing a deep-state entity that’s rooted in every facet of our society, an entity known only as…The Thirteen.

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Crossings

Ashley Capes

September 1, 2019

CrossingsDeep in the Australian bush, something dark is stirring.

When wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas finds a pile of animal entrails on her doorstep she immediately suspects her abusive ex, but the sudden spate of deaths that follow seem beyond even Ben’s vindictiveness.

Worse, her father’s health is deteriorating fast and when the harassment and deaths continue, it only fuels her feelings of powerlessness. To add confusion to growing fear, Lisa must also investigate reports of a giant white kangaroo, reports that suggest the creature is no mere hoax.

Yet the mysterious kangaroo is impossible to track down and the more Lisa searches the more she’s sure an even greater threat lurks in the wilderness…

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Shadows Among Us

Ellery A. Kane

August 31, 2019

Shadows Among UsEvil is closer than you think.

Psychologist, Mollie Roark, had it all. A hotshot husband, a beautiful daughter, a successful career, and a fancy house on the Napa hillside. She’d finally made it. Left her troubled past and her crazy father far behind her.

But two years ago, the unspeakable happened. Her daughter’s burned body turned up on the shores of Lake Berryessa just days after her fifteenth birthday. The police seem certain Dakota fell victim to the Shadow Man, the prolific serial killer who had terrorized the Napa Valley for two decades. Mollie’s normal life is now anything but. Childless, divorced, and unemployed, she’s barely staying afloat. She’s got one mission. To find the scumbag who killed her daughter and make him pay.

When a mysterious old man shows up at her door seeking absolution and promising answers, it’s impossible to resist. But the deeper she goes inside his mind, the shakier her sanity becomes. Everyone is a suspect. No one is innocent. Because Mollie knows evil may be as close as her own shadow.

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