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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‘.

Shelf 2

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.




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:




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



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



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’.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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




Five on Friday

Five on Friday

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



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.

AmazonB&NKobo • GooglePlay





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?




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.





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…






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.



Sunday Shelfies – Shelf One

Welcome to my mini-series of Sunday Shelfies.

Today I bring you the top shelf from one of my bookcases.

On this shelf, sitting behind my little rock climber and a stone from the top of Snowdon, are thirty-three books from seven of my favourite authors (the shelf isn’t long enough to fit all my faves). I met these authors at the Indie Lit Fest in Bradford in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Not only are they great writers, but they are also wonderful people.

Most of the books on this shelf are signed by the authors and are amongst my most treasured possessions. Hopefully, the three that aren’t will be, the next time I meet up with their respective authors!


Chris Turnbull

Starting at the left the first six books are by Chris Turnbull, three of which I have read, the other three are working their way up my to-read list.


Dawn SinghI loved all four of D.M. Singh’s books and am eagerly waiting for the third book in the Regina series, Demons from the Ashes. Which Dawn assured me would be out by Christmas!




Joe KiplingI enjoyed both books in The Union Trilogy by Joe Kipling and hopefully, I’ll be able to read the third before too long. The first time I met Joe, I bought Blinded by the light and was so nervous that I forgot to ask her to sign it.



K.S. MarsdenMy shelf is missing a couple of K.S. Marsden’s books. I have Winter Trials and Awaken on my kindle, but I need the paperbacks too. Kelly is a fantastic author and I love her books.


Maria GibbsMaria Gibbs’ short stories were a pleasure to read, and I am now reading this brilliant author and lovely lady’s series, Children from the Streets.



Rose EnglishRose English is a fun and friendly lady, and a fabulous author. Her books are always delightful and entertaining.

I know I’ve read Rainbows & Roses and Young Ebenezer, but I can’t find my reviews anywhere online, so watch for those reviews coming soon.


T.G. CampbellI recently started reading the Bow Street Society series and although I have only read the first book, I immediately added T.G. Campbell to my ‘Favourite Author’ list. The second book in the series is on my to-read list for this month. Tahnee is a fascinating lady and her passion for history shows, both in her books and when talking to her.


In putting this post together I’ve noticed that my reviews are all over the place. I think I will have to address this situation as soon as I can find the time and figure out the best way to do it!

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reads for September

These five books are on my to-read list this month. The first three are for blog tours on Just Books, and the other two are unread paperbacks from my bookshelf.



The Fourth Victim
by John Mead

The Fourth VictimThree parks, three deaths, four victims, two grieving families, one murder enquiry team and an unknown number of killers. Can an answer be found?

Whitechapel is being gentrified, the many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace, tranquillity and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder.

Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula doesn’t dislike Inspector Merry but he has hardly set the world of the Murder Investigation Team East alight. And, it looked as it the inspector was already putting the death of the young female jogger, found in the park with her head bashed in, down to a mugging ‘gone wrong’.

The victim deserved more. But the inspector isn’t ruling anyone out; the evidence will, eventually, lead him to an answer…

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False Flag
by Rachel Churcher

48053303._SY475_Ketty 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.

Trapped. Cornered. And all I can feel is the pain. The bullet against my knee.

I crawl between the trees, into the darkness, fighting to get away from the voices on the path.

Survive, Ketty. Live through this. Get out of sight, and away from the guns. Away from the tiny fighters.

I crawl, clenching my teeth against the pain, while the children behind me argue about putting a bullet in my back.

Discipline, determination, backbone. Keep quiet, and keep moving.

Let them go. Protect yourself.

Get through this.

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A Paris Fairy Tale
by Marie Laval

A Paris Fairy TaleA wonderful new book from the author of the best selling novel, Little Pink Taxi

Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?

Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.

As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.

But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters?

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The Other Side of the Streets
by Maria Gibbs

The Other Side of the StreetsRio, Brasil has always been split in half.

Marcos Martinez is from the half where homelessness and poverty is the norm. The son of a man who lived on the streets until he was adopted at the age of twelve, Marcos has made it his mission to defy the norm and make something of his life.

Gio Silvas knows only the lifestyle of the other side. A billionaire’s son, he’s a selfish, weak, narcissistic bully who thrives on hedonism, vibrant carnivals, and untold wealth—a lifestyle where the word “no” is not part of his vocabulary.

When Gio falls for Marcos’ twin sister Caro, a hard life lesson is heading his way. Will he see the error of his ways and change, or will his love for Caro push him and her family past the point of no return?

Familiar characters await, along with new, to both entrance and appall in this third installment of the Children from the Streets series. Come. It’s time. Carnival is upon us. Are you ready to return to the streets?

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The Case of The Lonesome Lushington
by T.G. Campbell

Lonesome LushingtonIn this sequel to The Case of The Curious Client the Bow Street Society are privately commissioned to investigate the murder of a woman whose mutilated body was discovered in the doorway of the London Crystal Palace Bazaar on Oxford Street. Scandal, lies, intrigue, and murder all await the Society as they explore the consumerist hub of the Victorian Era & its surrounding areas, glimpse the upper classes’ sordid underbelly, and make a shocking discovery no one could’ve predicted…

The Bow Street Society is a fictional group of amateur detectives operating in London in 1896. Each of its civilian members has been enlisted for their unique skill or exceptional knowledge in a particular field. This ensures the Society may work to solve cases on the behalf of their clients regardless of their client’s social class or wealth; cases that the police either can’t or won’t investigate. From an Artist to an Illusionist, from a Hansom Cabman to a Fashion Journalist, the Bow Street Society is justice by all and for all.

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August Round-up

monthly roundup

Books I read in August 2019

I didn’t have a Five on Friday to-read list for August as I knew I’d be busy and probably wouldn’t have managed to read 5 books. I did have three books that I’d promised to review during August, and thankfully  I read all three and even found time to read the second book of the Children from the Streets series, which I had started to read at the end of July, before accidently packing it.


My Reviews:

The Best Lousy Choice by Jim Nesbitt

The Coven History by Lily Luchesi

Duality by K. J. McGillick

Sins of the Father by Maria Gibbs




Sunday S(h)elfies

67335669_10156895438073822_8731787526311772160_nAs I now have my books unpacked and sorted into my bookcases, over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my book shelves with you. I have about a third of the books I had in my old home.

Along with some clothes and toys, I donated the rest of my books to charity. Hopefully, they will find good new homes with other readers, and the people the charity supports also benefit.

I have seven shelves of fiction, mostly by indie authors, and one shelf of non-fiction. Starting next sunday I will share one shelf each week.

July Round-up

monthly roundup

Although somewhat later in the month than usual, here is my round-up of books I read in July 2019

As well as the five books from my to-read list on my Five on Friday (July 5th), I also read K.S. Marsden’s latest release.


My Reviews:

Discussion of a Decent Dream by E. Curtis

Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw

Scouse Gothic by Ian McKinney

Battle Ground by Rachel Churcher

A Boy from the Streets by Maria Gibbs

Sophie by K.S. Marsden