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Scouse Gothic by Ian McKinney

(Book 1) ‘The Pool of Life..and Death’

Scouse Gothic

 
Scouse GothicMelville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.

Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hitman’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.

Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each other’s secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?

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My Review:

An unusual and compelling read.

Scouse Gothic has a wonderful cast of believable and flawed characters, whos seemingly individual tales become seamlessly, and cleverly, interwoven. Amongst this party of oddballs, are vampires (not your typical vamps), criminals, humans and an angel disguised as a pigeon… or is that last one a figment of someone’s imagination?

An atmospheric story that brings the Liverpool setting, past and present, to life, with a superb mix of revenge, love, hate, history, light & dark humour, and much more.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

Author Bio:

Scouse - xSGrNZmp.jpgIan was born and bred in Liverpool but left for university in the 1980’s when the city appeared to be in a terminal decline. After qualifying he worked in London and Essex before finally settling in Shropshire with his wife and daughter.

However a set of circumstances meant that he returned to live in the city once more. What he found was a modern vibrant city. The derelict buildings from his youth had been restored and repurposed. A dock was now a tourist attraction, a church was now a night club, a gaol now a hotel.

It was then that he had the idea for Melville a vampire who had known the city in its prime and had now returned to it. Initially the story of Melville was written as a short story, but the more Ian explored the city the more he realised there were many more tales to tell than just Melville’s. That was when the idea for Scouse Gothic was born.

The first book ‘A Pool of Life ..and Death’ , was very well received and has now been followed by a further two books. Ian continues to spend his time between Liverpool and Shropshire and is currently working on two further projects.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Dead & TalkingHow many more young men might this evil man destroy if no-one did anything to stop him? After a lifetime of living with the consequences of a weak father, a man who tolerated the bullying that caused nothing but misery, I couldn’t let it go.

~Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw

Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

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Take a ride with Love Taxis, the cab company with a Heart …

 
Little Pink TaxiRosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was somebody playing cupid …

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My Review:
An enjoyable read that’s much more than a romantic comedy, alongside the romance and humour, there’s friendship, history, mystery, danger and a hint of paranormal.

Rosalie is a bubbly and kind-hearted person, and her taxi firm, Love Taxis, is at the heart of the close-knit community. Marc Petersen is a cold and calculating businessman who has got no idea why his late father bought a run-down castle in Scotland.

When Rosalie picks up Petersen in her pink taxi, he’s not impressed with the car or her driving. When she discovers he’s the new owner, not only of the taxi firm but also her home, Raventhorn Castle, and he’s planning to strip and sell the business for profit, she tries to show him that there are more important things in life than a hefty bank balance.

Little Pink Taxi was a well-written, fun read with a mix of quirky characters and a backdrop of the wilds of Scotland.

 

The Author:

Marie LavalOriginally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes.

She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance).

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Little Pink TaxiShe reached out for the blue box and placed it on the worktop before walking over to the cupboard, getting down on her knees and searching for the key, which Geoff had said was Sellotaped to the shelf. He really had taken a lot of precautions to make sure her mother’s papers were secure, she thought as she pulled off the tape and caught the small key in the palm of her hand.

~Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

Saturday Spotlight

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Fog by Michael Wombat

17344256You know how it is. We’ve all experienced it while driving. You suddenly realise that you have no idea where you are, or what your destination is. After a few seconds light dawns and you remember where you are going.

But what if light didn’t dawn? What if you continued to know nothing before that moment? You have no idea where you are, who you are, or why a bunch of nutters is trying to kill you. The only thing you know is that you have to run for your life…

Sexy, funny, violent and thrilling, Fog is not so much a Whodunnit as a Whatthehellsgoingon.

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My Review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Michael Wombat and I will be reading more, I loved his writing style and really enjoyed the fantastic adventure within the pages of this book.

The mystery and excitement begin on page one when we meet the main character driving alone in the fog. He has amnesia and a boot (trunk) full of body parts. The book is written from this character’s point of view and it feels like you are sitting next to him while he regales you with tales of his adventure.

I won’t say anything more about the story… no spoilers… but if you enjoy a rip-roaring thriller with great twists and turns, brilliant characters and some humour thrown into the mix… then read this one.

 

About The Author:

6524212A Yorkshireman living in the rural green hills of Lancashire, Michael Wombat is a man of huge beard. He has a penchant for good single-malts, inept football teams, big daft dogs and the diary of Mr. Samuel Pepys. Abducted by pirates at the age of twelve he quickly rose to captain the feared privateer ‘The Mrs. Nesbitt’ and terrorised the Skull Coast throughout his early twenties. Narrowly escaping the Revenue men by dressing as a burlesque dancer, he went on to work successively and successfully as a burlesque dancer, a forester, a busker, and a magic carpet salesman.

The fact that he was once one of that forgotten company, the bus conductors, will immediately tell you that he is as old as the hills in which he lives. Nowadays he spends his time writing, telling tall tales in his bio, and pretending to take good photographs.

You can have a good laugh at his blog or his photographs, but most of all please go and mock him mercilessly on Twitter or Facebook. Michael Wombat has published over one book. Other authors are available.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

FogThe appalling shrieks continued, and I heard footsteps clatter loudly down the footbridge steps, closely followed by another person bursting into the foyer.
Between my fingers I rubbed at the ichor that had once been inside a person’s head, and gazed mindlessly into the welcoming blackness.

~Fog by Michael Wombat

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

 
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. The weekly Meme wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading.

  • Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    -BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

43601384Anyway, according to the ancient records, that was the first step. The next ingredient was five drops of essence from the Martian Snapitus Crapitus flower, then 1/4 cup of carbonated goat drool, a thimble-full of ectoplasm from the ghosts of three Tibetan circus clowns; and lastly, an incantation, never uttered, from a philosopher that never lived.

~Uncle Billy’s Chicken Hut and Salvation Emporium by Jeffrey G. Roberts