Saturday, 22 April 2017

Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong by Gina Kirkham

Constable 1261 Mavis Upton takes us back through her Police career to share hilarious highlights from her career, from starting as a trainee, to her probation, through to being a Police officer. Mavis may be a fictional character but some of the stories are based on true life events.
The stories will have you laughing out loud and are hugely entertaining. There are lots of mishaps and calamities and it does go to show there is nothing as Queer as Folk! This is a book that oozes charisma and character.
There are many laughs but the more serious side of policing are touched upon too, and Mavis personal loss in her private life that will touch your heart, and have you reaching for the tissues. This is one of those books you will not be able to put down a very interesting, and enjoyable read.

This fabulous and funny read published by Urbane Publications comes out on May 18th and is available to pre-order now at

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Nikki Bywater On Speaking Out and Speaking Up

Words can come easy at times, they flow and grow into a perfect scene. Taken from a dream our imaginations allow us to run free and flow into our deep and darkest inner mind and we create. We invent. We have a cast of characters ready to reveal their inner secrets, feelings and emotions in a heartbeat. Anything can happen along the way. We can also take it all away in a moment. We breathe life into our characters and take readers with us along for the ride, into the escapism of our worlds.

Writing about true life events. An event that changed our life forever. Not so easy is it? Personal feelings and knowing truth and trust must be respected at all times. Just how much to reveal too. Do you kiss and tell all. Do you hold back, speak out or go away quietly and say nothing?

Sometimes some things need to be said, stories have to be told. Those words can offer comfort and help others, help others to know they are not alone. To express ones feelings through the written word often can bring comfort at the darkest of times. It can be a source of revenge for some to express feelings, feelings of pain and disappointment, feelings of despair. A chance to express your point of view, give you a chance to speak and express yourself. A chance for closure. There is nothing worse when you meet a poor communicator, especially when it is during a time when good communication really counts. When a decision out of your control can come at a high cost for someone you know best.

Sometimes people can charge ahead without knowing the full facts and jump to the wrong conclusions. You can try and speak and try to get them to listen to what you know, but if they are unwilling to listen and judge a situation on what and how they see it. The spoken word means nothing. They send you free falling into the abyss and the impossible. When we write, we can write ourselves out of any situation, in real life we are powerless and must surrender to fate. Our path was written out, we knew were we were going, but in that split second everything changed and anything could happen.

One person's wrong decision. One person's will and way. Their way, their choice. With no ending in sight and no knowing what will come next there is a word that now stands up, stronger than the rest. HOPE. Hope is always there and hope can bring change for the better. Sometimes out of the hopelessness of a situation, hope will be there, followed by love, kindness and understanding things can slowly turn around. Now we are heading towards an ending. Now we can tell our story from the beginning and it will all make sense.

So we get our pen and paper and we make a start. We follow our heart and we do it because it is the right thing to do. To be outspoken and to make a stand. To fight for what is right and what needs changing. To turn something bad into something really good...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

After She's Gone by Sheryl Browne

Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 21st Feb 2017
Publisher: Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit)
He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable. 
When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.
But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.



‘Oi, you can’t park there!’ a police officer yelled as Matthew mounted the kerb, careering his car haphazardly to a stop on the pavement.
His gut twisting violently inside him, his head reeling, Matthew ignored him, ramming his door open instead to scramble from the car and set off at a run.
‘What the …?’
Vaguely aware of the man giving chase, Matthew kept going, attempting to push past another officer closing in in front of him, only to be caught from behind.
‘Whoa. Come on, mate, you need to get back.’ Taking hold of his arm, the officer behind attempted to steer him away. ‘There’s been an accident up ahead. We need to clear—’
‘Shit, it’s Adams.’ The officer in front intervened.
‘Who?’ The man still hanging on to his arm asked.
‘Detective Inspector Adams,’ the officer in front supplied warily. ‘Let him through.’
Stumbling forwards as the guy behind relaxed his grip, his legs like dead weights beneath him, Matthew forced himself on, bypassing other officers, who now stood respectfully aside.
His wife was with her. Matthew swallowed back a hard knot in his throat. She was crouched over her, holding her impossibly small hand in her own. She didn’t look up. Rebecca kept her gaze focussed on their daughter. His daughter. Matthew felt something break inside him as he took in his baby’s injuries, her broken body, the slow trickle of lifeblood pooling beneath her, staining the drab, grey road crimson.
Please don’t. Matthew prayed hopelessly as he moved closer. Please don’t do this. The world seeming to slow to a stop around him, the use of his legs finally deserting him, Matthew dropped to his knees at the side of the child he’d loved with every fibre of his being ever since he’d first glimpsed her tiny form on the monitor.
‘Hey, Tigerlily,’ he said, his voice cracking as Lily’s eyes fluttered open. Wide blue eyes, once crystal clear with the innocence of childhood, they were filled with confusion and pain as she looked pleadingly up at him, silently begging him, her daddy, to fix it. His heart turned over as her lips parted. She wanted to speak. She couldn’t. Please don’t try to speak, baby. Tears he couldn’t hope to hide streaming down his face, Matthew leaned towards her, brushing her blood-matted, beautiful blonde hair gently away from her face. ‘Daddy’s here, darling,’ he choked. ‘It’s going to be just fine.’
Lies. Lies. He screamed inside. It was going to be fine. It could never be. He couldn’t fix it. How could he let his little girl go knowing he couldn’t? Cradling his baby gently in his arms, Matthew’s heart splintered inside him as he watched her life ebb away.


They were taking her away in an ambulance. What use was an ambulance? Panic engulfing him, Matthew took a faltering step towards it, and stopped. He couldn’t. Couldn’t ride with her, watch as the warmth drained from her body, her baby-soft skin turning blue and cold. Life fucking extinct.
‘Matthew!’ Rebecca called to him as, his chest heaving, Matthew turned away. Terrified of what he might see in her eyes, he couldn’t turn back. This was his fault. He should have been there. He’d promised to drive them to the cinema. He’d known Patrick Sullivan might make good his threat. He should have been there! A potent mixture of grief and rage broiling inside him, Matthew recalled his last encounter with the sadistic piece of scum with sickening clarity. Sullivan’s expression hadn’t altered when he’d informed him his brother had been an unfortunate casualty in a drug bust gone wrong. Matthew had been surprised. Sullivan’s hatred of him went way back since they were kids in school. Guessing he would hold him personally responsible, Matthew had been bracing himself for Sullivan to reach across the table and attack him right there in the prison interview room. Instead, Sullivan had reached casually for a cigarette. Lighting up, he’d glanced down and scratched his forehead slowly with his thumb.
‘How’s that pretty young wife of yours, DI Adams? Pregnant again, isn’t she?’ he’d enquired eventually, blowing smoke circles into the air as he’d looked back at him. ‘Give her my regards, won’t you?’
Sullivan had then leaned forwards, a twisted smirk on his face, his eyes as black as molasses and swimming with pure evil. ‘I would do it myself, but I’m a bit busy … banged up … in here.’
It had been a threat. Innocent to all ears but Matthew’s, it had been a direct threat. And now, still sitting pretty in prison with a cast iron alibi, Sullivan was no doubt congratulating himself on a job well done, imagining that he’d also succeeded in warning Matthew off pursuing him once he got out. Wrong, you bastard.

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Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, heart-wrenching fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for the Best Romantic e-book Love Stories Award 2015, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
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And now my review:

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams finds his work and private life collide with a bang after a terrible family tragedy. Matthew must fight through his emotions and stay on the right side of the law to face his nemesis the evil Patrick Sullivan. Overcome with grief and with those he loves dearly in peril. A deadly came of cat and mouse pursues and they can only be one outcome. Matthew must act and think fast before time runs out and he loses everything.

An intense thriller that is full of suspense and keeps the reader completely in the driving seat of a roller coaster of emotions. Fast paced and the personal and not just the police side of the book, gives the reader an emotional attachment to the characters, the heartache and the pain, the frustration and despair, sweeps you along in the tension and heat of the moment. This is the first in the DI Adams series and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the characters grow and develop over time.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Making Tracks by Ian Harding

A wonderfully worded collection of poems from simple observation of life and nature, blended with everyday thoughts of life and love. A remarkable look through the lens of life and capturing it essence beautifully. I read this book in one sitting and I enjoyed every minute and moment of it.

The Lost Sheep by Ian Harding

A beautiful collection of spiritual poems that are emotionally expressive and filled with deep thoughts that make you think and absorb the words and their meaning. The book can easily be read in one session as it is quite short at only fifty-six pages, so I found just as I was really getting into the book it ended. Luckily there are more books available from Ian Harding and I will look forward to reading them.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Scotch on the Rocks by Lizzie Lamb

When your fiancé is found in a compromising position, just as you are dealt with the death of your father, there is only one thing to do, head home and back to the place you belong, and this is exactly what Ishabel Stuart does. Returning and escaping to the scenic, scottish highlands and the small island of Eilean na Sgairbh and back into the safety of her family home, a guest house run by her aunt. Issy is ready to stand on her own two feet and leave love behind and make something of her life alone.

At the bed and breakfast she is surprised to find an American guest called Brodie occupying her room. Issy takes an instant dislike to him and the more she sees him the more she questions his reasons for his visit. Issy has the intense feeling he wants something from her, but if this is so, just how much would she be willing to give?

I really enjoy Lizzie Lamb's books, she never disappoints, there is always a thrilling storyline with a fine romance, keeping you intrigued and hooked all the way through the book. As always there are some cracking characters and a pet parrot provides comedy and humorous moments throughout the story. I am happy to hear another book is in the pipeline from Lizzie, so I don’t have to wait too long for my next fix.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Watercolours in the Rain by Jo Lambert

A night of deception changed the lives of Talún and Jess, their relationship came to an abrupt end and they both went their separate ways. Fresh starts, new lives and moving on, a twist of fate brings them both back to the village at the same time for different reasons.

Talún now the heir to a fortune and living a good life, is an easy target for scheming and manipulating Lily, in finding her dream life of a wealthy husband and funding the extravagant lifestyle she dreams of. Using their one night stand for a backbone to build her lies and deception. Talún soon finds himself trapped in a situation that leaves him hopeless and powerless to be with the woman he loves. His only chance of hope lays with sleepy summer secrets from the past to set him free and for a chance of love.

With a lost love theme. A tangled web of a love triangle, that slowly becomes untangled, revealing the truth. If you have read Jo Lambert books you will be acquainted with the characters in this book. It was great to return to their world and catch up and get the next instalment of what happens next. The book can also be read as a standalone story too, but because all author Jo Lambert books are good, I highly recommend you read them all.