Creativity Brewing Volume 1 By Kevin Barrick and Contributions by Jason Schneider

Creativity Brewing Volume 1 By Kevin Barrick and Contributions by Jason Schneider

Enjoy a selection of flash fiction stories hand-roasted to perfection. Each story has been crafted to be your perfect pick-me-up. Whether you like light roast, medium roast, or dark roast, this collection serves it all! Read these stories each morning with your morning cup of coffee, or all at once.

However you read this collection, know you are getting a rich dose of flash fiction, strong and smooth to enjoy time after time. With Creativity Brewing, you can hear the tales of pirates or war veterans, of lions or hyenas, of an impoverished boy trying to attend school, or of a queen chosen by the ancients. You will explore vast lands and travel great distances with every turn of the page.

My Thoughts:

A bit different to what I normally read but I needed this little pick me up inbetween reading lots of other books. This is 30 short stories, I like the fact it says on the title hand roasted to perfection, which means you can enjoy them whilst having a coffee in the morning. There is all sorts of different stories, they are light easy reads, I liked the lion who forgot how to roar but I mainly enjoyed them all. There is a variety of stories that will keep you intrigued. Well written.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Mainely Power By Matt Cost

Mainely Power By Matt Cost

Was Harold Dumphy killed to cover up something at the nuclear power plant where he was the head of security?

This is what Harold’s widow asks Goff Langdon, private detective, to find out. Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work, friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To compliment his income in small town Maine’s scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.

Does Langdon stand a chance against corrupt cops, crooked politicians, greedy millionaires, radical environmentalists, and a deadly assassin named Shakespeare?

With the help of Bart, the bear of a cop; Jimmy 4 by Four, the hippie lawyer; the immigrants Jewell and Richam; and his true desire and employee, Chabal-Langdon sets out to do just that. And then he is framed for not one, but two murders, and events become very complicated.

Follow Langdon and his band of friends as they attempt to untangle the web of intrigue and return Brunswick to “the way life should be.”

My Thoughts:

I read this book in a day and bloody loved it. It had everything I wanted plus more. I was drawn to the main character who is called Goff Langdon he is a private detective but also has his own bookstore, which is named after his dog Coffee Dog. There is a interesting mix of characters some baddies like Shakespeare and greedy millionaires that Langdon has to deal with but also some nice characters like Chabal who runs the bookstore for Langdon. I liked the beginning, middle and end. How the story wraps up too is very good. This was a great first book and I look forward to book 2. 10/10

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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The Baby Group By Caroline Corcoran

The Baby Group By Caroline Corcoran

Her life was perfect. Until the video.

Scarlett’s golden life suddenly unravels when someone sends a shocking video of her to everyone she knows. The only people who claim they haven’t seen it are the friends in her new mothers’ group: Cora, Emma and Asha.

Scarlett is forced to delve into her past to discover who is out to get her. But as her circle of trust gathers around her, she has to ask – are her friends as innocent as they seem?

My Thoughts:

This is a story about motherhood, lies and betrayal. You never really know who you can trust is my feelings when reading this book. The main character is Scarlett after having a baby, she like many mums meets up with the other mums from the baby group. Scarlett has a past and unfortunately it decides to rear its ugly head in a very dramatic and life changing way for her, but who is behind it?and will Scarlett’s life every be the same again? There are twists and turns, and it had me gripped, I had my suspicions, but I was wrong. Another good read from Caroline and I look forward to the next book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

Thank you Netgalley for my review copy.

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The Heatwave By Kate Riordan

The Heatwave By Kate Riordan

Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead.

Sylvie hasn’t been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the death of her eldest daughter Elodie.

Every corner of the old house feels haunted by memories of her – memories she has tried to forget.

But as temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light.

Because there’s something Sylvie’s been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer.

And it could change everything.

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to delving into this story, the blurb promised to be a really good psychological thriller, however it seemed to be quite slow going for the first half of the book, it is set in France in the middle of a heatwave, I read this when we had out heatwave here in England so could almost imagine I was there. There is a uncovered mystery and secrets are hidden but will they be revealed? It is quite a dark and tense read.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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A Girl Made of Air By Nydia Hetherington

A Girl Made of Air By Nydia Hetherington

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived…

Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus.

Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again?

My Thoughts:

If you are after a magical and spell binding story then this is the one for you, as long as you use your imagination you are in for a real treat. The main character is called Mouse and I felt as though it was Mouse that was in search of something, both abstract and concrete. Then comes in Serendipity what a incredible name, she teaches Mouse to become a funambulist which I did not know what it meant. It is a tightrope walker. The side of the circus was interesting to me with a mixture of different characters with their own stories. I liked this story it made me feel dreamy like did I read this book or not? Unless that is to do with the spell binding and magical way to this story. A captivating story that I want to read all over again.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Kill Switch (Angel of Darkness Thriller, Noir & Hardboiled Crime Fiction Book 1) By Steve N. Lee

Kill Switch (Angel of Darkness Thriller, Noir & Hardboiled Crime Fiction Book 1) By Steve N. Lee

Tess Williams has seen a lot of dead bodies. Not surprising – she’s responsible for most of them being in that state.

However, Tess isn’t just a killer, but a rogue assassin with a passion for meting out justice to those who harm others – murderers, rapists, gangbangers, pimps – so when a young woman is abducted in Krakow, Poland, Tess dives into the city’s sleazy underworld to save her.

And that’s when the bodies start piling up.

Tess finds out the hard way that she’s taken on way more than just some local street thugs and plunges into a life-or-death struggle to rescue the woman. But she has only 24 hours to do it. And the clock is ticking…

Outgunned, outnumbered, and out of options, Tess is about to discover that victory sometimes comes at a price too terrifying to pay.

My Thoughts:

This is an action packed thriller with a great story line. The lead character I wasn’t too sure of at the start but began to like them through out the story. I have not read many books with female vigilantes and we learn more out about Tess going more into the story. This one was really good and grabbed my attention, the only other thing I would say is that if you are squeamish like me, be warned. Though saying that I am looking forward to reading the next book.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda

The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda

On a stormy summer day the Aosawas, owners of a prominent local hospital, host a large birthday party. The occasion turns into tragedy when 17 people die from cyanide in their drinks. The only surviving links to what might have happened are a cryptic verse that could be the killer’s, and the physician’s bewitching blind daughter, Hisako, the only person spared injury. But the youth who emerges as the prime suspect commits suicide that October, effectively sealing his guilt while consigning his motives to mystery.

The police are convinced that Hisako had a role in the crime, as are many in the town, including the author of a bestselling book about the murders written a decade after the incident, who was herself a childhood friend of Hisako’ and witness to the discovery of the murders. The truth is revealed through a skilful juggling of testimony by different voices: family members, witnesses and neighbours, police investigators and of course the mesmerising Hisako herself.

My Thoughts:

I found this a quite unusual story, the focus of the story is about the crime, and the after effects, at a party several people die from drinking cyanide, now here is the question why would someone poison the drinks? there are a few narrators telling the reader their tale but was left a bit confused as to what was going on here as I couldn’t find the answers I was looking for. I am still kind of dumbfounded to what I actually read. A very strange tale with not really a ending.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Bitter Lemon Press for kindly sending me a copy.

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Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe By Jessica Redland

Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe By Jessica Redland

Everyone is getting into the festive spirit on Castle Street – snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway.

But for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe, The Chocolate Pot, this is the most difficult time of the year. From the outside, Tara is a successful businesswoman and pillar of the community. Behind closed doors, she is lonely.

With a lifetime of secrets weighing on her shoulders, she has retreated from all friends, family and romance, and shut her real self away from the world. Afterall, if you don’t let them in, they can’t hurt you. She’s learnt that the hard way.

But as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street – threatening the future of her cafe – Tara begins to realise that maybe it’s time to finally let people back in and confront her history. It could just change her life forever…

My Thoughts:

Another truly delightful read from Jessica, before settling down with this book I would advise you have something sweet and a hot chocolate with you as you will become very hungry hearing about all the delicious sweet treats the Chocolate Pot Cafe has to offer. After reading Christmas at Carly’s Cupcake’s I wanted to hear more about the other characters and was delighted to return to Whitsborough Bay in this story. Tara’s story is a sad one but being in Whitsborough Bay and running a successful Cafe that sells the most delicious sweet treats, she begins to unravel what brought her to the Bay and with the help of some very good friends she realises what she is missing out on and opens up to one of her closest friends. Expect love, friendship, romance and a gorgeous rabbit called Hercules. I didn’t want this story to end. I loved it so much.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Christmas Books to look forward to:

Christmas Books to look forward to:

I have written down some fantastic Christmas books that I think you and I will both enjoy, some of them I have read already and they are brilliant. They are all to pre-order, so it is always a nice treat to have especially when you forget that you have pre-ordered a book and it turns up. Enjoy and happy reading.

If you want to pre-order any of them, click on the picture and it will take you straight to amazon for you to pre-order, how easy is that?

Christmas at the Island Hotel By Jenny Colgan which is out 15th October

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One Family Christmas By Bella Osborne Out 15th October

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The Country Village Christmas Show By Cathy Lake Out 29th October

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Christmas for beginners out 29th October

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Love & Pollination By Mari Jane Law

Love & Pollination By Mari Jane Law

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Perdita Riley is facing the greatest dilemma of her life. Why had she taken Violet Freestone’s advice on how to make herself look more alluring? It led her into the arms of a womaniser. And now Perdita has to deal with a huge setback. Actually, Setback Number One isn’t huge yet, but it won’t be long before it is.
To cheer herself up, Perdita goes shopping, where an extraordinary encounter deposits her, literally, into the lap of Saul Hadley. She would like to stay there, but Setback Number One is going to get in the way.
Will she find a way to deal with what has happened? Can she manage the complications of her growing attraction to Saul?

My Thoughts:

If you are after a laugh out loud book then this is the one for you, I genuinely could not stop laughing. I found this book to be well written and an easy read, I liked Perdita and I liked the fact that she was different and had a very quirky personality. Mari tackles the serious side very well, I liked the way Perdita does toughen up but also finds happiness. I look forward to the sequel. I really enjoyed this book, and one I would recommend and read again.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.