Accidental Damage by Alice May

When the lovely Alice May  asked  me if I would like to #read and #review her debut novel, I was over the moon.

If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting. 

Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she? 

Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it?

 Does she really deserve to be whole again?

 Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!
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I sat up in my bed  to read a couple of chapters of this book, I really was that engrossed in the story that I had actually read the whole book in one sitting. 

This really was a great page turner, one which had me shaking my head in disbelief at what was actually happening as I read the words in front of me. I smiled but I also gasped. Boy things have been tough!!

This is a story full of loyalty, love and the true meaning of family values.

The added extras at the back of the book are a lovely touch which made my smile even broader. “Comforting Recipes” of which I will be baking and I love the sound of “Catch for Ruffians” too. 

I rate this book 5/5

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Becoming Reverend by Matt Woodcock

When I saw #BecomingReverend over on @NetGalley I knew I had to get in touch with @CHPublishingUK. I’ve read about @revmattwoodcock in my local newspaper so I knew about his beer festivals 🍺🍺🍺. Matt is a legend in the real ale festival world and tickets to his events are like gold dust, I’ve still to manage to get any! Maybe my review may help? 🍻🍻🍻🍻

Anyway, back to this absolutely brilliant frank account of his time at, as it says on the cover #BecomingReverend. This is a Funny yet also moving diary of Matt’s life and how he has got to where he is today. 

Please do not be put off by his occupation if you are not religious, I guarantee as a biography you really will enjoy this straight from the heart book. 

Pull up a pew, Grab a pint and keep an eye out for any lurking camels in this great debut book.

I rate this book 5/5

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It’s a Wonderful Life by Julia Williams

Those wonderful publishers @AvonBooksUK once again gave me the opportunity to #review one of their books, this time written by @JCCWilliams. 

It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of three people, where we get to know the ups and downs of their family life. The story is well written with some likeable characters. I loved the way we got to know all about each of the three main characters and how their stories all came together. The author obviously did some research into certain subjects in this book which really showed.

This was a very enjoyable read of which I can highly recommend.

I rate this book 5/5

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Introducing #Author: Rob Ashman 

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting @RobAshmanAuthor the author of the Debut Crime/Thriller “Those That Remain” This is the first book in a Trilogy and I for one cannot wait for the other two to be published.

Rob agreed to pop over to my blog and introduce himself.

Why not start by introducing yourself?

My name is Rob Ashman I’m 55 years of age, married to Karen with two grown up daughters. I am originally from South Wales and after moving around with work we settled in North Lincolnshire where we’ve spent the last twenty-one years. 
Like all good welsh valley boys I worked for the National Coal Board when I left school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then I’ve worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles, that was until I had the bonkers idea to publish a book.

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What made you start writing?

I’ve always had this book stuck in my head. Those That Remain took me twenty-four years to write – and yes, I know after all that time you’d expect it to be better! I played around with it for years and only got serious about writing when my dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and I gave up work for three months to look after him and my mum. Writing Those That Remain was my coping mechanism. After I wrote the book my family read it and said ‘You have to do something with this, and besides its not finished.’ So not being one for half measures I got myself made redundant, went self-employed so I could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result. I never set out to write a trilogy it just happened that way – probably down to a complete lack of planning.

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What is the book about?

It’s about a serial killer, codenamed Mechanic, and is based in Florida. Mechanic has been presumed dead for three years but surfaces again and the ritual sadistic killings continue. Lucas is a police lieutenant coasting towards retirement when Mechanic lands on his patch. Lucas is constantly wrong-footed by the killer and is forced to operate outside the law with devastating consequences. It’s a story where nothing is as it seems – it’s one to keep you guessing.

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Where do you get your inspiration?

It’s probably not the best thing to admit but the first sparks of inspiration always come from the voices in my head. I can just picture my friends exchanging knowing glances at this point. My characters talk to me incessantly. They vie for my attention – they row, they laugh, they fight, and of course try to murder each other.
When I woke the morning after I finished writing the final book the voices were gone. It was as though the story had been told and they were silent. It’s a very strange sensation not having them there anymore.

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It’s quite gritty in parts, you seem like a nice guy so where does that come from?

All of my characters are damaged in some way. The dark thread running through the book comes from them. They are all deeply flawed, each one capable of doing bad things and making the wrong choices. But sometimes they surprise me by having flashes of doing the right things as well. 
We met a woman on holiday who was interested in the books and asked Karen what they were about. After Karen finished describing them the woman screwed her face up and Karen said ‘I know, it’s worrying to think that goes on in his head.’

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What are your plans now?

I have two more books to publish which will keep me busy. I have a fantastically talented editor, Helen Fazal, and we recently finished editing the second book called In Your Name. The next step is to send it to my beta-readers, to get their opinions and feedback. They are very blunt, which is great, and I trust them implicitly, but it is a scary process.
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Thank You so much Rob for taking  the time to talk to me. I wish you all the success in your fabulous books. 

I have read this book and my full review is HERE

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Christmas Kisses by Alison May

I love @ChocLituk, there, I’ve said it. And this book by @MsAlisonMay really is a must for all fans of #Christmas #Love and a blooming good old fashioned read. 

I loved this book, its actually three books in one. We get Holly’s Christmas Kiss….Cora’s Christmas Kiss and Jessica’s Christmas Kiss all of which are individual Christmas stories. Each story will get you in the festive spirit I can guarantee it, so get in the loft, grab your tree and decorate it.Who cares that its only October.

Publication Day is November 4th 2016

I rate this book 5/5

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Holly hates Christmas with a passion and can’t wait to escape it – but then the flight to her once-in-a-lifetime holiday destination is cancelled …

Cora has had the year from hell, and faces a bleak Christmas working in Golding’s department store – in the most unflattering reindeer costume imaginable …

Jessica is in denial after her husband’s betrayal, and can’t help but think back to when her life still seemed so full of hope and promise …Three years from hell, three sets of broken dreams, three girls in desperate need of Christmas spirit.

Is the perfect Christmas kiss all it takes?

Includes Holly’s Christmas Kiss, Cora’s Christmas Kiss and Jessica’s Christmas Kiss.


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My First Book of Hockey A Rookie Book by Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

The lovely @timeincbooks kindly gave me the opportunity to #review this #icehockey book for beginners, I saw it over on @NetGalley and as I’ve been a fan of the sport for well over 25 years, I just had to request it.

Although its obviously for children, this would be an ideal book for anyone just getting into watching the game too. It is well illustrated and explains things in easy to understand terms which even some of my stalwart hockey friends may learn a thing or two of which they didn’t know!

I think every ice arena should have copies of this book, especially over here in England. It would maybe help to get more people interested in the sport instead of it been classed as a minority sport.

I rate this book 5/5

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Those That Remain by Rob Ashman

Here is my #BookReview of a #NewWriter who is most certainly one to read @RobAshmanAuthor

This is the Debut novel by Rob Ashman it is number one of a trilogy and #ThoseThatRemain really had me on the edge of my seat throughout, so much so, I even took the book with me to the hairdressers to keep me occupied for the couple of hours been coiffed.

This is such a well written thriller I didn’t want to put the book down for one second just incase something happened while I was away. The Characters are the menacing type associated with this type of book and the action packed pages where absolutely gripping, did I really have to get myself ready to go out with friends or could I just sit on the sofa with my head in this very descriptive story.

This book is a must for all crime/thriller fans, it has it all it really does. I love action packed police dramas on television and I would really love to see some of Rob’s work on the big screen one day.

I rate this book 5/5

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A thrilling read to grip you from the first page to the last sentence. 


Nothing is as it seems … 

The heat of the Florida summer is relentless. Lucas is coasting to retirement in a mundane Florida police precinct. His world falls apart when a brutal serial killer codenamed Mechanic lands on his patch. 

Three years ago they thought Mechanic was dead. But Mechanic is very much alive and the savage ritualistic murders continue. No family is safe from the threat of slaughter at this sadistic killer’s hands. 

Mechanic is always one step ahead and Lucas is forced to operate outside the law. 

Who can he trust? 

The shocking truth is more terrifying than Lucas could ever imagine … and he has to put his life on the line to get it.

Rob’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Ashman-Author-1428800800468097/

Purchase from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Those-That-Remain-gripping-thriller/dp/1539118037/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477138159&sr=8-1&keywords=Rob+ashman