Free eBook Giveaway : The Carnival Keepers by Amber Gulley

Free eBook Giveaway : The Carnival Keepers by Amber Gulley

Free eBook Giveaway : The Carnival Keepers

by Amber Gulley

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Fantasy, Action and Adventure, Horror

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It’s 1879, and James, a time-wasting escapist, is trying to win a bet. His challenges include purchasing a lighthouse, hosting a séance, and spending the night with his father’s prize-winning stallion in a notoriously haunted attic. But the Carnival is in town for the All Hallows’ Eve celebrations, and the London fog has other ideas for James. Something vicious is waiting to pounce and lead him unwittingly towards a destiny he could never have imagined.

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Book Review : Murder in Paint by Rodney Strong

Book Review : Murder in Paint by Rodney Strong

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Book Review – Murder in Paint

by Rodney Strong

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Thoroughly Enjoyable Art-Elemented Thriller!

Murder in Paint is the second novel by Rodney Strong, who’s a Wellington, NZ based author. I’ve read Rodney’s debut “Troy’s Possibilities” which was an unorthodox fiction novel, and stood first in line to read “Murder in Paint”, which is Strong’s attempt of a thriller. I was not disappointed.

As a thriller author myself I always enjoy exploring other sub-genres, with an extra attraction to either political or art, the latter being a rare find. I’ve approached this novel cautiously, as like Strong’s previous novel, there is a dominant element of supernatural, and I’m not normally into such things. In this case, the anti-hero protagonist, Oliver Atkinson, reluctantly “picks up” a “hitchhiker” in the cemetery – a spirit called Violet Tumbleton – who becomes a constant presence in his head. It kind of reminded me of “Defender” by G X Todd, which is a rather unknown newish novel about an apocalyptic world where people get the “gift” of self-aware beings, voices, stuck in their heads.

Urged by the long dead Violet to find the con-woman who “stole” her name, Oliver, is sucked into a whirlpool of art-theft and a murder investigation. Fake Violet, aka Amanda, cons and steals for a living, but after a painting she sold had gone missing, and the art dealer found dead, she is picked up by the police. She then names Oliver, who she randomly met, as her partner. Oliver, who’s a stay-at-home-dad that quit his 9-5 job in pursuit of a career as an author (probably loosely based on Mr Strong, who has done the same) is anything but the cunning partner you’d want on a task like this. With the police breathing done his neck, a hired-thug called Victor who believes Oliver knows where the painting is, Amanda’s shenanigans and Violet in his head, Oliver is forced to take control of his life again.

Let me just start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. The supernatural element has completely slipped off my mind, and the interaction between Oliver and Violet seemed so natural that I nearly forgot to mention she’s a spirit of a long-dead woman in my review! Oliver is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and his suburban life is thrown into a mess, which he doesn’t know how to approach, left alone solve. His reliance on a con-artist is both believable and aggravating, I really wanted to shout to the pages “snap out of it mate!”, but it’s also part of his charm. A character I could very well identify with, as it seems like my life has the same kids-induced mess, as his.

Strong’s writing is accurate, without being rigid, the book flows, and I found myself waiting for my work commutes, in order to get on with it. The art plot, as the main drive behind the mystery was great, and Strong has done such a great job making it plausible, that I actually opened Google to search for the artists he mentions, disappointed to find they weren’t real.
If I must point out a flaw, is that the resolution was a bit expected, nor was the climax too nail-biting, however – it was not disappointing. There were also a couple of opportunities where it seemed neither Oliver nor Strong knew how the former will get out of a situation he had gotten himself into, and the latter spared us the dialogue which got him out of it. It wasn’t common but it stuck out. Also, I’d expected a few more questions from Oliver about the afterlife (!) – not necessarily answers.

All in all a great thriller, I really liked it, 4.5 stars is the proper score. Looking forward to the next one, in what appears to be the start of a series.


 

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An unexpected Hitchhiker Leads to a Murder

I read Rodney Strong’s debut novel, Troy’s Possibilities, last year and absolutely loved it! Now Strong is back with his new novel Murder in Paint. I’m a murder mystery gal at heart and I jumped at the chance to read it and see how Strong moved into a new genre.

Oliver is an aspiring writing. He spends his days researching and typing out his new, take-the-world-by-storm novel. Just kidding. . . He spends most of his time doing laundry, cleaning up after his two kids, and making sure he gets them to their various activities somewhat on time. And there’s no time for writing his book.

Oliver has been floating through life as a stay at home husband/dad. But circumstances take an unexpected turn when he picks up a hitchhiker at the cemetery.

Violet Tumbleton has been dead for a long time, but she has now returned. Someone has stolen Violet’s name and she wants it back. There’s only one problem, she’s a voice inside Oliver’s head.

Oliver and Violet team up to find who the fake Violet is. But in their discovery, they become entangled with an art thief, a murder, and there’s still more danger coming.

One of the things I love about Strong’s main characters is that they are so raw. Oliver is absolutely believable and relatable. Everything he does and thinks is what a real person would do. His life isn’t perfect, actually it’s complete chaos with two little cyclones running around. He’s the charming, stay-at-home-husband next door.

I have two elements I do want to address: the murder itself and Oliver’s wife Jennifer. The murder does not take a main role in the story until much later. I honestly forgot there was a murder in the story for a while. Jennifer’s reaction to the whole situation is unbelievable to me. There is a murder on the loose, her family (including two children) is being threatened, and the reaction is very underplayed.

The story itself is quite similar to the Stephanie Plum series: there’s action, bad guys, and enough humor that will keep you chuckling for the rest of the afternoon. It’s a great beach read or a ‘sunny afternoon’ read. And the ending had me bursting out laughing! I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store!

Murder in Paint by Rodney Strong receives 3.5 stars.


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What a delightfully entertaining book!

Oliver Atkinson has given up his job to write a book, whilst also taking on the role of house husband. His life appears to be full, looking after his two young children and doing the daily chores, but not enough writing is getting done.
After making a family visit to the cemetery to visit his mother’s grave, Oliver inadvertently picks up a spirit. Violet’s spirit needs his help and whilst he first thinks he is perhaps going mad, he eventually accepts her as she unknowingly leads him into a tangled web of art theft and murder, where he becomes involved with a con artist using Violet’s name.

I loved, loved, loved this book even though the supernatural aspect would normally not be my thing. The plot was tangled enough to keep me well interested and the characters wonderfully developed and diverse.

Strong has an easy writing style filled with humour and occasional irreverence, which made me…an Antipodean…feel right at home.
I love a good mystery and this was not in any way a disappointment. The ending was almost totally unexpected and the epilogue made me laugh out loud.
A truly, truly, delightful book you can get your teeth into. Highly recommended. I can’t wait to read Strong’s next one.


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free book Giveaway : Do Not Ask by Elaine Williams Crockett

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The President’s beautiful twin daughters disappear during a visit to a mysterious country estate known as Blackhall … a United States Supreme Court law clerk vanishes from her Georgetown apartment. Why are all these Washington, DC, women disappearing?

Supreme Court Justice Warren Alexander is determined to find out when he discovers a link between the missing women and his son-in-law, a notorious playboy and the owner of Blackhall. And when the President’s daughters are found dead on the Blackhall estate, and the DNA is a one-in-a-trillion match, the FBI is certain the right person is locked up.

But the killing isn’t over. While Justice Alexander desperately tries to exonerate an innocent man, the killer is targeting yet another woman. Alexander soon discovers that Blackhall is an estate with a secret. A centuries-old murder must be solved before the killer can ever be found. Before Alexander’s daughter is the next to die.

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Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories

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‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories’ is a collection of thirteen stories, covering genres from literary fiction to fantasy by way of science-fiction and a touch of horror. For example, in the titular story a young man wakes from an accident and is haunted by nightmares he cannot escape; in ‘Freud in Cardiff’ the famous psychoanalyst moves to Wales, wreaking havoc on the locals; and in ‘The Chameleon’s Blush’ a superhero discovers that there are greater foes to fight than arch-nemeses.

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Hello all! ‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories’ is my third book of fiction, and my second collection of short stories. I’m hoping there’s something here for everyone, though as they say it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time. I’m still something of a novice writer, which is why I’m giving this book away – right now, honest feedback from people who love books is far more important to me than sales. If you have time, please read this collection and let me know on Amazon if you think it’s any good. Hate it? Then give me a one-star review – but most crucially, offer your thoughts so that I can continue to improve. Thank you one and all!

 

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free book Giveaway : Murder in Paint  by Rodney Strong

free book Giveaway : Murder in Paint by Rodney Strong

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How do you get rid of a hitchhiker when it’s riding around in your head?

Oliver Atkinson’s life is busy enough. He’s already got his hands full trying to write a book, look after the kids, do the housework, and ignore Amanda, the beautiful con artist that keeps trying to drag him into her world of stolen paintings. The last thing he needs is the disgruntled spirit of a twenty something old watching and commentating on his life.

It’s not been a regular week, but one thing has become painfully clear to Oliver. No one is going anywhere until they get what they want. He has to step outside his comfort zone and deal with liars, thieves, thugs, and little old ladies. Not to mention the determined detective and a possible murderer.

Can he do all this and be done in time to do the school pick up?

If you like your mysteries with humor and a little supernatural element, then you’ll love the new Hitchhiker series, by New Zealand author Rodney Strong.

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Free eBook Giveaway : The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Free eBook Giveaway : The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Free eBook Giveaway : The Sky Drifter

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Something is very wrong aboard the Sky Drifter…

Seven is a brilliant student, gifted in strategy and the sport of Sphere. Wandering the vastness of space, his home is the Sky Drifter: an academy for the best students in the known universe. With his friends, Iris and Pi, Seven takes on rivals and visits planets for exploration and competition.

Everything is the way Seven likes it, until he sees a mysterious girl in a red coat who will reveal a dark secret that will bring everything he thought he knew crashing down around him.

Will Seven be able to escape the Sky Drifter?

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Devastated by events in her life, Haily Pearson decides to leave early to surprise a friend in Saudi Arabia. But by not telling anyone she’s changed her plans… no one knows that everything has gone horribly wrong. Weeks later, when Ryan Foster calls to check in on her, he is terrified to learn that Hailey never arrived. If she’s not with Anna, then where is she? Hailey’s story will pull you in. Gripping each page for more details, you will wonder if hope can be found. In her story, and in ours, light, sometimes, may only be found in the darkest places.

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Free eBook Giveaway : Oney, My Escape From Slavery by Diana Rubino, Piper Huguley

Free eBook Giveaway : Oney, My Escape From Slavery by Diana Rubino, Piper Huguley

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Free eBook Giveaway : Oney, My Escape From Slavery

by Diana Rubino and Piper Huguley

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Oney Judge is Martha Washington’s ‘personal servant’ – and soon-to-be confidante. Oney is a ‘quadroon’ – three parts white and one part black. So, unlike the white people who so recently gained their independence from the Mother Country, Oney is not free. She is Lady Washington’s inherited property, though the word ‘slave’ is never spoken. Oney works in “the big house” at Mount Vernon, sewing dresses and serving tea. Lady Washington treats her as well as her own grandchildren. But though she is often mistaken as a Washington relative by visitors, Oney remains in bondage.

In the spring of 1796, Lady Washington tells Oney that she will make her granddaughter Eliza a nice wedding gift. Oney soon discovers this does not mean sewing a negligee or a quilt for a gift. No, it means that she will be the gift.

This is the day that Oney decides to escape – to put her forced bondage behind her and make her bid for freedom. On May 21, 1796, Oney walks straight past the Washingtons and out the front door. Although they make several attempts to capture her, she lives the rest of her life in freedom.

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Book Review: Cold Comfort by Larry Darter

Book Review: Cold Comfort by Larry Darter

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Free Book : Cold Comfort

(The Malone Mystery Novels, Volume 3)

by Larry Darter

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A super intriguing PI story that keeps you entertained and guessing!

I was totally intrigued by the whole story which is in the heart of Cold Comfort by Larry Darter. The story-line captivated me from start to finish, and I look forward to reading more about Private Investigator Ben Malone and his adventures.

Ben Malone is an ex-LAPD Homicide detective, with plenty of street smarts, quick wit and carries his gun at all times as an accessory during his investigations. This character’s introduction was the initial reason that kept me reading.
An attorney, Liz Harper, hires Ben when she has a client arrested for the murder of his wife. His prints are all over the murder weapon, and he lives in a house on his wife’s property, but Liz really believes he is innocent.
The story follows as Ben investigates just what happened to Ms. Sutherland, using an ex-partner Reyes, who is still on duty in the LAPD, for assistance with some info. As the case goes on Malone is followed, shot at, and gains a new associate TJ, an athletic, beautiful female who is one hell of a shot.

I enjoyed all the quick short-showing background details as well as the romance this novel holds.
This is a great suspense story with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing.  Even though this is a stand-alone novel, this being the third in the series I am now going to be looking for the first two and awaiting the fourth!!

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A Good, Gutsy Crime Story

I have not had so much fun reading a book for a very long time. It took me back to the days of reading Phillip Marlowe stories and the style is similar.

The characterisation told by Larry Darter is great with, P.I. Malone being the quintessential tough guy – unemotional and slightly cocky. The other characters’ featured were a perfect fit, adding depth and humour to round out the story.

Cold Comfort is pacy, it has lots of action and plenty of interesting twists and turns. I loved every second of it so much that I had to go back and buy the first two in the series.

If you love a good, gutsy crime story, don’t miss this one!


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Free eBook Giveaway : A NECESSARY END, The Act of a Desperate Rebel by Diana Rubino

Free eBook Giveaway : A NECESSARY END, The Act of a Desperate Rebel by Diana Rubino

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When actor John Wilkes Booth, under the guise of seeking spiritual advice, visits the President’s medium to gather information about Lincoln’s habits in order to kidnap him, a malevolent spirit begins to haunt and torment him, driving him to the brink of insanity. A mysterious coin also appears out of nowhere, and returns every time Booth tries to discard it. Each return of the bloodthirsty Roman coin brings terrifying events and eerie hauntings. In the midst of these strange visitations, Booth falls in love with Alice Grey, a beautiful actress who’s hired by the government to spy on him. Will her love for Booth win out over her duty to protect the President from assassination?

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