The Silver Wolf By Rob Sinclair

Thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on to the blog blitz. 

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Ryker wants blood, and one way or another he’ll get it... Still tormented by the disappearance of his wife, ex-intelligence agent James Ryker sets out on a personal mission of revenge, prepared to go to any lengths in search of the truth. The trail takes him from the crystal waters of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, back to a place he thought he would never set foot again - his country of birth, England. But there he discovers more than even he bargained for. Stumbling across a terrorist attack targeted against his old employers - the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency -the faint clues to many events in his recent past are all seemingly linked to one mysterious character; The Silver Wolf. But just who is the Silver Wolf, and why is he hell bent on punishing not just Ryker, but his closest allies at the JIA too? Has Ryker finally met his match? The Silver Wolf is a globe-trotting thriller that sees James Ryker at his hard-nosed best as he fights the ghosts of his past. As skilled as Jason Bourne, as no-nonsense as Jack Reacher, James Ryker delivers in another heart-pounding thriller.

Ryker wants blood, and one way or another he’ll get it...

Still tormented by the disappearance of his wife, ex-intelligence agent James Ryker sets out on a personal mission of revenge, prepared to go to any lengths in search of the truth.

The trail takes him from the crystal waters of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, back to a place he thought he would never set foot again - his country of birth, England. But there he discovers more than even he bargained for. Stumbling across a terrorist attack targeted against his old employers - the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency -the faint clues to many events in his recent past are all seemingly linked to one mysterious character; The Silver Wolf.

But just who is the Silver Wolf, and why is he hell bent on punishing not just Ryker, but his closest allies at the JIA too?

Has Ryker finally met his match?

The Silver Wolf is a globe-trotting thriller that sees James Ryker at his hard-nosed best as he fights the ghosts of his past. As skilled as Jason Bourne, as no-nonsense as Jack Reacher, James Ryker delivers in another heart-pounding thriller.

My Thoughts

The covers in the is trilogy have been striking, and I do suggest as it is a trilogy, not a series to read them in order. 

A high adrenaline read with revenge at the core of Ryker's actions. 

The Silver Wolf, is a master in disguise, and this book takes us on journeys across the lands and is fuelled with great threads and pace that are easy to follow, but intense in nature. 

Sinclair has given us an amazing trilogy with this set of Ryker books, making t he main character hard core, not flawless and human enough to believe in and want to fight his battles with him, although in my case - from the safety of being a reader.

Ryker is such an engaging  challenging character, but just vulnerable enough. 

All the way through I was unsure what the outcome would be. With the build up to the finale, it is a gritty read with an enthralling ending. 
A trilogy I will be recommending for a long time after reading. One I am hoping will be on the screen! 

Author Information 

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold over half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob's work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn. 


Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

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The Puppet Master By Abigail Osborne

Thank you to Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for squeezing me in on the Blog Blitz. 

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Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear. Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems. Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played? One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.

Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.

Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?

One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

My Thoughts

I was first introduced to this novel through Blogger Joanne Robertson from My Chestnut Reading Tree, she did a feature on Abigail, and the book was at the time free to download, I found the premise of the story intriguing. I like to try new authors, especially self published ones. 

I was so pleased when Bloodhound picked it up, and with some editing, new cover, but keeping the storyline the same it is improved and even tenser than before. I have fully read both editions. 

Deception is the key to this novel, with the puppet master pulling the strings of the players. 

Abbie has written a story that kept me on my toes, my heart in my mouth, and gut squirming just to add to the tension. Especially the more I read on. It was difficult to believe that this was a debut novel. 

The book is set in three parts, with considerable thought to the way the story unfolds. 

We see Billie and Adam, who they are individually and as they grow together in a new relationship. However they both have a past that they aren't fully revealing to each other, but their emotions are taking them on a journey neither expected. 

We get to know why Billie is how she is, in the second part of the book, it gave us a great insight in to the characters and how they grew to be who they were. 

Then there is the puppet master to take in to consideration! The full scale of the damage the puppet master has left in their wake is designed to make you feel helpless, sickened and increasingly frustrated as you read on. This is one of the most manipulative characters I have read in a long while. 

This is a fantastic debut novel, that took me on an emotional roller coaster of a journey, like a scab I could not leave it alone. I kept on reading, the beginning part had me intrigued in wanting to find out Billie's past, what made Adam dislike Bille so much.

Part two, left me feeling saddened, there are difficult subject matters to get your head round, but as difficult a read as this is, it is too compelling and twisted to miss out on. 

Part three gives us the conclusion, but is it the outcome that we want? 

There were heart in the mouth moments, and I really felt for Billie and hoped the outcome would be positive, must read if you want to find out. 


A story to stay which will stay with me for a long while, for an array of reasons. I really am looking forward to what Osborne brings us next. 

Author Information

Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband.

She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time.

'The Puppet Master' is Abigail's debut novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats.

She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.

 

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Snow Light By Danielle Zinn

thank you to Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for an advanced copy so I could be on the Blog Blitz of Snow Light,

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When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her. Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Turtleville, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again. However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park murder re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village. For Thomas the situation gets worse when DS Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question. Who is the victim? And why was he murdered? Thomas and Collins will find themselves trying to solve a highly unusual case and both may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.


When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas encounters a man attacking a young woman in a local park, the DI is unable to save her. Out of guilt, Thomas quits his job at Homicide Headquarters and relocates to the tiny village of Turtleville, where he regains control of himself and begins to enjoy life again.

However, a year later, all the guilt and shame of the park murder re-emerges when a local hermit, Ethan Wright, is murdered with an unusual weapon and left on display in the centre of the village.

For Thomas the situation gets worse when DS Ann Collins, a colleague from his past, appears to help with the case. But things become complicated when the victim’s identity is put into question.

Who is the victim? And why was he murdered? Thomas and Collins will find themselves trying to solve a highly unusual case and both may have more in common than they could have ever imagined.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Snow Light, from the setting to the baffling crime set up. 

It is being published perfectly for a winter read, as it is set beautifully in the back drop setting in Turtleville. 

Nathaniel was such a fabulous character to get to know. With his background story to how he lives his life. 

As the book is set in a village there is a slight feeling of being in a fish bowl and wondering who done it, which I did not guess at all. For a change, I was quite happy to read and let the story evolve and the killer be revealed as I was totally immersed in the unfolding mystery.

A very classy, clever read with a wonderful setting, and traditions explained with ease and fitting in with the story.

A perfect crime winter read, that will leave you wondering on this conundrum right to the end.   

 

 

Author Information

Danielle holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management from New College Durham and after gaining some work experience in Wales and the USA, she settled down in Frankfurt am Main where she works as a Financial Controller at an IT Consultancy.

Born and raised in a small village in the Ore Mountains/Germany, Danielle was introduced to the world of English literature and writing from an early age on through her mother – an English teacher.

Her passion for sports, especially skiing and fencing, stems from her father’s side. Danielle draws her inspiration for writing from long walks in the country as well as circumnavigating the globe and visiting her friends scattered all over the world.

Mix everything together and you get “Snow Light”, her debut detective thriller combining a stunning wintry setting in the Ore Mountains with unique traditions, some sporty action and lots of suspense.

 

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Scream Blue Murder By Tony J Forder

Thank you To Sarah Hardy, and Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the Blog Blitz for Scream Blue Murder

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Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery - the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.  Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.  Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?  In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is. 

Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery - the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.

 Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.

 Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?

 In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is. 

My Thoughts 

Having read Tony's previous books I naively thought I knew what to expect. 

This is an author to look out for, as he can turn his pen to different genre styles within the Crime Fiction Umbrella. 

This is an extremely well written, action packed book. With great opening scenes to set up the plots. 

Melissa and Charlie bring a clever characterisation to the story. I really felt for the predicament they innocently found themselves in, being caught up within the grimness, Melissa does a fabulous job trying to keep Charlie safe and calm. 

Mike is a fascinating protagonist, and I loved getting to know him the more I read on, he really grew on me, and I enjoyed that he wasn't a jolly bloke, would you be in his situation? 

As the drama unfolds you are taken on a twisted journey. 

This is a dark story, that evolves in to a monster of a crime read, I was thoroughly engrossed in the way the story evolved, it is a thriller with a unique difference, that should be shouted about.

If you like an engaging thriller of a read this is definitely one for you.

Author Information

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The second book in the series will be released in 2018, with a third currently in progress.

On 19 September 2017, Tony's dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

On 8 November, Bloodhound Books will publish Tony’s new fast-paced action thriller, Scream Blue Murder. This is the first novel in an intended series, and has received praise from both Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino's Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler's Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

Tony is signed to Bloodhound Books for a minimum of four books, but believes there is much more to come.

 

 

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Wormwood By Larry Enmon

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for organizing the blitz for Wormwood, and to Bloodhound Books for the Advance copy.

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In Dallas, Texas, Katrina Wallace goes missing. As the mayor's daughter, her kidnapping triggers mounting political pressure and forces the Chief of Police to put two senior detectives on the case. Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce have done the impossible in the past, but their methods are unconventional. The only evidence at the scene is a Bible found in the girl's car and soon Frank and Rob find themselves involved in a disturbing investigation shrouded by Bible prophecy, doomsday cults, and murder. Is Katrina still alive? And what exactly is Wormwood? As the trail leads them into the woods of rural East Texas, Frank must deal with his lingering religious doubts and solve the case. His worst fears will be realised when he must discover the ugly truth about Wormwood. But he and Rob will have to get out alive to tell the story...

In Dallas, Texas, Katrina Wallace goes missing. As the mayor's daughter, her kidnapping triggers mounting political pressure and forces the Chief of Police to put two senior detectives on the case. Rob Soliz and Frank Pierce have done the impossible in the past, but their methods are unconventional.

The only evidence at the scene is a Bible found in the girl's car and soon Frank and Rob find themselves involved in a disturbing investigation shrouded by Bible prophecy, doomsday cults, and murder.

Is Katrina still alive? And what exactly is Wormwood?

As the trail leads them into the woods of rural East Texas, Frank must deal with his lingering religious doubts and solve the case. His worst fears will be realised when he must discover the ugly truth about Wormwood. But he and Rob will have to get out alive to tell the story...

My Thoughts

A dynamic duo we find in Rob and Frank, I absolutely loved the chemistry between these two characters, they really did bring the story to life. They had an interesting back story, and banter...they really were a highlight, while still being professional. 

Wormwood, is dark, devilish and brilliant. I thought the concept from page one to the last was clever, and really immersed myself in Katrina's situation. 

Finding out about Wormwood and what it entailed, was extremely interesting. 

Katrina finds herself in a dilemma with little hope. I loved reading about her devious ways to escape. She has had a fantastic life, up until this point, but does she have the strength to leave her captivity? It isn't going to be as easy as she first thought....

A brilliantly written novel, with  storylines that keep you hooked all the way through.

An excellent read which kept me on tender hooks, I do love getting to know the twisted minds of characters especially if they are linked with religion and or cults. It is simply fascinating. 

Author Information

Larry Enmon retired from the U.S. Secret Service and started writing. During his career he acted as liaison between the USSS and FBI, working in the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  He received special training from the FBI and CIA in weapons of mass destruction.

For relaxation, and to get away from the city, he likes spending time at his ranch in rural Eastern Texas. With 200+ acres, private shooting range, a 2 ½ acre pond, and miles of woodland trails to explore on four-wheelers and RTV’s, it’s the perfect getaway.

He swims four miles a week, holds a Divemaster rating with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate.  He is married with two children and lives in Tarrant County, TX

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Links

Twitter: @LarryEnmon


Instagram: @Larry Enmon


Website: http://www.larry-enmon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/larryenmonbooks/

 

All The Colours In Between By Eva Jordan

The long awaited (well it feels like it to me). Sequel to 183 Times A Year, scroll to the bottom of the page to have a chance of winning a signed copy. 

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It's not a life, it's an adventure! Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie's sulky, surly teenage son, is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her. Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem... A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband plus a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made. Gritty but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in all its 21st century glory. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals, and coming of age. Nobody said it would be easy and as Lizzie knows only too well, life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between.

It's not a life, it's an adventure!

Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie's sulky, surly teenage son, is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her. Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem... A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband plus a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made. Gritty but tender, thought provoking but light-hearted, dark but brilliantly funny, this is a story of contemporary family life in all its 21st century glory. A story of mothers and sons, of fathers and daughters, of brothers and sisters, and friends. A tale of love and loss, of friendships and betrayals, and coming of age. Nobody said it would be easy and as Lizzie knows only too well, life is never straightforward when you see all the colours in between.

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved 183 times a year, and was so looking forward to the next book, once I realised there was going to be one. So I have been on tender hooks since.

Reading the blurb, I was pulled in straight away and wanting to find out more in-depth on the mechanics of what was going on in this modern day family, how they were going to move on from the last pages of 183,  
I was soon pulled in and really felt for Lizzie, just when she feels empty nest, but hope for having some time to herself and what this means for her...well... reading this really was an adventure. 

Eva Jordan, cleverly wrote from various points of view, ages, genders and had a brilliant family life line running through the story, which I do not want to give away.

All The Colours In Between is full of joy, sadness, fractious relationships and shows modern family in a very different light. With such amazing characters, heartfelt issues for them, and portrayed so life like. I could feel that I was there with them. 

So I suggest you click the link and purchase to follow Lizzie and her family, on yet another life lesson or two and adventures. There is plenty to keep you absorbed, but in such a wonderful way that you want to curl up and read in one sitting.

You will be frustrated, laugh, cry and feel part of this quirky, nutty, but amazing family. 

 

Author Information

Eva Jordan, born in Kent but living most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town, describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate. She is also partial to the odd glass or two of wine. Providing her with some of the inspiration for her novels, Eva is both a mum and step mum to four grown-up children. Her career has been varied including working within the library service and at a women's refuge. She writes a monthly column for a local magazine and currently works as a volunteer for a charity based organisation that teaches adults to read. However, storytelling through the art of writing is her passion. All The Colours In Between is Eva's second novel

 

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Links

Website: evajordanwriter.com

Twitter: @evajordanwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EvaJordanWriter/

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Fifty Years of Fear By Ross Greenwood

Ross Greenwoods previous novels are

Lazy Blood published by Bloodhound Books

The Boy Inside. published by Bloodhound Books.

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A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family. After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life, and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past. Who was his mother? What kind of man was his brother, Frank? And why does death surround him? Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem. Perhaps he should’ve stayed at home. Praise for Ross’s books: “At last a page turner novel that doesn’t disappoint..” “This is powerful and atmospheric storytelling..” “Absolutely brilliantly written from start to finish”

A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family.

After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life, and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past.

Who was his mother? What kind of man was his brother, Frank? And why does death surround him?

Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem.

Perhaps he should’ve stayed at home.

Praise for Ross’s books:

“At last a page turner novel that doesn’t disappoint..”

“This is powerful and atmospheric storytelling..”

“Absolutely brilliantly written from start to finish”

My Thoughts 

I have enjoyed Ross Greenwood's previous books and this was exceptional, my favourite of the three. 

I found the ideas and story was so well written with realism and it can't help but stir emotions in you. With everything in life a what if, was based within this. The choices we make do lead us on the path to our future, but what if or how easy is it to then change your destination from this? 

Ross Greenwood has yet again drawn you in to a life of crime, criminals and stirred emotions in to what life is like, and it is not black and white, it is in Fifty Years of Fear that we learn the story of Vincent and the perceptions are not all as they seem..

A clever emotive read, with such detail and twists, that do make you stop and think. Ross is a very clever author with the way he unfolds his stories to us, and this had me captivated from the outset. 

I am looking forward to more reads by Ross and would love to see him do a psych thriller! 

Thank you to Ross for an advanced copy of Fifty Years of Fear.

 

 

Author Information

Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until he was 20, attending The King's School in the city. He then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

Ross found himself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually, so he says “when things had gone wrong.” It was on one of these occasions that he met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. And, according to Ross, he is “still a little stunned by the pace of it now.”

Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then four years as a prison officer got in the way. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave the author the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep he completed it in the early morning hours.

Ross Greenwood’s second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and now, Fifty Years of Fear, is out. All his books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour.

Ross Greenwood hopes you enjoy reading them.
Please feel free to get in touch on www.rossgreenwoodauthor.com

 

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Links 

Author Website:            www.rossgreenwoodauthor.com
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/RossGreenwoodAuthor/
Twitter:             https://twitter.com/greenwoodross

‘Fifty Years of Fear’ Book Links

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Other Books by Ross Greenwood

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Untainted Blood By Liz Mistry

This is the third in the series, and can be read as a stand alone, however you benefit from reading the first two books. 

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election. However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.  Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.  As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.  Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?  DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

In a city that is already volatile, tensions mount after a Tory MP in Bradford Central is discredited leaving the door open for the extreme right-wing candidate, Graeme Weston, to stand in the resultant by-election.

However, Graeme Weston is not what he appears to be and with secrets jeopardising his political career, he must tread very carefully.

 Meanwhile, a serial killer targets Asian men who lead alternatives lifestyles and metes out his own form of torture.

 As DI Gus McGuire’s team close in, the deranged killer begins to unravel and in an unexpected twist the stakes are raised for Gus.

 Are the murders linked to the political scandals or is there another motive behind them?

 DI Gus McGuire and his team are back and this might be their toughest case yet.

Content :- 

Liz Giving us an Insight into her Dark Minds, or her Character's Dark Minds. 

Dark Minds: Getting into the minds of my villains.

People often ask me where I get the ideas for my villains from and to be honest I don’t really know.  I can be enjoying a walk along the canal with my husband and where he sees lovely scenery and nice wildlife, I see body dump sites.  I think it’s probably that I’ve got a very dark mind. I come from a nation of dark minded, dry humoured folk (I’m Scottish) and I embrace that aspect of my character in my writing. 

It’s not that I expect the worst of people, it’s just that I find it very enjoyable to create and mould a baddie into the worst character they can be.  In Untainted Blood, I’ve created a serial killer who enjoys tattooing swastikas on young Asian and Black men.  I had such fun creating this character, although I never spend too much time in their Point of View.  The press label the murderer, The Tattoo Killer, and as is typical create a huge hype around the modus operandi. Of course, this makes my killer very happy. 

I enjoyed exploring the sort of warped mind that would justify their actions to themselves.  This killer is racist and delusional and downright evil and talks themselves into believing that it is right to try to rid the world of no- white people by any means possible. 

As a foil to my killer I also, in Untainted Blood, use Professor Sebastian Carlton who made a brief appearance in Uncoiled Lies.  His suggestions that my killer is motivated by confused sexuality really angers my killer.  It is this sort of thing that intrigues me. What motivates such rage and hatred that would drive people with an outwardly ‘normal’ persona to do such vile things? – I find it fascinating.

My killer spends a lot of time talking to a horse called Tara, using the horse as a sounding block for all the hatred and anger inside.  I chose to write these scenes in the first person and in the present tense to make them more immediate to the reader.  The first person, present tense also served to make a delineation between my normal third person point of view in the past tense. 

Sometimes it was quite difficult to imagine how a racist deranged psychopath would act but by researching the sort of things racists say and do and of course having seen at first-hand (my husband is Indian and we’ve witnessed and experienced a fair amount of racism over our thirty-year marriage) how these people believe they have the right to express insightful viewpoints.  In truth though, quite often I did no more than watch the news to find out what certain international and national politicians were up to and use some of their antics albeit a little exaggerated.

Author Information 

 

As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours.  She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence. 

Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years.  Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children.  They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.

In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.

Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.

 

 

Links

Twitter : @LizCrimeWarp   FB @LizMistrybooks email: lizmistryauthor@yahoo.co.uk

Blog: The Crime Warp   Website : liz mistry crime writer

Pay the Penance

This is the final instalment of The Mechanic Trilogy,

I highly recommend reading the previous two books, THOSE THAT REMAIN AND IN YOUR NAME before reading PAY THE PENANCE.

Murder. Corruption. Revenge.  Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. He doesn’t disappoint.  Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance. She has to divert the investigation if she is to survive.  The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line.  Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…

Murder. Corruption. Revenge. 

Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. He doesn’t disappoint. 

Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance. She has to divert the investigation if she is to survive. 

The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line. 

Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…

My Thoughts

Pay The Penance is the concluding book of The Mechanic Trilogy,

WOW! What a read, I will admit to reading this book in one sitting. I tried to put the book down, but I kept picking it straight back up. So I settled in for the journey. What a roller coaster of a journey it was.

We are taken through the finale with great skill - there were some superb sentences that are dark and sarcastic, and I re-read them due to the clever wording and they made me smile.

Lucas and HARPER ARE NOT FINISHED WITH the Mechanic who has bruised this pair and battered them physically and emotionally. they want and end. WIll they get it?

There are quite a few elements of the storylines that needed tying up and Ashman delivers this without cutting corner or compromising the plot.

I was yet again mesmerised in to the fascinating personality that is The Mechanic, and getting deeper into there mind, which is a dangerous place to stay for too long... and I really felt for the character without condoning the devilish crimes/gut wrenching tortures they delve in to.  

Ashman has delivered another creatively brilliant novel to the readers. it is an extremely alluring read with repulsive crimes, but is too enthralling to put down.
An exceptional conclusion to an amazing trilogy that kept giving in more than one way. These three books drew me in and kept me captivated and that as a reader is what you are looking for.

I am looking forward to what Ashman can deliver after this, and am sure it will be as intricate, stunning and dark! This is truly a trilogy not to be missed, and I shall be revisiting them again... 

Author Information

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the resul

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name  –  13 July

Pay The Penance        –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

 

Links

Twitter tag : @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook author page : Rob Ashman Author

 

Website link www.robashman.com

Deadly Friendship By Tara Lyons

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the request to join the Blog Tour, and to Sarah Hardy for organising. 

Who can you really trust?  Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse. When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises. Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders? Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends? London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

Who can you really trust? 

Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.

When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.

Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?

Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?

London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

My Thoughts

We are catching up with DI Hamilton in the third instalment of this series by Tara Lyons, book one being In The Shadows and Book 2 No Safe Home. This can be read as a stand alone, but to get the full back story of Hamilton, I suggest reading them in order.

Having read and enjoyed Tara's previous books in the series, I was honoured to be invited on to   the blog tour for Deadly Friendship, and I am just loving the cover!

For me this has an edgier and more claustrophobic feel to the writing and plot lines, a group of friends tied together with a secret. from the outset I got a chill that didn't let up until the last few words...

Hamilton also has links with a past friend and we find out what impact this has on Hamilton as the story unfolds and how they come to terms with their own issues.

The storylines wove exceptionally well together and with the friendships from the Uni friends and the bonds they had then and now, had such a realism that came across superbly, and I was left wondering if it wasn't for the secrets they held within their group, would they be friends now?

I was left with working out the conundrums I was reading and found myself entangled within the lies and subterfuge. A very engrossing read, with poingent points of how friendships can either feed us or starve us from the life we should be living, which leaves you with a sense of unease.

 

Author Information

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara's debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she's not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son. 

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