Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Attic of the Mind by Hemmie Martin


~Synopsis~

The time is right for Lilith Fields to seek revenge. Twenty-five years have passed since the sadistic abuser tortured the patients of the psychiatric ward, and now Lily has decided he must meet his final judgment.

As her plan unfolds she discovers she is not the only one with a dark secret. Now, only time will tell if Lily's demons will be vanquished, and just how many people are really involved.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones UK








~My Review~

Disclaimer: I purchased a paperback copy of this book direct from Hemmie at a book signing event in 2015. I have received nothing in exchange for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Due to life being an absolute bitch and getting in the way, it has taken me far longer than I would have like to get round to reading Attic Of The Mind, it's also taken me a lot longer than usual to write this review. It's a good job I make notes to refer back to as I'm reading :)


At the beginning of Attic Of The Mind we are in a psychiatric ward, not just any psychiatric ward it's a ward run by a cruel and sadistic nurse Walker. Walker is abusing his patients on a regular basis. A new young Doctor; Nathan; joins the ward and he is understandably scared of Walker but Nathan discovers the abuse but decides to do nothing.

However Nathan has never gotten over the guilt that ignoring the abuse has caused him. Ever since leaving Poplar Ward Nathan has been taunted by visions of a pair of eyes, the years of one of Walker's victims. And now there are other things appearing leaving reminders of his time at Poplar.

The question is who is leaving him this reminders? Is it the cruel, sadistic Nurse Walker or is it of the cruelly treated patients?

This is the first of Hemmie's books that I've read and it most definitely won't be the last.

Hemmie's writing style was fantastic. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning, I found I didn't want to put this book down and tried not to unless it was a necessity.

The storyline was extremely well thought out. To cover a difficult topic like abuse can be hard but it doesn't seem like it for Hemmie. Hemmie handled the abuse issue with a great level of sensitivity, only the essential details were discussed leaving the rest for the reader's mind to piece together without having to read all the gruesome details. For me this approach worked fantastically well, it made things seem more disturbing.

The characters are great, I loved and hated them! The fact that we met Walker, Lilith (Lily) and Nathan 25 years ago at the start before catching up with them later means there is a depth to them. It allows us to see how they may or may not have changed in that time.

Hemmie also gives us a glimpse into Walker's childhood and his private life now which helps with understanding why he's the way he is. It doesn't by any stretch justify his behaviour but certainly clarifies things.

This is a book filled with twistedness, cruelty and suspense. Just when you think you know where things are heading they take an unexpected turn and lead you on another path. Attic Of The Mind keeps feeding you breadcrumb after breadcrumb so that you keep following the trail and thinking about what has happened or what may happen.

Overall this is a fantastic 5* read. If you enjoy a good psychological thriller I can not recommend this book enough. Great Job Hemmie!! :)



~About Hemmie Martin~

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in an around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and two contemporary women's fiction, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises.

Mental health often features in her novels due to her background of forensic mental health nursing, and her general interest in the topic. Hemmie is a member of The Crime Writer's Association.

~Stalker Links~

Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page | Winter Goose Publishing | Waterstones | The Writers Room

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cover Reveal: CIRQUE by Ashleigh Giannoccaro


CIRQUE by Ashleigh Giannoccaro

Release Date: September 15, 2016


— SYNOPSIS —
A boy looked in a window, to see a naughty show
Through the pane of pain, the master clown did blow
The circus is a holy tent, the keeper of my rhyme
Where I forged my chains, creating this pantomime
Pretending to be normal, I wait until after dark
Then I paint the frown on, get a whore from the park
At the bottom of that bed was a darling in a chest
She watched with big eyes, horror hooking her from rest
She dances for the maniac, twirling on her strings
I will make her mine, sharing damaged things
I will be her riddle, she will help me grin
So why does she run away, she has to let me in
No one loves the clown, not even the midget
We’ve gone too far, she will know my secret
Love can break the hardest mask, I know this to be true
Nightmares have hearts too, I only needed you


— COVER INFORMATION —
Cover Photo by Camilo Alvarez 
Cover Design by Gemma Poppet Rice


— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ASHLEIGH GIANNOCCARO —

I live in South Africa with my husband, two daughters, five dogs, two meerkats and a parrot. I love to read and my kindle(s) are my favourite gadget. I am a coffee addict and I hate purple sweets. I love to write next to an open window. 

I am inspired by everything around me and I love to people watch wherever I go.



Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Deathsworn Arc : The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley

~Book Synopsis~

Saul Karza, wizard of the Empire, has been given a quest by the Empress herself: To find and slay a mythical 'noble dragon' - said to be near invulnerable.

Instead of leading a large band of soldiers, archers and spell-casters; he sets out with two immigrant dock-workers and a homeless dwarf.

What Saul needs is the legendary 'Last Dragon Slayer' on his side, because on this deadly quest, it's not only Saul's favour with the Empress that's at stake - but also his life.

The Deathsworn Arc Series of Dark, Epic Fantasy Adventure Novels:-
Deathsworn Arc : The Last Dragon Slayer
Deathsworn Arc 2 : The Verkreath Horror
Deathsworn Arc 3 : The Blood Queen

The Deathsworn Arc is a fantasy series with themes of atheism and pragmatism, it contains graphic violence and mature themes.




~Book Links~

Facebook Page | Goodreads Book 1 | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Smashwords

~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

I have to say that I have enjoyed reading The Last Dragon Slayer, it was something a bit different to my usual books. But as much as I enjoyed it I can't help feeling a little bit unsure about it too.

I found the plot to be well paced and well thought out. The battle scenes are well written and enjoyable to read. Everything that happens seems to fit in and add to the journey on which as a reader you're taken on.

The characters, I think this is what has caused me to feel unsure about the book, I personally don't feel as though I've connected with the characters, I found some them to be lacking in personality, which made them feel flat. I'm wondering if this is maybe just because it's the first book or maybe because we join the main characters in their present lives and are given very little back story to them, we learn about them as the story continues.

Overall I did enjoy reading Deathsworn Arc: The Last Dragon Slayer. I would recommend giving this a go if you like fantasy books, it's well worth a read.
 

 
~About The Author~

Martyn Stanley is the author of 'The Deathsworn Arc' a epic fantasy adventures series dragons. He lives near the Staffordshire/Cheshire border in England, with his long suffering wife and two small children.

Martyn has always enjoyed epic fantasy novels and began reading them at a young age, starting with 'The Hobbit', ending with 'The Inheritance Cycle' and including everything in between.

His 'Deathsworn Arc' is more than a hack and slash, swords and sorcery series. It examines, faith, companionship, morality, pragmatism and more. If the characters of 'The Deathsworn Arc' come across as strange, it's partly because they're intended to. It isn't a series which will be dragged out indefinitely, it has a beginning, a middle and a definite end.

He already has the plot for his second series forming in his head.

To write is to create characters and to have freedom for them to succeed or fail and to travel wherever you want them to, and meet who ever you want them to meet.

He sincerely hopes you enjoy reading his epic fantasy adventure series 'The Deathsworn Arc' as much as he enjoyed writing it.



~Places To Find The Author~

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon UK Author Page | Amazon US Author PageGoodreads Author Page

Monday, July 11, 2016

Release Day: Gabriel by Tracie Podger

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~*~*~*Gabriel by Tracie Podger*~*~*~
 
Gabriel Cover
~Book Info~
 
Cover design: Margreet Asselbergs, Ripe for Reader
Cover shot by: Wander Aguiar
Formatting: Roses & Thorns
 
~Blurb~
 
There are some f**ked up people in the world, unfortunately the worst kind ended up destroying my life.
My wife had been murdered and I made it my mission to find out why and by whom.
But when the ‘why’ and the ‘whom’ invaded my small town, my house, my life, and turned it upside down, it brought more death and devastation.
When you don’t know your enemy it’s hard to know who to trust. I had the greatest religion on earth on one side and a mad man on the other.
I was stuck in the middle.
My name is Gabriel. I had a perfect life, a perfect wife, and now I am fighting for justice.
Standalone - Suspense/thriller for readers over the age of 18
 
 
~Early reviews (can be seen on Goodreads)~
 
When a book stops you in your tracks and you can't bring yourself to put it down, nothing exists around you but what you are reading and devours every minute of your time- you know that you have hit the jackpot and this book was it !!!!!!! – Reds Midnight Readers
 
“I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review, and OMG what a MIND-F*** of a book this is!” – Rock Hard Romance
 
~Book Links~
 
Amazon UK | Amazon US | iBooks | Nook | Kobo  | Goodreads

~Excerpt~
 
The house was cold, empty, and full of memories as I walked from room to room. I stood at the end of my bed and stared, willing my wife to return to us. I wanted to picture her naked, her perfect body lying prone, waiting for me. Instead what I saw was blood and dead eyes wide with fright. My stomach recoiled and I clamped a hand over my mouth. Maybe it was a mistake to stay here. Maybe I should have done what my parents had advised and moved out immediately after, but I was torn. I wanted my daughter safe. I wanted her to be free of her nightmares and to be as far away from the source of them as possible. Until I found who had taken my wife, her mother, I was paralyzed into staying. Did that make me a bad father? Probably. Was everything I did focused on my own agenda? Maybe. I was going to find the man who had murdered my wife, who had inflicted such insufferable pain and anguish, and I’d make him pay. That was a promise I’d made to my wife as we laid her body to rest, no more than a few months prior, and a promise I intended to keep. The local police were about useless. They’d already decided it was a failed burglary, an opportunist who had been disturbed by my wife returning home early. Someone who was passing through, because there couldn’t be anyone who resided in our Hicksville town so deranged as to want to murder the local schoolteacher. I believed they just wanted the case closed, they didn’t want to have the thought there was a killer on the loose. However, nothing had been taken. There had been plenty of mess left. Drawers and cupboards had been upended, as if someone was looking for something, but jewelry and electronics were all left behind. I’d argued over and over that it wasn’t a burglary; any fool could see that. I’d wanted the FBI called in, someone with an ounce of sense to investigate; my pleas fell on deaf ears. So it was up to me to solve the crime. It was up to me to rid the world of the scum that had made a child motherless, a husband a widower, a classroom of five-year-olds, teacherless.
 
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~About the Author~
 
Tracie Podger currently lives in Kent, UK with her husband and a rather obnoxious cat called George. She’s a Padi Scuba Diving Instructor with a passion for writing. Tracie has been fortunate to have dived some of the wonderful oceans of the world where she can indulge in another hobby, underwater photography. She likes getting up close and personal with sharks.
 
~Author Stalker links~
 
 
~Available from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo & Nook~

Fallen Angel, Part 1
Fallen Angel, Part 2
Fallen Angel, Part 3
Fallen Angel, Part 4
Evelyn - A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Rocco – A Novella – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Robert – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
Travis – To accompany the Fallen Angel Series
A Virtual Affair – A standalone
Gabriel – A standalone
Coming soon
The Facilitator – August 2016
Jackson – November 2016
Letters to Lincoln – 2017
Rocco: The Missing Years – 2017
Harlot