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Blog Tour: Her Last Promise – Kathryn Hughes*

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Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.

Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…

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Kathryn Hughes was born in Altrincham, near Manchester. After completing a secretarial course, Kathryn met her husband and they married in Canada. For twenty-nine years they ran a business together, raised two children and travelled when they could to places such as India, Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand. Kathryn and her family now make their home in a village near Manchester. Her first novel, The Letter, was a Kindle Number One bestseller.

My thoughts:

This is the beach read of the summer – honestly the perfect book to accompany you on holiday. From cold windy Britain to the sweeping vistas of Spain, Tara’s journey to find out the truth of what became of her mother is gripping and takes you off on a journey. Which is what the author specialises in. I read her first book ‘The Letter’ and it does the same thing but doesn’t travel quite so far. ‘Her Last Promise’ is a love story – but not a conventional one, being between a mother and daughter. The characters are warmly written, I love Alf btw, and feel realistic, the story is one of those that when it ends you sigh and go ‘oh that was lovely’. Honestly stick a copy in your beach bag and you won’t even notice when the sun goes in. My mum’s borrowed my copy for her two weeks in Greece!

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*I was kindly gifted this copy in exchange for joining the blog tour, however all opinions remain my own.

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Blog Tour: Bright Steel – Miles Cameron*

Every war come down to the flash of bright steel.

Even when the air is full of magic . . .

Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to tear the world beneath them apart as well.

With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they cannot fail anywhere or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers.

Is Aranthur, a twenty-year-old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together?And can he and his friends build enough trust to overcome aeons of lies when their plans inevitably fall to pieces?

Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is . . . ?

Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her.
One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along . . .
A powerful story about beginnings, coming of age, and the way choosing to take one step towards violence can lead to a slippery and dangerous slope, this is an accomplished fantasy series driven by strong characters and fast-paced action.

Some are warriors, some captains; others tend to the fallen or feed the living.

But on the magic-drenched battlefield, information is the lifeblood of victory, and Aranthur is about to discover that carrying messages, scouting the enemy, keeping his nerve, and passing on orders is more dangerous, and more essential, then an inexperienced soldier could imagine . . . especially when everything starts to go wrong.

Battle has been joined – on the field, in the magical sphere, and in the ever-shifting political arena . . .

 

My thoughts:

This is not a series you can skip reading in order, otherwise it makes no sense. Aranthur and his friends work as Cold Iron – a secret ring of powerful people protecting the Empire from within. They’ve come through wars fought on battlefields and in boardrooms, councils and soldiers alike.

Now they must finally defeat the Pure, a quasi-religious organisation intent on taking over the world.

This is a cracking series, racing along as Aranthur is dragged deeper into the web of conspiracies and lies at the heart of both the Empire and the Pure cult; his friends are sometimes revealed to be more than they originally appeared and he learns a lot about trust and honesty as he goes along. Becoming more and more powerful and showing the people who mock him for his ethnicity and innocence, precisely why they shouldn’t.

This series may be fantasy but the truths about friendship and loyalty are universal themes that too often get lost in the clash of swords or the swirl of magic.

I think this series will appeal to fantasy fans of all types; there’s magic, mischief and battles within the pages, as well as firm friendships, love and passion.

 

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*I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour, but all opinions remain my own.

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Blog Tour: The Spirit of Life – Niaby Codd*


To read this book is to take the first step towards a life of consciousness. To read this book is to take the first step towards a life filled with love and abundance. To read this book is to take the first step towards knowing who you truly are.

For millennia, man has searched for purpose and meaning in his life but that journey has often led him to search in all the wrong places. It has been said many times that to connect with self is to connect with God and to connect with God is to connect with love, but our definition and understanding of what God is has become so misunderstood that many of us can’t even say the word, let alone connect with it.

By reading this book, you will start to realign yourself with the true definition of God, in all of its glory and all of its wisdom. By reading this book, you will start to realign yourself with the true meaning of self, in all of its beauty and all of its uniqueness. By reading this book you will start to realign yourself with the true meaning of love, in all of its expansiveness and all of its entirety. By reading this book you will take the first step towards the revolution of consciousness, the revolution of our hearts and minds, the revolution that will help us to find peace in ourselves and peace on our planet. The revolution that has been forever prophesied but never seen. The revolution that IS coming to our planet…

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Niaby Codd is an ex stock broker who saw the light in the darkest hour of poor health and recognised the call of her soul to walk a different path. She currently resides in London with a view to spending a lot more time in Ibiza. She is both a spiritual medium and a healer. Through mediumship, healing and writing, she hopes to inspire people to find the power to heal themselves so in turn, they too can inspire others to do the same.

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My thoughts:

This was something a bit different from my usual fare. Written like a diary, this non-fiction book shows the author’s growing understanding of spirituality and God over the course of several months in 2015 after leaving her career as a stockbroker. .

I found that it was better to dip in and out of the book rather than reading it cover to cover, allowing yourself time to reflect on the different themes of each daily lesson.

It may not speak to you in the same way as another reader but if you’re looking for a little clarity this could really be a great starting point.

Giveaway time!

To win one of three e-books of The Spirit of Life, go to my Twitter and follow the instructions on the post there.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part on the blog tour.

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Blog Tour: A Killing Fire – Faye Snowden*

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As a child forced to witness her father’s crimes, homicide Detective Raven Burns dedicates every waking moment to proving that she is not her father’s child. But when she shoots a suspect who has what turns out to be an unloaded weapon, Raven finds that she must confront both the demons of her past and the stains on her soul in order to stop a killer.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting detective novel, while there is a crime (several actually) being investigated by the detective at the centre of the story, it’s more about her story and her journey than the series of murders she’s trying to unravel. While often the traumatised detective angle is overplayed, this is an interesting take on the concept. Raven Burns’ father was a serial killer and she his unwitting child accomplice, the only witness to the horrific series of dead bodies he left behind him as he travelled across the country. The scars she carries haunt her, she hears his voice and fears that she is turning into him. The murders she’s investigating seem to be related to her father, a man who was executed for his crimes; so who is killing people and why is she so affected by them?

The writing is sharp and concise, the plot flows nicely and the supporting characters are fleshed out well, especially Burns’ charming partner. New Orleans feels like another character in the book, the plot roams around the city.

 

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*I received this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour, but all opinions remain my own.

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Blog Tour: The Killing Gene – E.M. Davey*

When an archaeologist goes missing in the Congo basin, Professor Randolph Harkness and young Faraway Ross McCartney go in search of her – only to stumble upon a conspiracy to conceal ancient horrors lost to the passage of time. Evading spies and trained killers, can they expose this cover up? The Killing Gene reveals the story of our species, the paradox of the modern mind and our innate predilection for murder…

E.M. DAVEY is a journalist at Global Witness specialising in undercover investigative journalism into international corruption and environmental crime, which gives him the opportunity to travel to far-flung and unusual places. His novels incorporate real-world experiences and meticulous research, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. He has taught creative writing with the Wilbur & Niso Smith foundation and is the author of three novels: Foretold by Thunder (Duckworth 2015), The Napoleon Complex (Duckworth 2016) and The Killing Gene (Duckworth 2019). He grew up in Bristol and now lives in Kent.

My thoughts:

I thought this was a cracking read, a real thriller, plus the science and history nerd within was thrilled by all the theories and ‘discoveries’ in this book.

The author’s career as a journalist means that he knows how to make a story compelling and boy is this one.

I raced through it and then wittered on at my psychologist husband for ages about it, while he nodded and rolled his eyes.

If you’re looking for a rollercoaster read then this is a great one to pick up.

*I was kindly gifted this book by the publisher in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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Blog Tour: A Chain Across the Dawn – Drew Williams*

Bigger spaceships. Bigger explosions. Bigger planets. Bigger problems.

It’s been three years since Esa joined the ranks of the Justified after her rescue from the fanatical murderers the Pax.

Together, Esa and her mentor Kamali travel from planet to planet, searching for children with supernatural abilities.

It’s hard work, but Esa has never felt more assured of her place in the universe.

On a visit to a planet so remote that its inhabitants never learned that the Sect Wars ended over a hundred years ago, they learn that the Justified are not the only people searching for gifted children. There is a creature with unexpected powers who will stop at nothing to get its hands on the children that Esa and Kamali are trying to rescue.

With their latest recruit in tow — a young Wulf child named Sho — Esa and Kamali will travel halfway across the galaxy in pursuit of answers. But the answers only lead to more questions, and the danger will only increase as their terrifying nemesis turns his eyes on them.

Drew Williams was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in the southern United States of America. He is a bookseller at the Little Professor Book Center in Homewood, Alabama. A Chain Across the Dawn is his second book.

My thoughts:

Firstly go read The Stars Now Unclaimed, then read this book.

I have become a bit obsessed with space books – honestly I never used to enjoy sci fi but books like this have totally changed my mind.

It’s fun, adventurous, well written, funny, clever, the characters are excellent, the plot rips along at a pace.

Basically I love it.

If you’re a fan of Becky Chambers’ Wayfarer series, The Illuminae Files, Ancestral Night, or any of the other books I rave about on Instagram then this is for you.

Bring on book three!


*I was kindly gifted this book by the publisher in exchange for taking part on this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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Blog Tour: We Are The Dead – Mike Shackle*

The first book in The Last War series: a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.

The war is over. The enemy won.

Jia’s people learned the hard way that there are no second chances. The Egril, their ancient enemy, struck with magic so devastating that Jia’s armies were wiped out. Now terror reigns in the streets, and friend turns on friend just to live another day.

Somehow Tinnstra – a deserter, a failure, nothing but a coward – survived. She wants no more than to hide from the chaos.

But dragged into a desperate plot to retake Jia, surrounded by people willing to do anything to win the fight, this time Tinnstra will need to do more than hide.

If Jia is to get a second chance after all, this time she will need to be a hero.

With all the grit of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Ed McDonald, this is fantasy with the sharpest of edges.

 

My thoughts:

I devoured this, seriously, it took me a few hours to romp through this cracking book. Inspired by Japanese culture and history, this book is absolutely brilliant. Well written, pacey, and packed with interesting characters. The plot crackles along, and the apparently disparate story lines weave together very nicely.

The first in a planned series I am already eagerly anticipating book two, which the author has probably barely started.

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*I was kindly gifted this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour. All opinions remain my own.