#BookReview “Blood Loss” by Kerena Swan

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5/5 stars!

Blood Loss is a page-turner from the beginning, and the suspense never eases up.

Sarah is running, trying to get away from something. Her fear leaps off the page! She’s bruised, battered, and covered in blood, and someone is dead.

Jenna wants to run, but in a different way for a different reason. Having recently lost her father, Jenna has a mother who isn’t dealing well with the loss and a controlling sister. All she wants to do is travel the world and take care of animals, but her low-paying jobs and disapproving, unsupportive family keep her dreams out of reach.

DI Dave Paton is a capable investigator with aspirations of rising in rank. With a wife plagued by depression and a teenage son with Downs Syndrome, Paton’s familial obligations hinder him from focusing on his career. He’s not bitter, though he wishes his bosses would take notice and acknowledge the good work he does do.

Paton will get his wish though, as he sorts out a murder with an unidentified victim. Lives will collide as a murderer tries to hide and long-buried secrets come to light in this well-written read of suspense and mystery.

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SYNOPSIS

Sarah

With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.

Jenna

With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.

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#BlogTour “Blood Loss” by Kerena Swan

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Sarah

With one eye on the rear view mirror and the other on the road ahead, Sarah is desperate to get as far away from the remote Scottish cabin as she can without attracting attention. But being inconspicuous isn’t easy with a black eye and clothes soaked in blood…

… and now the fuel tank is empty.

DI Paton

When a body is discovered in a remote cabin in Scotland, DI Paton feels a pang of guilt as he wonders if this is the career break he has been waiting for. But the victim is unidentifiable and the killer has left few clues.

Jenna

With the death of her father and her mother’s failing health, Jenna accepts her future plans must change but nothing can prepare her for the trauma yet to come.

Fleeing south to rebuild her life Sarah uncovers long-hidden family secrets. Determined to get back what she believes is rightfully hers, Sarah thinks her future looks brighter. But Paton is still pursuing her…

… and he’s getting closer.

Kerena Swan’s brilliant novel explores how honest mistakes and human frailty can have terrifying and long-reaching consequences. It’s a tale of family ties and loyalty, revenge and redemption that you won’t want to put down.

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About Kerena SwanKerena Swan

We are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See YouScared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.

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#BookReview “The Hoax” by Paul Clayton

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4/5 Stars!

Played out in dual timelines, this tale of psychological suspense revolves around a friendship borne from trauma and tragedy.

Frankie Baxter is always running from her past of bad decisions and abuse. Her one saving grace is her determination to be a good mother to her three children. Though she goes to extreme lengths to care for her family, Frankie never thinks things through, which keeps her in low-paying jobs, barely scraping by. It’s also the reason she was ripe for the hoax.

Little Girl isn’t running, but she is hiding, trying to forget her past of a different kind of abuse and betrayal.

When a kind stranger brings Frankie’s missing son home, she believes she’s made a new friend and for the first time in her adult life, Frankie has someone to trust and depend on. But her trust is misplaced and will result in upending her life, and murder.

Told in two POVs—Frankie’s and Little Girl’s—the timelines are well-paced and balanced. It’s not difficult to see how the lives of two young girls were shaped or that they never outgrew those girls who solved problems with anger and violence.

Though predictable in places, the ending of this read had me looking around, wondering what happened. Didn’t see that coming. This is one of those stories where I’d love to sit down and chat with the characters!

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Meet Frankie Baxter. She’s trying to make ends meet and keep the boat afloat for her three kids. She’s harassed, sometimes impatient. but she’s a fabulous mum. So, imagine her distress when Henry, her youngest child, goes missing …

Henry returns safety accompanied by a stranger, Cora, a fairy godmother who starts to change the Baxter family’s lives in the best of ways. So, why do things suddenly start going wrong? Is Cora fulfilling their dreams• or is she the start of a nightmare?

Funny, terrifying and a real page-turner, The Hoax puts a whole new slant on psychological thrillers.

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Author BioPaul Clayton

Best known to audiences for five series of the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show” and for two series of the BAFTA winning comedy “Him and Her” from BBC 3. He has enjoyed stints as regular characters in soaps “Hollyoaks”, “Coronation Street” “Doctors” is well known to viewers from a considerable volume of the television. Most recently appearances in series 2 of “The Crown”, “Black Earth Rising”, “Wolf Hall”, “The Split”, “Holby”, “ This Time with Alan Partridge” “Shakespeare and Hathaway” “Breeders”. He is currently well known and loved by thousands of sci fi fans for his role as “Mr Colchester – terminator in a cardigan”- the leader of the Torchwood team, in the Big Finish ‘Torchwood’ audio dramas.

He recently filmed “Danny Boy” for the BBC.

He is the author of “So You Want to Be a Corporate Actor?” and “The Working Actor” and is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage.

He is patron of the children’s literacy charity Grimm and Co (www.grimmandco.co.uk) based in Yorkshire for whom he has staged young authors live dramas and facilitated six independent films written by 9 – 11 year olds.

His first novel “The Punishment” met with great reviews when it was published in 2019.

“I LOVED this book. It’s funny, dark, sexy and sharp as a knife. A brilliant story with three intricately woven strands that keep you hooked all the way through. Definitely recommend!”

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#GuestPost “Memoirs of a Karate Fighter” by Ralph Robb

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Novelist and former karate champion Ralph Robb recounts his experiences at one of Europe’s toughest dojos and provides an insight into the philosophy and training methods of a club which produced national, European and world titleholders. In a hard-hitting story, Ralph tells of the fights on and off the mat; his experiences as one of a very few black residents in an area in which racist members of the National Front were very active; and the tragic descent into mental illness and premature death of the training partner who was also his best friend.

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MEMOIRS OF A KARATE FIGHTER

Ralph Robb

 My first international competition was really a more domestic affair, as it was an invitational tournament that incorporated the English Under-21 vs the Scottish Under-21 squad. Three of us from the Wolverhampton YMCA Karate Club had been selected to represent England at various weights. Up until that point, I’d never had the opportunity of leaving England.

From the moment we stepped off the train in Glasgow, I became aware of how I was being perceived by the Scots I met and by the end of that day, I felt myself going through a minor identity crisis. It all stemmed from the fact, that in my mind I represented the Wolverhampton YMCA karate club but in reality, I was representing England and in doing so I attracted the wrath of the Scottish supporters.

I have always believed coming from a disadvantaged environment bred a certain uncompromising fighting spirit. Whether this was just wishful thinking or had some basis in fact didn’t really matter, so long as it gave me a mental edge in achieving my goal. I believed, and I still do, that the strong sense of camaraderie that came with being a part of the YMCA club did give me an edge.

Now, we were up against opponents who came from neighborhoods every bit as economically disadvantaged as the ones I was familiar with. They were people who had a similar sense of camaraderie to the one generated in our club but theirs was on a national level. Plus, they had what I often referred to as ‘northern grit’ – a hard, no-nonsense state of mind that we had noticed when fighting anywhere north of Wolverhampton.

It was an uncomfortable feeling being one of the underdogs without the senior members of the YMCA club supporting me, but it was nothing I’d not experienced before. If nothing else, growing up in Wolverhampton did hone my mind for hostile situations like the one I found while in Glasgow.

By the end of the tournament, results had not unfolded as we had predicted, or hoped for, but it had served a purpose. It was a reminder of how much more training as well as mental preparation was needed for the European championships.

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Once we had deposited our bags in our rooms, we went down­stairs where the Scottish karate officials gave us a welcome that contrasted with the cold and drab afternoon. We had headed north thinking of ourselves as representing the YMCA but, as the evening wore on, it was obvious that our hosts saw us as part of the people they referred to as the ‘Auld Enemy’. I had been sent an England badge that was to be sewn onto the jacket of my karate gi with the letter confirming my selection but even though I had thrown mine into the rubbish bin, I was still identified as a member of an ‘invading force’ that the Scots told us they would take great pleasure in repelling. As a few more drinks were downed by our hosts, it became plain to me that the talk about being ‘part of the enemy’ was not all light-hearted banter: there was real venom behind the words. I was feeling the first stirring of a minor identity crisis: while I had been born in England, I had never considered myself, nor ever felt regarded, as English. Neither Clinton nor Leslie seemed to be troubled in the same way; to them our selec­tion for the England under-21 team was simply a means of enhanc­ing our competition skills and providing an opportunity to compete at the European junior championships. They were confident too that the Scots would not be much opposition – but I was not so sure.

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Author Bio Ralph Robb

Ralph Robb was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England and now lives in Ontario Canada with his wife, cat and dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and a good book. His world is balanced by quality TV, global events, great outdoors and of course his grand-daughter.

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#BlogTour “A Chance Encounter” by Rae Shaw

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Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, that is until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?

Mark works for Haynes’s vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers.

His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend whom she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret.

For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?

Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives in danger.

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Rae Shaw is a pen name for the author Rachel Walkley.

Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.

As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets.

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#CoverReveal “Summer Sin (Northern Witch #4)” by K.S. Marsden

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As an eventful school year draws to a close, Mark has to face his greatest challenge yet.

Witches, demons and spells have quickly become the norm for Mark, but he will find that magic can’t solve all of his problems.

With everyone relying on him, will Mark be able to save the day?

Or will the price of being a hero be too high?

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Author Bio 

Kelly MarsdenKelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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#GuestPost When History and Science Fiction Collide by A&H Frosh, author of “Space Taxis”

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When History and Science Fiction Collide

By Adam Frosh, author of Space Taxis

NB this blog contains a spoiler alert for Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock.

The literary world is full of cross genres. Historical crime, historical horror, romance fantasy, science fiction comedy to name but a few. Historical fiction is hugely popular, notwithstanding the interesting settings for which the stories are based, but also the learning opportunities to study history in a way that many would prefer to reading a formal textbook. It also gives, through sense of place, an opportunity to ‘exist’ within the world and almost feel that you are there within it.

So, why is the genre mix of science fiction history so comparatively rare? In the most part, this genre mix relates to stories of time travel. One piece of literature that influenced my journey into literature was the Nebula Award winning novella, Behold the Man, by Michael Moorcock.

In this story, Karl Glogauer, a time traveller from 1970, travels back in time to witness the story of Jesus as it unfolds. As he arrives in the Holy Land in AD 28, his time machine is broken, and he has no way of returning to his own time. Moorcock’s depiction of the Christ of Nazareth is very different to the accepted Christian version that Glogauer was expecting. The Christ in this world would have no chance of carrying out the accepted teachings the world was destined to see. Assisted by the accounts of his “magical” properties by the Essenes who witnessed his strange method of arrival, he finds himself stepping in to act out the historical version of Jesus.

Glogauer, a hugely flawed character with a Messiah complex, eventually displaces Jesus entirely and, through his own engineering, is eventually crucified on the cross.

On one level, this novella could be seen as an exercise in blasphemy. However, on further reflection, it is so much more than that. At every stage, it represents an allegorical concept. The insignificant Christ of the story is displaced by a tangible representation of the story. His discussion with his girlfriend, Monica regarding how the myth itself is less important than the impulse it creates. For Glogauer, the story is what is important to fuel people’s need for compassion, love and forgiveness. His solution was to displace symbolism with a form of fact.

The time travel itself is never discussed in detail but is merely a plot vehicle to establish a litany of allegorical themes that exist within the novella. In this way, science fiction can work at its best. It was never intended as a real explanation of the historical event.

I often think of Stanisław Lem’s masterpiece, Solaris, that questions the notions of identity and the self. That story is set in the future and blurs the boundaries of our notions of our uniqueness and the facsimiles that are ourselves. Science fiction set in the past, can often allow for an even richer form of allegorical study through the study of the human condition through events that have already taken place.

Harriet’s and my novel, Space Taxis, can, and should, be viewed as an allegorical tale that uses science fiction as a speculative vehicle to discuss Heinrich Himmler’s otherwise poorly explained actions towards the end of WW2. It has been carefully researched to include eyewitness and historically recognised accounts of the time. It is a moment to enjoy high adventure, real history, and an all too rare opportunity for allegorical thought provocation.

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“A perfect blend of science fiction and alternate history”

He’s abducted by aliens to the planet Vost.

He’s saving up for his fare home.

But he’s got the small matter of a planetary apocalypse to deal with first…

In 1977 a New York Cab driver Mike Redolfo is abducted by aliens after being mistaken for a renegade scientist. Meanwhile, back in 1944 a mysterious man and his Jewish fiancée are fleeing across Nazi-occupied Europe.

Redolfo tries to keep a low profile on his new world whilst earning his fare home, but unwittingly gets involved with a shady gang of alien criminals, inadvertently bringing the planet to the brink of catastrophe.

As the link between the timelines becomes clear, Redolfo must discover secrets from the past that may hold the key to saving the planet.

If you like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5, and Frank Herbert’s Dune, you’ll love this gripping and entertaining sci-fi mystery thriller.

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Adam wasted much of his youth watching Star Trek on the TV and films like Planet of the Apes and Alien on the big screen. He redeemed himself by becoming a surgeon but has since graduated from writing articles for science journals into writing his own Sci Fi and Alternate History stories. As a writer he is dedicated to giving his readers a great story laced with strong, fun and scary characters. Descended from Jewish refugees who escaped from the pogroms, he is haunted by the stories of the Holocaust but inspired by heroes who put themselves at risk to save others. Adam likes to hear from his readers. You can find him at http://adamfroshauthor.com or on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdamFroshAuthor

Harriet will never be able to let go of Greek gods. No, not the sculpted Adonis-like figures on the beach, but the ancient ones.

Loving all things mythological, her writing incorporates myths and legends from around the world. Her other fascination is with the criminal mind, and you can expect to see a blend of these two interests in her writing.

As a student of English, she spends her day critiquing literature and her evenings creating exciting characters and fun stories.

Harriet is also an artist, and she would like to hear from her readers and those interested in her art. You can get in contact at http://harrietfrosh.com/

 

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#BookReview “Nighthawks: An Art Crime Thriller (A Stephen Connor Mystery Book 2)” by Lambert Nagle

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4/5 Stars!

Not especially adept at his job, DS Stephen Connor dreads the meeting with his boss. He fears he’s about to be made redundant, but at least hopes he gets a good deal out it.

After he learns he’s being sent to Rome to assist with a case involving stolen art and antiquities, he’s sorry he didn’t get the redundancy deal.

While a slow starter for me, the story soon picks as Stephen and his Rome partner, Elisabetta di Mascio have more clues than time.

Though most of the setting is in Italy, this is an international story of suspense with players from all over the world.

I didn’t read book one and am not familiar with Stephen Connor’s backstory, but here, he began as the weakest link for me, afraid to speak up or assert himself. His latest assignment in Rome will mean his upcoming, mostly paid for wedding will have to be canceled. Ginny, his fiancée will be boiling mad, and her father will hate him more than he already does. If that’s possible.

But going to Rome is the best thing to happen to Stephen. As he pieces together clues to find stolen art, he transforms from a bumbling Clouseau to one of Scotland Yard’s shining stars and becomes my favorite character! It’s not nearly as easy as it sounds, however, as he and di Mascio have to contend with her budget-conscious boss, the rich and arrogant, the mob, and a mole in their investigation.

Oh, and they’re trying to stay alive.

A good read that entertains and educates, and for me proves you never know what you’re capable of until you’re thrown from the frying pan into the fire.

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When art, money and power collide…

A Mafia boss addicted to beautiful art. A Catholic priest who knows too much. A modern-day Jay Gatsby.

And a woman on the run.

Disgraced London detective Stephen Connor is given an ultimatum: take a transfer to Rome or kiss his career goodbye.

With his love life in tatters and his confidence at an all-time low, can Stephen find the world’s most valuable painting before it disappears forever?

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#BlogTour “Nighthawks: An Art Crime Thriller (A Stephen Connor Mystery Book 2)” by Lambert Nagle

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When art, money and power collide…

A Mafia boss addicted to beautiful art. A Catholic priest who knows too much. A modern-day Jay Gatsby.

And a woman on the run.

Disgraced London detective Stephen Connor is given an ultimatum: take a transfer to Rome or kiss his career goodbye.

With his love life in tatters and his confidence at an all-time low, can Stephen find the world’s most valuable painting before it disappears forever?

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Lambert NagleLambert Nagle is the pen-name for Alison Ripley Cubitt and Sean Cubitt, co-writers of international thrillers, mystery and crime. Alison is a former television production executive who worked for Walt Disney and the BBC before pivoting to become a multi-genre author and screenwriter. Her short film drama Waves (with Maciek Pisarek) won the Special Jury Prize, Worldfest, Houston. Sean’s day job is Professor of Film and Television, University of Melbourne, Australia. He writes about film and media for leading academic publishers.

Other titles by Lambert Nagle include Revolution Earth (featuring detective Stephen Connor) and Contained in Capital Crimes, a short story collection from members of ITW (International Thriller Writers) with a foreword by Peter James.

With six passports between them, they set their books in the far-away places they live and work.

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#BookReview “A Prescription for Madness” by Linda Fawke

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4/5 Stars!

A Prescription for Madness touches on several timely themes to deliver a well-written, emotional read.

The fact I couldn’t stand the lead character is neither here nor there. HA!

The revenge hook-up with Jonathan, the guy who broke her heart, backfires when Kate finds herself pregnant three months after attending a class reunion. This is not good, not good at all because Kate is married, her husband, Neil, has a low sperm count, Jonathan wants her back, oh, and she’s 51 years old.

As she reaches out to friends and family for advice, it becomes obvious Kate isn’t close to anyone and doesn’t keep in touch. Not even with her own mum. Hard to have sympathy for someone so self-absorbed.

While Kate contemplates her options, the true narcissist in her comes out. She considers herself confident and independent when she’s actually arrogant and rude. For someone who considers herself intelligent, her thought processes and decisions were skewed… and self-serving, and her madness is of her own making.

I had sympathy for Neil and her mum for the way she treated them, but finding out he was no choirboy and hearing Kate’s mum call her behavior “sluttish” made me cackle and realize everyone in this story had a date with Karma.

The story has great balance on the topic of late-in-life pregnancies and has several great teaching moments on Down’s Syndrome. Kudos to the author on her research!

Great characters dealing with real-world issues help this read to prove one can never escape the consequences of their actions.

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When successful business-owner Kate Shaw realises she is pregnant, after a fling with a previous lover, she has life-changing decisions to make. She needs to be in control of her life. Pregnancy in her fifties was never part of the plan. It becomes her secret.

The risks of having a baby at her age are clear but she struggles with the idea of an abortion. No-one understands her increasingly erratic behaviour as the preoccupation takes over her life.

Her marriage is precarious; the relationship with her former lover uncertain.
Is this the way to madness?

This is a gripping story about dark choices, gnawing discontent and the uncertainties of love.

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