How do you fight an enemy who has a million eyes? What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen? Ex-history teacher Gregory Ferro finds evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to Edward III in 1348. Ferro teams up with down-on-her-luck graduate Jennifer Larson to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seems to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers are watching closely. Soon the duo are targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them. Million Eyes is a fast-paced conspiracy thriller about power, corruption and destiny.
My Review ***** 5 Stars As someone who found not only the death of princess Diana tragic, but also fishy this book really piqued my interest straight away. Conspiracy theories make for great stories and this is no exception. I simply couldn’t fault this book. The author who it’s clear has a keen interest in time travel has taken that and run with it and produced a story that is fast paced, action packed, historically well researched, the flow is seem less and every character is believable. An epic story that is intelligent, interesting and captivating and the ending is a real hook. I can’t wait for the next book.
About The Author
C.R. Berry caught the writing bug at the tender age of four and has never recovered. His earliest stories were filled with witches, monsters, evil headteachers, Disney characters and the occasional Dalek. He realised pretty quickly that his favourite characters were usually the villains. He wonders if that’s what led him to become a criminal lawyer. It’s certainly why he’s taken to writing conspiracy thrillers, where the baddies are numerous and everywhere. After a few years getting a more rounded view of human nature’s darker side, he quit lawyering and turned to writing full-time. He now works as a freelance copywriter and novelist and blogs about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness. He was shortlisted in the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Novel Competition and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Storgy, Dark Tales, Theme of Absence and Suspense Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the Aeon Award Contest, highly commended by Writers’ Forum, and won second prize in the inaugural To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition. He grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere in Surrey.
The second of December’s indie author spotlights is for Chantelle Atkins, Author. Today i am promoting her new book A song for Bill Robinson. She has shared her inspiration behind it and also an excerpt, enjoy!
Blurb Tensions are building on the notorious Holds End estate.The local community centre is fighting for survival and the murder of 15-year-old Lewis Matthews remains unsolved…Wannabe teenage singer, Bill Robinson, just got out of hospital after surviving a vicious attack. He thinks he knows who attacked him…and why. When a violent feud escalates between him and local thug Charlie McDonnal, Bill vows to find the killer and help save the community centre by taking part in the local singing contest.Can music bring a shattered community together? And can Bill keep his own demons at bay long enough to win the singing contest and find out who killed Lewis Matthews?
A large crow landed on a branch in the tree and seemed to be staring right at him. Bill stared back. It hopped from one branch to another, flapped its wings and make a squawking sound as another bird swooped down to join it. Staring dully, Bill watched the birds hopping and flapping their wings. Behind them, the estate was a shadow of shapes and lines, and as he slouched further against the wall, he narrowed his eyes until the birds and the trees appeared huge, like monstrous puppets against the dying light, and he realised that there was some kind of tragic, gasping beauty in everything. Finally, he was too restless to bear it and jumped down from the wall. He walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge. His dad had a six pack of beer on the bottom shelf. He would notice if any of them went missing. Bill slammed the fridge and stalked into the lounge. He went to the drinks cabinet which served as a surface for his mother’s record player. He crouched down to open it and then rummaged through the half empty bottles until he found vodka. His dad hardly ever touched the spirits these days. It would take him ages to notice. Bill took the bottle into kitchen and poured some into a glass. He topped it up with orange juice and sat out on the back doorstep to drink it. He thought back to what Summer had said up at the lookout and realised she was right; he wasn’t as scared of McDonnal as he should have been, which was why he was going to youth club tonight despite the dead meat warning. Despite everything. Despite dead boys in alleys and kissing his best friend and everything else. He knew it was suicide, but he also knew that you couldn’t just stay home and keep your head down and hope for the best. You had to do the opposite. You had to get up and look them in the eye and hold your head up. He was scared, just not enough to give in or give up. Once you did that, you were dead. You were Lewis Matthews.
The Inspiration Behind The Book
The inspiration behind A Song For Bill Robinson actually came from the film The Commitments. I watched it when I was sixteen and thought it was absolutely brilliant. At that age, a lot of my writing involved inspiration from books, films and music I was into. I wanted to write a book about a boy who wanted to be a singer, but was also a fairly anti-social, grump with some family drama going on. I first wrote the book aged sixteen but I never wrote the ending. In 2016 I discovered the original hand-written manuscript in an old dusty suitcase under my bed. I had completely forgotten about the book but as soon as I started flicking through it, I knew I had to rewrite it and finish it. A lot changed when I rewrote it. Some characters were cut in place of new ones and some had their names changed. The storylines also changed and developed as I wrote it and the characters kept throwing up sub-plots I had not seen coming. The main storyline however stayed the same. Bill Robinson is a grumpy sixteen year old from a broken family, who only really comes alive when he is singing. He becomes embroiled in a bitter and violent feud with local thug Charlie McDonnal when he suspects Charlie is behind the unsolved murder of a local 15-year-old. Bill, like his father, is attracted to a drink or two and doesn’t quite know when to stop. New storylines included the community centre being threatened with closure and the manager putting on a talent contest to help raise funds to save it. And a love triangle between Bill and his two best friends, Adam and Summer. I also didn’t expect the book to evolve into a trilogy, but it did. The second book is written and I hope to release it in the next six months, and the third book I am writing at the moment.
About The Author
I am a mum of four, and I have been writing stories/books since I was a child, but its only been the last few years I have had the courage to share them with people! My first book The Mess Of Me was published in May 2013,by Autharium. This was soon followed by The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, and its sequel This Is The Day. Other books include This Is Nowhere and short story collection Child’s Eye. My work has been described as gritty and gripping and character driven. I hope to have a new YA book The Tree Of Rebels out next year.
Personal Interests Gardening, self-sufficient-ish!! Dogs – foster rescue dogs Lurchers – best dogs ever Music – Indie, Rock, Grunge, 60’s, everything!
Favourite books The Catcher In The Rye Vernon ‘God’ Little Chaos Walking Trilogy To Kill A Mockingbird The Perks Of Being A Wallflower On The Road Naked Lunch Ham On Rye
I have two spolights to finish off a great year getting to know some fabulous indie authors. First up is Teuta Metra, Author of Nowhere Girls.
Friends Alba and Sara could not be more different. While Alba is worming her way into the upper echelons of Albanian’s richest and most powerful, by any means she can, Sara is working more than one job as a struggling journalist. Both desperate to escape their corrupt country, they’re quickly dragged into a sordid world of politics and lies.
But when tragedy strikes their friend Ina, the two women must come together to save their friend’s little boy. Can they put away their past, to secure a better future for the child? How easily can you run, when you can’t escape yourself?
Although this is a fictitious tale, the author draws from her own experiences as an Albanian journalist and her struggles to find a better life outside of her country. NOWHERE GIRLS is a thrilling insight into the lives of three very different women, and the lengths a person will go to for freedom
My Review **** 4 stars A real, sometimes dark and deep story of life for women in Albania. Stories like this one really make you appreciate your own life and they also make think about women kind in general. This story made me want to fight for them and it also re instilled that woman are amazing, strong, determined and should never be underestimated. Their lives all very different but yet they are all on the same journey, a journey to escape the deep rooted issues in their country of birth. Corruption, deception, sexism are all rife. An emotional and powerful read that feels very very real. A real eye opener and a story that will stay with you for a long time.
Joanie does so much to support her fellow indie authors, bringing them together with old and new readers and bloggers like me. It was a pleasure to be asked to read this in exchange for my honest review.
Blurb When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.
My Review **** 4 Stars What a fabulously, fun and quirky read. One unappreciated over worked bus driver heads to his usual day of work with a bunch of passengers who couldn’t be more different if they tried. All facing or not their current situations and realities thrown together. An unlikely and quite frankly scary scenario unfolds in the shape of a bus napping! But all isn’t quite as it seems, is it? Now i was totally convinced in the fact that yep this was a thriller/crime story and blood amongst other things was going to be shed. But after reading only a few chapters, a hint of humor and sarcasm i learned that things were not quite that black and white. I loved learning about all the characters and how they had come to be on the bus that day. You can’t quite believe some of the situations they find themselves in but they will leave you laughing and cheering them on fiercely. A really unique and well written adventure story that will touch you.
SHORTEST BOOK13 pagesBest Friends Foreverby Sarah Northwood LONGEST BOOK662 pages The Carrero Heart – The Journey;…by L.T. Marshall
AVERAGE LENGTH 252 pages
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MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2019 4.3 Stars
HIGHEST RATED ON GOODREADS A Sorcery of Shadowsby Sarah Northwood 4.89 average
My first review of the year ***** 5 STARS A perfect gentle read. A story of new beginnings, letting going, forgiveness, love friendship and loyalty with a touch of comedy and calamity. I got so much from it it was the perfect book to start off the new year. Look forward to reading more of Tracy’s books MY 2019 BOOKS
I have read some great books this year, taken part for the first time in blog tours, promoted and shouted out some amazing indie authors and started this blog. My year in books 2019 has been a great one.
My top 10 Bridesmaids, Zara Stoneley The Lost Girls, Helen Pryke Starlight on The Palace Pier, Tracey Corbett Forget me Not, Claire Allen After i’ve Gone, Linda Green A Sorcery of Shadows, Sarah Northwood A Summer To Remember, Sue Moorcroft Ragdoll, Daniel Cole Just Rose, L T Marshall and The Ice Cream Parlour, Isabella May.
Next year i don’t plan on setting myself a reading goal. I am just going to read what i wnat when i want without feeling the pressure of goals and how many can be read in a month.
I find this subject fascinating. Having read another book about it, i was very eager to see how this author approached it. Thank you to Rachel @rararesources for allowing me to take part and to the Publisher One More Chapter for my copy.
As one life ends Louise Lovett’s death was a tragedy. But questions still swirl about exactly what happened to Louise that day. Did she fall … or was she pushed?
A new life starts Helen Matthews’ donor heart saves her life. But as her new heart beats inside her, Helen feels the pull of its previous owner – despite what everyone is telling her, Helen is certain she has one final message to pass on.
And a dark obsession begins As the lives of Helen and Louise become ever more entangled, Helen’s obsession gets increasingly out of control. And the fragile new life she has built begins to fall apart…
My Review **** 4 Stars Wow what a book! It really packs a punch, it has so much going on. A new heart a new start. Having lived with a heart condition all her life Helen receives a donor heart and life can really begin. Simply wanting to find the donor’s family to thank them turns to obsession. The author really delved into this characters mind and told her story and all the raw elements of human experience from all points of you in a chilling yet captivating way that you yourself become obsessed with were the story will take you next. The pace was slow to begin with but the intensity grows and grips you and really engages the reader.I never saw the ending coming no clue and it definitely left me reeling. An intense, gritty and thrilling read. I highly recommend this one. I look forward to reading more by this author.
About The Author
Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.
Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.
I am a little late with this post, it’s a busy time of year for us all. But i do hope you enjoy reading this post and discover some books you may not have read. Get adding to your ever growing TBR piles!