My Month In Books|November 2019

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!

First up is,

Magic Under The Mistletoe. Lucy Coleman

Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy  Coleman

I have to say whilst there were elements i enjoyed and i did like it, i wasn’t crazy about it

Next up a couple of short christmas stories. I loved these!

12 Days of Christmas. D. Van De Merwe

12 Days of Christmas by D.  van de Merwe

The Heart of Christmas. D. Van De Merwe

The Heart of Christmas by D. van de Merwe

A middle grade Fantasy, Awa and the Dreamrealm. Isa Pearl Ritchie

Awa and the Dreamrealm by Isa Pearl Ritchie

And last but by no means least a faboulous festive rom-com, No One Cancels Christmas. Zara Stoneley

No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

I am looking forward to slowing down a little bit and probably won’t get much reading done this month.

My Month in Books|October 2019

A lean month once again only four books. I think now i have completed my GoodReads challenge though i don’t feel as pressured, i’m reading for enjoyment more than i was. This month i did one blog tour, read a early ARC for OneMoreChapter and as always indie authors. My favourite this month was The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley because i loved it almost instantly.

More Than just Mum. Rebecca Smith

More Than Just Mum by Rebecca    Smith
Publisher: One More Chapter Published 7 Dec. 2019 Edition Ebook Kindle Genre Parenting/FamilyRelationships Purchase Link


Hannah Thompson loves her family beyond words… but sometimes she wishes they would recognise her as more than just ‘mum’.

Eldest son Dylan is soon to be flying the nest, sixteen-year-old Scarlet keeps asking about penalties for worryingly specific crimes, they’ve forgotten world book day and Benji absolutely will not be Where’s Wally again, and it’s at least two days before she and hubby Nick can sit down for Wine Wednesdays… and even longer until Fizzy Friday.

Determined to find herself a job that she loves, earn a whole lot of money and to have her teenagers respect her as ‘Hannah’ as well as ‘mum’; it might sound like a tall order, but she’s a mum on a mission.

My Review

Finding Ruby. JA Higgins

Finding Ruby by J A Higgins
Publisher: SilverWood Books Published 21 Jun. 2019 Edition Paperback 252 Pages Genre Crime Purchase Link


On Halloween night, thirteen-year-old Ruby disappears in the company of a masked figure. She is never seen again. The only witness is Nell Montague who is just seven years old.

Twenty-three years later, Nell is trapped in an abusive relationship and still suffering from vivid nightmares of what she saw. When tragedy strikes she escapes and attempts to put her past behind her. Then, thirteen-year-old Emily disappears.

Haunted by increasingly disturbing visions and helped by a reluctant psychic, Nell must unravel the mystery of what really happened that night, because to save Emily she must first find Ruby. But to do so she will question everything she thought she knew about her own childhood and soon discovers that nightmares don’t always end when you wake up.

My Review

The Wonkiest Witch:Wonky Inn book 1. Jeannie Wycherley

The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley
Publisher: Bark at the Moon Books Published 31 Oct. 2018 Edition Ebook Kindle 173 pages Genre Cozy Mystery Purchase Link


Alfhild Daemonne has inherited an inn.

And a dead body.

Estranged from her witch mother, and having committed to little in her thirty years, Alf surprises herself when she decides to start a new life.

She heads deep into the English countryside intent on making a success of the once popular inn. However, discovering the murder throws her a curve ball. Especially when she suspects dark magick.

Additionally, a less than warm welcome from several locals, persuades her that a variety of folk – of both the mortal and magickal persuasions – have it in for her.

The dilapidated inn presents a huge challenge for Alf. Uncertain who to trust, she considers calling time on the venture.

Should she pack her bags and head back to London?

Don’t be daft.

Alf’s magickal powers may be as wonky as the inn, but she’s dead set on finding the murderer.

Once a witch always a witch, and this one is fighting back.

A clean and cozy witch mystery.

My Review

They Move Below. Karl Drinkwater

Publisher: Organic Apocalypse Published 24 May 2016 Edition Paperback 308 pages Genre Horror/Thriller/Short stories Purchase Link


Fifteen Tense Tales. One Sleepless Night.

Horror lives in the shadows.

It exists under the earth’s surface in ancient caves; below the vast sea’s undulating waves; under dense forest cover; within a storm’s thick, rolling clouds; downstairs in our homes, when we hear the knife drawer rattle in the night. Even our minds and bodies harbour the alien under the skin, the childhood nightmares in our subconscious.

In this collection of fifteen tales Karl Drinkwater sews flesh onto the bones of our worst fears whilst revisiting some of horror’s classic settings, such as the teen party, the boat in trouble, the thing in the cellar, the haunted museum, the ghost in the machine, and the urban legends that come true. No-one is safe. Darkness hides things, no matter how much we strain our eyes. And sometimes those things are looking back at us.

My Review

My Month in books|September 2019

It has been a bit of a lean month reading wise this month but thats ok. I don’t like to put to much pressure on myself and reaching and finishing my Goodreads challenge by the end of September is quite an achievment. A couple of blog tours this month a review for a small press and of course an indie author.

The Love Delusion Nicole Mostyn
Piatkus 5th September 2019 Paperback Fantasy/Romance 384 pages. Purchase Link
Blurb LOVE IS . . . A MYTH?
That’s the belief of Frida McKenzie, devoted member of The Love Delusion movement, determined to cure humans of our ridiculous obsession with love.
But there’s something she’s forgotten…
When Frida finds a mysterious picture of herself with a man she barely knows, the certainties she has about her world begin to unravel.
What are the sinister roots of the cult that seems to have gripped humanity? Why can’t she remember anything about her life before – including the strange(ly attractive) man in that picture? And just when exactly did she take up fantasy role play?
As a battle approaches that’s been millennia in the making, it’s beginning to look like there’s only one question that really matters: if love conquers all, what happens when it’s gone?

My Review

The Gingerbread Houses: A Charlie Bars Thriller (The Charlie Bars Thriller Series Book 3) by [Jones, Benedict J]
The Gingerbread Houses Benedict J Jones Crime wave press 20th May 2019 Ebook Kindle 184 pages Crime/Thriller/Noir Purchase Link

A dark secret lies at the heart of the British government; a secret so appalling that they will kill to protect it.

Charlie Bars is back in London and has taken on a missing persons case. Easy money –or so he thinks. The man he is looking for is inextricably linked to the evil perpetrated in the Gingerbread Houses and as Charlie’s search progresses, he finds himself drawn into the seedy underbelly of the capital; a world of abuse, exploitation and deviancy that threatens to destroy his soul.

Others are looking for the missing man too and hunter soon becomes hunted as Charlie finds himself the target of an insane torturer haunted by the ghosts of his military past.

As he descends into the darkest depths of human depravity, Charlie desperately tries to stay out of prison, on the right side of his morality and, most importantly, alive as he seeks to uncover the buried secrets of the Gingerbread Houses.

My Review

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A Sorcery of Shadows The Westwood Witches 2 Sarah Northwood KDP 1st October 2019 Ebook Kindle 155 pages YA Fantasy Purchase Link
Blurb The second thrilling book in the Westwood Witches series will take you on an electrifying journey out of this world and beyond.
In between studying magic with her best friends, Lilly and Fred, Aero is frantic with worry for her mum and aunt. They disappeared searching for the Shadow Creatures and no one is doing a thing to find them.
Aero must go back to the Realm where the dark creatures are stirring. Their malevolent quest is about to set in motion events that could lead to the destruction of everything she holds dear.
Frightened and alone, Aero’s only hope is a new friend, a cat she calls Shadow. Can she find the answers she needs? And if she does, will it cost her everything? 
A Sorcery of Shadows is the second book in this young adult fantasy series. If you’re a fan of Philip Pullman and Harry Potter books, then you’re in the right place.

My Review

Four Cristmases and a Secret Zara Stoneley Harper Collins UK/OneMoreChapter 27th September 2019 Ebook Kindle Purchase Link
Blurb It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Except for Daisy, Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers. And Oliver Cartwright. Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.
Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is. Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.
This Christmas, however, Daisy is determined things will be different. There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers. No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.
But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share… and it could change Daisy’s life forever…
Bridget Jones meets the Hallmark Channel in an irresistible romantic comedy you won’t want to miss this Christmas.

My Review

Publisher Avon
Published 3rd October 2019
Edition Paperback 352 pages Genre Thriller Purchase Link

My Review

/My favourites this month have been the YA Fantasy by Sarah Northwood and the brilliantly funny christmas romcom by Zara Stoneley. What have been your favourite books in September?

My Month In Books August 2019

AN interesting and varied month, although i didnt complete my Goodreads challenge (3 short) i still read 6 books. Which with the kids having been off school for the summer is quite an accomplishment! I took part in my first blog tour and as always i read some indie authors too. Its a little late for posting as Lost Solace was for a blog tour so i had to post this after. My favorites this month have been Roald Dahl and Sue Moorcroft, although Brian’s book has made me want to read more horror.

Danny Champion Of The World. Roald Dahl

Blurb Danny’s life seems perfect: his home is a gypsy caravan, he’s the youngest car mechanic around, and his best friend is his dad, who never runs out of wonderful stories to tell. And when Danny discovers his father’s secret, he’s off on the adventure of a lifetime. Here’s Roald Dahl’s famous story about a 9-year-old boy, his dad, and a daring and hilarious pheasant-snatching expedition. Just as important, it’s the story of the love between a boy and his father who, in Danny’s own words, is “the most marvelous and exciting father a boy ever had

My Review ***** 5 stars

The Mechanical Devil. Kate Ellis


When archaeologist Neil Watson unearths a long-buried mechanical figure in a Dartmoor field, he is determined to discover the truth behind the bizarre find.

Soon, however, the sleepy village becomes the focus of press attention for another reason when two people with no apparent connection to each other are found shot dead in nearby Manor Field, seemingly victims of an execution-style double murder.

DI Wesley Peterson is called in to investigate, but the two murders aren’t his only problem. The daughter of a local MP has gone missing and the pressure is on to find her, especially when it’s revealed that she has a connection to one of the murder victims. And Wesley’s own life is thrown into turmoil when a woman he helped on a previous investigation finds herself subjected to a campaign of terror . . .

Is there a link between the double murder and the accidental death of a young history student in Manor Field twenty years ago? And just what is the true identity of the Mechanical Devil?

My Review **** 4 stars

The Lost Daughter. Sylvia Broady

Blurb 1930, Hull, East Yorkshire. Alice Goddard is fleeing through a rain lashed street from her violent, bullying husband Ted and fearing for her life and that of her two-year-old daughter Daisy. Running to the police station for help, she becomes involved in a road accident. Seriously injured, she lies in a coma in hospital. When she recovers, Ted has disappeared and Daisy is missing…

MyReview **** 4 stars

The Water. Brian O’Gorman



A small village in the middle of the High Peak. The ideal place for holiday makers because of its old-fashioned look and the amazing, picturesque Barrington Reservoir.

But that peace is about to be shattered. The village is about to be invaded by the Black Rock, a small meteorite that crashes into the middle of the reservoir. Now everyone that comes into contact with the compromised water has their life taken from them and replaced by the invader. They become shambling, mindless zombies that try and spread the Black Rock as far as it will go.

June Dobson is a retired psychic, dogged by the dementia that is robbing her of her senses, she resides in the SunnyBank nursing home and she is the only one that saw the Black Rock arrive. Now the clouds sitting across June’s mind are beginning to clear. The thing in the water is reaching out to her and her gift begins to grow again. Soon, very soon, she will know what the Black Rock wants, what it needs, and the town of Hurndell will never be the same again. Nor will the rest of the human race, if the Black Rock has its way….

My Review **** 4 stars

Lost Solace. Karl Drinkwater


Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.

Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.

Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.

The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost … forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.

Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment. But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.

Can she face her demons and survive?

My Review **** 4 stars

A Summer To Remember. Sue Moorcroft

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft
My Review **** 4 stars

Here is to September and the begining of Autumn.

My Month in books July 2019

No two months are the same in book world. Until last year I stuck very much to two authors and didn’t read very much at all. But I’ve always loved reading. Then I joined The Fiction Cafe Book Club on Facebook and my mind and eyes were opened so many great books genres and authors. And I can now happily say that I have a vast eclectic taste in books. And I’ve made some great friends along the way. This prompted me to reorganise my book shelf. This is what it looked like last year. And now it’s full of great books and I need a new one. I also after getting my library card ages ago took the kids to the new library in Barnsley town centre and left some bookmarks and leaflets of indie authors books. Check it out here

My book shelf from a year ago

My book shelf now!

Angus,thongs and full frontal snogging. Louise Rennison

My Review

A walk In The Park. Helen Pryke Available via subscription to Helens Newsletter

My Review

We’ll Meet Again. Cathy Bramley

My Review

The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop. Tracy Corbett

My Review

RagDoll. Daniel Cole (Buddy Read with Helen Pryke)

My Review Helen’s Review

The House Of Hopes And Dreams. Trisha Ashley

My Review

Walls Of Silence. Helen Pryke

My Review

What books have you enjoyed this month?

#BookReview|Buddy read|RagDoll|Daniel Cole

My second buddy read this year I did with the lovely Helen Pryke, Author. If you haven’t guessed already Helen is not only an author I follow, support and admire she is my friend. This book came on offer/free on Amazon, I already had it in paperback and Amazon told Helen she already had it so we said why not do a buddy read. My first buddy read was a bit short lived but that didn’t put me off. It was really fun doing this with Helen it’s great seeing a book read through an authors eyes and seeing the different perspectives that I as a reader might not necessarily have picked up on. I had an absolute blast doing this buddy read, thank you Helen!

Publisher: Trapeze

Published: 19th October 2017

Genre: Thriller

Paperback Edition: 400 pages

Purchase Link(s): Paperback Kindle:

My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 Stars Wow. What a book! Having had this book given to me a while ago I decided to read it with a friend. Right from the beginning this book grabs you and pulls you in. A grizzly discovery of a mishmashed body leads to a race against time to uncover who and why this unthinkable crime has taken place. A great, diverse set of characters that you can’t help but love are well written and developed throughout. An original well thought out story that keeps you on tender hooks. With plenty of dark, witty banter between characters that breaks up the constant tension. The quick yet fully descriptive chapters add to the fast pace of the story and add to the need and want to read more. My only issue with the book was the ending after such a fantastic build up it felt a little flat in my opinion. That being said the authors job is done as I now want to read the next book. This aside i would still highly recommend it, the writing is excellent.

Helen’s Review **** 4 Stars The story drew me in right from the beginning, with fast-paced action that didn’t let up for most of the book. A body is found, made up from parts of 6 different victims, and the race is on to find out who did it and why.

Great characters who grow on you, dark British humour at the most inappropriate times, a fantastic story line that keeps you on your toes, inventive ways of killing off the victims, a killer who’s one step ahead of the cops – this book has all the ingredients of a fantastic thriller.

I loved the constant tension and the way the story built up to the grand finale, which then fell a bit flat for me. I’m not going to spoil it – but after such an enthralling story, I was expecting something different.

Regardless of that, it’s an excellent read and I highly recommend it!

About The Authors At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing. 

He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead. Find him on Twitter at:

Short Stories|Quick Reads|#BookReview

I absolutely love a short story. Some may think that this is a lazy way of reading. I disagree. Short stories can have so much substance and gives us as readers a glimpse of an authors writing style, ideology and a taste of future books. Also a message or important life lesson doesn’t always need or warrant a 300+ page book. Today I have read two short stories by two very different but equally great authors.

A Walk In The Park. Helen Pryke

This book isn’t available for purchase, if you wish to get a copy please visit Helen’s Facebook page and sign up to her newsletter.

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My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We’ll Meet Again. Cathy Bramley

Enjoy this sweet and hopeful short story from bestseller Cathy Bramley! 

For nurse Jenny Hallam, there’s no such thing as a quiet day (or night) at work. But even with WWII rumbling away, Jenny still has time, patience and kindness for everyone she treats, with plenty to spare for her two young children at home. 

From his sickbed, handsome but shy Pilot Officer Will Rose has noticed Jenny’s gentle ways. When the two of them spark up a conversation, a friendship blossoms that brings out a new hope in them both.

Friendship is all their connection can be for now – but nothing stays the same in the war… What might happen if they were to meet again?

This is the perfect introduction to Cathy Bramley’s stories or a lovely treat for longtime fans. Also includes a gorgeous taster of her upcoming novel, A Patchwork Family!

My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Have you read any good short stories recently? What is your favourite short story?