#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger imyril (@imyril) #TheresAlwaysRoomForOneMore #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to the blog today. It’s Monday which can mean only one thing – it’s time for another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post (and you thought I was going to say something about the weekend being over, right?!). Today I am delighted to welcome another fantastic book blogger to damppebbles to share the book love, imyril from There’s Always Room for One More…

But first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. ‘Books’ is the simple answer 😆! Every year I invite bookish types to share the titles of three books they love with the rest of us.  Any author, any genre – it’s a bit of a free for all, apart from one thing.  The books must have been published in a certain year.  At the moment we’re revealing the top books published in 2018 but on 1st November #R3COMM3ND3D2019  will start when it will be all about this year’s releases.  If you would like to take part then please fill in the form at the bottom of this post!

Without further ado, here are the books imyril has chosen…

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The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
A setting that’s not quite early twentieth century China is an unusual and absorbing fantasy setting. Complex characters you’ll love to hate and fear to love, going through the wringer. A harrowing debut with an eye for epic storytelling and historical flavour.
https://onemore.org/2018/09/29/the-poppy-war/

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The Bitter Twins (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy 2) by Jen Williams
I hesitate to dive into a trilogy with book two, but the Winnowing Flame gets my nod for epic fantasy with sci-fi underpinnings and a flair for all-out horror. Vampiric elves, a fire witch, noble barbarians, a middle-aged archaeologist and mythical beasts must fight off a terrifying insectile alien threat or see their world consumed. The characters leap off the page, the lines between good, evil and pragmatic are blurred and I’ve never yelled NO so loudly at the page in my life. This is fantasy writ very, very large – and I think book two is even better than book one. Bonus points for being so dark without ever feeling hopeless or bleak.
https://onemore.org/2018/03/24/the-bitter-twins/

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Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
A full-blooded space opera, peopled by a cast recovering from the trauma of a recent war. A sentient warship filled with regret. A lonely salvage crew who wish to make amends. A planet whose secrets are worth killing for. This is a well-constructed mystery with an almost Banksian setting. I came for the characters; I’ll be seeing out the series for the jaw dropping scope of what they find.
https://onemore.org/2018/03/11/embers-of-war/

Ooooh, once again I am drawn to books outside of my comfort zone and these three look brilliant! Thanks imyril!

If imyril has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Poppy War by R.F. KuangThe Bitter Twins by Jen WilliamsEmbers of War by Gareth L. Powell |

About imyril:
I’ve been reading almost as long as I’ve been walking (but I try not to combine the two, because of the bruises). These days I’m a business consultant by day and a bookworm and blogger 24/7. I mostly read SF/F, but I’m happy to be tempted into other genres by a strong story and well-crafted characters. Or tea. And cake. I’m easily tempted.

imyril’s social media links:
There’s Always Room for One More…Twitter @imyril |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Paul Cheney (@halfmanhalfb00k) #HalfmanHalfbook #damppebbles

It’s Friiiiday! Welcome to damppebbles and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. I am delighted to welcome a favourite blogger of mine to the blog today, Paul Cheney who blogs over at Halfman, Halfbook.  I love Paul’s blog for several reasons.  The first is the name of it because, well, we all are, aren’t we? Half-book! And secondly, because Paul reads and reviews mainly non-fiction (I think his is the only non-fiction blog I follow…)

So what’s this #R3COMM3ND3D thing all about then? It’s a chance for bookish types to share the book love.  Three books they love and want to shout about.  Really, really love.  Any author, any publisher, any genre, but they must have all been published in the same year.  I’m currently sharing the posts from last year (2018) but on 1st November #R3COMM3ND3D2019 so if you would like to take part please fill in the form below.

Here are Paul’s three choices…

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21st-Century Yokel by Tom Cox
This is a wide ranging and occasionally random chat about his thoughts on the countryside, scarecrows and his very LOUD DAD. Very funny and honest.
[DP: *cough* I’m going to ignore the fact that this book was actually published in 2017 and not 2018…]
http://halfmanhalfbook.co.uk/review/review-21st-century-yokel/

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The Last Wilderness: A Journey into Silence by Neil Ansell
The Last Wilderness feels like a spiritual journey and he connects deeply to the landscape each time he visits, but it is tinged with the remorse that he has of no longer being able to hear the birdsong as his hearing fails. It is a beautiful book to read, he has a knack of teasing out all that he sees around him into the most exquisite prose.
http://halfmanhalfbook.co.uk/review/review-the-last-wilderness-a-journey-into-silence/

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The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
This is a heartwarming and inspiring story of a couple’s fight back against a life-changing legal decision that left them totally penniless. Winn writes with an honesty that is quite moving, she is open with her feelings and her thoughts about the people she meets on their walk and the events that led to them walking the South Coast path.
http://halfmanhalfbook.co.uk/review/review-the-salt-path/

Great choices, Paul.  Thank you.  I LOVE the cover of The Last Wilderness. How gorgeous is that?!

If Paul has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

21st-Century Yokel by Tom CoxThe Last Wilderness by Neil AnsellThe Salt Path by Raynor Winn |

About Paul:
I have always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand.

I read all types and genres of books, but my real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. I also love science fiction and fantasy and try to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.

I have been writing for Nudge Books as their voice of Book Life for two years now.

Paul’s Social Media Links:
Halfman, HalfbookTwitter @halfmanhalfb00k |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Ivana (@TheNovelette) #TheWritersBlock #damppebbles

Happy Monday! I hope the week ahead is full of brilliant books (and if you’re heading to Harrogate later this week then I’ll see you there!).  There’s a good chance I’ll be adding to your terrifying TBR today as I’m delighted to bring you another fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post! Today I am thrilled to welcome Ivana of The Writer’s Block to damppebbles to share her three top picks from 2018.

But first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about. #R3COMM3ND3D is a chance for bookish types to share the book love. Three books from one year that they really must shout about.  At the moment we’re concentrating on books published last year but come 1st November we’ll be all about 2019.  If you would like to take part then please pop your books, the reasons why you love them and your social media details on the form below.

Without further ado, here are Ivana’s choices…

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Hangman by Jack Heath
This book was just captivating, shocking, entertaining, perhaps THE best reading experience I have ever had!! (I gave it a 7-Star Review it was just that amazing!)

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The Date by Louise Jensen
Bookouture Books are just awesome! This book keeps you guessing until the very end! I always like that!

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#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar
This book was dark humor, fashion culture, pop culture references, psychological thriller, and murder on steroids!! Which made it so, so good!! One of the best books I have ever read!

Great choices, Ivana – thank you! Hangman is going straight onto the wish list and it’s great to see The Date by Louise Jensen make another appearance.

If Ivana has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Hangman by Jack HeathThe Date by Louise Jensen#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar |

About Ivana:
Book Blogger, Book Trailer Creator, Virtual Book Festival Organizer.

Ivana’s Social Media Links:
The Writer’s Block Twitter @TheNovelette |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Russell Day (@rfdaze) @fahrenheitpress #InkToAshes #damppebbles

Happy Friday! It’s nearly the weekend, phew.  Welcome to damppebbles and to another cracking #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. Today I am delighted to welcome author Russell Day to the blog.  I read and reviewed Russell’s debut novel, Needle Song, last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The fabulous folk at Fahrenheit Press have recently published the second book in Russell’s Doc Slidesmith series, Ink to Ashes, and I can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy.  I’ll tell you a little about it later.

But first, if you’re new to damppebbles or you’ve not heard of #R3COMM3ND3D before, then allow me to explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D is a chance for bookish types to share the book love.  Three amazing books all published in the same year.  We’re currently working our way through 2018s recommendations but make sure you look out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which will start in November.

Without further ado, here are Russell’s 2018 picks…

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Stoned Love by Ian Patrick
I don’t like my heroes squeaky clean and Ian Patrick’s protagonist is anything but. Batford’s a dirty cop and a man wearing his welcome thin on both sides of the law; I love characters like that. Another factor in choosing this book was the authenticity of its voice. Ian Patrick’s an ex-cop with almost three decades of service under his belt. It shows in his writing, you don’t so much read his novels as experience them. I defy anyone to put this book down once they’ve opened it.

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A Dead American in Paris (Salazar Mysteries #2) by Seth Lynch
This novel’s set in Paris, in 1931, which makes it an odd choice for me to recommend. I generally like to read stories set in contemporary times. The trick Seth Lynch pulls off so well is building the setting around the reader so thoroughly that Europe between the wars feels like home. Not a happy home exactly, but you can’t have it all. Something about the tone of this book puts me in mind of J G Ballard’s novel High Rise; everything is familiar and alien at the same time. This is one of the most evocative books I’ve read this year.

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Chainsaw by John Bender
Some books are meant to be read totally at face value. Chainsaw is one of them. It’s pure pulp from start to finish, proud and unashamed. Blood soaked, gore splattered and mad as a box of frogs, it follows the misadventures of two redneck scumbags and a stolen chainsaw. What you see is exactly what you get. You will love it or hate it; John Bender doesn’t write for the middle ground.

I love your choices, Russell.  I’ve read the first of Ian Patrick’s Sam Batford books and loved it. I have Seth Lynch’s Salazar books on my TBR and Chainsaw is going straight onto the wishlist!

If Russell has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

Stoned Love by Ian PatrickA Dead American in Paris by Seth LynchChainsaw by John Bender |

About Ink to Ashes:
ink to ashes.jpgDoc Slidesmith & Yakky return in a brand new adventure. Dago, president of The Handsome London Boys Motorcycle Club and one of Doc’s oldest friends, has died in an apparent accident. Before he can be laid to rest though, his wife makes an unusual request, one which Yakky fulfils with characteristic stoicism. The funeral is a particularly tense affair and it becomes clear to Doc that there’s more going on than initially meets the eye. All is clearly not well within the ranks of The Handsome London Boys and when Doc starts asking questions about the circumstances of Dago’s accident and the disappearance of a young pledger, he and Yakky find themselves being dragged into the secretive and potentially dangerous world of the ‘one-percenters’. Doc & Yakky need to tread very carefully if they’re going to ensure the truth is revealed, justice is served – and they both get out of this alive.

Fahrenheit Pressamazon.co.ukamazon.com |

About Russell Day:
Scruffy, hairy-arsed biker. I occasionally take time out from getting tattooed, eating curry and falling off motorcycles, to write crime fiction. Author of NEEDLE SONG and INK TO ASHES (both published by Fahrenheit Press). Winner of the 2018 Crime Writer’s Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition.

Russell’s Social Media Links:
Twitter @rfdaze |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Martin Gore (@LaughingGravy71) #TheBeardyBookBlogger #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends.  Welcome to the blog today and a very happy Monday!  Today I am delighted to share another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post with you and my guest today (always wanted to say that!) is the fabulous Martin Gore of The Beardy Book Blogger.  If you haven’t discovered Mart’s blog yet then I absolutely insist you do. I promise it will become a new favourite.

If you’ve never come across #R3COMM3ND3D2018 before then please let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D is a chance to share your love of three books published in a particular year.  At the moment, due to ill health at the end of last year, I am sharing recommendations from 2018.  However, #R3COMM3ND3D2019 will start on 1st November so if you already have three books in mind then pop your details, along with the books, on the form below.

Without further ado, here are Mart’s choices…

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The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson
Ragnar is a writer already known for his superb ‘Dark Iceland’ series of books featuring his young police detective Ari Thor Arason, published by Orenda Books. This book is the start of a new series (from a new publisher, Penguin), collectively known as ‘Hidden Iceland’ and features a new protagonist, Hulda Hermannsdottir, a detective at the end of her career and still struggling to break through the glass ceiling that, it appears, is still firmly in place in the Icelandic police service. This is the first in a trilogy of books that are told in reverse chronological order (unlike the Dark Iceland series that were intentionally released out of sequence in the UK), and this book hits you like a brick wall coming at you at 70mph! Hulda is a great creation, with Ragnar only hinting at things and events from her past that will be revealed in the coming books and will undoubtedly be different to what we will be expecting. He is a great storyteller and The Darkness will definitely leave you wanting more. ‘Nuff said.
https://beardybookblogger.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/the-darkness-ragnar-jonasson/

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Astoundingly this is the *debut* novel from Stu, and, boy oh boy, what a debut it is. This book is a superb body hopping murder mystery wrapped up in a time-travelling Agatha Christie cardigan. This is one book that is probably best experienced blind. I don’t mean you should close your eyes when reading it…oh, you know what I meant! Some people may come out of it even blinder than when they went in, but I found it to be so skilfully plotted and executed that at no time did I feel that I had lost my way – unlike our protagonist, poor old, or young, Aiden. If you like your murder mysteries to be of the classic ‘whodunnit’ type, but with a very modern, sci-fi twist, then this is definitely the book for you. But even if you don’t, give this book a try and you – probably* – won’t regret it 😉 *totes won’t
https://beardybookblogger.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/the-seven-deaths-of-evelyn-hardcastle/

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Death Of A Diva (Limited Edition Hardback) by Derek Farrell
Ok, ok, I admit, I am cheating just a smidge with this one *cough*. [DP: very loud, very irritated SIGH]. DoaD was originally published in 2015, BUT, Fahrenheit Press published a shiny new hardback edition last year so, in my eyes, this qualifies it 😉 [DP: The same very loud, very irritated SIGH]. The reason why I’m so desperate to include this book here is simples: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS SERIES! Sorry to shout, but I LOVE THESE BOOKS! Sorry-not-sorry, again. This is the 1st in a series and it is truly brilliant. It follows the exploits of our hero Danny Bird, and his attempts to quietly get on with his life running the Marquess of Queensbury pub in South London whilst those around him, fate, local gangsters, ex-boyfriends, the police and pretty much everyone else, tries to do its best to spoil it for him. The books are peppered with truly memorable, eclectic and wonderful characters and Derek’s writing is wonderfully funny, sharp and moving. His characters remain believable even if the situations they often find themselves in most certainly are not. Go on, give them a go!
https://fahrenheit-press.myshopify.com/collections/limited-edition-hardbacks/products/derek-farrell-death-of-a-diva-limited-edition-hardback-1

Rules are rules, people! Anyway, I will remain calm and overlook this small infringement of the very clear, very easy to understand rules and commend you, Mart, on your excellent choices.

If Martin has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

| The Darkness by Ragnar JónassonThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonDeath of a Diva by Derek Farrell (Limited Edition Hardback) |

About Martin:
A beardy bloke just enjoying his books and wants everyone else to know it 😉

Martin’s Social Media Links:
The Beardy Book BloggerTwitter @LaughingGravy71 |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Paula Bardell-Hedley (@GaiaBird1) #BookJotter #damppebbles

Hello book fans! Welcome to the blog and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 to round off the working week.  Today I am delighted to welcome Paula Bardell-Hedley to damppebbles.  Paula blogs over at Book Jotter so head on over and check it out.

If you’re new to damppebbles and you’re wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is all about then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for bookish types to share the book love.  Three titles you just have to shout about; any genre, any author, any publisher providing they were published in 2018.

So without further ado, here are Paula’s choices…

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Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
A beautifully written YA novel with enormous crossover appeal!
https://bookjotter.com/2018/09/02/book-review-where-the-world-ends/

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Walking Wounded by Sheila Llewellyn
A brilliantly crafted, often harrowing, powerfully intense novel that deserves to be read.
https://bookjotter.com/2018/01/04/book-review-walking-wounded/

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
A truly magnificent piece of writing!
https://bookjotter.com/2018/08/10/book-review-the-silence-of-the-girls/

Thanks for your choices, Paula. These are all new authors to me but those covers are all very striking!

If Paula has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughreanWalking Wounded by Sheila LlewellynThe Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker |

About Paula:
Blogger, theatre goer, nature lover and an avid reader of books.

Paula’s Social Media Links:
Book JotterTwitter @GaiaBird1Facebook Group |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about, then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with The Puzzle Doctor (@puzzledoctor) #InSearchOfTheClassicMysteryNovel #damppebbles

It’s Monday! Which can mean only one thing. The weekend is over. That and it’s time for another #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post!

Today I am delighted to welcome the mysterious Puzzle Doctor, who blogs over at In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel, to damppebbles. The Puzzle Doctor will be sharing his three #R3COMM3ND3D picks with us shortly but first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is all about…

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for bookish types to recommend three books you must read. Any genre, any author, any publisher (traditional, self or indie). There is a catch though. The books must have been published last year.

So without further ado, let’s see what the Puzzle Doctor has chosen…

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Gallows Court by Martin Edwards
After a long while producing essential reference works and anthologies, Martin returns to crime fiction with a stunning thriller set in the Golden Age of detective fiction.
https://classicmystery.blog/2018/08/24/gallows-court-by-martin-edwards/

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A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin
The sort of book my blog was created to find – a newly written mystery with a proper whodunit plot (that fooled me). Endearing central characters and a convincing sixties Oxford setting helps as well. A real winner.
https://classicmystery.blog/2018/07/21/a-fatal-obsession-by-faith-martin/

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The Case of the Dead Shepherd (A Ludovic Travers Mystery) by Christopher Bush
Do re-releases count? [Erm. No. Bit late for that now though so I’ll allow this one] I hope so as Dean St Press has done sterling work reissuing lost classics such as the work of Francis Vivian and Christopher Bush, this being a highlight, a dark tale of the murder of a headmaster in, surprisingly for the Golden Age, a state school rather than a posh private institution. Bleak and moving, this is a stunning piece of work.
https://classicmystery.blog/2018/04/18/the-case-of-the-dead-shepherd-by-christopher-bush/

Great choices (despite the re-release) and I’ll be adding a couple of these to my wish list.

If the Puzzle Doctor has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

| Gallows Court by Martin Edwards | A Fatal Obsession by Faith Martin | The Case of the Dead Shepherd by Christopher Bush |

About The Puzzle Doctor:
1000 reviews and counting… Book blogger, teacher, cat-wrangler.

The Puzzle Doctor’s Social Media Links:
| In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel | Twitter @puzzledoctor |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about. then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Yvonne (@yvo_about_books) #ItsAllAboutBooks #damppebbles

Happy Friday! I hope you have some exciting plans for the weekend. Welcome to the blog today and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post.

Today I am delighted to welcome fellow blogger, Yvonne who blogs over at It’s All About Books, to damppebbles.  Yvonne will be sharing her three #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks but first, let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about…

At the end of every year from the start of November to late December I invite bookish types to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D picks with the rest of us.  Three books published that year which readers just can’t miss, three must-read titles.  Unfortunately, I fell ill last year so wasn’t able to share all of the posts.  But book recommendations don’t age so I’m delighted to bring you those missing posts over the coming weeks on a Monday and a Friday!

Without further ado, here are Yvonne’s choices…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This book is hands down one of the best debuts I’ve read to this date. Never has the phrase ‘had me guessing until the very last page’ been more true! I won’t be tiring of recommending this book to everyone I know. Brilliant. Mindblowing. Flabbergasting. Extremely well executed. And overall 200% worth your time.
https://melovebooks.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/arc-review-the-7-deaths-of-evelyn-hardcastle-by-stuart-turton-buddyread-sourcebooks/

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The Date by Louise Jensen
Bring out the superlatives and invite them to this review party, because I’ll need a lot of them to describe my feelings about The Date. I read a lot of thrillers, but this story was simply something else. The Date ticked all the right boxes for me and more, and I literally dropped everything to read this psychological thriller. Fascinating, highly addictive and utterly absorbing! If you are a fan of the genre, you simply MUST try this one. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
https://melovebooks.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/arc-review-the-date-by-louise-jensen-bookouture-fab_fiction/

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Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
Boy, this book was GOOD. It’s not the easiest story to read and there are a lot of trigger warnings involved for those who are sensitive to violence, abuse etc, but if you can stomach them, you will find Barbed Wire Heart is one hell of a ride. It’s a trigger-happy crime story with a high dose of girl power, adrenaline, action, a splash of family drama and plot twists that you won’t see coming. From the writing style to the underlying feminist message, the originality of the plot and the excellent character development… This story simply blew me away.
https://melovebooks.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/arc-review-barbed-wire-heart-by-tess-sharpe-grandcentralpub/

Thanks so much, Yvonne.  Two utterly brilliant books and one brand new author to me!  I’m adding Barbed Wire Heart to the wish list.

If Yvonne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonThe Date by Louise JensenBarbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe |

About Yvonne:
Let me introduce myself: I’m Yvonne, or Yvo for short… I was born a Dutchie, but felt that that tiny, rainy country known for tulips, windmills, cheese and of course Amsterdam wasn’t my place to be. O no, the world was a lot bigger that and was calling me to start discovering it. Carpe Diem and all. So I learned Spanish (I actually have a degree in Spanish philology), went to study in Madrid, Spain when I was 20… And after that I decided to try and find my place in the world. I travelled around a lot during the last few years, and finally settled down in lovely Argentina after having found the love of my life while travelling in Colombia.

Yvonne’s Social Media Links:
It’s All About BooksTwitter @yvo_about_booksInstagram |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about, then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author and #BookBlogger Rosemarie Cawkwell (@RosieCawkwell) #RosieWrites #damppebbles

Hello and a happy Monday to you.  Welcome to damppebbles and to another fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. If you’re new to the blog or if you haven’t seen my regular #R3COMM3ND3D feature before, then allow me to explain what it’s all about.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for bookish types to share the book love.  A chance to shout about three books which other bookish types just can’t miss.  It doesn’t matter what genre they are, who wrote them or who publishes them.  The only catch is that they must have been published last year in 2018.  Today I am delighted to welcome author and book blogger Rosemarie Cawkwell to the blog.  Rosemarie blogs over at Rosie Writes so hop on over and check it out and make sure you scroll down to find out more about Rosemarie’s books.

Without further ado, here are Rosemarie’s choices…

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In Bloom by C.J. Skuse
Rhiannon, the main character, is funny and a serial killer. I loved the first book in the series, and couldn’t wait to read this instalment. Its a different take on the crime novel, and written in first person so you see the thought processes and get an understanding of Rhiannon’s motives.
https://rosemariecawkwell.wordpress.com/2018/08/19/review-in-bloom-by-c-j-skuse/

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Turn A Blind Eye by Vicky Newham
New author, but with a background in psychology, Vicky Newham has drawn on her experiences working in inner London schools to write this tense crime novel following D.I. Maya Rahman as she investigates a series of deaths that seem to be connected to a local school. I loved the details of place and characterisation.
https://rosemariecawkwell.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/review-turn-a-blind-eye-by-vicky-newham/

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We Were Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard trans. by David Warriner
This book was so beautifully written and excellently translated, and the complex crime involved a cast of strange characters.
https://rosemariecawkwell.wordpress.com/2018/03/22/review-we-were-the-salt-of-the-sea-by-roxanne-bouchard-trans-by-david-warriner/

Great choices, thank you Rosemarie.  I have Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse on the terrifying TBR and can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard so many good things.

If Rosemarie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

| In Bloom by C.J. SkuseTurn a Blind Eye by Vicky NewhamWe Were Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard (trans. David Warriner) |

About Rosemarie:
I’m an autistic, mentally ill writer and book blogger from Lincolnshire. In 2017 I self-published the first two novels in my fantasy series, with plans to release two more in 2019. Possibly. I’ve been reviewing book on my blog for seven years, and charting my journey through mental illness and autism diagnosis. I’ve almost finished an MA in Creative Writing, and have started a crime novel set in Lincoln as part of my dissertation. I hope to get that one finished by 2020. I review a variety of books, but tend to focus on crime fiction at the minute.

Rosemarie’s Social Media Links:
Rosie WritesTwitter @RosieCawkwell |

Fire Betrayed (The FIRE Series Book 2) by Rosemarie Cawkwell fire betrayed.jpg
The war between Albon and Sumoast is over, and the Northern Isles are again at peace. Lizzy Albon looks forward to a future of little responsibility after years of co-ruling with her father. With the return of Queen Jocinta and a new lord in Tarjan, it looks like a lasting peace has been made between the warring nations. Lizzy’s personal life settles down too, and she hopes for a quiet life in her own home.

Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. When elections turn violent and Jocinta supports the rise of a theocracy, Lizzy and her friends are forced once again to fight a war, this time on home soil.

| amazon.co.ukamazon.com |

 

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing then I would love for you to pick three of your favourite titles from this year for #R3COMM3ND3D2019. If you would like to take part please fill in the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/eB61BtchBCGKtJZM9):

 

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Mary Picken (@bethsy) #LiveandDeadly #damppebbles

Welcome to damppebbles and to the resurrection of #R3COMM3ND3D2018!  If you’re new to the blog then let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.  If you could pick three absolutely brilliant, must-read books to recommend to others, what would they be? Any genre, any author, traditionally, indie or self-published.  The only catch is they must have been published in 2018.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite bookish types to share three books they love published in 2018.  The series normally runs from 1st November to the end of December but I was unfortunately quite poorly last year so it kind of dwindled out (sorry guys).  But it’s back and in a slightly different format.  My plan (and don’t hold me to this because I am TERRIBLE at hosting regular features on the blog – you’re looking at the proof!) is to post a #R3COMM3ND3D2018 every Monday and Friday for the next 17 weeks which should take us to October.  Just in time to start #R3COMM3ND3D2019 on Friday 1st November – yay!  I’ll get the form ready over the next few days in case anyone is brave enough to pick their three now…

Today I am delighted to welcome the ever so lovely Mary Picken of Live and Deadly to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2018 choices.  If you’ve not visited Mary’s blog yet then you must, it’s one of my favourites.

Without further ado, here are Mary’s choices…

putney

Putney by Sofka Zinovieff
A beautifully constructed, wholly engrossing, thought-provoking, uncomfortable read.
https://liveanddeadly.net/2018/07/13/putney-by-sofka-zinovieff-sofkazinovieff-philippacotton-bloomsburybooks-putney-bookreview/

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
Intense, propulsive, shocking and teetering throughout on the verge of violence, this is a book that stirred all my emotions as the suspense mounted and the story took on a life of its own.
https://liveanddeadly.net/2018/06/04/us-against-you-by-fredrik-backman-backmanland-michaeljbooks-gabyyoung-usagainstyou/

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech
Moving, honest, heartbreakingly tender, a stand out read.
https://liveanddeadly.net/2018/09/01/the-lion-tamer-who-lost-by-louise-beech-louisewriter-orendabooks-giveaway-theliontamerwholost/

Excellent choices, Mary.  I need to check back through the #R3COMM3ND3D2018 files but I think this is the second or third time The Lion Tamer Who Lost has been selected.

If Mary has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Putney by Sofka ZinovieffUs Against You by Fredrik BackmanThe Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech |

About Mary:
Book blogger, comms professional and addicted Festival attendee.

Mary’s Social Media Links:
Live and DeadlyFacebookTwitter @bethsyInstagram |

Look out for the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 sign up sheet coming your way soon. If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing then I would love to hear from you!