#BlogTour | #GuestReview: Road to Mercy by T.J. Brearton @cobaltdinosaur #RoadToMercy #InkubatorBooks #damppebbles

Road to Mercy

A brutal abduction. Two scared kids. One desperate fugitive.

Struggling with the guilt she feels for shooting and killing a drug dealer during her freshman case, Special Agent Shannon Ames is thrown back in the deep end when former federal prosecutor Lucy Donato goes missing.

The case takes a surprising turn when Lucy’s bookish husband Bob is caught on camera fleeing the state with his two small children. Has he done something to his wife? Is he a danger to the kids?

There’s definitely something off about Bob, because it soon becomes clear he isn’t stopping for anyone. He’s smart, he’s ruthless, and he steamrolls over anyone who gets in his way.

Desperate to protect the kids, Shannon pursues Bob cross-country, following a trail of stolen cars, brutal bar fights, and dangerous drug dealers. But something isn’t sitting right with her – why would a meek office worker suddenly blaze a trail of chaos across several states? What does he want? Where is he going?

The answer to those questions is truly shocking and puts Shannon at the heart of a case she’ll never forget…

Road to Mercy is a gripping mystery thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as it races towards its electrifying finish. Perfect for fans of David Baldacci, Robert Dugoni and Lisa Regan.

Hello and welcome to the blog. I am delighted to be handing the damppebbles keys over for the third and final time (for now!) to my guest reviewer, Ryan. Today Ryan is sharing his thoughts on the second book in T.J. Brearton’s Shannon Ames series, Road to Mercy. Road to Mercy will be published by Inkubator Books on 6th September 2020. Ryan chose to read and review a free eARC of Road to Mercy but that has in no way influenced his review.

When a former Federal Prosecutor is kidnapped with her son, it leads to murder. When the prosecutor’s husband also disappears taking the couple’s young children with him, the police have a target to find and a chase across the USA against the clock ensues.

This is my first Shannon Ames book, and it was easily read as a standalone. Shannon Ames is unexpectedly dropped into the investigation of the kidnapping of Lucy Donato, the Federal Prosecutor. She arrives on the scene to find local cops friendly with the local business owners, who seem keen to avoid disruption rather than understand what’s happened.

Whilst this is happening we find Bob Donato pressing his way across country, avoiding police detection and getting involved in behaviour which puts him squarely on the wrong side of the law. The parts of the story involving Bob are told from the perspective of Lily, the couple’s eldest child, who is watching her father behave in more outlandish ways and putting her and her brother, Silas, at risk. Even from a child’s way of thinking, Bob’s behaviour seems odd.

Shannon doesn’t lack support throughout the investigation but there is certainly a healthy dose of scepticism from the various local police forces. They don’t feel the FBI knows what they are doing, believing Ames unlikely to make a breakthrough. Her support in the FBI comes from Bufort, a relaxed and thoughtful partner who contrasts nicely with Shannon’s wired style. Ames is a well written character and whilst the first novel is referenced in Road to Mercy, I still felt she was introduced well to new readers. One of the aspects I really liked in this story is that there were no bolts from the blue. No massive Eureka moments. Rather we saw well drawn characters struggle with a lack of evidence and make slow progress in finding Bob, the children, and Lucy’s kidnappers. This did not mean a slow story though. Brearton has laced Road to Mercy with misdirection, red herrings and subplots that keep you racing through this book.

I can see Ames being a fan favourite for many readers. The hard working, dogged detective who won’t back down until she has cracked the case is brilliantly written. Road to Mercy has a cracking atmosphere which carries the reader swiftly through a fast-paced and well-plotted story.

Ryan chose to read and review an eARC of Road to Mercy. The above review is his own unbiased opinion.

Road to Mercy by T.J. Brearton was published in the UK by Inkubator Books on 6th September 2020 and is available in digital format (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |

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T.J. Brearton’s books have reached half a million readers around the world and have topped the Amazon charts in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. A graduate of the New York Film Academy in Manhattan, Brearton first worked in film before focusing on novels. His books are visually descriptive with sharp dialog and underdog heroes. When not writing, Brearton does whatever his wife and three children tell him to do. They live happily in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate, New York. Yes, there are bears in the Adirondacks. But it’s really quite beautiful when you’re not running for your life.

TJ is the author of Into Darkness, book 1 in the Shannon Ames series. ROAD TO MERCY will be his second novel published with Inkubator Books.

#CoverReveal: Not the Deaths Imagined by Anne Pettigrew @pettigrew_anne @RingwoodPublish #NotTheDeathsImagined #damppebbles

Hello my bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Anne Pettigrew’s Not the Deaths Imagined. Not the Deaths Imagined is Anne’s second novel and it will be published by Ringwood Publishing on 1st August 2020.

So before we feast our eyes on the brilliant cover, let’s find out what the book is all about:

In a leafy Glasgow suburb, Dr Beth Semple is busy juggling motherhood and full-time GP work in the 90s NHS. But her life becomes even more problematic when she notices some odd deaths in her neighbourhood. Though Beth believes the stories don’t add up, the authorities remain stubbornly unconvinced.

Soon, Beth’s professional reputation is challenged. There follows a chilling campaign of harassment and she finds her professional reputation – and family – are put at risk.

Is a charming local GP actually a serial killer? Can Beth piece together the jigsaw of perplexing fatalities and perhaps save lives? And as events accelerate towards a dramatic conclusion, will the police intervene in time?

From the author of Not the Life Imagined, this slow-burning tartan noir novel from a Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight author follows Beth on another quest for justice. Reflecting Pettigrew’s own medical expertise, Not The Deaths Imagined re-affirms the benefits of growing up in a loving family and the need for friends in hard times, while offering insight into the twisted development of a psychopathic mind.

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING?! I love it.

And now for the gorgeous cover…..

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How fantastic is that?! I love the colours – it’s such an eye-catching cover. 😍

Not the Deaths Imagined will be published by Ringwood Publishing on 1st August 2020 and is currently available to pre-order direct from the publisher by clicking HERE, from amazon.co.uk or amazon.com.

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Anne PettigrewGlasgow-born, 31 years a Greenock GP, graduate of University of Glasgow (Medicine 1974) and Oxford (MSc Medical Anthropology 2004). Worked also in psychiatry, women’s health, and journalism (Herald, Pulse, Doctor, Channel 4). In retirement took Creative Writing tuition at Glasgow University aiming to pen novels about women doctors (rare in literature except as pathologists or in Mills & Boon). Runner-up in SAW Constable Award 2018, chosen as a 2019 Bloody Scotland Crime Spotlight Author – ‘one to watch.’ Member of several writers’ groups and a short story competition winner, she lives in Ayrshire and enjoys good books, good wine, and good company.

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#BlogTour | #GuestReview: The Watch List by Joseph Mitcham (@MitchamJoseph) #TheWatchList @cobaltdinosaur #damppebbles

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“Sixty-eight dead and nearly 300 injured in a hostile vehicle and bomb attack on a community festival in Birmingham, the country is in shock.

Battling the mental turmoil of the aftermath, Alex, a former Army communications specialist, stumbles across the UK Terror Watch List – he cannot resist the challenge of stealing the list from under the nose of his contract supervisor, Lucy Butler, a razor sharp and headstrong Intelligence Corps corporal with big ambitions.

Wrestling with his conscience and the ethics of tackling unconvicted suspects, Alex enlists the help of famed former UK Special Forces Warrant Officer, Craig Medhurst. Alex struggles to win the respect of Craig’s core team, but together they hatch a daring plan to act on their selected targets.

Can Alex use his charm to persuade Corporal Butler to join them?”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am handing the keys over to my trusty sidekick and guest reviewer, Ryan, who is sharing his review of The Watch List on the final day of the blog tour. The Watch List was self-published by the author, Joseph Mitcham, on 2nd December 2019 and Ryan received a free review copy of the book which hasn’t influenced his review. Let’s see what he thought…

The Watch List by Joseph Mitcham is a fascinating book about temptation and ethics. It put me in mind of the “Choose your own adventure books” of my youth, but this time the lead character had already taken the decisions and the reader is watching events play out.

Alex, as the main character, is a confident and high skilled IT specialist with a background in the army. Called in to fix an inter-service IT system he finds he has a dilemma. The UK Terror Watch List is on the system and Alex knows he has the skills to take it without anyone knowing. The author does a great job of communicating the mix of guilt, fear and excitement swirling through Alex as he reaches his decision. But then we see more choices; decision 2, what to do with the list? Decision 3, share his secret with Lucy Butler or not? Each decision has consequences, and when he takes them, the circumstances and subsequent decisions seem to flow out of Alex’s control.

I really enjoyed this book. The author has started with an interesting premise and built it into a strong story where good and bad can sometimes appear similar, and is very dependent on perspective. Mitcham doesn’t shy away from making his characters have difficult ethical discussions. Wrestling with their conscience on whether to take action against those who have, as yet, done nothing wrong except believe something different from Alex’s growing band of vigilantes.

The characters in this story are well written and all come to the mission with different approaches. Alex, as an information specialist, starts off by being fascinated with the challenge of gaining the list. But then he becomes involved in ensuring that the communications are right. Now I never thought I would find the planning and methods of communications for a mission interesting, but the methods used here are fascinating and the author brings an educated perspective to this often overlooked area of a story. Lucy Butler is an enigma, strong and forthright but never clearly on anyone’s side. What is she planning and will she stop Alex’s plans in their track? Finally Craig, ex-special forces, quick with decisions and deadly in his execution of them, can he be trusted not to go too far?

So, going back to the ‘choose your own adventure’ books. Should you read this book – choose ‘yes’ and you will have chosen well. You’ll find an interesting book with a great story and strong characters.

Ryan chose to read and review a free digital copy of The Watch List. The above review is his own unbiased opinion.

The Watch List by Joseph Mitcham was published in the UK on 2nd December2019 and is available in paperback and digital formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |

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Joseph Mitcham served with the British military in elite and technical units for over 16 years. His service not only gave him a thorough tactical and technical understanding of some of techniques and processes employed in his first novel, it also provided him with the opportunity to develop himself, earning a first class honours degree in business leadership by the end of his service.

The inspiration for writing ‘The Watch List’ was taken from personal experiences from the roles that he has served in and characteristics from some of the people that he has served with. Joseph has written an incredible, yet compellingly credible story that plays out in our world as he sees it today.

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) @KillerReads @0neMoreChapter_ #TheRoommates #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. Before I go any further I would like to wish all of my American followers a very happy Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day!

I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love with us today, the very lovely Rachel Sargeant. But before we start talking about other people’s books, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rachel and the HarperCollins team a very happy publication day. Rachel’s latest book, The Roommates is published in paperback today! I’ll tell you everything you need to know about The Roommates in a few short ticks.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Rachel recommends…

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
I read this back in February but it’s stayed with me ever since. A simply beautiful read with delightful characters and a hint of wry humour.
Rachel’s Review of Once Upon a River

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All the Little Lies by Chris Curran
I envy Chris Curran’s knack of writing believable, likeable protagonists. The reader really cares about Eve and Stella. The story is set in the art world and comes with a suitably stylish and dramatic climax.
Rachel’s Review of All the Little Lies

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The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood
I’ve a feeling this one is going to stick in my head forever. The writing is sharp and perfect for the damaged characters portrayed. An unsettling and hard-hitting thriller with much to say on the theme of indoctrination – before, during and after, if indeed “after” exists.
Rachel’s Review of The Poison Garden

Wonderful choices, thank you so much, Rachel. A couple of additions to the wishlist for me too, I think.

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

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
All the Little Lies by Chris Curran
The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood

About The Roommates:
The RoommatesTHEY LIVE IN YOUR HOUSE
University is supposed to be the best time of your life. But Imo’s first week is quickly going from bad to worse.

YOU SHARE EVERYTHING
A stalker is watching her flat, following her every move, and Imo suspects that her new roommates are hiding dark secrets…

BUT DO YOU TRUST THEM?
When one of them suddenly disappears, the trauma of Imo’s recent past comes hurtling back to haunt her. And she begins to realise just how little she knows about the people she lives with…

‘Gripping, original and unpredictable’ Alex Lake

“Twisty and unnerving, Rachel is back with a thriller that will keep you up all night. Her best novel yet!’ Phoebe Morgan

‘From the very first page, the intrigue of this page-turning mystery builds until the gripping climax’ Caroline England

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About Rachel Sargeant:
I’m a full-time crime fiction writer. My latest psychological thriller THE ROOMMATES has just been published by HarperCollins. I grew up in Lincolnshire and have lived in Germany, Surrey and Shropshire. I’m now based in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not writing or reading, I like swimming, visiting country houses and coffee shops, and going to the theatre.

Rachel’s Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Namrata Ganti (@redpillows91) #RedPillows #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to a brilliant week full of fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D posts! I am delighted to welcome another awesome book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D picks with us today – Namrata of Red Pillows. If you haven’t discovered Red Pillows yet then head on over and hit subscribe!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the books Namrata recommends…

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The Legacy of the Heirs by A.V.V. Reddi
The Legacy of the Heirs is built up on an intricate web of love, lies and deceit to ensure that the reader remains hooked. The author has managed to handle a large number of characters with ease. As a reader, we can understand each person’s significance and their role in this elaborate plot. The story is well written and seamlessly flows from one situation to the next.
Namrata’s Review of The Legacy of the Heirs

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Samantha Shannon weaves a world of fantasy, magic and dragons, that makes for a very compelling read. The story follows a great number of characters across various parts of the globe, mainly referred to based on the directions of North, South, East and West. Each direction has it’s own set of countries, rulers and stories. The author weaves them all together slowly, unravelling parts of the mystery and introducing us to many people.

The characters are strong and well crafted making it easy for the reader to connect with them and understand them. Each of the characters are tested when their faith comes into question, as well as when they are forced to take decisions that would change the course of their lives forever. This has been very beautifully depicted and the companionship between some of the characters is heart-warming.
Namrata’s Review of The Priory of the Orange Tree

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Moms of the Missing by Steffen Hou
As clearly stated in the synopsis, this book deals with facts and investigates ten abduction cases. Through each case we are introduced to the kinds of abductions that exist and how they can happen. This is presented to us through interviews with family members who have had to deal with the loss of a child.

Though this was a difficult book to read, my heart goes out to all the victims and their families. I strongly recommend this book to everyone as it brings about an awareness on a very important topic that could help any one of us in the world today.

We are all in this together and we should learn to support one another. Also, please be aware and sensitive towards other people!
Namrata’s Review of Moms of the Missing

Thanks so much, Namrata. Some great choices there.

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

The Legacy of the Heirs by A.V.V. Reddi
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Moms of the Missing by Steffen Hou

About Namrata:
I am an avid reader and in the last 6 years, I have taken a step forward with my love for books by blogging about the books I read. I post reviews, author interviews, cover reveals and general promotions to help spread the word about the books I read.

Namrata’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Red Pillows |  Twitter @redpillows91Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Kate Eveleigh (@bantambookworm) #PortableMagic #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Sunday book fans! Welcome to damppebbles and to day three of #R3COMM3ND3D. I hope you’re enjoying the recommendations so far. I certainly am! Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to damppebbles – the very lovely Kate at Portable Magic. If you haven’t discovered Kate’s fabulous blog yet then make sure you check it out and hit the subscribe button whilst you’re there!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are Kate’s recommendations…

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
There are so many layers to this book and each one is relevant to society today. It’s incredibly powerful and thought provoking.
Kate’s Review of Take It Back

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Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
It’s different from Louise Beech’s other books but just as beautifully written. It’s also really atmospheric and full of tension.
Kate’s Review of Call Me Star Girl

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The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
Rowan Coleman’s writing is so beautiful. I don’t even have the words! It’s also fascinating to learn more about Emily Bronte.
Kate’s Review of The Girl at the Window

Thanks so much, Kate. I have a copy of Call Me Star Girl which I’m really looking forward to reading.

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

Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech
The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman

About Kate:
I’m a blogger from Leeds who reads mostly crime and thrillers but is up for trying most genres! When I’m not reading, I can be found watching Bradford City or catching up with my family and friends.

Kate’s Blog and Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Jonathan Whitelaw (@JDWhitelaw13) @urbanebooks #TheManInTheDark #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s Tuesday which can mean only one thing, I’ve got my dates muddled again 😂! It may be Tuesday but it’s time for another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. Today I am joined by author Jonathan Whitelaw. Jonathan has recently published The Man in the Dark with Urbane Books and I have to say, it looks rather intriguing. I’ll tell you more about The Man in the Dark soon.

What is this #R3COMM3ND3D I speak of? It’s a chance for book people to share the bookish love and shout about three must-read titles. Any book, any author, any genre, any publisher, one catch. The book must have been published in a certain year. I’m currently sharing the book love from 2018 but watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which starts on 1st November. If you’re an author, book blogger or you work in publishing and you would like to take part, please add your details to the form at the bottom of this post.

Here are Jonathan’s three recommendations…

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Picking Up The Pieces by Jo Worgan
A really moving story about a woman trying to move on from an abusive relationship with her autistic son only to be followed. It’s a wonderfully told tale that covers a wide range of issues very pertinent to modern-day society, including domestic abuse, parenting an autistic child and companionship.

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Blood, White and Blue (Lucie Musilova Book 1) by James Silvester
If you want action and thrills, this is your book! Fresh off the success of his Prague thrillers series, Silvester is very much in the pink here with a new hero and a new set of ways to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Fresh and all too poignant in the topsy-turvy political times we live in, this is the perfect escape from what can sometimes feel like the real political thriller we’re all living in!

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In Servitude by Heleen Kist
A thrilling read that’s a real page turner, there’s really something for everybody here. Intrigue, mystery and gangsters, a pulse-racing debut from an author to watch.

Thanks so much, Jonathan. Three great choices!

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

| Picking Up The Pieces by Jo Worgan | Blood, White and Blue by James Silvester | In Servitude by Heleen Kist |

About The Man in the Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw:

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The Devil’s back – and he’s STILL not had a holiday.

There’s another mystery to solve – a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God’s bidding, The Devil can’t resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.

While The Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there’s trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity’s greatest backstabbers – Brutus and Cassius – are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown.

It’s a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe, just maybe, stop the apocalypse.

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About Jonathan Whitelaw:
Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between.

He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV.

HellCorp, from Urbane Publications, is his second novel following his debut, Morbid Relations

Jonathan’s Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Norrie (@norrie_reads) #ReadingUndertheBlankie #damppebbles

Hello! Welcome to damppebbles and another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post. I’m back sharing the book love after a brief break to celebrate anniversaries (10 years!) and birthdays (not going to disclose the years on that one 😉). Today I am delighted to welcome the ever so lovely Norrie of Reading Under the Blankie to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2018 picks. If you haven’t discovered Norrie’s blog yet then what are you waiting for? 😍

‘What is this #R3COMM3ND3D thing you speak of?’ I hear you cry! Well, it’s about the book love and sharing three books you think everyone else should read.  Any author, any genre, any publisher…but with one catch. The books must have been published in the same year.  At the moment we’re sharing the 2018 book love but come 1st November it will be all about 2019.  If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2019 then please scroll to the bottom of this post and fill in the Google form.

Without further ado, here are Norrie’s choices…

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The Retreat by Mark Edwards
When it comes to suspense, Mark Edwards is one of my go-to guys. He just gets it, you know, like he can see into your soul.
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And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott
This is such a cleverly plotted, delicious thriller! Part courtroom drama, part murder mystery, this will appeal for a wide range of crime fiction fans.
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/10/08/and-so-it-begins-by-rachel-abbott/

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Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Set in 1950s Morocco, Christine Mangan’s debut is an unnerving story of obsession, deception and some serious gaslighting. Also a great spin on frenemies!
https://readingundertheblankie.com/2018/03/14/tangerine-by-christine-mangan/

Thanks so much, Norrie. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed The Retreat by Mark Edwards and I’m adding your other two choices to my wishlist!

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

The Retreat by Mark EdwardsAnd So It Begins by Rachel Abbott |  Tangerine by Christine Mangan |

About Norrie:
Book lover, cat hugger, coffee drinker, capable of eating half a cheesecake in one sitting. Best not to approach before she had her breakfast.

Loves a good thriller, but would probably not touch romance with a stick. Based on the amount of crime fiction she’s read, could probably solve a crime. Or not, but she would certainly try. Loves science fiction and secretly dreams about joining the Starfleet since she was fourteen.

Norrie’s Social Media Links:
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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @urbanebooks #SongsofInnocence #HannahWeybridge #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles.  Happy Friday to you! I hope your weekend is overflowing with bookish delights.  I am delighted to welcome a wonderful author to the blog today, the ever so lovely Anne Coates.  Anne writes the brilliant Hannah Weybridge series which I have read and reviewed on the blog before.  Here’s my review of the first book in the series, Dancers in the Wind, along with a guest post written by Anne.  I have book three, Songs of Innocence waiting patiently for me on the shelf and I can’t wait to read it!

What is this #R3COMM3ND3D I speak of? It’s a chance for booky people to share the bookish love and shout about three must-read titles. Any book, any author, any genre, any publisher, one catch. The book must have been published in a certain year.  I’m currently sharing the book love from 2018 following an unexpected bout of illness but watch out for #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which will start on 1st November.  If you would like to throw your hat into the ring then please fill out the form below (places are limited).

Without further ado, here are Anne’s choices…

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Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
It’s worth persevering with Ms Healey’s second book for the ending. It was a slow start for me but the quality of the writing kept me reading. The theme of a mother trying to help her depressed teenage daughter, who had disappeared for a few days and returned with no knowledge of what had happened, links in to the need in our society to embrace mental health issues.

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Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Loved reading this, especially the opening set in the South of France where Cordelia Russell’s life has fallen apart. Leaving a corpse in her home, she sets out to find help from her one-time good-time friends and ends up at a glittering party… Ms Nugent creates a backstory of her character’s childhood and and builds up the sense of foreboding until the past meets the present with horrendous consequences. Fabulous story-telling skills.

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Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Loved the concept of the serial killer being on the jury and found the detail of how the killer operated and disguised himself fascinating. The fact that I guessed who it was didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book as I wanted to know how it was going to be resolved and my anxiety levels shot up as the plot evolved. Great tension-building writing.

Some excellent choices, thanks Anne.  I have read but not yet shared my review of Thirteen.  It’s such a good book!

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

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About Songs of Innocence by Anne Coates:
songs of innocence.jpgA woman’s body is found in a lake. Is it a sad case of suicide or something more sinister? Hannah Weybridge, still reeling from her friend’s horrific murder and the attempts on her own life, doesn’t want to get involved, but reluctantly agrees to look into the matter for the family.

The past however still stalks her steps, and a hidden danger accompanies her every move.

The third in the bestselling Hannah Weybridge thriller series, Songs of Innocence provides Hannah with her toughest and deadliest assignment yet…

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About Anne Coates:
As a journalist, Anne interviewed all types of people and some of their situations made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born… Anne had previously written seven non-fiction titles and two collections of short stories. She lives in London with three demanding cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining.

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#BlogTour | #GuestReview: Rock Hard by Bill Todd (@williamjtodd) #DannyLancaster #RockHard #damppebbles @cobaltdinosaur

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“When Danny Lancaster gets a call from an old friend it’s a chance to swap his troubles in Brighton for a sunshine reunion in Gibraltar. He hasn’t seen Pogo since Afghanistan. They have war stories to retell, beers to drink. But Pogo is broke, sick and in trouble. It started with smuggling cigarettes. Now his Russian boss has taken on a dangerous job for a mystery businessman. A priceless package must be smuggled into Europe across the narrow straits from Africa. But unseen eyes are watching, lives are in danger. A game of Russian roulette is just the start of a deadly clash where two continents meet. And Danny must make a decision. How far do you go to help the man who saved your life?”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles today. Today I’m handing the blog over to my guest reviewer (that’s the husband for anyone who doesn’t know!) who is sharing his thoughts on the fourth book in the Danny Lancaster series, Rock Hard by Bill Todd. Make sure you join him again on Saturday when he’ll be reviewing book six, Godlefe’s Cuckoo.

Ryan’s Review:
So…Danny Lancaster eh! Heading off to Gibraltar to meet his troubled ex-Army friend? What could possibly go wrong?

As you’ve probably picked up from this week’s reviews Danny Lancaster is a bit of a trouble magnet, wherever he goes a degree of chaos seems to follow. So when Danny lands in Gibraltar, a tiny territory of 2.6 square miles, the locals should have been getting worried! Danny has gone to Gibraltar to help his old army mate Pogo, who has fallen on hard times since they served together in Afghan. He has gotten himself involved with some dirty business and wants Danny to help him get back on to the right side of the tracks.

Gibraltar was a great setting for this book, the small location added a suffocating tightness to the drama. Bill Todd moves on the story on at a fast pace and you are never sure where the author is leading his characters. Todd’s characters in this book are pitched just right for an action thriller that keeps rolling. No long self indulgent reflection but enough background shared to draw emotion and make the motivation clear. The crime bosses are kept slightly mysterious even when close to the action, pushing the rest of the gang in the right direction (or worse, if needed) but keeping themselves hidden enough from the reader that you make assumptions on what is going to happen next.

As the end of the book approached there were some twists which I will not disclose here to avoid spoiling future readers enjoyment. The ending was also a surprise and provided a sharp end to the book which some may feel was too sudden, whilst others may rush to the next in the series to find out what happens next.

Would I recommend the Danny Lancaster books? Yes, they are easy to read, fast moving and contain an easy to like lead character. Join me again on Saturday when I review Godlefe’s Cuckoo and find out if I enjoyed that one just as much….

Ryan chose to read and review a free copy of Rock Hard. The above review is his own unbiased opinion.

Rock Hard by Bill Todd was published in UK by DLE Fiction on 26th November 2013 and is available in paperback and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |

The Danny Lancaster Blog Tour

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Bill is a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. He loves a good wilderness. He received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

Bill has written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. He’s also written three short factual military histories. He lives to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

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